Where and when is the Thrive! Conference?
The dates of the conference are May 31-June 2, 2018. The location is Twin City Quarter (Benton Convention Center, Embassy Suites & Marriott) in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
What is the difference between conference workshops and vendor workshops?
Conference workshops are taught by speakers who have been invited to participate in our conference. The topics are usually encouraging or how-tos about homeschooling and family. A vendor workshop is taught by one of our vendors and usually explains their product in more detail than they are able to do in the vendor hall.
What is included in Vendor Hall Only admission?
This includes admission to the vendor hall during its regular hours and admission to vendor workshops.
What is included in Full Conference admission?
This entitles you to attend the vendor hall during regular hours, all conference and vendor workshops, keynote sessions, teen and alum activities, talent showcase and regional meetings.
When and where do you get the CDs/MP3s?
There is a recording order table located in the Main Hall outside Winston Ballroom. Recordings will be reproduced in 2 ways: CDs, or MP3s. Recordings are available for sale immediately following the sessions. You may also pick up an order form from the registration table or the NCHE recording table to order multiple copies easily. If you decide to order a complete set, you may pick it up at the end of the conference.
How do I know which number to order and how much the recordings cost?
Each session is assigned a number, which is in the program. Simply note the CD/MP3 number you desire and ask for that one. The order form, which is available at the registration desk and recording table, has all of these numbers listed as well.
Can I buy recordings after the conference?
Yes; MP3s may be downloaded from the website.
Do you record the Talent Showcase?
Yes, AVC records the Talent Showcase. You can obtain the DVD from their booth or order it afterwards.
Do you record graduation?
Yes, AVC recordsgraduation ceremonies. The DVD’s can be ordered at the conference from AVC.
Do you sell DVDs of the keynotes and other sessions?
Yes – AVC records DVDs of all keynotes and several other sessions by our feature speakers. These can be ordered at the conference through AVC.
What is the College Fair?
This is an opportunity for students to meet and talk with college recruiters who are interested in homeschooled students.
When and where is the College Fair?
The College Fair is located on the Garden Terrace on the 2nd floor of the Embassy Suites hotel. The fair is held on Friday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
How do I find a particular booth in the vendor hall?
There is a map on this website, under the Vendor Hall heading. In the list of vendors, it will tell you their booth number and you can find their booth on the map. There is a map in in the conference program of each vendor and speaker location in the vendor hall. Simply refer to the numbered list or the alphabetical list and then find that number on the layout map. Or you can ask for directions at the NCHE table.
Where is lost and found?
The lost and found is located at the registration table and at the NCHE table in the vendor hall.
Do you have someone who can help me choose curriculum or answer my homeschool questions?
Yes! We have a mentoring table located just outside the vendor hall. Experienced homeschool moms will be available to answer all your questions as well as help you weave through the maze of the vendor hall and curriculum choices.
Can anyone attend the graduation ceremony?
Yes, both graduation ceremonies are open to anyone who would like to attend.
Where are the teen activities located?
The teen dance and the teen games will be in the Pavilion in the Embassy.
Is there an additional charge to participate in the teen activities?
There is no additional charge for these events. However, full conference admission is required. If your teen is not registered for the full conference, he or she can purchase a ticket for the teen activities for an additional $5.00 at the registration table or at the door of the activity.
Can I make hotel reservations for next year during this conference?
Hotel reservations for Marriott and Embassy Suites for the next year’s conference can be made October 1. Rooms will be gone very quickly in the Embassy, but the Marriott usually has rooms. Many times there are more available before the conference.
What is a speaker handout?
Many of the speakers prepare a notes about their talk to give to people who attend their workshop. NCHE places the handouts, or notes, for all of the sessions on our website next to the speaker’s workshop list as PDFs to be printed out.
What do I do if I need interpreting services for the workshops or keynotes?
NCHE will provide interpreting services if we know far enough in advance to contract for these. The deadline that allows this time is April 30. Please email Debbie Mason, email@example.com, with a list of workshops that you desire interpreting for by this deadline.