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Thursday, October 25
 

10:45am EDT

Introduction to Project Based Learning - Pre-Registration Required
Limited Capacity seats available

Participating in this workshop is only for those who have pre-registered. This workshop will meet during all 6 sessions, 4 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. You will not be able to attend any other sessions. This workshop is designed help teachers gain an understanding of project based learning from a uniquely Christian perspective. Over the course of the two days, participants will learn how to build, assess, and manage a project with their students. Come prepared to learn, interact, and design!

Speakers
KK

Kristyn Kamps

Educational Consultant/National Faculty Member, iTechnologies, LLC/Buck Institute for Education
During her 27 years in the classroom, Kristyn pioneered strategies for deepening student understanding in a one-to-one learning environment using project based learning as the structural framework. She has led PD workshops at district and state education conferences. In 2012, she... Read More →


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Salon A on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

10:45am EDT

PBL Workshop - Pre-registration required
Limited Capacity seats available

Participating in this workshop is only for those who have pre-registered. This workshop will meet during all 6 sessions, 4 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. You will not be able to attend any other sessions. This workshop is designed help teachers gain an understanding of project based learning from a uniquely Christian perspective. Over the course of the two days, participants will learn how to build, assess, and manage a project with their students. Come prepared to learn, interact, and design!



Speakers
DL

Danae LeMoine

Educational Consultant/National Faculty Member, Education Consultant
Danae serves as a business owner and education consultant, working with schools and presenting at conferences in the areas of curriculum and instruction, strategic planning and leadership development. She has previous experience working internationally in the Dominican Republic as... Read More →


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Salon C on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

10:45am EDT

Band Read- Through Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring your band instrument and let's make music together!

Speakers
SV

Scott VandenBerg

Director of Band and Orchestra at Holland Christian School, Holland Christian High School
Scott is the band and orchestra director at Holland Christian high School

Chairperson
MV

Matthew Veenstra

Holland Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Convention Hall A/B on the street level of the Century Center.

10:45am EDT

Brain Breaks for the World Language and Immersion Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn over 20 different brain breaks that you can start using with your students next week. No tennis shoes required but come ready to move and have fun! This will be a hands on sectional in which we will be learning each brain break by doing it ourselves.

Speakers
JV

Jane VanderBeek

Spanish Teacher at Holland Christian High School, Holland Christian High School
Jane Vander Beek has taught Spanish at Holland Christian since 1994 and has been using proficiency-based teaching strategies for over 10 years. She loves traveling with her family and has twice taken a year leave of absence from teaching at HC so she and her family could live in Morelia... Read More →

Chairperson
ES

Emily Sloterbeek

SW Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
River Level Suite 2 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:45am EDT

Championship Mentality Training
Limited Capacity seats available

This session the speaker will cover the concept of mentality training and Dr. Warners will give some practical ways for coaches and teachers to use with their teams and their students to help kids have the right mind set in order to succeed. She will address ways to help kids deal with pressure situations whether it be in competition or other daily life challenges.

Speakers
AW

Amber Warners

Professor of Kinesiology and Volleyball Coach, Calvin College
Dr. Amber Warners is in her 17th year as head coach of the Calvin volleyball program. In 16 years as Calvin's head coach, she has compiled a record of 487-73 for a winning percentage of .868. Under Warners the Knights have won three national championships, in 2010, 2013 and 2016... Read More →

Chairperson
JL

Jen Leenstra

Zeeland Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Discovery South on the street level of the Century Center.

10:45am EDT

Changing the Story of Poverty
Limited Capacity seats available

As Christian schools seek to be transformative agents in a global classroom, educators need to remember their ABCD's and honor the image of God in every person beyond their classroom walls. Our kingdom calling is to change the story of a broken world, in every place and every circumstance, and to equip children to realize this call and respond in ways that heal, not harm.

Speakers
CB

Carol Bremer-Bennett

Executive Director at World Renew, World Renew
Carol Bremer-Bennett is World Renew's U.S. Executive Director. Her experience in Christian ministry spans more than 25 years of organizational leadership, development, and administration. After graduating from Calvin College, Carol went to the Southwest to understand her Navajo heritage... Read More →

Chairperson
RP

Robyn Potts

Chicago Christian High School


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Recital Hall on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:45am EDT

Does Digital Technology Help Christian Engagement with the World Outside School?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will examine research findings about how digital technologies are being used in Christian schools. In particular we focus on the hope that learning with digital technology might help students to engage the world beyond the walls of the school in ways related to the school's Christian mission. How are teachers and students using digital technology to connect with the wider world? Is the effort to do this really changing learning? Based on extensive research in school classrooms, this session will provide useful insight for all schools using digital technologies.

Speakers
DS

David Smith

Professor of Education, Calvin College
David Smith, Steve McMullen, Kara Sevensma, and Marj Terpstra are co-investigators on an extended research project examining educational technology and human flourishing in a Christian school system. The research is supported by the Kuyers Institute for Teaching and Learning and the... Read More →

Chairperson
PS

Philip Siemer

Timothy Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
River Level Suite 1 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:45am EDT

Planning For Adequate Retirement Income
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session the amount of retirement income provided by the CSI Pension Plan and Social Security will be demonstrated. Time will also be spent discussing he benefits and features of the CSI Pension Plan as well as what must be considered in planning for adequate retirement income.

Speakers
HV

Howard VanMersbergen

Vice President of Employee Benefits, Christian Schools International
Howard Van Mersbergen is the Vice President of Employee Benefits at Christian Schools International. A graduate of Dordt College he holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designations.

Chairperson
BR

Bill Ridder

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
White Water Suites 12 & 13 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:45am EDT

The Process of PBL
Limited Capacity seats available

Students who are engaged in their learning will take charge of their learning! Learn how to use the PBL model to make this happen, and hear about some strategies to use along the way. Some examples from the elementary level will be shared, but the content is appropriate to all grades.

Speakers
CC

Chuck Commeret

4th grade teacher, Zeeland Christian School
M.A., Trinity Christian College, 4th grade teacher at Zeeland Christian School
KV

Kim VanderZwaag

4th Grade Teacher at Holland Christian School, Holland Christian School
Kim has taught at the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade levels. She is also a wife, and mom of a 7th, 5th, and 3rd grader. She is always looking for new and better ways to teach, and is passionate that every student can and will learn in her classroom. Sometimes the trick is just finding out... Read More →

Chairperson
KB

Kari Bonnema

Muskegon Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Suite 16 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:45am EDT

Where Every Great Adventure Begins: Tuning Our Ears to the Voice of Jesus
Limited Capacity seats available

The greatest adventures don't depend on where we go, but on WHOM we follow! In this workshop, we'll unpack the truth of John 10:27 and discover how the posture of our ears impacts the potential of our faith. Together, we'll discover how fledgling faith can be transformed into flourishing faith as students learn to recognize the voice of Jesus and follow where He leads.

Speakers
AB

Alicia Bruxvoort

Freelance Writer and Speaker, Proverbs 31 Ministries
Alicia Bruxvoort is a writer and speaker who believes that life with Jesus is an incomparable adventure. A former English teacher, Alicia writes for Proverbs 31 Ministries and speaks at women’s events across the country. Alicia’s articles have been featured in today's top Christian... Read More →

Chairperson
SD

Sheila Dokter

Holland Christian


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
River Level Suite 4 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm EDT

Introduction to Project Based Learning . Pre-registration Required
Limited Capacity seats available

Participating in this workshop is only for those who have pre-registered. This workshop will meet during all 6 sessions, 4 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. You will not be able to attend any other sessions. This workshop is designed help teachers gain an understanding of project based learning from a uniquely Christian perspective. Over the course of the two days, participants will learn how to build, assess, and manage a project with their students. Come prepared to learn, interact, and design!

Speakers
KK

Kristyn Kamps

Educational Consultant/National Faculty Member, iTechnologies, LLC/Buck Institute for Education
During her 27 years in the classroom, Kristyn pioneered strategies for deepening student understanding in a one-to-one learning environment using project based learning as the structural framework. She has led PD workshops at district and state education conferences. In 2012, she... Read More →


Thursday October 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Salon A on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

1:00pm EDT

PBL Workshop - Pre-registration required
Limited Capacity seats available

Participating in this workshop is only for those who have pre-registered. This workshop will meet during all 6 sessions, 4 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. You will not be able to attend any other sessions. This workshop is designed help teachers gain an understanding of project based learning from a uniquely Christian perspective. Over the course of the two days, participants will learn how to build, assess, and manage a project with their students. Come prepared to learn, interact, and design!

Speakers
DL

Danae LeMoine

Educational Consultant/National Faculty Member, Education Consultant
Danae serves as a business owner and education consultant, working with schools and presenting at conferences in the areas of curriculum and instruction, strategic planning and leadership development. She has previous experience working internationally in the Dominican Republic as... Read More →


Thursday October 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Salon C on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

1:00pm EDT

CSI Bible Instruction Symposium
Limited Capacity seats available

Christian Schools International is hosting a new professional development opportunity in Washington, DC, in February 2019. 

Speakers
HD

Heidi Dean

B.A., Covenant College; M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary; Th.M., Duke UniversityHeidi is a Bible Specialist working for Christian Schools International.
RH

Rachael Heyboer

Director of Product Development, Christian Schools International
Rachael Heyboer has been a part of Christian Schools International's development team for over 12 years and has overseen the development of teacher resources and curricula. She provides leadership in area of equipping teachers in the area of bible and science within the community... Read More →

Chairperson
DB

Dianne Buteyn

Central Wisconsin Christian


Thursday October 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
River Level Suite 7 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm EDT

Educational Inequality and Christian Education
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation provides a framework for understanding educational inequality, inequity, and injustice and how a biblical perspective can inform our response. In addition, the presentation will consider the intersection of educational inequality and Christian education and discuss implications for Christian schools and teachers.

Speakers
JW

John Walcott

Assistant Professor of Education at Calvin College, Calvin College
John Walcott is currently a professor in the Education Department at Calvin College. His teaching and research focuses on the social context of education, urban education, and issues of justice and equity in schools and society. Before coming to Calvin, John was the principal at The... Read More →

Chairperson
DV

Dan Voetberg

Delavan Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
River Level Suite 3 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm EDT

Inclusive Education: Important Tools that Make it Work
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you currently including children that require more moderate to significant levels of support to be successful? Has your school had to say "no" to a family and your desire is to say "YES!"? With nearly 30 years of saying "YES", come discover important practical tools for a classroom teacher and school as a whole in making inclusion work. These tools will cover Biblical vision, behavior management, friendships, and important equipment and items to stock in your classroom. This will be helpful for schools and staff already doing inclusion and those who wish to begin.

Speakers
SD

Stacy Deters

Teacher, Zeeland Christian School
Barbara Newman works for CLC Network and is partnered with Stacy Deters at Zeeland Christian School as they lead the inclusive education program in that place. Barbara is a special educator, author, and speaker to both schools and churches. Stacy is a special educator who is also... Read More →
BN

Barb Newman

Special Educator and Consultant to schools and churches, Zeeland Christian School
Barbara Newman works for CLC Network and is partnered with Stacy Deters at Zeeland Christian School as they lead the inclusive education program in that place. Barbara is a special educator, author, and speaker to both schools and churches. Stacy is a special educator who is also... Read More →

Chairperson
BD

Beth Diepstra

Ada Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Discovery South on the street level of the Century Center.

1:00pm EDT

Learn to lead with love: it starts with us! Leading and teaching leading.
Limited Capacity seats available

Using strategies from his book and other minds in leadership, Bob Siegel and Aaron Cole-Rouser speak about the importance of teaching leadership to students of all ages, and how to incorporate leadership into your classroom.

Speakers
AC

Aaron Cole-Rouser

Teacher, Allendale Christian School
Aaron Cole-Rouser has taught for 9 years at Allendale Christian, teaching students about leadership and their role as leaders.
BS

Bob Siegel

Principal at Valley View Elementary, Adjunct Professor at Aquinas College, Valley View Elementary - Rockford
Bob’s distinguished career as a teacher, varsity coach, principal, author, professor, and leadership consultant has led to many recognitions, including being named the Principal of the Year award in Rockford Public Schools, and the Most Distinguished Educator Award by the Diocese... Read More →

Chairperson
RF

Ruth Frederick

Grandville Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Suite 16 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm EDT

School in the Age of Ubiquitous Technology: A Promise Unfulfilled?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on how technology in schools has become nearly ubiquitous, but the promised gains and benefits are largely unfulfilled. Many schools now equip every student with their own device, but the devices are often merely substitutes for previous ways of doing school, with no real functional change. Come and explore how technology can still be catalyst for instructional change.

Speakers
TK

Tim Kamps

Consultant, iTechnologies, LLC
Tim is a recovering middle school teacher, who spent 15 years as the Director of Technology for Holland Christian Schools, a five building, 1800 student school system in Holland, Michigan. Between 2005 and fall of 2009 the district deployed a 1:1 laptop program to over 1200 6th through... Read More →

Chairperson
JK

Jim Kamphuis

Illiana Christian High School
Illiana Christian High School


Thursday October 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
White Water Suites 12 & 13 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm EDT

TPRS/CI in the World Language Classroom: Learning and sharing together
Limited Capacity seats available

The presenter will start by giving a brief overview of what TPRS/CI is and a few strategies that work well in her classroom. Then please be ready to share: do you consider yourself a TPRS/CI teacher? Please consider sharing some teaching strategies that have been successful in your classroom (or sharing struggles and challenges are OK too!). Do you want to learn more about using comprehensible input in your world language classroom? Come and ask questions. Let's learn and grow together so we can better equip our students in their language acquisition journey.

Speakers
JV

Jane VanderBeek

Spanish Teacher at Holland Christian High School, Holland Christian High School
Jane Vander Beek has taught Spanish at Holland Christian since 1994 and has been using proficiency-based teaching strategies for over 10 years. She loves traveling with her family and has twice taken a year leave of absence from teaching at HC so she and her family could live in Morelia... Read More →

Chairperson
SS

Samantha Snellink

Zeeland Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
River Level Suite 2 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm EDT

Introduction to Project Based Learning - Pre-Registration Required
Limited Capacity seats available

Participating in this workshop is only for those who have pre-registered. This workshop will meet during all 6 sessions, 4 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. You will not be able to attend any other sessions. This workshop is designed help teachers gain an understanding of project based learning from a uniquely Christian perspective. Over the course of the two days, participants will learn how to build, assess, and manage a project with their students. Come prepared to learn, interact, and design!

Speakers
KK

Kristyn Kamps

Educational Consultant/National Faculty Member, iTechnologies, LLC/Buck Institute for Education
During her 27 years in the classroom, Kristyn pioneered strategies for deepening student understanding in a one-to-one learning environment using project based learning as the structural framework. She has led PD workshops at district and state education conferences. In 2012, she... Read More →


Thursday October 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Salon A on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

2:15pm EDT

PBL Workshop - Pre-registration required
Limited Capacity seats available

Participating in this workshop is only for those who have pre-registered. This workshop will meet during all 6 sessions, 4 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. You will not be able to attend any other sessions. This workshop is designed help teachers gain an understanding of project based learning from a uniquely Christian perspective. Over the course of the two days, participants will learn how to build, assess, and manage a project with their students. Come prepared to learn, interact, and design!

Speakers
DL

Danae LeMoine

Educational Consultant/National Faculty Member, Education Consultant
Danae serves as a business owner and education consultant, working with schools and presenting at conferences in the areas of curriculum and instruction, strategic planning and leadership development. She has previous experience working internationally in the Dominican Republic as... Read More →


Thursday October 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Salon C on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

2:15pm EDT

CANCELLED - CEA Book Club - Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel
Limited Capacity seats available

We'll discuss "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel together.

Speakers
MH

Mark Hiskes

Teacher at Holland Christian High School, Holland Christian High School
He likes to read, write, talk, walk, teach, among other things. On good days, he manages to do most of these.

Chairperson
JB

Jayne Boer

DeMotte Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
River Level Suite 4 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm EDT

Effective Strategies for Supporting Trauma Affected Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Assuming an understanding of the trauma affected student, Dr. Grant will provide a brief overview regarding effective strategies for supporting students with histories of neurodevelopmental trauma. Information will be presented regarding the school environment, discipline techniques, and interventional strategies.

Speakers
SG

Stephanie Grant

Director of the Reach Parent-Child Program and Trauma Informed Communities, Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health
Stephanie is trained as a Developmental Psychologist and is licensed as a Professional Counselor. She currently works as the Director of the Reach Parent-Child Program and Trauma Informed Communities at Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health in Holland, MI. She has separate masters... Read More →

Chairperson
KV

Karen VanMeeteren

Kalamazoo Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Discovery South on the street level of the Century Center.

2:15pm EDT

Grit Leadership
Limited Capacity seats available

Why do we teach? When we boil it down, it is because we want to do what is best for the students we lead. We want to mentor them, to inspire them, to empower them, to provide them the tools they need to be successful in life. We want to make a difference. The big question is, “Are we actually doing that?” Inspired by Angela Duckworth, Carol Dweck, Paul Tough and more, "Grit Leadership" helps us realize what we are accidentally doing wrong when leading our students, and how we can make changes to more appropriately impact and empower our students for success.

Speakers
KB

Kevin Broene

Athletic Director, Grand Rapids Christian High School
Kevin has worked in educational athletics as an athletic director and coach at the middle school and high school levels for the past 13 years. Seven of those years were spent in the south Chicagoland area at the Chicago Christian Schools (Palos Heights, IL), and for the past six years... Read More →

Chairperson
JC

Jake Christiansen

SW Chicago Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
River Level Suite 4 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm EDT

Intentional Instructional Practices with Technologies
Limited Capacity seats available

What does it look like when teachers leverage digital technologies to engage students, enhance student learning, extend student learning beyond the classroom, and examine student formation? This session will review instructional practices observed as part of the Technology and Educational Flourishing (TEF) study of a P12 Christian school system.

Speakers
MT

Marj Terpstra

Associate Professor at Calvin College, Calvin College
Marj Terpstra is a principal investigator on the Technology and Educational Flourishing (TEF) study. She and her colleagues studied a Christian school system heavily invested in digital technologies and are looking forward to the completion of their upcoming book on the research results... Read More →

Chairperson
JK

Joyce Koster

Crown Point Christian


Thursday October 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
River Level Suite 1 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm EDT

Learning as Worship
Limited Capacity seats available

In Christian communities the word 'worship' is often used as a synonym for singing, but what would happen if curiosity and discovery were fueled and fostered worshipfully?  How might reimagining education in the context of profound worship change the way we learn and teach?

Speakers
BR

Bryant Russ

Bible Teacher at Holland Christian High School, Holland Christian High School
Bryant is a Bible Teacher at Holland Christian High School. He is also a husband and a dad to two young daughters.

Chairperson
KB

Keith Blystra

Holland Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Discovery North on the street level of the Century Center.

2:15pm EDT

Responding Effectively to Student Anxiety
Limited Capacity seats available

Educators are often first responders when student anxiety gets high. This presentation will provide helpful perspectives on anxiety for students, along with practical tips for how to respond effectively.

Speakers
IK

Irene Kraegel

Director, Center for Counseling and Wellness, Calvin College
Irene Kraegel is Director of the Center for Counseling and Wellness at Calvin College. With fifteen years of experience as a licensed clinical psychologist, much of it in educational institutions, she has worked extensively with students around a wide variety of mental health issues... Read More →

Chairperson
JB

Jennifer Borgman

Grant Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
River Level Suites 10 & 11 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm EDT

School in the Age of Ubiquitous Technology: A Promise Unfulfilled?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on how technology in schools has become nearly ubiquitous, but the promised gains and benefits are largely unfulfilled. Many schools now equip every student with their own device, but the devices are often merely substitutes for previous ways of doing school, with no real functional change. Come and explore how technology can still be catalyst for instructional change.

Speakers
TK

Tim Kamps

Consultant, iTechnologies, LLC
Tim is a recovering middle school teacher, who spent 15 years as the Director of Technology for Holland Christian Schools, a five building, 1800 student school system in Holland, Michigan. Between 2005 and fall of 2009 the district deployed a 1:1 laptop program to over 1200 6th through... Read More →

Chairperson
MF

Matthew Falk

West Side Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
White Water Suites 12 & 13 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm EDT

The Power of Memory Retrieval and the Testing Effect
Limited Capacity seats available

Memory retrieval (i.e. the testing effect) has been shown to result in some of the largest positive learning outcomes ever seen in education. We will discuss the theoretical basis of memory retrieval, but our focus will be on implementation of memory retrieval in the classroom.

Speakers
KB

Ken Bergwerff

Professor, Calvin College
Ken, Crystal and Jim constitute the Science Education Group at Calvin College, where their teaching and research focus centers on science learning and teaching for grades K - 16.
CB

Crystal Bruxvoort

Professor, Calvin College
Ken, Crystal and Jim constitute the Science Education Group at Calvin College, where their teaching and research focus centers on science learning and teaching for grades K - 16.
JJ

Jim Jadrich

Professor of Science Education and Physics, Calvin College
Ken, Crystal and Jim constitute the Science Education Group at Calvin College, where their teaching and research focus centers on science learning and teaching for grades K - 16.

Chairperson
CL

Clay Lubbers

Chicago Christian High School


Thursday October 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Recital Hall on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm EDT

Introduction to Project Based Learning - Pre-Registration Required
Limited Capacity seats available

Participating in this workshop is only for those who have pre-registered. This workshop will meet during all 6 sessions, 4 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. You will not be able to attend any other sessions. This workshop is designed help teachers gain an understanding of project based learning from a uniquely Christian perspective. Over the course of the two days, participants will learn how to build, assess, and manage a project with their students. Come prepared to learn, interact, and design!

Speakers
KK

Kristyn Kamps

Educational Consultant/National Faculty Member, iTechnologies, LLC/Buck Institute for Education
During her 27 years in the classroom, Kristyn pioneered strategies for deepening student understanding in a one-to-one learning environment using project based learning as the structural framework. She has led PD workshops at district and state education conferences. In 2012, she... Read More →


Thursday October 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Salon A on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

3:30pm EDT

PBL Workshop - Pre-registration required
Limited Capacity seats available

Participating in this workshop is only for those who have pre-registered. This workshop will meet during all 6 sessions, 4 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. You will not be able to attend any other sessions. This workshop is designed help teachers gain an understanding of project based learning from a uniquely Christian perspective. Over the course of the two days, participants will learn how to build, assess, and manage a project with their students. Come prepared to learn, interact, and design!

Speakers
DL

Danae LeMoine

Educational Consultant/National Faculty Member, Education Consultant
Danae serves as a business owner and education consultant, working with schools and presenting at conferences in the areas of curriculum and instruction, strategic planning and leadership development. She has previous experience working internationally in the Dominican Republic as... Read More →


Thursday October 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Salon C on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

3:30pm EDT

Addressing Concerns and Questions about Technology in Education
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will examine research findings from the Technology and Educational Flourishing (TEF) study of a P12 Christian school system, in particular the concerns about digital technology use in a Christian school. Drawing on survey and observation data, this session examines issues and practices around screen time, distractions, filtering and monitoring.

Speakers
SM

Steve McMullen

Associate Professor of Economics, Hope College
David Smith, Steve McMullen, Kara Sevensma, and Marj Terpstra are co-investigators on an extended research project examining educational technology and human flourishing in a Christian school system. The research is supported by the Kuyers Institute for Teaching and Learning and the... Read More →

Chairperson
NP

Nate Pettinga

SW Chicago Christian School - Oak Lawn


Thursday October 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
River Level Suite 1 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm EDT

Behaviors Management in Special Education and Inclusive Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

We will be discussing behavior management strategies and supports that will create a positive learning environment in the classroom for ALL learners. We will be thinking about transitions, schedules, ticket reward systems, point systems, collecting data about behaviors, ABC Charts, setting expectations, classroom rules, and more.

Speakers
HT

Heidi Teach

Director of Student Services at Illiana Christian High School, Illiana Christian High School
Heidi is a graduate of Calvin College with a Masters from the University of New England in Inclusive Education. She has 10 years experience with Chicago Public Schools teaching in self contained, inclusive and resource classroom settings. She is now the Director of Student Services... Read More →

Chairperson
AR

Angela Roonsma

DeMotte Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
River Level Suite 6 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm EDT

Effective Strategies for Supporting Trauma Affected Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Assuming an understanding of the trauma affected student, Dr. Grant will provide a brief overview regarding effective strategies for supporting students with histories of neurodevelopmental trauma. Information will be presented regarding the school environment, discipline techniques, and interventional strategies.

Speakers
SG

Stephanie Grant

Director of the Reach Parent-Child Program and Trauma Informed Communities, Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health
Stephanie is trained as a Developmental Psychologist and is licensed as a Professional Counselor. She currently works as the Director of the Reach Parent-Child Program and Trauma Informed Communities at Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health in Holland, MI. She has separate masters... Read More →

Chairperson
JV

Janet Versweyveld

Delavan Christian School


Thursday October 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Discovery South on the street level of the Century Center.

3:30pm EDT

Learn to lead with love: it starts with us! Leading and teaching leading.
Limited Capacity seats available

The Creative Sequence is a process through which students progress through various stages of exploring a driving question. In this interactive presentation, learn about the Creative Sequence and how to use it to frame deep learning and creating experiences in all subject areas and for students of all ages.

Speakers
AC

Aaron Cole-Rouser

Teacher, Allendale Christian School
Aaron Cole-Rouser has taught for 9 years at Allendale Christian, teaching students about leadership and their role as leaders.
BS

Bob Siegel

Principal at Valley View Elementary, Adjunct Professor at Aquinas College, Valley View Elementary - Rockford
Bob’s distinguished career as a teacher, varsity coach, principal, author, professor, and leadership consultant has led to many recognitions, including being named the Principal of the Year award in Rockford Public Schools, and the Most Distinguished Educator Award by the Diocese... Read More →

Chairperson
RD

Rachel DeVries

Illiana Christian High School


Thursday October 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
River Level Suite 7 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm EDT

Tips on Marketing, Recruitment, Retention and Making Your School a Welcoming Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

Practical, economical, immediately put to use, suggestions, ideas, and a template calendar for recruitment and retention.

