IDEA Curriculum Fair 2018: Welcome and Overview for Attendees

You are invited to the 20th Annual IDEA Curriculum Fair, hosted by the Galena City School District!

IDEA is pleased to again present this opportunity to homeschoolers and other parents and/or educators in Alaska and we look forward to sharing this exciting event with you in April-May!

Schedule of events, floor-plans, workshop schedule, and maps:

- Anchorage
- Fairbanks
- Juneau
- Soldotna

Over 60 curricular vendors, both local and from out of state, will be participating, with many sharing their knowledge and experience in workshops that are guaranteed to encourage, inform, and motivate you! Thank you to Rainbow Resource Center for partnering with us financially in helping to sponsor this homeschool convention!

Keynote speaker Brian Wasko - is the founder and director of WriteAtHome and a homeschooling father of four girls. Brian has been a high school English teacher at a low-income public school, Christian rapper, youth pastor, teacher of a weekly writing class for homeschoolers in his area (and later a literature class), blogger, and Uber driver! He and his wife Melanie homeschooled their four daughters and run WriteAtHome from their home in Virginia Beach, VA. He loves encouraging homeschoolers of all ages, and inspiring students and homeschooling parents to accomplish more than they think they can.

Featured speaker Greg Denning is a mentor and Director of International Adventures at Williamsburg Learning in Utah. His passion is to serve in developing countries and pass along what he has learned about the principles and practices of successful, happy lives. He loves to give parents tips on how to inspire their students to take charge of their own education and acquire a drive to excel.

Entrance Fee - The exhibits and workshops are provided at no charge to IDEA families. Non-IDEA families are welcome and may purchase at the Fair. Click here for an explanation of fees.

Keynote Fee - Pre-registration is required to attend the Keynote meal. There is a small separate fee for each person attending, whether they are in IDEA or not. Click on the name of your location on the top left or the "keynote meal" link for more information.

Purchases - Returning IDEA families who have re-enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year may use their allotment to pre-purchase at the Fair. Others must use cash, checks, or credit cards, depending on vendors' preferences.

Hand-outs - There will be a limited number of booklets available at the door with floor-plans and information about the workshops and Fair Specials offered by the exhibitors. We will also be handing you sacks with catalogs and flyers from vendors that could not come in person, but wanted to participate.

Children - While you are welcome to bring your children, there will be no special program for them.  Please keep in mind that all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We encourage you to seek child care for young children so that you can fully participate in the workshops and visit freely with exhibitors.

General info:

- Exhibitors
- Workshops
- Keynote meal
- Keynote speaker
- Featured speaker
- Other speakers
- Entrance Fees
- Hotel discounts

If you have any further questions, please contact the contact person for each location or the IDEA Statewide Curriculum Fair Coordinator:

Carol Simpson

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