Each year, we invite a fantastic line-up of speakers to teach workshops on a wide variety of topics from encouragement and vision to practical, how-to workshops, new homeschoolers, high school, special needs, and so much more! Our 2016 Keynote Speakers are Zan Tyler and J. Michael Smith. We are pleased to announce there will be a high school track, a special needs track, and an early education track ... 8 sessions on each topic. Plus a variety of workshops covering many other topics!
Exhibitors are a key part of our convention and we encourage you to plan time to visit the exhibit hall at the Arizona Home Education Convention Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 2016. With over 200 booths in more than 80,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, you will find an array of some of the finest homeschool resources. We are bringing back the Buy It Here! program to encourage on-site shopping from our vendors. A number of cash prizes will be given away along with numerous donated items from our exhibitors. See it here, buy it here, keep 'em here!
Be sure to read through the CONVENTION FAQ page to get answers to the most commonly asked questions about our conference.
Daily schedule Friday and Saturday unless otherwise noted:
|Worship in Ballroom|
9:00 - 10:30 am
10 am - 6:30 PM
|Exhibit Hall Hours|
11 am - Noon
Noon - 1:30 pm
12:15 - 1:15 pm
1:30 - 2:30 pm
3:00 - 4:00 pm
4:30 - 5:30 pm
|Ladies' Night Out Event|
6:40 pm Saturday
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Speaking at the AFHE Convention is by invitation only. Speakers at the AFHE Convention are carefully selected who fit AFHE's philosophy, vision, and mission, and do not conflict with the AFHE Board of Directors' biblical worldview.
As part of the speaker selection process, we will review speaker packets that are sent to us. Speaker packets are reviewed in August for the following year's convention and selections are finalized in the fall.
Speaker packets should include biographical information, workshop titles and descriptions, and a recording or two of the speaker teaching for our review. If we are interested in having you speak, we would contact you in October or November.
Attn: Speaker Coordinator
P.O. Box 2035
Chandler, AZ 85244-2035
Make plans to join us for AFHE’s 33rd annual Arizona Home Education Convention ... the largest gathering of homeschoolers in Arizona!
See map at the bottom of this page.
We are aware of a possible protest Friday afternoon about a mile from the Convention Center. AFHE is in communication with Convention Center event management and security and has been getting input from law enforcement. Our safety is their priority. Phoenix PD, Convention Center staff, security, and Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors are keeping a close eye on things pertaining to the possibility of this protest event. At this time, there is no expected impact to our group or event. The Phoenix Ambassadors will be on the streets (look for the orange shirts) and available to escort convention attendees as needed. The security guards will be attentive and the Phoenix PD is on alert and ready to handle any potential issues. The City of Phoenix does a fantastic job providing a safe environment downtown. There will be Dbacks games Friday and Saturday night across the street from where we'll be and there will be a healthy security presence
AFHE is taking this very seriously and we are doing all we can to stay informed and will send out an email if updates become available. Please be praying for safety and for peace. The AFHE Board is praying and we know that the Lord has a good plan for us as we gather together this weekend to get encouraged and equipped for the home education journey. Please be sure you are on the AFHE email list (link to subscribe on the home page - down a little on the left) if you wish to be notified if we have any updates on this situation.
NOTES FROM THE PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTER JULY 14, 2016
-America is comprised of special interest groups who have the right to assemble under the law of the U.S. Constitution.
-There are two protests scheduled to take place within the Phoenix city limits during the time that AFHE will be hosting its annual conference at the Phoenix Convention Center.
-These protests are not scheduled to take place in or near the Convention Center; therefore, we want to encourage our guests and business partners to proceed with business as usual.
-The Phoenix Police Department was recently recognized by the Attorney General as a model for its community-based policing and de-escalation practices.
-Please know that the Phoenix Convention Center is focused on delivering a safe, enjoyable and memorable event experience. Convention Center staff is committed to responsive service and providing all guests, exhibitors and clients a warm welcome and caring customer service.
Sick of health insurance? Join more than 61,000 households sharing over $17 million in medical needs monthly - one household to another. Experience the blessing of Christian community as members pray for those in need, bearing one another's burdens both physically and spiritually. Visit booth #808 to learn more. Samaritan Ministries will also have a table at the "Considering Homeschooling" Mini-Conference Thursday, July 14, 2:30-5:30 PM.
Enjoy and share this short AFHE Convention promo video, highlighting this very special gathering of homeschooling families in Arizona! [Produced by Yox Film Co.]
AFHE members will have the opportunity to pre-register for the convention at a discounted admission rate. Current AFHE membership is required to participate in the early registration discount.
Register early and save!
At the same time the free "Considering Homeschooling" Mini-Conference is taking place, there are two additional tracks to choose from in 2016 ... a high school track and a special needs track. The additional track options do require registration and are $10 per person. DETAILS
Join us in the AFHE Convention Facebook group where we are sharing information, quotes from speakers, speaker highlights, exhibitor highlights, and much more! Speakers and exhibitors will be interacting with us on our AFHE Convention Facebook page as we get closer to the convention as well.
