The Summit was birthed out of NCHE’s desire to support and encourage those educating exceptional children at home. Come and be refreshed, equipped, and encouraged by our wonderful speakers and the opportunity to fellowship with other parents homeschooling children with learning differences or other special needs. Registration is for an individual or married couple. It includes all general and breakout sessions. It also includes a buffet lunch and snacks/coffee on Saturday. Preregistration ends on Wednesday,  September 25. Registration at the door will be $65.

At the door cost: $65 per individual or married couple

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019

Time: 9-6 

Location: Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church  1902 Perry St. Durham, NC 27705

Refund Policy: Registrations are non-refundable. All sales are final. 

Exciting news! A very special company, Gabi’s Grounds, will be providing hot coffee during our morning hours. (www. This coffee shop has a mission that particularly fits our conference, and I’m excited for the opportunity to partner with them. Donations for the coffee will be accepted and appreciated! Spread the word!

Our Speakers

Shawna Wingert is a special education teacher turned writer and consultant. She is also mom to two brilliant boys with differences and special needs, so her professional background and real life experience provide a practical, rare perspective. Shawna has written three books for parents of special needs – Everyday Autism, Special Education at Home and Parenting Chaos. She has also been featured in special needs discussions on, The Mighty, The Huffington Post and Autism Speaks.

Kristen Eckenwiler graduated with honors from the University of Central Florida, where she earned a Masters degree in Reading.  Kristen left the classroom to write reading curriculum with her husband who has a Doctoral Degree in Reading. Homeschool families were in dire need of material they could relate to when their child struggled to learn to read. Kristen has worked with families of struggling learners consistently for the last 17 years while she has stayed home to homeschool her two sons. She knows the heart of a homeschool parent
because she is one! She is not the specialist that will imply in any way that your child cannot succeed and soar at home. She stays very busy testing, tutoring, and providing a variety of products and services through her educational business, The Struggling Reader.  Kristen has been speaking at conferences all over the United States in the areas of Reading, Reading Challenges, Best Teaching Practices for those that Struggle, What is Dyslexia? and Encouragement for the parents in the trenches. She is a firm believer that EVERY child can learn…so they are Learning DIFFERENCES, not Disabilities. She brings both a wealth of knowledge and a visible passion to all of her

Additional speakers: Representatives from A Special Needs Plan (

Cheryl Swope, M.Ed. is the author of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child and creator of the award-winning Simply Classical Curriculum (Memoria Press) voted #1 for Special Learners (autism, specific learning disabilities, intellectual disability, ADHD & more). The Simply Classical Curriculum uniquely blends beautiful books with therapeutic, incremental, and multi-modal teaching for children with an ability of age 2 through 21.

Cheryl and her husband homeschooled adopted twins (both with autism, learning disabilities, and severe mental illness) from the children’s infancy through high school graduation. The children’s love of history, literature, and Latin persuaded Cheryl of the benefits an excellent education for any child. With a master’s degree in special education, lifetime K-12 state teaching certificate in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders, Cheryl now serves as writer and editor for the Simply Classical Journal, a new magazine for anyone who parents or teaches a child with special needs.

Summit Schedule

8-9 – Registration ,Coffee/Pastries

9-9:10 – Welcome/Announcements

9:10-10:10 – Keynote

10:15-11:05 – Breakout Session 1

11:10-12:05 – Breakout Session 2


1:35-2:35 – Keynote

2:40-3:35 – Breakout Session 4

3:35- 3:45– COFFEE BREAK

3:45-4:40 – Breakout Session 5

4:45-5:45 – Keynote

5:45-6 – Closing Remarks/Announcements