Convention 2021 Schedule

Thursday Breakout Sessions

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11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
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1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
Reading: The Final Grade
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Becky Teruel
Educational Consultant, BJU Press/Precept Marketing
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: CC319

Isn’t giving a reading grade too subjective? Is it possible for grading reading to be consistent in all the elementary classes in your school? Come learn a method of grading reading that can be used in all elementary grades. Participants will learn what parts of reading to grade and will practice grading and recording parts of a reading lesson.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

You Can Do WHAT with Google Jamboard? (Repeated in Session 1)
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - also Thursday 11 a.m, - 12 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Tyler Youngers
Instructional Technology Consultant, Northwest AEA
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity), Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CC318

Google Jamboard is much more than just a tool as a digital whiteboard. Learn how students can use Google Jamboard to better communicate, critically think, collaborate and create. We’ll discover ways to use the features of Google Jamboard to create bellringers, exit tickets, attendance, concept maps, visual learning activities, demonstrations of learning, student engagement and community, collaboration, remote learning, and more!

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Fraction Action
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Also Thursday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Valorie Zonnefeld
Professor of Mathematics, Dordt University
Co-Presenter(s): Ryan Zonnefeld
Dordt University
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8)
Location: CL2260

Many students struggle to master fractions in mathematics. Join us as we work through a conceptual understanding of fractions with examples you can take back to your classroom.

Men's Basketball Practice
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Brian Van Haaften
Men's Basketball Coach, Dordt University
Session Type: Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: Gymnasium

We will conduct a 75 minute basketball practice. We are 2 weeks away from our first game and we will run a full practice with a lot of fundamentals, with an emphasis on pace and transition.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Language Arts beyond Reading: A Look at Grammar and Writing
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Becky Teruel
Educational Consultant, BJU Press/Precept Marketing
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: CC319

Is grammar fun or ho-hum in your classroom? Is writing enjoyable or tedious? Join me to discover how you can make grammar and writing fun in your classroom and keep your students excited, engaged, and loving the language arts.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Water Connects Us All - Ag Innovator Experience
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Also Thursday, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Beth Bunkers
Youth Program Specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity), Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB2734

Th 4-H Ag Innovator Experience (AIE) has an agricultural emphasis that incorporates teamwork, communication, workforce development and STEM skills. The AIE - Water Connects Us All Challenge we explore the valuable services that ecosystems provide, especially how these services are connected to water quality. We will explore watersheds, wetlands, and water quality, and learn how engineered conservation practices support the benefits of natural ecological systems.

Educational Leadership Simulation: Concerns About a New Teacher
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: David De Jong
Chair of the Division of Educational Leadership, University of South Dakota
Session Type: Education administration
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: CL1320

This hands-on simulation shows a video and then stop at points where the audience chooses from options on how to respond. Depending on the group’s choice, the simulation will lead to a different video (similar to those “choose-your-own-adventure” books). Throughout this simulation, the audience has time to share the experiences that have shaped how and why they made their decision. As the leader of an elementary school, concerns from staff have been raised regarding the clothing being worn by one of your teachers. In this simulation, you will need to decide how you address those concerns and balance those concerns with other issues that have arisen regarding the same teacher.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Water Connects Us All - Ag Innovator Experience
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - also Thursday 2:30-3:30 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Beth Bunkers
Youth Program Specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity), Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB2734

Th 4-H Ag Innovator Experience (AIE) has an agricultural emphasis that incorporates teamwork, communication, workforce development and STEM skills. The AIE - Water Connects Us All Challenge we explore the valuable services that ecosystems provide, especially how these services are connected to water quality. We will explore watersheds, wetlands, and water quality, and learn how engineered conservation practices support the benefits of natural ecological systems.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Real Math > Dressed Up Math
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm = Also Thursday, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Janelle Schorg
System Math Coach, Northwest AEA
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2248

The Iowa Core references "real world" 52 times but what does this really mean? Does providing a real context (aka dressed up math) make it real world? During this session participants will explore how to engage students in "real world" problem solving.

Using Literature to Explore TRUTH
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Gwen Marra
Professor of Education, Dordt University
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Book Talks
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2248

Does your classroom library function as a window to the world and a mirror looking at ourselves? Multicultural book talks suitable for elementary teachers will be the focus of this session. A variety of cultures and recent literature including a lot of picture books suitable for classroom use will be shared with the audience. (Teachers in Grades 2- 8 would benefit most from this session.)

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Relevant, Meaningful, and Connected
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Bill Elgersma
Vocational Director, Western Christian High School
Session Type: Education administration, Group discussion, Outside the box ideas/dreams
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: CL2250

I will be explaining the facets of the position of vocational director that Western is developing. The impetus behind this is the frustration of students who arrive at college with no idea of why they are there and what we can do to help all students make informed decisions rather than defaulting to traditional pathways. This session explains some of our avenues that facilitate decision-making through experiential learning and partnerships in the community where possible.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Project Approach in the Early Childhood Classroom
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - also Thursday, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Melissa Boer
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Consultant, Northwest AEA
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning (pre-k, kindergarten)
Location: CL1143

As a preschool teacher specifically, do you struggle with what to teach next? Are you tired of the Creative Curriculum studies? Do you want to teach about something that your students are really interested in to boost their learning? This session will talk specifically about the project approach. How to choose a project and then implement it and still meet all of your GOLD objectives and keep kids excited about school and learning.

Loving the Teacher You're Stuck With
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Heidi Douma
ECSE Consultant, NWAEA
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Classroom management, Collaboration
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB2602

Collaboration is an essential part of education. Teachers HAVE TO work together!! That's fine if the teacher next door is your best friend... but what happens when you are expected to work with someone you can't agree with or really don't even like?! This session will offer ideas for collaborating with other educators and support staff. Learn how to find common ground and get creative in communicating with those you may feel stuck with!

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

(TfT) Iowa PBS:Using Phenomena to Invoke Wonder in Science Class
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Also Friday 9:30-10:30 a.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Cody Smith
Media Integration Specialist, Iowa PBS
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1148

Phenomena are essential to drive the inquiry-based science teaching that is foundational to the NGSS at all grade levels. But what are phenomena? How can they be used to anchor a science unit? And how can I partner with other teachers already doing this? Iowa Science Phenomena from Iowa PBS is a teacher-generated bank of natural phenomena that are meant to invoke wonder and invite questioning from students by sparking habits of curiosity about the world. In this session you will learn about phenomena, explore the resource, and even have time to begin imagining your next phenomena-based unit.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Early Childhood Collaboration
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Angila Moffitt
Director of Early Childhood Program & Graduate Faculty, Northwestern College
Co-Presenter(s): Heidi Vasher
Professor, Northwestern College
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning (pre-k, kindergarten)
Location: CL2241

Would you love to network with other Early Childhood teachers? Come share, network, and connect with other early childhood educators about current topics, trends, and best practices.

Planning For Adequate Retirement Income
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Howard Van Mersbergen
Vice President of Employee Benefits, Christian Schools International
Session Type: Retirement Planning
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB2726

Individual responsibility to save adequately for retirement is more important than ever. Whether you are 3 years away from retirement—or 30 years--in this session we’ll discuss the amount of income needed in retirement. The sources of and the ways to achieve that income will also be presented, as will be retirement benefits and features of the CSI Pension Plan.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Educational Leadership Simulation: School Safety
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: David De Jong
Chair of the Division of Educational Leadership, University of South Dakota
Session Type: Education administration
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: CL1320

Educational leadership simulations are video-based, interactive simulations similar to choose-your-own adventure books. This simulation is appropriate for all counselors, principals, superintendents. and school leaders. In the face of a potential threat to students, you will work with others to respond decisively, while balancing conflicting considerations. How you measure the situation and choose to act will bear different consequences. In the process of this simulation, aspects of your leadership style may be revealed.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Fundamentals and Strategies of Reading
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Becky Teruel
Educational Consultant, BJU Press/Precept Marketing
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Demonstration, Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: CC319

What makes a reading program excellent? Join me as we discuss the philosophy and methodology that make up an effective reading program that include biblical worldview shaping, various genres, and “Author’s Crafts.” We will look at the parts and pieces that make our program teacher-friendly and explore ideas to go beyond the reader. Let’s make learning to read fun and exciting!

