Thrive! 2017 General Information

Conference Information


Twin City Quarter (Benton Convention Center, Embassy Suites and Marriott)--The Benton Conference Center is located in downtown Winston-Salem.

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Vendor Hall Only Registration—This includes admission to the vendor hall and vendor workshops.

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

Wristbands and Nametags—Attendees registered for the full conference will wear green wristbands. Attendees registered for the vendor hall only will wear yellow wristbands. Speakers, NCHE officers and the conference team will wear green name tags. Vendors wear yellow 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, teen and alumni games social, talent showcase, 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 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Pavilion in the Embassy. Preregistration is required. A leaders’ workshop is from 1:15-2:15 p.m. 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 give in the vendor hall. Admission requires full conference registration or vendor hall only registration.

Keynotes—There are three keynotes, Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. in North Main/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 homeschoolers will be waiting to answer your homeschooling questions as well as help you weave through the maze of the vendor hall and curriculum choices. The mentor table is just outside the vendor hall. The mentor table hours are 1:15-6:45 p.m. on Thursday, 9:15 a.m.-6:15 p.m. on Friday, and 9:15 a.m.-3:15 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. Admission requires full conference registration or a $5 ticket.

Regional Gatherings—A time to meet others from your NCHE region will be on Thursday evening, just after the keynote, 9:15 p.m. Find your region and plan to attend the gethering for your region.

Gatherings for Military, Special Needs and Single Parent Homeschool Families—There will be a time to gather with others who are in these special circumstances of homeschoolers. They will be at 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday. 

Teen and Alumni Games Social—A games social will be held in South Main on Friday night from the closing of the talent show until 10:45 p.m. NCHE will provide cards, board games and group games. 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 event director’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 Giant Cow Ministries. Children should be preregistered in order to attend. Onsite registration will be taken if there is room. See the schedule here. It is located in the Hearn Ballroom in the Marriott.

College Fair—This is an opportunity for students to meet and talk with college recruiters who are interested in homeschooled students. This will be 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Friday and is located on the Garden Terrace in the Embassy Suites.

NCHE Athletic Commission All-Star Basketball and Volleyball Games—The Eastern and Western Region All-Star games will be played on Friday. See the schedule here. Admission charge: $5 per person; $20 maximum per family (Conference $5 tickets do not apply).

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.To audition go here.

Graduation—NCHE hosts a state-wide homeschool high school graduation ceremony on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (admission not until 4:45 p.m.) in rooms South Main and North Main. All are invited to attend.

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, on the recording order form and in 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. They must be picked up by the end of the conference. We will ship DVD-ROMs.

Purchasing MP3s for Download—Recordings in MP3 format may be ordered online at the NCHE Online Store. They can then be downloaded when they are available on the NCHE website (about two hours after each session). Once they are purchased, MP3s may be downloaded at any time.

Prices for Audio Recordings—CDs are $5.50 each, MP3s are $4.00 each, DVD-ROMs with MP3s of all the recorded workshops are $140.00 each. (Plus sales tax.)

Video Recordings—AV Connections (AVC) 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 AVC table in the North Hall outside North Main A, or through their website at


Room Signs—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 out, go to the volunteer table on the street level of the Benton and see if they have needs. To volunteer, start here.

Workshop Handouts—Many of the speakers prepare a handout (with notes about their talks) to contribute to their workshop. These can be found online at

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. AFter the conference, go to this link and give us input:

Nursing Mothers Room—We have set aside for the convenience of nursing mothers.

Lost and Found—Lost and Found is located at the registration table and at the NCHE table in the vendor hall.

Hotel Reservations for Marriott and Embassy Suites for the 2018 Conference—These reservations can be made beginning October 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Rooms will go very quickly, especially for the Embassy Suites, but many times there are more available before the conference as people release their reservations. 

Quick Room Reference

Check back as the rooms are assigned for the list.