Join us for an encouraging and inspiring kick-off breakfast at each of our IDEA Curriculum Fair events. Our 2022 Keynote, featuring Adam Andrews, is generously sponsored by Rainbow Resource Room.

Teaching the Classics from Seuss to Socrates:
Literary Analysis for Everyone

Does the subject of literature seem like a mystery? Are you a loss about how to understand it yourself, much less teach it to your kids? This year’s inspiring keynote lecture demonstrates that everything you need to know about understanding and teaching literature is present in your second grader’s bedtime story.

Adam reads a classics children’s story out loud and then leads the audience into a discussion of eternal literary themes. Along the way, he shows how you can do the same at home by following five simple steps. Your literature curriculum—to say nothing of family story time—will come alive automatically. You’ll never put the kids to bed the same way again!

About Adam

Adam Andrews is the director of the Center for Literary Education and a homeschooling father of six. Since 2003, he has traveled throughout the United States and Canada presenting an innovative method for teaching the crucial skills of literary analysis. Adam’s dynamic presentations enable students to enjoy great literature as never before, while his fresh insights inspire parents and teachers with new vision for their task as educators.

Adam earned his B.A. from Hillsdale College in southern Michigan and his M.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. He is a Henry Salvatori Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a founding board member of Westover Academy in Colville Washington. He and his wife Missy, a Hillsdale graduate and accomplished educator in her own right, teach their children at home in Rice, Washington.

Purchase Tickets Early!

Keynote Meal tickets may be purchased online for $15. All tickets must be purchased in advance, so that we can provide accurate numbers to the caterers. (See last purchase date below.) The purchase price is the same for IDEA and non-IDEA attendees. Keynote Meal does not include general Fair admission. The meals in every location cost far more than $15 each and are subsidized by IDEA so that more homeschoolers can be encouraged and inspired! Since there is limited seating in most locations, anyone taking a seat must purchase a ticket, including small children. No charge for nursing babies.

Soldotna Keynote Tickets
Fellowship Hall, Sterling Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 8:00-10:00 am
Last date to purchase: Thursday April 14

MENU: Scrambled eggs with cheese, home-style potatoes, fresh fruit bowl, crisp bacon and sausage links, and assorted breakfast breads and pastries. Beverages include assorted fruit juices, coffee, tea, and water.
(Meal served only 8:15-9:00; beverages available throughout keynote.)

Anchorage Keynote Tickets
Explorer’s Hall, Egan Center (Cook Room, far left, main floor)

Thursday, April 21, 2022, 8:00-10:00 am
Last date to purchase: Thursday April 14

MENU: Scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, and bacon with a fresh fruit garnish. Served with assorted breakfast pastries, coffee, tea, water, and orange juice.

Fairbanks Keynote Tickets
Northern Latitudes Restaurant, Westmark Hotel & Conference Center

Monday, April 25, 2022, 8:00-10:00 am
Last date to purchase: Monday April 11

MENU: Scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, hot biscuits and a meat choice of sausage, ham or bacon. Beverages include iced water, fruit juice, selection of hot teas, regular and decaffeinated coffee.

Juneau Keynote Tickets
The Hub, Juneau Christian Center

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 8:30-10:30 am
Last date to purchase: Monday April 25

MENU: Boiled eggs, turkey sausage, fruit platters, pastries, bagels w/spreads, hot cereals (including gluten free), yogurt w/toppings, granola, milk (dairy, almond, and rice), orange juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa.