For the past 14 years, the BC Christian Home Education Convention has supported families in Christ-centered home education by providing an event that brings home education families together with resource providers and speakers for a time of inspiration, encouragement and challenge. It has been a rewarding journey and Heritage Christian Online School is so grateful for the opportunity to come alongside home education families from across BC.
In order to continue providing homeschooling families in BC with quality support and learning opportunities, we want to make you aware of some changes coming for next year.
In the Spring of 2020 Heritage Christian Online School will provide training and support for home education communities through regional HCOS Connect events. Our goal is to provide teachers and parents with workshops relevant to home learning environments. Topics will be chosen with the goal of providing meaningful and relevant development for both parents and educators. HCOS Connect events will also provide a space for parents to connect with their regional administration and teachers in order to develop relationships, ask questions and plan for their children’s education.
Hosting these events around BC will mean less travel for families while continuing to make connections with local home learning communities. We want to extend the benefits of CHEC to families who may not have been able to travel to Kelowna each year. These events will take place on a single day over the course of the afternoon and evening.
Currently we plan to host HCOS Connect events in Kelowna, Fort St. John, Nanaimo and Langley.
We realize that a key component of BC CHEC that regional events will not be able to replicate is the resource vendor hall and the overall scale of a large conference. As such, we also intend to put our support behind the BC Home Learning Conference, a new Christian home education conference that started in 2018 and takes place in Langley. This conference is a collaborative effort between Christian DL schools in BC who seek to support home education, whether registered or enrolled. We already have and will continue to support the organization of the conference with our experience learned from 14 years of running BC CHEC. We believe this conference will provide the vendor resources and larger scale conference experience to those who really value that about CHEC.