TEACH CT - The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers

Equipping Leaders Luncheon - Fall 2019

An event designed to equip and build community among those in homeschool leadership.

Leaders sacrifice so much, and TEACH wants to be there to support you. One of the ways we do that is by investing in workshops that we hope you will find both practical and timely, as well as providing an opportunity for you to network with each other. As homeschooling grows, specifically the number of those exiting public school because of children with special needs, etc. we need to be ready to come along side those parents with help and community. It is our hope that this information packed event will assist you in rising to the challenges and opportunities!

WHAT: Equipping Leaders: Group-Related Legal Concerns & Special Needs Support

WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

WHERE: First Bible Baptist Church, 12 Granger Lane, Plainville, CT - directions


HSLDA Atty Darren Jones will be “Answering the Hard Questions” about guarding your support group against legal surprises - some that you may have wondered about, but perhaps many that never crossed your mind! Civil rights, child abuse prevention, Americans with Disabilities Act, insurance, membership guidelines (with current real life examples) and much more… with plenty of time for Q & A.

HSLDA Special Needs Consultant Faith Berens will address how to guide families to the right resources and accommodations for various types of disabilities and learning challenges, plus ideas on how to support and incorporate families within your group who have one or more children with special needs.


Panel Discussion - If you have specific leadership questions or concerns that you would like addressed, either general or related to the above topics, please include them in the space provided on your registration form so that we can make sure that they are included in our discussion time.

Note: We are also seeking moms who are willing to share their experiences navigating special needs resources, and examples of encounters in a group setting that were supportive or challenging.


The registration deadline has been extended! Please register here by Tuesday, October 15. We are asking $10/person to help defray costs. However, if this presents a financial hardship please contact us at: .


These luncheons are designed to equip and build community among those in homeschool leadership, or being groomed for leadership. However, if no one from leadership can attend, we strongly encourage you to send another representative from your group to take notes in your stead so that you can benefit from the valuable  information shared.

If you know of someone in homeschool leadership who may not be aware of this event, please feel free to invite them!

Please take a moment to join our TEACH CT Leaders and TEACH CT Homeschoolers Facebook groups if you have not already - it’s a great way to build community!


A homeschool graduate, Darren Jones received his J.D. from Oak Brook College of Law. He first came to work for HSLDA as a legal assistant. As a litigation attorney, Darren assists Jim Mason in preparing cases and defending members who are experiencing legal difficulty. He also works with homeschool support groups, assisting them with legal issues. Darren and his wife Sara have four children, whom they homeschool as a team.

Learn more about Darren here.


Faith Berens lives in Fauquier County, VA, with her husband Matthew, daughter Hailey, and son Hayden. Faith joined the HSLDA team of special needs consultants in 2008 and homeschools her children. She also works as a private educational consultant and evaluator. Some of her passions include reading for pleasure, singing, traveling, nature/science, leading Bible studies, and teaching reading to struggling students. Faith holds a master’s degree in reading from Shenandoah University. She has over 15 years of teaching experience that includes serving as a classroom teacher in public and private Christian schools, Reading Recovery® teacher, reading specialist, NILD educational therapist, home educator, co-op instructor, and tutor. Her areas of expertise are early childhood literacy, reading assessment, and the identification and remediation of reading difficulties and disabilities.

Learn more about Faith here.