Speakers
JW

Joyce Workman

Mission Advancement Consultant, Independent Consultant
Joyce served Western Michigan Christian for nearly 12 years as the Director of Advancement:Raised Funds (Annual, Capital, Endowment) ,coordinated special events, worked with volunteers, connected with alumni, mentored students, oversaw marketing, social media and written materials... Read More →

Chairperson
PB

Peter Boonstra

Illiana Christian High School


Thursday October 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
River Level Suite 3 on the lower level of the Century Center.
 
Friday, October 26
 

8:30am EDT

CANCELLED - Traveling Sensory Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

The Traveling Sensory Classroom is an experiential workshop that helps attendees understand what it is like to have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). The classroom is split up into three sections. The first section is an informative lecture on the signs and symptoms of SPD and how it affects the behavior of children. The second section is classroom simulation where participants will receive some personal exposure to overwhelming sensory input. For the final section will be to debrief the simulation as well as discuss strategies to support children who have SPD.

Speakers
LB

Latrieva Boston

Family Services Manager, ASK Family Services
Latrieva is employed by ASK Family Services and Amy is employed with Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and they both serve families with children who have mental health or developmental challenges. They supervise Family Support Partners who are caregivers themselves to children with... Read More →
AH

Amy Helmuth

Family Services Manager, ASK Family Services
Latrieva is employed by ASK Family Services and Amy is employed with Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and they both serve families with children who have mental health or developmental challenges. They supervise Family Support Partners who are caregivers themselves to children with... Read More →

Chairperson
RD

Rachel DeVries

Illiana Christian High School


Friday October 26, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Discovery South on the street level of the Century Center.

9:00am EDT

Introduction to Project Based Learning - Pre-Registration Required
Limited Capacity seats available

Participating in this workshop is only for those who have pre-registered. This workshop will meet during all 6 sessions, 4 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. You will not be able to attend any other sessions. This workshop is designed help teachers gain an understanding of project based learning from a uniquely Christian perspective. Over the course of the two days, participants will learn how to build, assess, and manage a project with their students. Come prepared to learn, interact, and design!

Speakers
KK

Kristyn Kamps

Educational Consultant/National Faculty Member, iTechnologies, LLC/Buck Institute for Education
During her 27 years in the classroom, Kristyn pioneered strategies for deepening student understanding in a one-to-one learning environment using project based learning as the structural framework. She has led PD workshops at district and state education conferences. In 2012, she... Read More →


Friday October 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Salon A on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

9:00am EDT

PBL Workshop - Pre-registration required
Limited Capacity seats available

Participating in this workshop is only for those who have pre-registered. This workshop will meet during all 6 sessions, 4 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. You will not be able to attend any other sessions. This workshop is designed help teachers gain an understanding of project based learning from a uniquely Christian perspective. Over the course of the two days, participants will learn how to build, assess, and manage a project with their students. Come prepared to learn, interact, and design!

Speakers
DL

Danae LeMoine

Educational Consultant/National Faculty Member, Education Consultant
Danae serves as a business owner and education consultant, working with schools and presenting at conferences in the areas of curriculum and instruction, strategic planning and leadership development. She has previous experience working internationally in the Dominican Republic as... Read More →


Friday October 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Salon C on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

9:00am EDT

CANCELLED - Change Your Mindset - Change Your Life!
Limited Capacity seats available

A growth mindset creates a powerful passion for learning. Those with a growth mindset believe that ability can change as a result of effort, perseverance, and practice. Don’t we all want this for our young people? Let’s explore what a growth mindset is and see how with it we can view mistakes as ways to learn, embrace challenges, and be better versions of ourselves.

Speakers
GL

Gwen Luban

Program Developer, Careerline Tech Center
Gwen Luban is a co-developer for the futurePREP'd program, a program of the OAISD in Ottawa County. The program trains teachers in Design Thinking and Project-Based Learning. Prior to this position, Gwen taught for fourteen years and was also the Director of the Love In the Name of... Read More →


Friday October 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
White Water Suites 12 & 13 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am EDT

Capturing Student Voices and Learning through Podcasting
Limited Capacity seats available

Podcasting is an effective way to capture and share authentic learning in the classroom. This sectional will focus on the why and how to best use podcasting in your classroom.

Speakers
TK

Tricia Kiepert

Teacher at Hudsonville Christian School, Hudsonville Christian School
Tricia Kiepert is a first grade teacher at Hudsonville Christian School. She is an avid reader of children's books and loves sharing the great titles she finds with others. She lives in Hudsonville, Michigan with her husband Kevin and her cat Dandelion.
MJ

Mary Jo Staal

Elementary Teacher and Librarian, Hudsonville Christian School
Mary Jo Staal taught a variety of grade levels for 16 years before moving into the role of Elementary Teacher Librarian at Hudsonville Christian School. She is passionate about connecting students with the right book and helping teachers find new books to enhance their curriculum... Read More →

Chairperson
CA

Christian Altena

Chicago Christian High School
Chicago Christian High School


Friday October 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Discovery North on the street level of the Century Center.

