LeaderConnect 2023

Strong Leaders - Stronger Together

The homeschool community is continuing to expand every day! A wide variety of leaders in every area is vital to meeting the needs of this ever-growing population of homeschool families. Leaders with unique gifts, interests, strengths and skills have much to offer both new and veteran homeschool families alike.


Please join fellow leaders and potential leaders at the beautiful Samoset Resort in Rockport for the first annual LeaderConnect! We'll come together to grow, refresh, share ideas and encouragement, and hear from inspiring speakers about the importance of standing together to create a strong homeschool community for future generations.


Who Should Attend?

Are you leading and serving your homeschool community in one of the ways listed below? Are you serving in another way? If the answer is yes, then come to LeaderConnect! Do you see a need in your community and want to learn more about starting your own support group or co-op? Come learn from those who have gone before you and see what you can do to serve in your community. 

  • Support Group Leaders
  • Co-op Leaders
  • Field Trip and Activity Coordinators
  • Facebook Group Leaders
  • Others Interested in Leading and Serving!

LeaderConnect Conference Details

Date: February 3-4, 2023

Theme: Strong Leaders - Stronger Together

Location: Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME

Cost: $49 per person, $79 per couple (includes lunch on Saturday). Pre-registration required.

Overnight Accommodations: Use this link to Reserve Your Room at the Samoset Resort, or call 800-341-1650, no later than January 6, 2023, and mention Homeschoolers of Maine to be assured of our special discounted rate! Make your reservation early as there are a limited number of rooms in our block. (Please note that the "resort fee" has also been waived for our group!) 



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Schedule of Events

Friday, February 3

12:00 noon - Registration opens

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Pre-event Workshop: How to Start a Group in Your Area - Michelle Collomy

Do you feel the need for a group in your area but aren't sure how to get one started? Are you interested in knowing more about the different types of support groups, co-ops and educational opportunities that other homeschool moms are providing in their area? In this workshop, you will hear from seasoned group leaders that felt the need and found creative ways to offer support in their area of the state. 

4:00 - 5:00pm - Building Your Homeschool Team - LaNissir James

Building up leaders while enhancing their strengths as you serve homeschool families is an important task. Learn the skills to identify, train and grow homeschool leaders as you lead your organization.

5:00 - 5:30pm - Roundtable discussion

5:30 - 6:30pm - Dinner on your own

6:30 - 7:30pm - Answering the Questions That Keep You up at Night - Darren Jones

Guard your support group against legal surprises! In this workshop, Darren helps you understand issues that affect your group, including civil rights law, child abuse prevention, and financial issues. Don’t miss this important discussion of policies your support group should adopt when serving the homeschool community!

7:30pm - Social Hour


Saturday, February 4

6:30 - 7:00am - Empowerment Stretch - Brandi Schunk

Our thoughts have incredible power to either destroy or create. Practice focusing on words that bring life, while moving your body in gentle ways to elongate your muscles and activate blood flow. This guided time will leave you empowered and energized for the day ahead.

7:00 - 8:30am - Breakfast on your own

8:30 - 9:30am - Serving Others While Serving Your Family - LaNissir James 

Leadership is demanding, but so is the call on your life to serve your family. Let’s dive into boundaries and strategies to serving others well while serving your family well, too.

9:30 – 10:00am - Roundtable discussion

10:30 - 11:30 - Local Groups: Connecting the Movement - Darren Jones

Local homeschool groups engage all levels of the homeschool movement. They provide services to homeschooling families, everything from classes to Moms’ Night Out. They are often the first point of contact for new families and help plug them in to the wider homeschool community. Often, they are liaisons between homeschool parents and state homeschool organizations, since homeschool families often see the state as only doing conferences or legislative work (if they even know about them). Darren Jones talks with groups all across the country and spends time brainstorming ideas of how they can better serve homeschoolers. Come prepared to talk about what your group is doing and hear ideas for creative ways to serve.

11:30am - noon - Roundtable discussion

12:00 - 1:00pm - Lunch provided by HOME and Legislative Update

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Conflict Resolution and Building Healthy Relationships - LaNissir James

Conflict does not have to lead to a crisis when learning to identify blind spots, welcome feedback, and lead with love. Learn strategies for building healthy relationships while building up great leaders.

2:30 - 3:30pm - The Secret to Homeschool Freedom - Darren Jones

The best way to safeguard the future is to learn from the past. Homeschooling has grown from a      marginalized, possibly illegal, choice of a few parents to an accepted option for millions of families. Homeschooling’s history of close calls and exciting victories sheds light on upcoming challenges to homeschool freedom. We, as group leaders, are on the front lines of keeping homeschool freedom free.

3:30 - 4:00pm - Closing Session and Good-byes


Pre-register Today!

Don't miss this life-changing opportunity to grow and thrive as a leader! 

Please help us plan ahead for your presence. Pre-register below, no later than January 20.


Our Speakers

Darren Jones - A homeschool graduate, Darren first came to work for HSLDA as a legal assistant over 25 years ago. As Senior Counsel and Director of Group Services, Darren works with homeschool support groups across the country, assisting them with issues ranging from financial questions to membership policies to figuring out how to adapt to the homeschooling law of the state. Darren and his wife Sara have four children, two graduated and two whom they homeschool as a team. Darren loves teaching, games, and studying about history.


LaNissir James - A homeschooling mom and leader, LaNissir James has a passion to serve the home-educating community. She provides social, spiritual, academic, and supervisory support for families in local groups and encourages and equips homeschool graduates to transition into colleges, careers, and vocational schools.


Brandi Schunk - Brandi is a homeschooling mama, HOME Regional Rep, Independent Health Coach with Optavia, and retired Licensed Massage Therapist.



Michelle Collomy

Michelle Collomy has been homeschooling her twelve children, here in Maine, for the past 26 years. She is enthusiastic about encouraging new homeschool moms as they get started on their journey.

Many Thanks to Our LeaderConnect Sponsors!

* Please contact Angela Hurd at angela4homeadv@gmail.com or 207.322.6771` if you would like to help sponsor this event!