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Ms. Beth Ellen Nash:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



Nash, Beth Ellen

1109 Mendota St.
Madison, Wisconsin (WI)  53714
United States of America (US)

Featured PresentationsGreat Homeschool Convention--Featured Special Needs Track

Greenville, SC March 2014, 2015

Cincinnati, OH April 2014, 2015, 2016

Ontario, CA June 2014, 2015

Fort Worth, TX Feb 2015

Wisconsin Christian Home Educator’s Association Watertown, WI May 2015

New York LEAH--Featured Special Needs Speaker Rochester, NY June 2015

FPEA Special Needs Struggling Learner Conference Orlando, FL November 2014

CHEK Homeschool Conference--Featured Special Needs Track Speaker

Louisville, KY July 2013

Other Speaking Engagements

Wisconsin Christian Home Educator’s Association

Watertown, WI May 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Wisconsin Parents’ Association (WPA) Oshkosh, WI May 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) Harrisburg, PA May 2014, 2015, 2016

North Carolina Home Educators Winston-Salem, NC May 2014

California Homeschool Network Torrance, CA June 2014

CSTHEA Chatanooga, TN July 2011, 2012

CHEF of Missouri St. Louis, MO May 2012

Minnesota Homeschooler’s Alliance St. Paul, MN September 2011

Chicago Homeschool Expo Tinley Park, IL May 2010

Educational Resources Expo Memphis Area Home Education Association (MAHE)

Memphis, TN June 2009, 2010

2013 Wisconsin CHEA Annual Spring Conference (2013, WI)
2012 Wisconsin CHEA Annual Spring Conference (2012, WI)
2012 Wisconsin Parents Association's Conference and Curriculum Fair (2012, WI)
2011 Wisconsin CHEA Annual Spring Conference (2011, WI)
2011 Wisconsin Parents Association's Conference and Curriculum Fair (2011, WI)
2010 Chicago Homeschool Expo (2010, IL)
24th Annual MHEA Conference & Curriculum Fair (2010, TN)
2010 Wisconsin Parents Association's Conference and Curriculum Fair (2010, WI)
Workshop Presentations2012 CHEF of Missouri 28th Annual Convention (CHEF-MO) (2012, MO)
2011 CSTHEA Annual Education Expo & Homeschool Curriculum Fair (2011, TN)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Consider having Beth Ellen Nash as a featured Special Needs track speaker.

*Dyslexia Outside-the-Box: A Refreshing Perspective on the Flip-side Strengths of Dyslexia

Are you at a loss for your next steps to help your child become a confident reader? Is your child’s dyslexia getting in the way of academic success? This fresh perspective into the flip-side strengths of the neurological differences that underlie dyslexia helps us see the strengths that are associated that should be celebrated and embraced along with the challenges that need to be addressed.

  • Right-Brain vs. Left-Brain

  • 3D Visual-Spatial vs. 2D Sequential

  • Big Picture vs. Fine Details

  • Narrative Strength vs. Abstract

  • Real-World Reasoning vs. Rote Learning

  • Quick vs. Slow Verbal Processing


*I Just Forgot! Attention and Memory

For many struggling learners, before academic breakthroughs can occur, underlying weaknesses in attention and memory (and other areas) need to be addressed. Beth Ellen will discuss some of the possible breakdown points as well as provide some suggestions and exercises to support students with struggles in these areas.


*Thriving As a Highly Sensitive Person

Are you or your child one of the 15-20% of the population with a highly sensitive temperament who experience sensory information and emotions more intensely? As a highly sensitive person herself, Beth Ellen Nash understands how this sensitivity can be overwhelming when not understood, but can also be a great blessing. This workshop will help you understand the highly sensitive person in your world as well as provide strategies to incorporate this sensitivity more effectively and positively and to focus one’s energies where it is important.


The next three talks each work well in one of the early time slots in the convention to help attendees think through some basic guiding principles to help them use the exhibit hall time in a strategic manner that fits their family’s unique needs.


*Homeschooling for Outside the Box Learning: Scaffolding for Success

Your job as a homeschooler is to provide the temporary supports needed for your children to become the capable learners we want them to be. Beth Ellen will discuss key foundational principles to provide a structure and framework to decide what’s right for your child. She reminds us that you are teaching a child, not a curriculum even as you lay a solid foundation of core academic skills and provide rich and broad exposure in other areas. Allow your curriculum to be your servant and guide (not your master) as you learn to provide just the right amount of support to allow your student to go as slow as they need, but as fast as they are ready.

