Oregon Christian Home Education Conference
June 22 & 23, 2018
Linn County Expo Center, Albany, OR
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.“
Brought to you by OCEANetwork and our generous sponsors.
Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registrations are welcome!
Homeschooling is an exciting adventure. Just like any adventure, it can be challenging, too. Do you need a boost of encouragement and inspiration? Don’t miss the 2018 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference. The annual OCEANetwork conference is the largest gathering of homeschoolers in Oregon. There’s nothing quite as energizing as being together with more than 1,000 homeschool parents who are on the same adventure with their families as you are.
The speaker line-up this year will inspire and encourage you as we focus on homeschooling for the Kingdom. Keynote speakers Dr. Voddie Baucham and David Barton will inspire you to build on the firm foundation of God’s word. Conference workshops will contain plenty of how-tos whether you are looking for ideas for getting started, homeschooling high school, dealing with special needs, or getting it all done—we’ve got all of that and much more.
The freedom to teach our children at home is a tremendous honor and privilege, and Oregon is a great state in which to homeschool! We look forward to a refreshing weekend June 22 & 23, 2018, at the Oregon Christian Home Education Conference with you.
*** NEW THIS YEAR! ***
We’re happy to announce that moving the conference to Albany has provided wonderful opportunities for more family-centered features this year! Here are just a few:
- Bring your own food and drink or support local restaurants
- Frugal lodging options including on-site and nearby camping and RV parking
- Mission Aviation Fellowship will be hosting a fly-in and offering air plane rides
- Family fun activities in the evenings
- Science activities
- Career Fair
- And more!
Take Flight with Mission Aviation Fellowship!
Pre-register now for a 15-20 minute flight at the conference on a real missionary plane, in the same type of jungle aircraft that carries food, doctors, missionaries, Bibles and medical supplies, all in the name of Christ, into the most isolated parts of the world. It’s the chance of a lifetime!
($35 for pre-registratons. $40 if you sign up at the conference.)
Each year, OCEANetwork prayerfully seeks speakers to equip you to homeschool and to make the most of the unique family dynamics of home education. These are speakers who know homeschooling first-hand. God has given them a message that resonates with the Christian homeschool community.
|Registration Type||Dates Available||Cost (spouse is always FREE!)|
|*Children and grandparents are $10 each. For more detailed registration information, including scholarships and parents of preschoolers, click here.|
|Early Bird Registration||April 19th - May 15th||$55 for an individual, spouse FREE|
|Regular Registration||May 16th - June 12th||$65 for an individual, spouse FREE|
|At the door registration||After June 12th||$75 for an individual, spouse FREE|
Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registrations are welcome!
Here is the basic schedule for both Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23d. Note that detailed schedules with workshop information will be published as the conference date draws nearer. For the Used Curriculum Exchange Schedule, see the section below.
June 22 & 23, 2018
8:00 – 9:15 am – Registration opens, coffee, regional meet-ups
9:30 – 10:45 am – General session, Exhibit Hall opens
10:45 – 11:00 am – Break
11:00 – 12:00 pm – Workshop session
12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch, brown bag meet-ups
1:30 – 2:30 pm – Workshop session
2:30 – 3:00 pm – Break
3:00 – 4:00 pm – Workshop session
4:00 – 4:15 pm – Break
4:15 – 5:30 pm – General session
Exhibit hall closes at 6:30 on Friday and 6:00 on Saturday.
Used Curriculum Exchange
Sell last year’s school books or find bargains for next year – you can do both at the Used Curriculum Exchange. Lots of shopping hours! Shopping hours are Friday from 12:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Admission the first hour and a half will be by time-stamped tickets which are issued based on when you register for the conference. See “Obtaining Used Curriculum Exchange Tickets” below for how to get early tickets to the Used Curriculum Exchange.
Remember, you must be registered for the conference or purchase an exhibit hall pass in order to participate or sell books in the Used Curriculum Sale.
Used Curriculum Exchange Schedule
Friday, June 22nd
8 am – 6 pm – Book drop off
12:15 – 6 p.m. – Sale hours
Saturday, June 23rd
9 – 10 am – Book drop off
9 am – 12 noon – Sale hours
1:30 – 3:45 pm – Gleaner Sale (all donated books on sale for $1 each)
2 – 4 pm – Seller pick up (Books that are not donated by seller must be picked up by 4 pm)
Online material registration is available now.
You will be able to register your material for sale online – the only supplies you will need are plain printer paper and scotch tape. The online software will print your labels with title, price, grade level, category, and barcode – two labels per book. All you do is print out the labels, cut them apart, and affix one on the outside and one on the inside of your book with scotch tape. It’s fast and easy!
Online material registration will be available April 19th through June 21st. All material for sale must be pre-registered by June 21st at 12 noon.
