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Choice in Education Survey - AHEA Encourages Your Response by Dec. 6th

Choice in Education Survey

​Hello Alberta home educators. You have until Friday, December 6, 2019 to fill out this Choice in Education engagement survey. The AHEA board has come up with some ideas on how you may wish to answer some of these questions with the idea to promote the home education approach to learning and lifestyle. Feel free to consider the below ideas in your answers, trying where possible to put things in your own words. Hopefully many of our ideas strike a chord with your thoughts and sentiments concerning home education. As well, please let us know of benefits of home education that you submitted in your survey that we might have missed. You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can find the survey here, ( where you can either fill out the survey electronically (with the ability to partially fill it out, save it, and finalize it later) or use the PDF version that you can print out.


The AHEA Board

What does choice in education mean to you?

With respect to the right to home education, this includes not merely a right over the place in which education occurs, but a right to determine the very content, process and timing of this education.

Christian schools and other schools of faith, should also be able to choose curriculum that is consistent with their faith perspective and the values of the parents who choose to send their children there.

What are the reasons that you/your child chose this school(s)/program(s)? (Please write in the box below)

  • The ability to instill my family's values (religious, worldview) in my children.
  • Because I believe that God has given me, as the parent, the responsibility to teach my children.
  • To personally lead my children in fine academic achievement.
  • To personally lead my children in contentment in life.
  • To personally lead my children in being active citizens.
  • To take the lead in producing children who are sociable, not just with their peers, but with people of all ages, and in various situations and settings.
  • To spend a significant amount of time with my children whom I love being with.
  • The ability to tailor the curriculum, the delivery of the curriculum, and the pace of learning to match what is best for my children, including those with special needs.
  • To achieve flexibility in education in terms of the timing of educating my children, as well as the location.
  • For my children to benefit from practical, life integrated education in the context of family and community.

​Are you satisfied with the current amount of choice in education in Alberta?

I would like to continue to see all of these education options to be available in addition to public education:

  • Separate
  • Private
  • Home Education

​What, if anything, do you see as currently working well or needing improvement in terms of choice in Alberta's education system?

When answering this keep in mind the freedom to have some education options that give you not merely the right over the place in which education occurs, but a right to determine the very content, process and timing of this education and assessment possibilities.

It is working well that standardized testing is not compulsory for home educated students, as parents are taking the responsibility for the education of their children, and home educated students follow individualized programming.

Areas for improvement may include greater recognition of parental authority in the education of their children.

What would you like to see in the future in terms of choice in Alberta's education system?

  • To continue to have the following educational options available in addition to public education:
    • Separate
    • Private
    • Home Education
  • To see the introduction of a "notification only" option for home education for which I would be willing to forsake funding and not be required to meet twice annually with a facilitator.

An update to all education acts and education regulations to clearly recognize parents as the authority over their children's education. This includes recognizing that it is the parents' responsibility to determine what is in the best interest of their children.


Convention 2020 - Walking In Truth

Announcing Our 2020 Convention Theme: Walking in Truth
Hello! I am Supin Hachey, the new Convention Director. I am honoured to serve you in this role after being the Speaker Coordinator for seven years. I have big shoes to fill as Korien Sampson, the previous director, did a tremendous job of growing and improving our convention in countless ways. In conjunction with the AHEA Board, and on behalf of the Convention Team (affectionately called the C-Team!), I will share news about our upcoming convention.

Our theme this year is based on 3 John 1:4: "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." The dates are March 26-28th, 2020, so please take note that it is two weeks earlier than normal as we had a conflict with Easter during our normal April time. We are really thrilled to announce that our Keynote Speakers for this convention are:​​

Steve & Megan Sheibner and Sonya Shafer, with Daniel Craig coming to speak to the youth!

Did you know that Steve was originally the pilot scheduled to fly the plane that crashed into one of the New York twin towers but the schedule was changed at the last minute? He will be sharing this compelling story in one of his talks. Megan is a gifted writer and teacher who has written 11 books on a wide variety of topics ranging from marriage to character-building to devotions. It is a great privilege to have them come, as they are on a speaking sabbatical, and ours is the only homeschool convention they will be speaking at in the 2020 year. Both of them have much insight to share after having homeschooled their 8 children.

Sonya Shafer has researched Charlotte Mason's educational ideas for 20+ years. She does an exceptional job of explaining how it can be worked practically into home education. Requested by our membership many times, we're excited to host her! She is sure to draw those who love this method.

