Tue, Mar 28|
Rally Day 2023
Join homeschool families to rally for homeschooling! Rally Day is vital as we work to keep our homeschool freedoms. Meet and feed legislators. Listen to motivational speakers. Talented homeschoolers from across our state win awards. Participate in Student Congress.
Time & Location
Mar 28, 2023, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Nashville, 600 Dr. M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Nashville, TN 37243, USA
About the event
Rally Day Activities Celebrating Home Education!
A Call to Homeschool Families: Take the Good News about Home Education to your Legislators
House of Representatives, State Capitol Building, Nashville, TN 37243
TN Home Schoolers Capitol Hill Rally & Legislators Reception Day
Rally Day, the Day on Capitol Hill hosted and sponsored by TN Home Education Association, www.tnhea.org, for Tennessee homeschooling families to bring the good report of home education to our elected law-makers. It is very important for our lawmakers to see their home-schooling constituents and to learn about the strength & vibrancy of home education in Tennessee! Join homeschoolers from across our state on Capitol Hill for Rally Day! We’ll gather for our Rally in the historic House of Representatives Chamber (see below) in our Capitol Building for a celebration of home education.
Meet Kevin Boden, Esq., new HSLDA Attorney for Tennessee, as he joins us for Rally Day 2023!
Kevin and his wife, Wendi, became homeschooling parents in 2008, when their oldest child was in first grade. Now, many years later, they continue to home educate all eight of their children.
Kevin graduated from Wheaton College (IL) and received his J.D. from Seattle University. Prior to joining HSLDA, Kevin served on active duty in the US Air Force for 10 years as a Judge Advocate, which allowed Kevin and Wendi to homeschool in three different countries and five states. Kevin has served three years in the Alaska Air National Guard and continues his service as a drill-status Guardsman.
As an HSLDA Staff Attorney, Kevin serves as the primary contact for members in 12 states, including Tennessee. He is a strong Christian who is passionate about the freedom to homeschool and the blessings of being a dad. He also enjoys running, (almost) all things outdoors, and spending time with his family.
The Legislative Plaza across the street from the Capitol Building, covered with fountains and bordered on one side by the historic War Memorial Auditorium and Office Building which was built to honor Tennessee's WWI veterans.
Our State Legislator's Offices and Committee Rooms are in the Cordell Hull Building.
We will have our Rally in the beautiful and historic Tennessee House of Representatives Chamber in our Capitol Building. We will have access to the House Chamber floor and the two galleries on either side of the Chamber for our Rally. We are connected to our lawmakers and their offices in the Cordell Hull Building through an amazing, beautiful 92' underground tunnel.
Our Tennessee House of Representatives Chamber in the Capitol
Our Rally will take place in the House Chamber. Following the Rally, Chick-Fil-A box lunches, which must be pre-purchased here, will be available for families to share lunch down the hallway in the historic and gorgeous Legislative Lounge.
Homeschooler’s Lunch – PRE-PAY ONLINE
Lunch for home school families attending Rally Day will be served from tables in the beautiful Legislative Lounge just down the hallway in the Capitol from the House of Representatives Chamber immediately following the Rally in the Auditorium.
There are four choices of Chick-Fil-A Box lunches, all include chips, cookie and bottled water.
To see the Homeschooler’s Rally Day lunch menu and to place your order, click here.
Legislators Luncheon on the 8th Floor of the Cordell Hull State Office Building
THEA will serve a luncheon to all the legislators and their staff in the Conference Rooms on the 8th Floor of the Cordell Hull State Office Building, just off the elevators. A homeschool group of parents and teens will represent us as they serve our guests, our Tennessee State law-makers, their staff, the State Troopers and other support staff.
Home School Day on Capitol Hill!! We need you there! Don’t Miss it!!
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Davy Crockett Statesman’s Student Congress Overview
In conjunction with THEA’s Rally Day, our chapter devoted to speech and debate activities for home schoolers, Christian Communicators of Tennessee sponsors the Davy Crockett Statesman’s Student Congress Tournament. In the Davy Crockett Statesman’s Student Congress, homeschooled students are lawmakers in a mock Congress setting where they participate in each session based on a basic knowledge of parliamentary procedure, the standard protocol of legislative bodies. This event also allows students to develop their speaking and presentation skills, and their logic. It also causes students to become aware of current events and develop a Christian response to these events.
Here is the website for our Davy Crockett Statesman’s Student Congress tournament.
Student Congress teaches and trains students in the basic procedures by which governmental bodies within a Republic operate whether a City Council, County Commission, State Legislature or the US House of Representatives and Senate. It is an exercise in applied Civics.