(TfT) Everything I know about reflection I learned from Seinfeld
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - also Friday 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jessica De Wit
Teaching for Transformation Director and Professional Development Coordinator, Sioux Falls Christian School
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity), Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2250

Ok, maybe I've done a little more research than that. John Dewey is famously quoted as saying, "We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience." But how important is reflection, really? There's no way anyone actually has the time for regular student reflection in the busyness of every day, right? How did Jesus give us the ultimate example of student reflection? In this session, we will work together to discover what reflection truly is, uncover why it is vital to our teaching as Christian educators, help each other problem-solve, and create plans we can set in motion on Monday with our students. This session will be interactive and full of ideas and resources. And maybe a relatable Seinfeld moment.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Preparing Schools and Faith Based Properties for Training and Planning in a World where Active Shooters (killers) are a Reality.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - also Friday 9:30-10:30 a.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Don Armstrong
Co-Founder, His Armor hisarmor.faith
Co-Presenter(s): Jon Winkel
Co-Founder, His Armor
Session Type: Active Shooter (killer) Training
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CC317

His Armor will give schools and faith-based organizations the necessary tools to help prepare staff and volunteers for potential acts of violence.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

All EARS: Fluency Strategies to Engage All Readers
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Christina Brommer
Clinical Assistant Professor, Univeristy of Alabama
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1603

Fluency provides a critical link between word decoding (phonics) and comprehension, yet it is often neglected and/or misunderstood. This session will include the components of fluency instruction, appropriate assessment, and provide attendees with tools to plan engaging and meaningful fluency activities. Attendees will come away with many new activities and resources to implement immediately in classrooms in grades K-8.

Beyond Bible: Discipleship in the Christian School
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jim McKenzie
Headmaster, The Rock School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB2736

How do we move beyond basic biblical literacy and begin to create true disciples? We'll examine how one school is reimagining Bible class as Discipleship and model for participants the student experience.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Knowing the Stars By Name: The Joys of Workshop Teaching in the Middle/High School ELA Classroom PART 1
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Elizabeth Oosterheert
7th/8th Grade Language & Theatre Arts Teacher, Pella Christian Grade School
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle School and High School
Location: CL1316

(This is part 1 of a continuing session offered in session 4. Each session will include new information, however, so attendees can attend either or both sessions.) Have you ever wondered what it would look like to implement workshop teaching in your English language arts classroom? In this sectional, I will share what a writers' workshop looks like at the middle school level, from the ingredients of a typical class period, to sharing a variety of writing adventures that I have enjoyed with students. The sectional also includes book talks of our favorite novels and nonfiction texts. All attendees receive a free spiral booklet full of ideas you can use in your classroom.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

PBS Resources for Social Studies Teachers
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Cody Smith
Media Integration Specialist, Iowa PBS
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1148

PBS is more than TV shows for kids, in addition a vast library of free teaching resources has been developed over time, but they are sometimes hard to find and often unknown. If you're a social studies teacher, Iowa PBS has something for you! Come learn of a variety of practical resources that Iowa PBS has for you to utilize in your classroom even next week!

Creativity that Heals
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Karinda de Boom
Art Teacher/Academic Registrar, Western Christian High School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2247

Art can communicate what words cannot. There is a transformative power in the creation of art that can help heal. Living in a world filled with uncertainty has affected the emotional well-being of many. Come learn how connecting the promises found in God's Word to art creation can have a healing impact.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

A Classroom For ALL Kids
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Heidi Douma
ECSE Consultant, NWAEA
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Classroom management
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: SB1606

Fair doesn't mean we all get the same thing... it means you get what you need to be successful. That can be a hard concept for some children (and adults) to understand. This session will offer you strategies for creating a classroom that includes ALL students and helps everybody understand that different is ok. We will address behavior management, instructional strategies, and tricks for making sure ALL kids are included.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Educational Leadership Simulation: Inclusive School Community
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: David De Jong
Chair of the Division of Educational Leadership, University of South Dakota
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education administration
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: CL1320

This hands-on simulation shows a video and then stop at points where the audience chooses from options on how to respond. Depending on the group’s choice, the simulation will lead to a different video (similar to those “choose-your-own-adventure” books). Throughout this simulation, the audience has time to share the experiences that have shaped how and why they made their decision. The simulation in this presentation puts the participants in the shoes of an elementary principal faced with concerns about a lack of inclusiveness. The student body of your school used to be predominately white students, yet this has changed along with the shifting community demographics. It is now 50% Latino and serving a rapidly growing population of emergent bi-lingual students.

