Virginia Homeschool Convention Speaker Faith BerensHSLDA

Faith Berens, M.Ed./Reading Specialist, holds a master’s degree in reading from Shenandoah University. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in both public and private Christian schools, serving as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery® teacher, reading specialist, and educational therapist. Her areas of expertise are early childhood literacy, reading assessment, and the identification and remediation of reading difficulties. Faith joined the HSLDA team of special needs coordinators in 2008 and homeschools her own children, as well as works as a private educational consultant, evaluator, and tutor. Some of her passions include reading for pleasure, singing, traveling, nature/science, leading Bible studies, and teaching reading to primary age children. Faith lives in Stephens City with her husband, Matthew; daughter, Hailey; and son, Hayden.

Workshops

Tackling Tricky High School Issues: Practical Help and Guidance for Homeschooling High School Students with Special Needs
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with homeschooling struggling or atypical learners in the high school years. Do you have questions such as, “How do I award my child with special needs a diploma?” or “What do I do since my child with dyslexia can’t read typical high school level material?” Faith discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines/high school programs for special learners, post-high school options, as well as offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for the college boards.

Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula in order to help equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction are shared, as well as ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges.

Developing and Drafting SEPs (Student Education Plans)
Does your child have a learning disability or perhaps severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants will learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance in how to draft an SEP. Participants will look at sample student education plans and receive both a template of a student education plan and a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan.