The town of Big Sandy will be the home this week to home-schooled families from all over the nation.

The 2011 Advanced Training Institute Conference is being held at the International Alert Academy in Big Sandy and will focus on family fellowship and building unity among home schooled families.

The conference has over 2,000 participants this year, including the Duggar Family, who you may know from their TLC television show “19 Kids and Counting”.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are parents of 19 and are advocates of home schooling. Jim Bob Duggar said, “we started homeschooling with our first born son after hearing about it from friends and seeing the way their children interacted with others.”

The Duggar’s will act as keynote speakers at this year’s conference. Duggar said, “Michelle and I were asked to speak this Friday at the Alert Academy in Big Sandy and we would love everyone to come out and meet us.”

The Duggar's will speak  at the Academy at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon.

A crew from ABC’s nightline visited Big Sandy this week to report on the conference and speak with the Duggar’s.

Tune into KMOO this afternoon at 4:15 for an interview with Jim Bob Duggar.