Beyond the ABC's: Supporting Literacy in Preschool
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Kim Blankespoor
Early Childhood Special Education Consultant, Northwest Area Education Agency
Co-Presenter(s): Amy Legg
Speech Language Pathologist, Northwest Area Education Agency
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning (pre-k, kindergarten)
Location: CL1302

Research has shown that prekindergarten literacy knowledge consists of oral language comprehension and word recognition. Oral language comprehension includes the following skills in preschool: print concepts, background knowledge, vocabulary and language structures. Word recognition includes the following skills in preschool: phonological awareness, letter recognition and letter sound knowledge. This session will focus on vocabulary and phonological awareness. Participants will gain additional knowledge on these topics along with activities and resources to use in the classroom.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Real Math > Dressed Up Math
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Also Thursday 2:30-3:30 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Janelle Schorg
System Math Coach, Northwest AEA
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2248

The Iowa Core references "real world" 52 times but what does this really mean? Does providing a real context (aka dressed up math) make it real world? During this session participants will explore how to engage students in "real world" problem solving.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

A LIVE Recording of "Hallway Conversations"
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: David Mulder
Associate Professor of Education, Dordt University
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Demonstration, Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1321

Abby, Matt, and Dave serve in the Education department at Dordt University. We are three friends who have been teaching for quite a while, but we still have lots of questions about education. The "Hallway Conversations" podcast is our place for thinking out loud about topics we think are important people committed to teaching Christianly to consider. It all began in the fall of 2020, when Matt joined the Education department at Dordt. We often would wind up having conversations in the hallway...from the mundane to the philosophical. And one day, one of us said, "We should start a podcast and share these conversations!" And the rest, as they say, is history. Our deep hope is that listeners would find these conversations an opportunity for their own reflection about what it means to take our faith seriously as we consider our work as educators, that you would be challenged and encouraged in your work as an educator, and that you might even chuckle along as we think on our feet and stumble through trying to answer each other’s questions. In this session, join us for a LIVE recording of an episode of "Hallway Conversations," and bring your questions along—questions about podcasting, about how we do it, or maybe a burning question about education you'd love to have us answer live!

Using Tech Tools to Support Reflection
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Director of Digital Education, Sioux Falls Christian
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1641

“We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” (John Dewey) The practice of reflection has an immense impact on the depth and longevity of learning. Unfortunately, teachers often find that they are short on time during a given class period and therefore intentional reflection activities are taken out of the lesson plans. However, there are many digital tools that can help to seamlessly integrate reflection practices into the daily flow of lessons and activities so that this skill is not seen as something that is only done at the very end of a class period. Join me in this session for a discussion about the importance of reflection and some hands-on practice with the digital tools that can support this practice.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Build your own Science Curriculum Kits
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jean Thomas
Kindergarten teacher, Siouxland Christian School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: CL1144

Science should be hands-on with active participants. You can start now by building science kits for each topic that your curriculum covers. Add to these kits from yard sales, dollar stores, and sale corners. Give the students something to hold, create, or examine. When it is time to teach a unit, grab your shoebox-sized science kit where everything is ready for experiments, vocabulary, and experiences for future scientists. Make science fun in your class with kits filled with inexpensive items to suit your needs.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Seeking Shalom: Student Flourishing in the Christian School
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jim McKenzie
Headmaster, The Rock School
Session Type: Education philosophy and application
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB2736

What does flourishing look like in our schools? How can we cultivate shalom in our students? We'll look at four areas of flourishing and discuss what each looks like and how we can lead students to be rightly related to, and find joy in, God, creation, others, and self.

Top 20 Teachers and Students: Creating a Positive Culture in Schools
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Also Friday 8:15-9:15 a.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Kym Johnston
Elementary Principal, Sioux Falls Christian
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), School culture
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1305

This session will highlight some of the important concepts in the book "Top 20 Teachers" by Bernabei, Cody and Sweeney. This session will help you to identify characteristics of Top 20 Teachers and recognize that we all have the power to make a positive difference in the lives of students and each other. This book suggests ways to create a safe and positive work environment. This presenter is not an expert of Top 20, but rather a "fan" who recognizes that we can all work on positivity each day to create a place in which people enjoy working!

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Serving in the Library
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jen Wielenga
Teacher Librarian, OCCS
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Library Conference Room 264

Are you the librarian for your school? Did you choose this or get assigned this task? We will look into how to serve our school well and collaborate practices that help us use our school library best.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

(TfT) Designed for Learning
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Also Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Lisa Schelhaas
Resource, PCGS
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8), Resource
Location: CL1318

Middle school design and modeling teacher and elementary resource teacher share their collaborative teaching, TfT, project. Middle school students design customized, interactive learning stations for elementary resource students.