Daniel Craig came to our convention in 2015 and is excited to be back again to minister to our young people. He has a heart for mentoring them and will be speaking to both the Youth and College & Career. He has thought provoking sessions that will challenge and encourage all these ages. We are also thrilled that John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms will be back to run a model parliament that was so popular, informative and fun for the Youth Track a couple of years ago. Look for a lower price per Youth Track participant this year, which should be of help to all, and especially those with a vehicle full of excited teens! 

The Children's Program was wildly successful last year. Early registration is suggested as there will be a limited number of spaces. Running for two days, this program allows your children aged 5 -12 to really enjoy being ministered to and have an exceptionally fun time while you take in the convention speakers and get a little shopping done. Connecting at meal time will allow you to see how they are doing and will give the hard-working volunteers a break. This is one of our largest programs and we count on volunteers of all ages to support parents by serving in this program. For those too young to attend, there is a Mother's Room available to keep you involved in the convention and still meet the needs of your family's littlest ones.

Our amazing team is in the midst of planning a great convention for you! You will find some changes to our convention which have been a result of much contemplation and evaluation jointly by the AHEA Board and C-Team. Our reasoning can be understood in terms of the "rocks, pebbles, and sand" analogy commonly used to help prioritize. All the rocks, pebbles, and sand fit in a jar perfectly IF the rocks are placed in first, then pebbles, and lastly sand. However, if the order is reversed, then the big priority rocks do not fit into the jar.

The rocks represent the foundations or priorities of our convention: a unified message for AHEA families, equipping them from a biblical perspective that keeps God central, and valuing quality over quantity. We want to refocus on unifying over what is most important. As a result, you'll notice on the schedule (available online later) that adults and youth will attend joint opening and closing keynotes on Friday morning and Saturday afternoon. Then there will be five speaking tracks to choose from for the adults and college and career ages while the youth attend their own track. The AGM is one of the main reasons we gather, and we hope that the membership will plan to attend it as their considered investment in the future direction of AHEA. Take the time to read about the returning Board or new nominees, review the finances, and vote on motions that will be presented. AHEA depends on its volunteers, from the Board all the way to the person faithfully refilling the water jugs. Please consider how God may call you to use your gifts! 

Now, the pebbles represent the activities or decisions that give the convention meaning but are not as crucial as the rocks. We want to put our best foot forward for the Thursday night Introduction For New Homeschoolers since it is a key opportunity for AHEA and its members to shine! We are very excited to add a College & Career event on Friday night as they deserve the opportunity to mingle and enjoy some focused fellowship. To ensure accessibility, we have lowered the registration rate for the C&C. They can purchase an associate membership to support AHEA at this time of their life, as it may be a good investment in their future plans. We truly appreciate all those who take the time to volunteer and hope you turn to the Volunteers ad in this magazine to check out serving opportunities. You'll see the new perks that come with volunteering during the convention!

Lastly, the sand represents fun but optional events or programming details. Examples include time to connect with the home education community by networking and visiting. In light of this, we have designated a room with tables and chairs for families to meet together during Friday's lunch. There will also be something on Friday night that non-members, associate members and children can participate in while the AGM is on. Keep your eyes open for this and make a plan that allows the adults to attend the AGM!!

Due to rising costs in overhead over the last several years - which has meant the convention was running at a loss - the AHEA Board and C-team have had to make some very difficult decisions and necessary changes, such as giving up some of the Westerner Park buildings that exceeded our evaluated needs and budget. We will be moving the location of registration in order to increase the capacity of a speaking room, so look for that change before you arrive. It also means putting programs on hold that were running at a loss for several years as we could not justify continuing to finance them. Though we are sorry to see some loss of choices, we had to focus on the primary duty that we have and the main reasons for the convention. We know that many of our families have to face similar decisions in their lives, so we hope that everyone will understand our reasoning.

One of the hard decisions we had to make was to put the Used Curriculum Sale on hold. Though we know it has been a tremendous service to many of you, it had several side effects that were unanticipated. Unbeknownst to many, the material that flooded in was not limited to convention attendees and the space requirement turned out to be a very high expense for AHEA. We could not ignore how many of the exhibit hall vendors who contacted us, even our largest and long-standing ones, to share how the UCS impacted them, to the degree they could not afford to return if things continued to run in this direction. We also understand that this is a service that can be duplicated in your own circles and thereby contribute to a sense of community and opportunity to connect in a more meaningful way.

