General Information

Conference Information

Location

BENTON CONVENTION CENTER--The Benton Conference Center is located in downtown Winston-Salem. For information about the Benton conference center, visit the Benton Convention Center website.

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Admissions

Book Fair Registration—This includes admission to the book fair and vendor workshops.

Full Conference Registration—This entitles you to attend the book fair, all conference and vendor workshops and keynote sessions, teen and alum activities, the talent showcase and OBB concert.

Wristbands and Name Tags—Attendees registered for the full conference and book fair will wear green wristbands. Attendees registered for the book fair only will wear yellow wristbands. Speakers, NCHE board members and the conference team will wear green name tags. Vendors wear blue name tags.

Tickets for Individual Events—If you are not registered for the full conference and would like to attend a workshop session, keynote, teen and alumni dance, talent showcase or OBB concert, you can buy a ticket for $5 to attend each of these. Purchase tickets at the registration table and then give them to a door monitor to attend the individual event.

 

Conference Happenings

Leaders’ Luncheon and Workshop—NCHE hosts a special luncheon just for our homeschool leaders on Thursday 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Pavilion. Preregistration is required. A leaders’ workshop, They Look to You by Todd Wilson, is from 1:15-2:15 p.m. in the Gaines Ballroom. This workshop is open to all. The recording number is CD/MP3 # 1.

Conference Workshops--Conference workshops are talks by speakers who have been invited to participate in our conference. The topics are usually inspirational or instructional about homeschooling and family. Admission requires full conference registration or a $5 ticket.

Vendor Workshops—A vendor workshop is a talk by one of our vendors and usually explains their product in more detail than they are able to do in the book fair. Admission requires full conference registration or book fair only registration.

Keynotes—There are three keynotes, Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. in Room A. A keynote session begins with a thirty minute period of general business and then a keynote address by one of our featured speakers. Admission requires full conference registration or a $5 ticket.

Mentoring--Experienced homeschool moms will be waiting to answer your homeschooling questions as well as help you weave through the maze of the book fair and curriculum choices. We will have mentors at the mentoring table just outside the book fair doors, the registration area during heavy registration times and in some of the beginner workshops. The mentoring table hours are 1:00-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 8:45 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday, and 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Chess Tournament—The K-12 chess tournament is held on Thursday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Preregistration is required to participate.

Teen and Alumni Cotillion-Style Dance—With an emphasis on instruction, NCHE offers this dance for our teens and alumni on Thursday 7:30 p.m. in the Pavilion It is a highlight of the conference for our young people. Admission requires full conference registration or a $5 ticket.

Alumni Coffee Social—All alumni are invited to join us for coffee and snacks in the president’s suite in the Marriott Hotel at 9:45 p.m. Thursday for a relaxing time to hang out with other homeschool alumni. For the room number ask at the registration table.

Children’s Program—The children’s program is provided by Jandy who does programs for Answers in Genesis. Children must be preregistered in order to attend. See the children's program page under Happenings for more information. It is located in the Hearn Ballroom in the Marriott.

College and Camp Fair—This is an opportunity for students to meet and talk with college recruiters who are interested in homeschooled students. There are also several area camps represented, as well as a few non-profit organizations. This will be open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Friday and is located in the Garden Terrace on the 2nd floor of the Embassy Suites.

NCHE Athletic Commission All-Star Basketball and Volleyball Games—The Eastern and Western Region All-Star games will be played at Piedmont International University on Friday. See under Happenings for more information. Admission charge: $5 per person; $15 maximum per family (Conference $5 tickets do not apply)

OBB Concert—OBB is a highly successful trio of three brothers who were homeschooled. OBB will be in concert Friday, 9:30 p.m., in the Pavilion. Admission requires full conference registration or a $5 ticket.

Talent Showcase—Students who have been selected from an audition process showcase their talents Friday at 7:45 p.m. in the main auditorium (North Main/Room A). Admission requires full conference registration or a $5 ticket.

Graduation—NCHE hosts a state-wide homeschool high school graduation ceremony on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in South Hall and North Hall. All are invited to attend. If you do not have conference admission, you will need to get a free ticket from the registration table. No admission before 4:30 p.m.

 

Conference Recordings

Audio recordings—Audio recordings of conference workshops and keynotes will be reproduced in two ways: CDs or MP3s. Each recording will have a number which will be listed in the program, the recording order form and the NCHE Online Store. The recording order forms may be found at registration or at the recording order table located in the South Hall outside South Main 3.

Purchasing CDs and MP3s on Discs—Recordings in CD format are available for sale following the sessions and will be available for purchase only at the conference. A complete set of all recordings (MP3s on a DVD-ROM disc) may also be purchased at the conference. NCHE will not ship or mail CDs or DVD-ROMs. They must be picked up by the end of the conference.

Purchasing MP3s for Download—Recordings in MP3 format may be ordered at the recording order table and the NCHE Online Store. They can then be downloaded when they are available on the NCHE website (within a day after each session). Sales of all NCHE MP3 recordings are limited to May 22 through July 20, 2014. Once they are purchased, MP3s may be downloaded at any time.

Prices for Audio Recordings—CDs are $5.00 each, MP3s are $4.00 each, DVD-ROMs with MP3s of all the recorded workshops are $140.00 each.

Video Recordings—AV Connections Inc. records DVDs of all keynotes, several sessions by our featured speakers, the talent showcase and the graduation ceremonies. These recordings may be ordered onsite at the AV Connections Inc. table in the North Hall outside North Main A, or through their website at www.avconnectionsusa.com.

 

Miscellaneous

Room Signs—This year we are using the Benton Convention Center’s electronic room signs to identify the workshops that will be in each room. The sign is located on the wall next to the door.

Volunteering—Please consider being one of our very important volunteers! If you are willing to help, fill out the volunteer form (link in your email confirming your registration) or contact Heather Hampton at nchevolunteer@hotmail.com. Once you are at the conference, go to the volunteer table on the street level of the Benton and see if they have needs.

Workshop Handouts—Many of the speakers prepare a handout (with notes about their talks) to contribute to their workshop. These can be found online in the workshop descriptions at http://nche.com/conference/2014/schedule/workshop/desc.

Conference Evaluation—We would love to have your input on the conference--things you liked and ways we can improve. This year we are using an online evaluation form. Go to this link and give us input: http://www.nche.com/conference/2014/evaluation. This link will not be activiated until the conference.

Lost and Found--Lost and Found is located at the information table and at the NCHE table in the book fair.

Internet Access—To get on the Internet: Embassy public areas, user name “embassy” and password “conference”; Marriott, code “Events1”; Benton is automatic.

Hotel Reservations for Marriott and Embassy Suites for the 2015 Conference—These reservations can be made October 1, 2014. Rooms will be gone very quickly, but many times there are more available before the conference as people release their reservations.