Peggy Ployhar

Featured Speaker

Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool founder & CEO, is a leader and popular speaker in the home education community. After working as a special needs consultant for both the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) and the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC), Peggy founded SPED Homeschool in 2017, an organization that empowers families across the globe to successfully homeschool children with diverse learning needs. Peggy is also the host of Empowering Homeschool Conversations, a popular live broadcast and podcast where her guests address relevant issues related to homeschooling diverse learners.

Peggy Ployhar


Biblical Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent

Special-Needs Conference Keynote

Speaking towards the scripture, “Train up a child in the way he should go…”, Peggy digs into the Bible to show parents how to live up to this standard without losing their focus—or their minds. From the experience of being a parent and a foster parent of multiple special needs children, Peggy Ployhar has first-hand knowledge of the rigorous demands put on parents who are raising, training, and homeschooling children with special needs. Woven with personal stories, biblical truth, and lots of encouragement, this talk will truly speak to the hearts of parents who want to raise their special needs children as God has called them to do. And even though these don’t say “special needs,” she addresses many ways to make homeschooling fit your specific needs.

Flipping Special Education Homeschooling

Special-Needs Conference 
Just as a house in shambles needs to be flipped to renew its purpose and extend its use, the typical methods for teaching special needs students in the homeschooling environment need flippin, if parents want to see better educational results for their students than the typical model provides. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar dives into the history of the special education system and the basis for many of the current practices of teaching students with special needs—and how they have affected our preconceived notions on how to best teach a student with special needs. But then, with a twist of hope, she also shares how parents can take advantage of their homeschooling freedoms to flip these practices and homeschool their special needs students with renewed purpose to pursue their students’ God-given gifts and talents.

Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner with Confidence

Special-Needs Conference 

Are you feeling inadequate about starting the homeschooling journey with a struggling student or one who has a 504 plan or IEP? Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, says that when she started homeschooling, she would have probably been voted as the parent least likely to succeed in homeschooling—yet 18 years later she’s not only graduated two children from her homeschool but has also spent the last 15 years coaching other special education families towards homeschooling success. In this session, families will be equipped with the top five keys to homeschooling a struggling learner with confidence, as well as practical ways to put aside the things that may hinder applying these solid educational principles.

An Eclectic Approach to Homeschooling Charlotte Mason

Using the Charlotte Mason pillars for instruction as a framework for homeschooling can open up wonderful opportunities for learning while providing the freedom to customize curriculum and pace to meet your family’s needs. Peggy takes the three basic pillars of the Charlotte Mason methodology (home environment, character training, and lifestyle learning) and expands them by sharing eclectic parenting and homeschooling ideas she has used over 18 years of homeschooling. In this session, families will be equipped with many practical and customizable ways for using the Charlotte Mason pillars that they can easily implement into whatever homeschooling framework they choose.

Special-Needs Conference 

Specially Designed for Parents of Struggling Learners
Homeschooling a child with a special need or learning difference—or who just struggles to “get it?” You are not alone! This year’s Thursday special needs conference is an all-day event that includes Dr. Amy Moore’s keynote, three separate breakout events, a resource fair, and Exhibit Hall shopping on Thursday evening. 

The conference is included in your full-convention registration, or you may register for the special-needs conference only.