Delivering Your Books
Material registered for the Used Curriculum Exchange may be dropped off at one of the satellite locations on Thursday, June 21, 2018, between 12 noon and 3 p.m., or at the Linn County Expo Center (Willamette Center) between 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 or during the conference June 22 and 23, 2018.
OCEANetwork will once again provide satellite drop off locations on Thursday, June 21nd. See the list of drop off locations.
Buying Used Materials
You will be admitted to the Used Curriculum Exchange between 12:15 and 1:30 on Friday in time blocks. From 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, the Used Curriculum Exchange will be open for all to shop. When you register for the conference (or purchase an Exhibit Hall Only Pass), you will be assigned a time to shop the Used Curriculum Exchange. Conference volunteers shop first, then those attending the conference will be assigned time blocks based on how soon they register. The sooner you register, the earlier you’ll shop. Everyone will get a chance to shop.
Obtaining Used Curriculum Exchange Tickets*
1. Volunteer to help at the conference: As a thank you for volunteers, you will be in the first group admitted to the Used Curriculum Exchange. Volunteers get to shop Friday afternoon starting early at 12:15 p.m. (or anytime during the regular Used Curriculum Exchange hours).
2. Pre-register for the conference: Used Curriculum Exchange tickets will be issued to those registering for the conference (either online or by mail) in the order the registration is received. The sooner you register, the earlier shopping time block you will be assigned. Online registration opens at 8 a.m. on April 19th.
3. Walk-in Conference registration. Those registering for the conference at the door don’t have to miss the Used Curriculum Exchange. They will be assigned time blocks after the pre-registered conference attendees’ time blocks.
4. Purchase an Exhibit Hall Only pass at the door. Those purchasing Exhibit Hall Only Passes may also shop at the Used Curriculum Exchange. They will be assigned time blocks after the pre-registered conference attendees’ time blocks.
*Please note: For their own protection, infants are only allowed in the Used Curriculum Exchange if they are in a front pack. No strollers, backpacks or other conveyances are allowed. If you plan to shop in the Used Curriculum Exchange, please make alternative care arrangements for your children who do not fit in front packs. (Have dad, grandparent or friend watch them while you are shopping.)
We appreciate all the wonderful exhibitors attending the OCEANetwork Conference. They offer excellent resources to homeschool families. Exhibitors include full-curriculum suppliers, one-subject offerings, services to help struggling homeschoolers, and more. Check out the list of exhibitors for the 2018 conference!
Click here if you are interested in exhibiting at the Oregon Christian Home Education Conference, June 22 & 23, 2018.
Those registered for the conference have full access to the Exhibit Hall during all hours it is open.
Exhibit Hall Only Pass
We believe the curriculum hall and the conference work together to equip you for the upcoming school year. Therefore, we encourage you to register for the whole conference to obtain the best preparation for next year. However, we realize there are some who prefer to attend the Exhibit Hall only. Therefore, we will be offering Exhibit Hall Only passes. See the Registration Information page for details.
Exhibit Hall Hours:
Friday, June 22, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
*** Note: For detailed registration information, visit the Registration Information page.
Parent of Preschooler Scholarship
Parents who have never attended the conference before and whose oldest child is under the age of six by the conference date may attend the conference for FREE. Children may attend for a minimal fee of $10 per child. To obtain the code for the Parents of Preschoolers Scholarship visit the Registration Information page. Registration for Parents of Preschoolers begins at 8 a.m. on April 19, 2018.
Single Parent Scholarship
Recognizing that single parents, whether by death of a spouse or by divorce, are carrying the load of both provider and teacher, the Board of OCEANetwork would like to alleviate a small portion of this burden by allowing the single parent to attend the conference for free along with their children. Grandparents may accompany the parent for a small charge of $10 per grandparent. Single parents may contact conference registrar, Joyce Padilla at via email at email@example.com or by phone at 503-787-3512 to apply for the scholarship.
Homeschoolers are not immune to unemployment and other hardships which come from time to time often making it difficult to pay even the minimal fee for the conference. With this in mind, OCEANetwork offers a benevolent scholarship. To apply for the scholarship, please contact the conference registrar, Joyce Padilla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastors and Missionaries, along with their spouse and children, may receive a scholarship to the conference by submitting their request on your church letterhead or mission board letterhead to the conference registrar, Joyce Padilla, OCEANetwork, 17985 Falls City Rd Dallas, OR 97338 or email her at email@example.com.
Active military, along with their spouse and children, may attend the conference for free. To apply for the scholarship, please send proof of military I.D. to the conference registrar, Joyce Padilla, OCEANetwork, 17985 Falls City Rd Dallas, OR 97338 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note OCEANetwork is no longer offering Work Scholarships. Those receiving scholarships are welcome to help at the conference by volunteering, but it is no longer a requirement in order to receive a scholarship.
To donate to the scholarship fund and bless other homeschooling families perhaps less fortunate than yourself go to the donation page on OCEANetwork’s website.