Gamify the Classroom to Increase Student Engagement
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Matt Van Schepen
Tech Coordinator, Assistant Principal, 7th/8th Science Teacher, Orange City Christian School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1321

Ever get the feeling that your students need a change of pace to bring back the excitement of learning? Try bringing games into the equation to spark excitement, engagement, and deeper understanding of your subject.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Fast Forward: Leading Change in the Christian School
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jim McKenzie
Headmaster, The Rock School
Session Type: Education administration
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: SB2736

How do we lead change in a way that moves an idea from inspiration to implementation? What are the common obstacles and how do we overcome them? We'll examine a model of change management and look at how it can be applied to both macro and micro change efforts within our schools.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Creating a Culture of Excellence in your Classroom
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Julie Winn
Director of Teaching and Learning, Minnehaha Academy
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1606

Classrooms are busy places! We are all too familiar with the crazy pace and demands of a school year...but what would it look like if we slowed things down, asked different questions, elevated craftsmanship and invited true reflection? This session will introduce you to some rhythms, habits, and practical tools that will help you slow it down and invite students to find space to create truly high quality work and develop their own internal sense of what is excellent. Drawing on the work of Ron Berger and Steven Levy, we will explore the elements of Beautiful Work and how to invite students to be leaders of their own learning.

A Biblical Worldview of Math—Does It Add Up?
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Dr. Renton Rathbun
Biblical Worldview Consultant, BJU Press
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1604

"Typically, attempting to integrate the Bible into a math course results in unconvincing biblical connections and a distraction from advancing mathematical knowledge. Often Bible integration in math changes the subject from math to religion and makes connections that seem random or unrelated, which hinders the course’s intended learning process. This problem is often rooted in wrong assumptions about mathematics itself. This workshop defines mathematics from a biblical worldview and develops strategies that 1) allow discussions of biblical worldview to emerge naturally from the mathematical concepts, 2) deepen the students’ understanding of math, and 3) give the students a proper perspective of mathematical limits."

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

(TfT) - Coaching for Transformation
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Presenter: Joel Penner
Head Football Coach/ Co-Director of Coaching for Transformation, Dordt Unversity
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Education administration
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: SB2602

This session will focus on coaching. It is applicable to TfT teachers, but a lot can be gained from this session if you are not a TfT school.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Tech Skills Refresh for Educators
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Director of Digital Education, Sioux Falls Christian Schools
Session Type: Hands-on practice through guided instruction
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1641

"We used to learn how to use technology; now we use technology to learn.” Over the past decade, digital tools have become very common, and almost expected, in most educational settings. However, in order for a teacher to be proficient and efficient with these digital resources, he or she must first “learn how to use technology.” Join me in this session to get a hands-on refresh with some of the tech skills that are necessary for successful navigation of the internet, cloud storage, Google tools, and more! All levels of tech users are welcome as there will be a wide variety of skills, tips, and tricks offered throughout the activities.

(TfT) Are We Waiting Too Late?
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Roy Faletti
Director of Strategic Partnerships, DeepRoots Bible Curriculum for Defendable Faith
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Group discussion, ✓ Other: I provide a few short intervals during the session for small group discussion about the topic.
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: CL2246

Satan fights relentlessly to captivate students’ minds at a much earlier age than ever before. Media subtly and entertainingly normalizes non-biblical concepts. Most often, we don’t begin addressing this until middle school. Is it possible we’re waiting too late? We'll discuss a framework on how to start early in the elementary years to equip students to stand strong in culture’s battle against their faith.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Designing Curriculum: What Drives your Teaching?
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
90 minutes
Presenter: Jonathon Holwerda
Social Studies Teacher/Instructional Coach, Unity Christian High School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle School and High school
Location: CL 1305

This session will revolve around the question, "What drives your teaching?" We will explore different lesson design strategies as well as unit design strategies that get at the heart of what you want your students to know and do. Bring some lessons and units to design because this session will be a mix of discussing ideas and putting those ideas into action as you work to design lessons and units that you will actually use in the classroom.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Enhance Your Student's Decoding and Encoding Skills with Strategies From The Wilson Phonics and Reading Program
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Lisa Schelhaas
K-5 Math and Reading Support Teacher, Pella Christian Grade
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: CL1305

Participants will be actively engaged in Reading and Spelling activities that coordinate with the 6 syllable rules of phonics education.

