Welcome to Heartland Christian Schools!

"Providing tools and inspiration for Christian educators"

Heartland Christian Schools, formerly District 6, is part of Christian Schools International, a network of Christian schools throughout North America.  Member schools from Northwest Iowa, Southwest Minnesota, Eastern South Dakota and Nebraska have banded together for mutual activity and support.


HEARTLAND BOARD WORKSHOP - Changed to March 31, 2022

Heartland Christian Schools Administrators and Board Members are invited to attend the Administrator/Board Workshop on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Dordt University which will be led by Henry Contant.

Henry Contant’s 42-year commitment to Christian education began as a high school teacher and curriculum writer, then school principal, and director of development. He served as Executive Director of the Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia for 12 years, retiring in 2015. Henry remains passionate about Christian school leadership development evidenced by his decade of involvement as a faculty member in the Christian Schools International Educator Leadership Development Institute; an adjunct instructor teaching within Trinity Western University’s M.Ed. Leadership program; and joining Calvin’s Van Lunen Center faculty in 2014.

Henry will be using the book Board Governance and School Leadership for this workshop, which is a collection of twenty-five articles on school governance and leadership. They were written by the former Executive Director of SCSBC, Henry Contant  and the current Executive Director of SCSBC, Edward Noot.  The articles first appeared in The LINK magazine, a publication of the Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia.  Workshop attendees will receive a free copy of the book



2022 Convention News

The Heartland Convention 2022 will take place on Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7, 2022.

Dr. Kara Powell will be our keynote speaker both days.  Dr. Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Sticky Faith, Sticky Faith Curriculum, 3 Big Questions that Change Every Teenager, Dealing with Pressure and Change, Navigating Our Digital World, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.

Heartland Christian School Members may attend the convention free of charge. If you are interested in attending the 2022 Heartland Christian Educators' Convention, or if you are interested in becoming a member of Heartland Christian Schools, please contact Nicki Kuiper, Heartland Christian Schools Director, at heartland@dordt.edu or 712-301-3839.


20201 Convention News

The Heartland Convention 2021 took place on Thursday and Friday, October 7 and 8, 2021.

Dr. Todd Whitaker was our keynote speaker on Thursday share his topic:  "What Great Educators Do Differently?"

What are the specific qualities and practices of great educators that elevate them above the rest? This session reveals what the most effective teachers and administrators do differently than their colleagues.  Everyone will leave knowing what great educators do differently, why these things make them more effective, and learn how to immediately implement each of these into your own classrooms and schools.
Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the globe. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri.


Jim Schaap lead us on Friday with his keynote: “On, with, and for Teachers.”

Drawing on a number of stories and art from the Upper Plains region, we’ll have a look at tHis (not a typo) world for strength, beauty, and awe.

Dr. James C. Schaap doesn’t know what on earth happens to his time these days, even though he should have plenty of it, retired as he is (from teaching literature and writing at Dordt). If he’s not at a keyboard, most mornings he’s out on Siouxland’s country roads, running down stories that make him smile or leave him in awe. You can hear him every Monday morning and afternoon during the news from KWIT, public radio, in Sioux City. He is the author of several novels and a host of short stories and essays. His most recent publications include Up the Hill: Folk Tales from the Grave (stories), Reading Mother Teresa (meditations) and, most recently, a novel, Looking for Dawn, a story about families on the edge of a South Dakota reservation. He lives with his wife Barbara in Alton.

See the convention schedule for more details.

The theme for this year is, "Striving for Excellence," focused on the verse from 2 Corinthians 8:7. “But as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness — see that you excel in the act of grace also.”



Registration for the EDFLIX Online License Renewal Credit professional development is available upon request.  Contact Nicki Kuiper if you would like to earn credit using the EDFLIX resources.


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