Thrive! 2017 General Information

Conference Information


Twin City Quarter (Benton Convention Center, Embassy Suites and Marriott), 301 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101--The Benton Conference Center is located in downtown Winston-Salem.

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Important Room Name Changes
Due to the renovation of the Benton, the names of the workshop rooms have changed. What used to be South Main is now the Winston Ballroom, and what used to be North Main (Rooms B-D, E-G and A) is now the Salem Ballroom.


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 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Pavilion. Preregistration is required. A leaders’ workshop, The DNPE, the Law and the Average Homeschool Family by Diane Allen, 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 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 Salem Ballroom. 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.

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 on this page. It is located in the Hearn Ballroom in the Marriott.

Chess Tournament—The K-12 chess tournament is held on Thursday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in Terrace 1 in the Embassy. 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.

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

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 conference help or conference registration tables or call (844) 624-3338 between 8:00-10:00 p.m.

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 on the second 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 Salem Baptist Christian School, on Spring Street between Bank Street and Wachovia Street, on Friday. See the schedule on page ??. Admission charge: $5 per person; $20 maximum per family (Conference $5 tickets do not apply).

Gatherings for Military, Special Needs and Single Parent Homeschoolers—This 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. Rooms (all Marriott): Military (Bethabara), Special Needs (Winston), Single Parent (Corpening)

Teen and Alumni Games Social—A games social will be held in the Pavilion 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.

Talent Showcase—Students who have been selected from an audition process showcase their talents Friday at 7:45 p.m. in the Salem Ballroom. Admission requires full conference registration or a $5 ticket.

Math Competition—AMB “World Series” Math Tournament for grades 4-9 will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday in room Terrace 1 in the Embassy,

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 Winston and Salem Ballrooms. All are invited to attend.

Conference Recordings

Audio recordings—Audio recordings of conference workshops and keynotes will be reproduced in two ways: CDs and 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 Winston Foyer.

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

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 (within 24 hours after each session). Once they are purchased, MP3s may be downloaded at any time.

Prices for Audio Recordings—CDs are $6.00 each, MP3s are $4.00 each, DVD-ROMs with MP3s of all the recorded workshops are $150.00 each and the set of CDs of all recordings is $385. (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 Salem Foyer 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 this page  or once you are at the conference, go to the volunteer table in the Benton and see if they have needs.

Parking at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds—This parking with the shuttle to and from the Benton (pick up at the Marriott corner) will be provided free of charge. There will be three to six round trips per hour between noon and 10:00 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Friday.

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

Nursing Mothers Room—We have set aside the Shober Boardroom (across from Gaines in the Embassy) for the convenience of nursing mothers.

Conference Help Table—If you have questions about the conference, drop by the conference help table at the entrance of the Benton.

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 will be just outside the vendor hall by the main doors. 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.

Lost and Found—Lost and Found is located at the registration table and at the NCHE table in the vendor hall, booth 1.

Conference Evaluation—We would love to have your input on the conference—things you liked and ways we can improve. We are using an online evaluation form. Go to this link and give us input:

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, especially in the Embassy, will go very quickly, but many times there are more available before the conference as people release their reservations. Note that next year the conference will be May 31-June 2.

Quick Room Reference (alphabetical order)

Chess tournament: Terrace 1 in the Embassy
Conference Help table: Benton entrance from Fifth Street
Children’s Program: Hearn Ballroom in Marriott
College Fair: Garden Terrace in the Embassy
Mentoring table: Just outside the main doors of the vendor hall
Military gathering: Bethabara in Marriott
Nursing mothers’ room: Shober Boardroom (across from Gaines in the Embassy)
Regional Gatherings:

Region 1          Ardmore 2 in Embassy
Region 2          Gaines Ballroom
Region 3          Winston 2
Region 4          Winston 3
Region 5          Winston 1
Region 6          Conference 2
Region 7          Ardmore 4 in Embassy
Region 8          Conference 1
Region 9          Ardmore 1

Singles gathering: Corpening in Marriott
Special needs gathering: Winston in Marriott
Talent Showcase: Salem Ballroom
Teen & Alumni Dance: Pavilion
Teen & Alumni Games Social: Pavilion