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.

Preregistration Discounted rate: $56 per individual or married couple

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. 

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 master’s degree in reading. She has taught first, second and fourth graders in the public schools, as well as a variety of courses in elementary education at the collegiate level. Additionally, she has taught writing and literature classes for the homeschool community. For the last 16 years, she has stayed home to homeschool her two sons, while also staying 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 for over a decade. She brings both a wealth of knowledge and a visible passion to all of her workshops.

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