This is a fun and challenging opportunity for students to develop research, logic, and speaking skills in a large group setting, often defined as an individual debate in the context of a large group.
Student Congress is an activity for both new and experienced students. Students new to Congress find it a great introductory step into the world of speech and debate in a fun group setting. Experienced students hone their skills of presenting evidence in a concise, yet persuasive way, along with strengthening their logic and argumentation skills.
Christian Communicators of Tennessee, CCT, sponsors this homeschool Student Congress in conjunction with THEA’s Rally Day at our Tennessee state Capitol. There are two divisions of students participating. The Junior Varsity, ages 8-12, have one session on Rally Day. Their Congress concludes following their Awards Ceremony.
The Congress Round for the Senior Varsity students, ages 13 + up, takes place in the Senate Chamber of the Capitol Tuesday afternoon following the Rally for all home schoolers in the House of Representatives Chamber and a lunch break. A Chick-Fil-A catered lunch takes place down the hall in the Legislative Lounge of the Capitol when the Rally concludes. Chick-Fil-A catered lunch can be ordered at this link beginning January 2, 2023.
The Congress Round for the Junior Varsity students, ages 8-12, takes place in the Legislative Lounge following lunch for homeschoolers. The Legislative Lounge as mentioned above is just down the hallway from the House of Representatives Chamber, site of our morning Rally.
Preparation for CCT’s Student Congress
Prior to Tuesday's Congress sessions, students research and write their own pieces of legislation, both bills and resolutions, written in keeping with our US Constitution, dealing with issues they are interested in and about which they would like to discuss and debate in their congressional sessions. These are issues they determine will better the society in which we live, just as our state and U.S Senators and Representatives. In the Student Congress tournament, student-legislators speak in favor or against the student-initiated legislation based on their research and preparation using proper parliamentary procedure. Instruction and information covering the details regarding Student Congress are available on Student Congress website at https://studentcongress.hoeschooldebate.net.
The bills and resolutions written by the students are vetted, by the Student Congress Tournament Director and are posted on the Student Congress website for students to review, research and study.
To debate and discuss the bills and resolutions, students review them determining their position on the issues involved, study the issues, and then find, prepare, and bring evidence to support both a Pro and Con position. The reason it is helpful to gather evidence on both sides of an issue presented in a bill or resolution is so that you have the opportunity to speak regarding bills or resolutions that are heavily supported on the opposite side of the issue. Students use parliamentary procedure to make motions and propose amendments, as they debate, clarifying their position and advocating for or against the bills, amendments, and resolutions.
Judges score each student legislator based their presentation and argumentation ability (organization, content, logic, and documented support), speaking technique (oral and physical presentation and style), knowledge of parliamentary procedure, and overall participation, i.e. their number of times to speak on legislation. Judges use our Student Congress Ballot to record their evaluation of the students presentations. A link to the Student Congress Ballot is on the Student Congress website.
In each session of Congress, the Tournament Director or one experienced student will act as the Presiding Officer directing the discussion, debate, and voting in the Chamber. Preparation is definitely facilitated by learning about parliamentary procedure. On the website at the Student Congress Overview Tab there is a link to a Table of the Most Frequently Used Parliamentary Motions and a link to an Easy Chart of Parliamentary Procedures. Robert's Rules of Order is the definitive book on parliamentary procedure.
Historically, since 1985 THEA's Capitol Hill Rally & Reception Day, Rally Day, is the vehicle THEA has used to present the good news about home education to the Legislators of Tennessee. It is THEA’s signature legislative event.
The event is simple in a certain sense. Homeschooling families come to Nashville, our state capital, to meet the two legislators who represent you, your State Senator and your member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. Every person in Tennessee has one State Senator and one House of Representatives member.
THEA encourages every home school family to attend Rally Day so our legislators see that we want them to know what we are doing and so that when they vote on legislation, they will be thinking about you, your family, and your children, whom they represent.
Homeschooling families have used their freedom to educate their children well. According to the National Home Education Research Institute, www.nheri.org "The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests."
The Tennessee Home Education Association leadership and membership has watched this track record of success since the beginning of the modern homeschooling movement in the early 1980's. THEA is passionately active in advocating to protect, defend, preserve, and expand homeschooling freedoms in the Great State of Tennessee. THEA promotes expansion of our freedoms with our state legislature so families can home school with greater freedoms.
Thank you for working hard to develop a wise, peaceful, healthy family. Come join us once a year for Rally Day to meet the two people who represent you in your State of Tennessee government, plus you’ll meet a lot of other freedom-loving, homeschooling people, too.