Every year, dozens of wonderful, servant-hearted conference attendees willingly sacrifice part of their time at the conference. Why? Because they understand that without their help, it would be impossible to have a conference that the average homeschool family could afford to attend.
There are several opportunities for adults and young adults 15 and older who are attending with a parent. Sign up online for the job and shift you want. So you don’t have to feel like you are missing any of the messages, you will receive a coupon for one MP3 download for every session you miss. Most shifts are two-and-one-half hours to three hours long.
You must be registered for the conference to volunteer. You can indicate you want to volunteer when you register for the conference.
If you are already registered, you can contact Kathrina Bisceglia at email@example.com or 503-915-8013 to volunteer.
If you specifically want to volunteer in the Used Curriculum Exchange, contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We no longer offer work-scholarships, but we do offer Benevolent Scholarships, Single-parent Scholarships, Pastor/Missionary Scholarships and Military Scholarships. View the scholarship information on this page for more information. If you are a recipient of a scholarship, you are welcome to volunteer, but it is not mandatory.
As a thank you for helping the OCEANetwork Conference run smoothly, volunteers will be in the first group to be allowed to shop the Used Curriculum Exchange. Shopping for volunteers will be on Friday starting at 1:00 p.m.
Volunteer positions available at the conference:
Set up crew: Thursday afternoon. Help the vendors unload their products. This job is one of heavy lifting and physical labor. Please do not volunteer to do this if you have health problems or are pregnant.
Morning Greeters: We are looking for friendly, smiling folks who like to make families feel welcome at the conference. Friday, bright and early, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
General Session Greeters: Greet people coming into the general session hall, give out handouts, collect evaluations. You get to hear the general session, but need to arrive 15 minutes early and stay a little after the session.
Tear down crew: Saturday afternoon. Help the vendors move out their products when the exhibit hall closes. This job is one of heavy lifting and physical labor. Please do not volunteer to do this if you have health problems or are pregnant.
Used Curriculum Exchange Volunteers: Volunteers are needed Thursday afternoon, Friday, and Saturday to help organize the books for the Used Curriculum Exchange. Sign up when you register for the conference. Or if you have already registered and would like to volunteer for the Used Curriculum Exchange, please contact Heather at email@example.com.
*** Looking for opportunities to volunteer with OCEANetwork year round? Click here to find out more.
- Free parking
- You may bring your own food and drink. There will be vendors available nearby as well.
- RV parking with or without hook-ups available on site (reserve your spot here) and at nearby locations (Including Knox Butte RV Park)
- Tent Camping including a KOA campground with tent camping available just 15 min. from the Expo Center.
- Nearby hotels for your convenience. Group Discount: Mention “OCEANetwork” when you book a room with Holiday Inn Express (541-928-8820) or Comfort Suites (541-928-2053) to receive our group discount.
- Handicapped Accommodations: If you or someone attending with you has a disability which requires special accommodations for full participation in the conference, please inform us 30 days in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can better meet your needs. The entire facility is wheelchair accessible.
Giveaways & Silent Auction
Each year we invite vendors, speakers, and companies that homeschoolers love to help us bless you with fantastic giveaways, online events, and a silent auction at the conference! We will update this list as more participate. Please visit their sites and visit those that are at the conference this year!
- OCEANetwork: Buy-it-Here Grand Prize – Up to $100 of your exhibit hall purchases reimbursed (not including UCE or Silent Auction purchases).
- OCEANetwork: Exhibit Hall Passport Prize – Visit all the booths participating in the Exhibit Hall Passport activity and be entered to win a Kindle Fire HD
Several wonderful companies and individuals have graciously donated valuable items to OCEANetwork’s Silent Auction to be held at the conference June 22 & 23, 2018. If you would like to donate to the Silent Auction please fill out this form. This is a wonderful way to support those businesses as well as benefit OCEANetwork and our efforts to support homeschoolers in Oregon!
The Silent Auction will be open during Exhibit Hall hours and will close at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Winning bidders will be able to pay for and pick up their items between 4 and 6 pm Saturday. OCEANetwork is not able to ship items to winning bidders.
Each year OCEANetwork throws a fantastic pre-conference Facebook party on the OCEANetwork FB page, along with several other fun social media events. During these parties we highlight speakers, vendors, and local companies homeschoolers love with fantastic discounts and prizes! It’s a fantastic way to connect before we enter the conference doors together. If you would like to donate to the Facebook party, please contact Tauna at email@example.com.
Still Have Questions?
General conference questions: Contact OCEANetwork, 503-288-1285
Scholarships: See the “Scholarship Opportunities” expandable section on this page or contact Joyce Padilla, firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference Volunteers: See the “Conference Volunteers” expandable section on this page or Kathrina Bisceglia, email@example.com
Used Curriculum Exchange Volunteers: Contact Heather Tourville, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-329-6523
Handicapped Accommodations: See the “Location” expandable section on this page or contact OCEANetwork , 503-288-1285