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Join us for an invigorating 2 day conference exploring, learning, and being inspired in your home education journey. Workshops, vendors, lunches, community, and more!

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KeyNote Speaker

Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.

Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of eleven, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mr. Pudewa's will present the keynote talks on Saturday as well as one workshop. His topics include: Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination, The Four Language Arts, and Nurturing Competent Communicators.

Friday Student Workshops

Mr. Pudewa will host student workshops on Friday.

8:30-10:30 AM—Grades 3-5
Units 1 and 2 Introduction to IEW—Level A

11 AM – 1 PM—Grades 6-8+
Introduction to IEW—Level B

1:30-4 PM—Grades 3-8+
Unit 3 Story Writing

Registration is available on the IEW website.

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The 2018 Conference is being generously hosted by Vino Nuevo Church on the East side of El Paso. The 2 day conference will include 32 workshops, host local and national vendors in the Exhibit Hall and provide child care for kids age three to eight.

Food Trucks will be available for lunch both Friday and Saturday.

Early Bird Registration is now open and is $30/family (2 adults and their dependents) until May 31 when pricing will increase to $45/family.


We have reserved a group of rooms at the Hampton Inn and Suites for the dates of July 12-15 at the rate of $109/night (A $50 savings per night). Book using the link below.

Hampton Inn & Suites El Paso East 12055 Gateway West Blvd. El Paso, TX 79936
Booking code:    EHA

2018 Sponsors + Vendors

Thank you to this year's BEYOND THE BOX Conference Sponsors.
Without your support this conference would not be possible. 

Platinum Sponsors

AllSate: Oscar Arrieta's Agency
Bell 2 Bell Educator Supplies
Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Centers of El Paso
esa Hills Chiropractic
Mountain View Dermatology
New Beginnings: Pediatric Speech Therapy


Gold Sponsors

ShillerLearning: Montessori at Home


Silver Sponsors

Ignite Movement Church
Talamantes International
Unlock Math


Bronze Sponsors

Century 21—Eva T Salinas
Classical Conversations
Howard Payne University
Olympian Fitness Center
Ruby Sarmiento

Program Sponsors

Ceci Mitre Photography

2018 Beyond the box VENDORS

Behavior Change Institute
Bible Courier International
Books Are Gems
Border Patrol Explorers
Bull Strong CrossFit
Civil Air Patrol
Classical Conversations
Costco Wholesale
Desert Sun Chiropractic
Eastside Homeschool Sea Snakes
El Paso Community College
El Paso Figure Skating Club
El Paso Homeschool Science Fair
El Paso Homeschool PE Group
El Paso Police Department
El Paso Public Library
FPCEP/HOPE Homeschool Co-ops
Howard Payne University: El Paso
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Juice Plus+
Marvelous Light Homeschool Chess
My Little Home
Northeast Christian Academy
Olympian Fitness Center
Post Tenebrus Lux Books
Teaching Textbooks
Usbourne Books and More
Young Living Essential Oils


Schedule of events


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