Taking Stock of What’s Working and What’s Not in Your Homeschooling Setting

Beth Ellen Nash, Intervention Specialist for Wings to Soar Online Academy, guides you through a curriculum skills chart so you can assess how the curriculum you are using is working for each of your kids and how they are doing in each of the sub-skills, so you can make informed curriculum purchasing decisions. She will also guide you to reassess your current homeschool schedule so you can make any tweaks necessary to optimize for your family’s needs. Finally, Beth Ellen will also help you check-in on how you are doing with balance and meeting the whole-person well-being needs for each member of your family.


*Customizing Curriculum for Your Outside the Box Learner
Whether your “outside the box learner” is struggling, gifted, a bit of both, or just would learn better with something other than a packaged textbook curriculum, this interactive workshop will help you learn how to create a customized curriculum package that is right for each of your children.


The following two talks work well along with the dyslexia talk for a series of talks going deeper with issues that many with dyslexia, as well as many others face.


*Foundations in Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
Hat, bat, cat… If your child cannot rhyme or play with the sounds within words, learning the sound-symbol code of phonics for reading and spelling will be especially difficult. We will focus on the often overlooked development of phonological and phonemic awareness, which has been directly linked with success in later reading. These skills are typically developed around 3-6 years old, but if this early foundation has not been laid, then it is important to go back and fill in the gaps for the older struggling reader or speller as well.


*Spelling Tips and Multisensory Strategies for Memorizing Spelling Words
Does your child struggle to spell? Are you a natural speller, but your child is anything but? Beth Ellen will share different strategies that are most effective for learning spelling “rulebreakers,” “outlaw families,” and high frequency phonetically regular words. She will share dozens of ideas for using visual, tactile, and kinesthetic means to learn those tricky spelling words. (Many of these ideas can be applied to other memorization intensive subjects as well, such as math facts.)


Becoming the Me I Wanna Be™Teen Track

I am in the process of becoming a Jack Canfield Success Principles certified trainer. Based on that training as well as my own year-long Becoming the Me I Wanna Be course, I am offering a teen track version. Alternatively, I also offer this material in a parent-oriented track.  


This material can be offered in a variety of interactive workshop lengths, from a half-day to a two-day experience.  


In the Becoming the Me I Wanna Be™ teen track, you’ll be challenged to take 100% responsibility for your life. Say goodbye to complaining, blaming, and excuses. Take stock of life right now. Explore “Who am I?” including your signature strengths. Delve into your purpose, passion, and vision. From that foundation, we’ll move on to goal-setting. You’ll learn the power of your beliefs, your thoughts, and your attitude to making your goals a reality. And then the all-important step: you have to take action and learn to use feedback to adjust your course. Finally, you’ll become more confident about stepping out of your comfort zone into this person you are choosing to become.


Beth Ellen's Achievements
  • Founder, Director and Lead Teacher:  Wings to Soar Online Academy
  • also affiliated with Cornerstone Learning Connections
  • Orton-Gillingham Trained Tutor
  • 15 Years of Experience Working with Struggling Learners
  • Degree in Elementary Education (grades 1-9) from UW-Madison
  • Has done graduate course work in the Orton-Gillingham and the Davis dyslexia remediation programs, and the National Institute of Learning Development program
Nash's Bio

Beth Ellen Nash has her Education degree from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and has 17 years’ experience working with struggling learners. She was the founder, director, and lead teacher for 8 years at Hope Academy, a school for struggling middle and high school students in Madison, WI.


In 2011, she shifted toward an individualized online and homeschool hybrid option called Wings to Soar Online Academy, specializing in the creation of Custom Path to Success Learning Plans for dyslexics and other outside-the-box learners for kindergarten through 12th grade.


Beth Ellen is currently Curriculum Coordinator, Intervention Specialist, and Integrated Liberal Studies teacher for Wings to Soar Online Academy. Beth Ellen has tutored, assessed, and consulted with hundreds of families and companies that serve homeschoolers as well as public charter schools. She is the author of Wings to Soar: Integrated, Multisensory Language Arts with Words You Really Use and author of the forthcoming books, Dyslexia Outside-the-Box and Thriving as a Highly Sensitive Person.


In addition, Beth Ellen is a sought-after speaker for many homeschooling and educational conferences.  


Beth Ellen tailors her talks to the needs of the audience drawing upon her experience with students ages 3-21 with dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum, RAD, OCD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and those who otherwise learn differently from traditional schooling. 

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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Beth Ellen Nash and other workshop leaders and speakers. Furthermore, my desire is to help homeschool workshop leaders and speakers develop relationships with more convention planners and audiences. May your efforts be for the glory of Christ and the strengthening of His saints.

Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the speakers' faith, ability, materials, etc.  This speaker profile information is being provided free of charge.  Please click the links and do your own research before issuing an invitation to your conference.  Postings are subject to change.


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