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    Speakers and Workshops

    Can't get away for a field trip? Speakers and workshops can come to your location!

    Andros Books Publishing Company
    A homeschool resource publisher offering media appearances, workshops, lectures, and booksignings. Susanne Bain, author/publisher, is pleased to present topics of interest to homeschool groups, teaching organizations, political action committees, and women's clubs throughout Arizona and the Southwest - as well as providing positive, fact-filled information to the print and broadcast media.

    Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE)
    The oldest and largest home education organization in the state; sponsors an annual convention and curriculum fair with inspirational speakers, informative workshops, and an extensive array of exhibitors; provides media contacts.

    Arizona Game and Fish Department
    2221 W. Greenway Road
    Phoenix AZ 85023
    AGFD's Education Branch has a variety of programs designed especially for teachers, students, and homeschoolers. Free "Project Wild" workshops for educators are provided throughout the state - contact Sandy at 602-789-3243.

    Arizona Historical Society
    The Arizona Historical Society (AHS) is Arizona's oldest cultural organization, founded by the territorial legislature on November 7, 1864, to preserve Arizona's history for the present and future. AHS staff and volunteers can make presentations for adult organizations in southern Arizona. The minimum audience size is 20; there is no fee. On their website, go to the Education page and scroll down to "Speakers Bureau" for details. The Education department also sponsors a series of Wednesday evening lectures. Each quarterly series focuses on a particular theme. Go to the Education page and scroll down to "Arizona Lecture Series" for more information.

    Arizona Humanities Council
    The Ellis-Shackelford House
    1242 N. Central Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85004-1887
    The Arizona Humanities Council encourages people to share the stories of Arizona's vivid past and vibrant living cultures by focusing on four program areas: books and reading, history and heritage, community dialogue, and teacher education. Their website contains information about reading programs and exhibits, tells about their speakers bureau (including living history presenters!), offers resources for teachers and schools, and has links to related sites.

    AZ Standards
    AZ Standards is an information and action group that wants to improve education by ridding schools of the misuse and abuse of standardized tests by supporting the use of meaningful, reliable and descriptive alternatives. Their aim is to get rid of test-driven education, change people's views of accountability, emphasize curriculum substance rather than test-prep in the classroom, influence state lawmakers to allow districts to create more appropriate alternatives to measuring learning and academic success, and stop the use of high-stakes tests as a requirement for graduation. An intelligent, informative site with news, articles, quotes, reading lists, research, related web links, and ideas for alternatives. (For example, to graduate from Sedona Red Rock High School, each senior must successfully complete one exhibition.) Invite a member of the AZ Standards Speakers Bureau to your community.

    The Center for Arizona Policy: Promoting Family, Faith, and Freedom
    The Center for Arizona Policy staff are available for a variety of speaking engagements. The staff frequently address local churches, schools, civic organizations, conferences, seminars, professional and business clubs, homeschool groups and others interested in public policy issues. See their list of topics and speaker bios on their website. For information on obtaining a CAP speaker for your organization’s community event, contact the CAP office at (480) 922-3101 or e-mail .

    Clare’s Coloring Cottage
    Clare is available to show home displays of her educational coloring books or give park day presentations to homeschool groups. If you'd like Clare to speak to your group about home based businesses, homeschooling, or of course coloring books and the skills that are developed through coloring books, contact Clare at 1-877-252-7322 or fill out the form at

    Covenant Homeschool Resource Center
    1117 E. Devonshire, Phoenix AZ
    (2 blocks north of Indian School, 1 block west of 12th St. on Mitchell)

    Monthly Home Educators' H.E.A.R.T. meetings with information for new homeschoolers and special interest topics for home educators. Weekly free Question and Answer time on the following as needed: Getting Started, Preparing for High School and College, Transcripts and Record Keeping, Setting a Schedule, Choosing Curriculum, and whatever is on your heart. Q and A sessions will be held at the Devonshire office and our new class location in Sun City West! Please call or visit our website for details. In-depth workshops on these topics and more can be arranged at our location or yours—support group events, Mom’s Night Out, special seminars etc. Please call or email with the topics of interest.

    Freedoms Foundation
    Make history exciting...for schools and organizations. Put life into your history classes with our proven and successful Living History Programs, and let us partner with you in preserving the ideals and principles upon which this country was founded. Volunteers of the Phoenix Chapter bring over 20 Living History Programs to schools and organizations in Maricopa County. Programs are free to all private, parochial, public and charter schools.

    Home Grown Families
    As a couple and individually, Jay and Kelli Johnson have ministered to many families through speaking at various conferences, seminars, homeschool conventions, and parenting classes. Having been mentored by many godly women over the years, Kelli desires to continue the cycle of encouraging others along the way. She shares her heart, both one-on-one and through speaking engagements and enrichment classes on topics relating to marriage, family life, and homeschooling.

    Learning for Life Resource Center
    Workshops on career exploration, personality profiles, learning styles, and other educational assessments.

    Marty Campbell
    Add some excitement and entertainment to your group or organization's next meeting. Marty shares his intimate knowledge of Arizona history and discovery with audiences throughout Arizona. Marty's engaing presentations are both informative and humorous. Each presentation features a fascinating Power Point visual tour of Arizona's less travelled back country and dynamic scenery. Marty writes a column, "Arizona Family Field Trips," that is published monthly in Raising Arizona Kids magazine.

    NASA Educator Resource Center
    University of Arizona Space Sciences Building
    Lunar & Planetary Laboratory
    1629 E. University Boulevard
    Tucson, AZ 85721
    (520) 621-6947
    The source for NASA and aerospace education in your state. Limited quantities of NASA Educational Products may be available. NASA Educator Resource Centers also offer teacher workshops and other education programs.

    The Salt Seller Edusource
    P.O. Box 56701
    Phoenix, AZ 85079-6701
    Seminars and workshops for home educators.

    2814 W. Bell Rd., Suite 1405
    Phoenix, AZ 85053
    Instruction in phonics, reading, writing and spelling based on the Spalding method (Writing Road to Reading). The Spalding Method is a total language arts approach that is effective with both general and special education students. The Spalding Method provides explicit, integrated instruction in spelling, writing, listening and reading comprehension.

    We Make History
    Historic Persons Available for Hire! For a positive impact that will long be remembered hire a historic character for your event, class or meeting. George Washington, Patrick Henry and Civil War political figures representing both Northern and Southern perspectives are just a few of the many available. Presentations are by experienced actors in completely authentic attire who have the dramatic skills and historic knowledge to portray famous persons "in character" and have done so for government, corporations, schools, churches, homeschool associations, historic sites, state parks, civic groups, reenactments, special events, parades, balls, fundraisers, private parties, patriotic gatherings, festivals, rallies and even the Arizona state legislature! Keynote, educational, inspirational, motivational and interactive approaches are all possible depending on the nature of your needs. Speeches and presentations have been and can be adapted to audiences of a few or of thousands. In addition, historic fashion lectures may be arranged for groups and schools. For booking information and a list of historic interpretations which are available, visit

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