Your name badge is your admission to all areas of the convention and must be worn at all times while at the AFHE Convention. Name badges may not be shared or transferred to someone else. First and last names are required on all name badges.
For those who participate in early registration, your name badges will be available for pick-up on-site at the Pre-Registration Table in the South Lobby of the Phoenix Convention Center.
Those who register at the door will be issued a name badge at on-site registration.
Discount rates are available at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, just a short two-block walk from the Convention Center South Building. To receive the group rate, make your RESERVATION ONLINE or mention Arizona Families for Home Education when making your reservation by phone. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is available for an additional charge. Reservations must be made no later than Wednesday, June 29. Rooms are limited. Parking is not included and costs $19 per 24-hour period for overnight self-parking with in-out privileges. Valet parking is $28. Check-in time is 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 PM.
The Hyatt is offering a 25% discount on self-parking at the Regency Garage for AFHE Convention attendees registered at the Hyatt with our group rate booking. In addition, the Hyatt is providing one complimentary wireless Internet connection per paid guestroom. And one added bonus, the room rate is the same for up to 4 people staying in the room. (No additional charge of $25 per person for the third and fourth guests in a room this year.)
$99 plus taxes and any hotel service fees - up to quadruple occupancy (current tax rate 12.57%)
122 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix
ONLINE RESERVATION LINK
Food is available for purchase from on-site concessions during convention hours for your convenience. In addition, numerous fast food locations and restaurants are within walking distance. A map can be picked up at the Phoenix Convention Center information desk just inside the South Building main lobby entrance.
PCC’S FOOD POLICY: The Phoenix Convention Center does not allow convention attendees to bring in outside food unless they are individual meals. So, if you purchase food at a nearby fast food restaurant or you bring in your own sack lunch, you must have one sack/package/beverage per person. PCC will not allow families to bring in lunch orders for multiple people in one sack/package. Please, no family picnic baskets, ice chests, large pizzas, case water, etc.
Parking is plentiful near the Phoenix Convention Center. Parking downtown costs approximately $10-$15 per day.
OVERSIZED VEHICLE PARKING
Oversized vehicles can be parked in several places:
1) City Garage on 5th street and Washington is very large and almost always has oversize spaces available.
2) Collier Center on Washington and 3rd street. They have just over 8’ clearance.
3) Jefferson Street garage if you enter on 4th street just north of Jefferson Street.
4.) You can park at any open lot like the one on 2nd street and Washington, directly across from Chase Field.
Visit www.downtownphoenix.com for an interactive map with parking, restaurants, and road construction updates.
The Jefferson Street Garage has generously offered discount parking for AFHE Convention attendees again in 2016 for just $5 Friday and Saturday before noon and Thursday all day. (No in and out privileges.) No coupon or flier needed to get the $5 rate. This discount will be the posted rate Thursday and before noon Friday/Saturday.
The AFHE Convention offers a fantastic opportunity for exposure to new and veteran homeschooling families, allowing qualified businesses and organizations to showcase your products and services. Our Sponsors receive outstanding brand exposure and exclusive benefits before, during, and after the convention. Check out the numerous sponsorship levels in the 2016 packet. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We are open to negotiating custom sponsorship packages as well. 2016 AFHE CONVENTION SPONSORSHIP PACKET (pdf)
We are offering an exhibit hall only pass again this year for those who have limited time and just want to come shop. The pass is $25 per adult and is good Saturday, July 16 from 3:30-6:30 PM only. Exhibit hall only passes may be purchased on-site starting at 3:15 PM Saturday. Passes may not be shared or transferred. AFHE membership is not required nor included with this option. Children and teens age 19 and younger who accompany an adult purchasing the exhibit hall only pass will be charged $10 admission each.
Ladies, invite your friends! An Evening of Real Refreshment is a fun and encouraging two-hour women's only event led by Rachael Carman and the Real Refreshment team, including Zan Tyler and Elizabeth Smith. This special evening is all about pouring back into moms so you are edified and strengthened for the important work of raising and educating your chlidren for the glory of God! Join us for an evening of fellowship, games, prizes, laughter, relaxation, prayer, and much, much more! Includes beverages and dessert.
HSLDA High School Consultant, Carol Becker, and graduated homeschool mom and AFHE Convention speaker, Colene Lewis, will present a 3-hour mini-conference to encourage and equip you for homeschooling your teens. We'll wrap up with a Q&A panel discussion.
HSLDA Special Needs Consultants, Krisa Winn and Joyce Blankenship, will present a 3-hour mini-conference to encourage and equip you for homeschooling a child with special needs. We'll wrap up with a Special Needs Panel discussion.
We have an outstanding, brand new opportunity for a couple of very special donors who have some discretionary income and a desire to support the work of AFHE all while enjoying a deluxe convention experience with exclusive benefits. This special offer has never been offered before!
Learn more about the Elite Convention Admission Package