9:00am EDT

Gospel: The Message Behind the Music
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive session will cover the background and history of Gospel Music. We will also dive in and discover what is the message that drives this style of music and how it can inspire children, youth and adults from all walks of life.

Speakers
NG

Nate Glasper Jr.

Adjunct Professor, Calvin College
Nate is an Adjunct Professor of Calvin College and Director of the Calvin College Gospel Choir. He is a member of Grace for the Nations Church in Grand Rapids, MI. where he serves as Worship Director. He is the founding director of Camp Judah: Fine Arts Experience, in partnership... Read More →

Chairperson
HA

Heather Altena

SW Christian School


Friday October 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
River Level Suites 10 & 11 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am EDT

Lord, Will Only a Few be Saved?
Limited Capacity seats available

This question was widely debated during Jesus’ time. On one occasion Jesus was asked this question directly. (Luke 13:23) How did Jesus answer? Is this a question our students ponder? How do theologians relate the wideness of God’s mercy to the righteousness of God’s justice?

Speakers
DH

Don Huizinga

Retired High School Bible Teacher, Retired
Since retirement, I've pursued teaching adult education at church, leading a sectional each year at CEA, reading, and I love to run and race. I've been married to my wonderful wife, Dorothy, for 50 years and together we have four children. I've attended Madison Square Christian Reformed... Read More →

Chairperson
MW

Mac Wiener

Timothy Christian School


Friday October 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
River Level Suite 5 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am EDT

MTSS/RTI Frameworks to Ensure High Levels of Learning for All Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will get an overview of how MTSS (multi-tiered systems of support) can give each student what she/he needs to thrive in a school community.

Speakers
BM

Brad Mockabee

Principal, Grand Rapids Christian School
This is Brad's 20th year at Grand Rapids Christian High School. Over the last 20 years, Brad has served in a variety of roles. He spent many years in the classroom as a Spanish teacher. He was the GRCHS varsity football coach for 9 years. In 2012, he started the school's Winterim... Read More →

Chairperson
BN

Beth Nyenhuis

Grand Rapids Christian School


Friday October 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Recital Hall on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am EDT

Prophets of a Future Not Our Own
Limited Capacity seats available

It's complicated. The complexities of the social, political, and religious pluralism of the United States in the twenty-first century have challenged the way we do Christian schooling. Join a discussion, maybe a movement, on what the future of Christian education could look like.

Speakers
TV

Tm VanSoelen

Director of Center for Advancement of Christian Education, Dordt College
Dr. Van Soelen serves as the director for the Center of the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE) as well as a professor of Education at Dordt College. Married to the best school librarian in the world and a dad to three gifted adult children, Tim is passionate about helping grow... Read More →

Chairperson
JB

Jenna Batts

Kalamazoo Christian School


Friday October 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Suite 16 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am EDT

Spiritual Warfare in America's Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

The mass school shootings that have been plaguing our nation for a while now are not simply the result of mental illness or the ready availability of guns in our society. They are a clear manifestation of spiritual warfare invading our schools and classrooms. The purpose of this teaching is to show how Christian teachers can be instruments of God's freedom in a school culture saturated with Rebellion, Lust, Despair, and Violence.

Speakers
PM

Paul Mpindi

Executive Director, Misson French Africa Ministries
Reverend Paul Mpindi is a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr Mpindi holds a PhD in Historical Theology from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids Michigan. Reverend Mpindi is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church in North America. He presently... Read More →

Chairperson
CL

Cristin Lenters

Chicago Christian High School


Friday October 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
River Level Suite 1 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am EDT

The Genius of the "And"
Limited Capacity seats available

In our personal and professional activities, it can be easy to fall into two-dimensional thinking—setting up life as a series of either/or scenarios that find us waking up one day with a profound sense of longing for something more. What if the key to what we're after isn't best found in an either/or mentality, but rather by embracing the genius of the "and" for true flourishing? This session will invite and inspire you to consider Christian education and the Christian life from a different perspective—one that could transform your teaching and the work of your school.

Speakers
DM

Dan Meester

Superintedent of Holland Christian School, Holland Christian High School
Dan Meester currently serves as the Superintendent of Holland Christian Schools in Holland, MI. His 23-year journey in Christian education has also taken him through the roles of high school English teacher, basketball and tennis coach, and college counselor. Christian education holds... Read More →

Chairperson
KC

Katie Clausing

Holland Christian School


Friday October 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
River Level Suites 8 & 9 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am EDT

Introduction to Project Based Learning - Pre-Registration Required
Limited Capacity seats available

Participating in this workshop is only for those who have pre-registered. This workshop will meet during all 6 sessions, 4 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. You will not be able to attend any other sessions. This workshop is designed help teachers gain an understanding of project based learning from a uniquely Christian perspective. Over the course of the two days, participants will learn how to build, assess, and manage a project with their students. Come prepared to learn, interact, and design!

Speakers
KK

Kristyn Kamps

Educational Consultant/National Faculty Member, iTechnologies, LLC/Buck Institute for Education
During her 27 years in the classroom, Kristyn pioneered strategies for deepening student understanding in a one-to-one learning environment using project based learning as the structural framework. She has led PD workshops at district and state education conferences. In 2012, she... Read More →


Friday October 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Salon A on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

10:15am EDT

PBL Workshop - Pre-registration required
Limited Capacity seats available

Participating in this workshop is only for those who have pre-registered. This workshop will meet during all 6 sessions, 4 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. You will not be able to attend any other sessions. This workshop is designed help teachers gain an understanding of project based learning from a uniquely Christian perspective. Over the course of the two days, participants will learn how to build, assess, and manage a project with their students. Come prepared to learn, interact, and design!