Our Exhibit Hall vendors bring a welcome and hands-on shopping experience to our convention. The Shop Only option makes the hall accessible to all, but for a limited time compared to our convention attendees! Without curriculum to see and touch, coupled by the expertise that vendors provide to our families, our convention wouldn't be the same. AHEA understands that their sales offset their significant investment in coming to our convention with all of their resources. While we all know that is a cost of doing business, they also need to do business at our convention, which is the largest home education convention in Canada. Their success at our convention allows them to attend smaller conventions elsewhere in Canada throughout the year. Our collective ability to keep newer information flowing in the home education circles is more helpful than many may realize.

So, on behalf of the AHEA Board and the C-team, thank you for taking the time to read and understand all that is happening. We truly appreciate your commitment to the convention over the years and look forward to seeing you again in March 2020! Please contact me if you have any questions about the convention via our contact form.

In His service,
Supin Hachey & the AHEA Board


An Opportunity for Home Education Students

An Opporunity for Home Education Students

 The Minister of Education had made the following, widely circulated, announcement. AHEA is wanting to bring it to your attention again, in the hopes that there may be some of our number willing and able to take part in this unique opportunity. Let us know if you join the Minister's Youth Council!

Applications are due by July 31, 2019.

"As you know, student voice is important for our education system.

I am excited to announce recruitment for the 2019/20 Minister's Youth Council. We are looking for approximately 32 junior and senior high school students, ages 14 to 19, with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all regions of Alberta. We will be accepting up to eight returning council members and at least 24 new members. The council will continue to give students the opportunity to build their leadership skills at the provincial level, make an impact on education and leave a legacy that will last well into the future.

Students can apply directly to Alberta Education before July 31, 2019. For more information, I invite you to visit our website at

Should you have any questions regarding the provincial student engagement strategy, please contact Rhonda Jessen, Manager, Strategic Engagement Branch, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 780-638-3153 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000).

I look forward to hearing directly from students and working together to strengthen our education system."


Education Act Amendments Forthcoming

Education Act Amendments Forthcoming

While most school work is wrapping up, Hon. Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange is getting down to business after these first few weeks of settling into her office and up to speed. She continues to have as her Deputy Minister Curtis Clark, who has been in this ministry for quite some time.

The UCP had promised pre-election to read in the Education Act that had already passed the required three readings and was ready to be enacted. However, it will not be introduced as is. This Monday, the Minister is scheduled to introduce Bill 8 – Education Amendment Act, 2019 with a second reading scheduled for this Thursday afternoon. What will these amendments entail? We have yet to find out.

What we do know is that everyone is brushing up on their familiarity with the Education Act. Interestingly, the President of the Public School Board's Assoc. for Alberta is publically calling on the Minister to delay the implementation for 1 year, as they would like more time to review it and further consultations. The issue of growth funding for increased student counts is looming large as well, and that is anticipated to be tackled on Monday as well with Bill 6 being introduced – the Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2019 by Hon. Minister of Finance Travis Toews. Again, we shall see.

The AHEA Board is reviewing the Education Act and looking forward to seeing what type of amendments Minister LaGrange is going to table. This will be a revealing indication of the direction that she is going to pursue. I encourage you to be in prayer for us as we look to advance the interests of home education and resist bad law being enshrined. We also ask that you pray for Minister LaGrange, that she is able to be a strong advocate for the parental rights and responsibilities that she has worked so hard on over the years.


Our New Minister of Education

Adriana LaGrange - AB Minister of Education

Jason Kenney's choice for Education Minister was greatly anticipated since the news that the people of Alberta elected a UCP majority government. Tuesday's revelation that this post was going to be filled by Adriana LaGrange, a MLA from Red Deer, was greeted with enthusiastic support by the members of the home education community. As a mother of seven children, which include a set of identical twins, and grandmother of three, Minister LaGrange has a strong connection to family that our home education community can relate to. She is also a role model to young ladies as the second female Education Minister of Alberta. The passion and strength she has already demonstrated in her work as a Trustee of the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division and as the President of the Alberta Catholic School Trustees Association, confirm she is someone who is a seasoned defender of choice and parental rights. These shared foundations give us a common base to work and collaborate from.  

AHEA looks forward to working with Minister LaGrange in her new role and congratulates her on her appointment!

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