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Beth Ellen Nash
Member since 07/2016
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 book, Dyslexia Outside-­the-­Box. 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 to ­21 with dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum, RAD, OCD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and those who otherwise learn differently from traditional schooling.

My Mission Statement

My mission is to inspire and empower individuals to become the best versions of themselves they can be by embracing their unique wiring and journey so they can share these gifts with the world. I help dyslexics and other outside-the-box learners break the chains of shame and inadequacy by helping them gain the skills and confidence to not just survive, but thrive in school and in life. 


Past Engagements/Seminars

"Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP)" Harrisburg, PA - 5/2016

"Great Homeschool Convention--Featured Special Needs Track" Cincinnati, OH - 4/2016

"CSTHEA " Chatanooga, TN - 7/2015

"New York LEAH--Featured Special Needs Speaker" Rochester, NY - 6/2015

"Great Homeschool Convention--Featured Special Needs Track" Onatario, CA - 6/2015

"Wisconsin Christian Home Educator’s Association" Watertown, WI - 5/2015

"Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP)" Harrisburg, PA - 5/2015

"Great Homeschool Convention--Featured Special Needs Track" Cincinnati, OH - 4/2015

"Great Homeschool Convention--Featured Special Needs Track" Greenville, SC - 3/2015

"Great Homeschool Convention--Featured Special Needs Track" Fort Worth, TX - 2/2015

"FPEA Special Needs Struggling Learner Conference" Orlando, FL - 11/2014

"CSTHEA " Chatanooga, TN - 7/2014

"Great Homeschool Convention--Featured Special Needs Track" Onatario, CA - 6/2014

"California Homeschool Network" Torrance, CA - 6/2014

"Wisconsin Christian Home Educator’s Association" Watertown, WI - 5/2014

"Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP)" Harrisburg, PA - 5/2014

"North Carolina Home Educators " Winston-Salem, NC - 5/2014

"Great Homeschool Convention--Featured Special Needs Track" Cincinnati,OH - 4/2014

"Great Homeschool Convention--Featured Special Needs Track" Greenville, SC - 3/2014

"CHEK Homeschool Conference--Featured Special Needs Track Speaker" Louisville, KY - 7/2013

"Wisconsin Christian Home Educator’s Association" Watertown, WI - 5/2013

"Wisconsin Christian Home Educator’s Association" Watertown, WI - 5/2012

"CHEF of Missouri" St. Louis, MO - 5/2012

"Special Needs Track " Minnesota Homeschooler’s Alliance - 9/2011

"Minnesota Homeschooler’s Alliance" St. Paul, MN - 9/2011

"Wisconsin Christian Home Educator’s Association" Watertown, WI - 5/2011

"Special Needs Track" Educational Resources Expo Memphis Area Home Education Association (MAHE) - 6/2010

"Special Needs Track " Chicago Homeschool Expo - 5/2010

"Special Needs Track" Educational Resources Expo Memphis Area Home Education Association (MAHE) - 6/2009


Becoming The Me I Want to Be - Teen Track

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.

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.

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

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 to 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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.