Speakers
DL

Danae LeMoine

Educational Consultant/National Faculty Member, Education Consultant
Danae serves as a business owner and education consultant, working with schools and presenting at conferences in the areas of curriculum and instruction, strategic planning and leadership development. She has previous experience working internationally in the Dominican Republic as... Read More →


Friday October 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Salon C on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

10:15am EDT

CANCELLED - Change Your Mindset - Change Your Life!
Limited Capacity seats available

A growth mindset creates a powerful passion for learning. Those with a growth mindset believe that ability can change as a result of effort, perseverance, and practice. Don’t we all want this for our young people? Let’s explore what a growth mindset is and see how with it we can view mistakes as ways to learn, embrace challenges, and be better versions of ourselves.

Speakers
GL

Gwen Luban

Program Developer, Careerline Tech Center
Gwen Luban is a co-developer for the futurePREP'd program, a program of the OAISD in Ottawa County. The program trains teachers in Design Thinking and Project-Based Learning. Prior to this position, Gwen taught for fourteen years and was also the Director of the Love In the Name of... Read More →


Friday October 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
White Water Suites 12 & 13 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am EDT

CANCELLED - Finding Hope in Teaching in an Age of Accountability. Renewing the Profession of being a Christian School Teacher
Limited Capacity seats available

The 1985 report A Nation at Risk put public education in the United States on a pathway of accountability, measurement and testing. Christian schools are well positioned to counter this trend and offer a deeper, broader understanding of teaching and schooling and to avoid the mistake of reducing teaching to what can be tested. This workshop will focus on the importance of staying connected to the complex, creative, and compassionate realities of being a teacher.

Speakers
JR

Jim Rooks

Dean of Education at Calvin College, Calvin College
Jim has been an elementary school teacher, high school teacher and principal as well as professor of education at Redeemer College and Calvin College. He currently teaches literacy courses and serves as the Dean of Education and Director of the Graduate Studies in Education program... Read More →

Chairperson
DE

Dale Eizenga

Holland Christian High School


Friday October 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
River Level Suite 3 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am EDT

Creating a Flexible Daily Schedule that Makes Learning Constant and Time a Variable
Limited Capacity seats available

This session reveals the evolution of Grand Rapid Christian High's daily schedule, specifically highlighting the use of office hours and a "focus period" to make sure each student gets what she/he needs.

Speakers
BM

Brad Mockabee

Principal, Grand Rapids Christian School
This is Brad's 20th year at Grand Rapids Christian High School. Over the last 20 years, Brad has served in a variety of roles. He spent many years in the classroom as a Spanish teacher. He was the GRCHS varsity football coach for 9 years. In 2012, he started the school's Winterim... Read More →

Chairperson
JD

Jan DeJong

Borculo Christian School


Friday October 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Recital Hall on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am EDT

Helping Students Get Along: How to Reduce Mean Behavior and Increase Caring and Connection
Limited Capacity seats available

In this presentation, classroom-based and school-wide efforts to reduce mean behavior, including bullying, will be discussed. Research-based prevention and intervention techniques will be highlighted through the use of demonstrations, role-play, and video-clips. Strategies for enhancing pro-social behavior such as altruism, empathy, and inclusion will also be shared.

Speakers
MM

Marcia McEvoy

Licensed Psychologist, McEvoy Consulting, LLC
Dr. Marcia McEvoy is a Licensed Psychologist who has worked in a variety of settings including public schools, community mental health centers, child diagnostic clinics, and two universities. She presently owns her own consulting business. For over 20 years, Dr. McEvoy has worked... Read More →


Friday October 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Discovery South on the street level of the Century Center.

10:15am EDT

I Am Simon and Michael's Mom
Limited Capacity seats available

Adoption is wonderful and hard and beautiful and ugly and a picture of God's relationship with us. As more families adopt, teachers welcome into their classrooms children who may come with luggage they may not recognize. Although Shanda Sprick is not an adoption expert or a social worker, she is an adoptive mom who wants to share her thoughts and ideas about how to show great love to adopted children in your classroom.

Speakers
SS

Shanda Sprick

Homemaker and Public Speaker, Kingdom
After teaching Bible in middle and high school for 10 years, Shanda got married and became a full time homemaker. God blessed her with five children, two of whom are adopted from China. She is also the legal guardian of her friend who is 64 and has Down's Syndrome. Now that all of... Read More →

Chairperson
CL

Cristin Lenters

Chicago Christian High School


Friday October 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
River Level Suites 8 & 9 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am EDT

Learning as Worship
Limited Capacity seats available

In Christian communities the word 'worship' is often used as a synonym for singing, but what would happen if curiosity and discovery were fueled and fostered worshipfully?  How might reimagining education in the context of profound worship change the way we learn and teach?

Speakers
BR

Bryant Russ

Bible Teacher at Holland Christian High School, Holland Christian High School
Bryant is a Bible Teacher at Holland Christian High School. He is also a husband and a dad to two young daughters.

Chairperson
JM

Jeff Minkus

Zeeland Christian School


Friday October 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Discovery North on the street level of the Century Center.