Not as Scary as It Sounds: Teaching Music Theory Through Vocal Warm-Ups and Sol Fege.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Ryan Smit
Director of Choral Activities, Dordt University
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: BJH 116
2nd Floor

There is so much we can teach our students about how music works and fits together, and it doesn't need to necessarily come in the form of a "lesson" or lecture. This session will explore a wide variety of ways to integrate the teaching of music theory concepts into everyday vocal warm-ups and repertoire rehearsal for choral settings.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

The Great Commission Lifestyle
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Justin Vandewater
Director, Primary Ministries
Co-Presenter(s): Ephron Poyer
Head Coach & Trainer, Primary Ministries
Session Type: Creative (make and take, hands-on activity)
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: CL1302

Why would God need/want me to make disciples? Who would God use me to reach? What would I say if given the opportunity to share? When am I going to prioritize disciple-making? If you or your students have ever wrestled with any of these common barriers join us and discover simple tools every believer needs to know and practice to fulfill the Great Commission.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Building a Continuum of Work Based Learning/ Apprenticeships
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Presenter: Lowell Ernst
Director of K-12 Instruction, Pella Community Schools
Session Type: Career guidance and development
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2246

Students can only choose a career if they know it exists. This session will focus on how to move students from career exposure, to experiences, to work based learning opportunities including long term internships and high school registered apprenticeships. It will show how schools in a region can collaborate together to offer students a path to promising careers in a variety of fields. These pathways are a partnership between employers, community colleges, public and private schools.

Drumming Up Fun
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Sarah Anderson
K-5 Music Specialist, Farmington Elementary School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: Band Room

This session will focus on fun drumming pieces for upper level elementary students. No drums in your classroom? No problem! We'll also focus on bucket drumming and body percussion pieces. Come, drum, and have fun!

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Send Your Students On A Digital “Goose Chase”!
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Director of Digital Education, Sioux Falls Christian Schools
Session Type: Creative (make and take, hands-on activity), Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1641

Students and educators alike enjoy the challenge of a good scavenger hunt! There are lots of skills that can be utilized during scavenger hunts… and finding a way to incorporate these “hunting” skills into a lesson plan is definitely a bonus for the classroom! The online tool/app called “GooseChase EDU” allows educators to create a digital scavenger hunt for individuals and/or teams, requiring participants to submit answers and evidence in the form of text, video, photo, and/or geolocation. Join me in this session to get hands-on experience of how GooseChase EDU works and to get resources and ideas for implementing the tool into your classroom!

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

A Celebration of Neurodiversity: Thriving Partnerships with Learners, Parents, Teachers and the Learning Center
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Mary Dirksen
Director of Support Services, Western Christian High School
Co-Presenter(s): Dana Broers and Kristina Harmelink
Unity Christian High School
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: SB2732

This session is designed to be interactive and participatory.  Our goal is to celebrate all the ways that our learners benefit from a healthy partnerships between student, parent, classroom teacher, and the Learning Center.  From models and simulations to mistakes, misinformation and success stories, let's share our collective wisdom. (Middle School and High School)

Being a Special Education Teacher in the General Education World
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Also Friday 9:30-10:30 a.m.
60 minutes
Presenter: Sarah Wilson
Curriculum Director/Science Teacher, Western Christian High School
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Classroom management, Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (middle/high school)
Location: CL1316

I will be going over tips and tricks for how to work well with the Resource Room/ Learning Center as a general education teacher and ways to make your curriculum accessible for all students. All material will be applicable to any general education teacher teaching middle-high school courses.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

A Journey to Block Scheduling
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Lisa Mouw
Director of Learning, Sioux Center Christian School
Co-Presenter(s): Gretchen De Witt and Dan Tinklenberg
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8)
Location: CL2260

Our journey to block scheduling has been on the horizon for many years, but became a reality for us in preparation for this school year. We will share what factors went into our decision to implement block scheduling, the benefits and challenges we have experienced, and how we hope this framework for scheduling will allow us to meet our student needs in middle school.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Sound Wall Social! Heart Words!
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Also Friday, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Megan Kooima
Principal, Ireton Christian School
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: CL1144

Learn the what, why, and how of sound walls! Sound walls are based on the science of reading, and are an excellent way to explicitly teach the phonemes. They are highly effective and make a lot more sense than word walls. Heart Words (high frequency words) can be challenging, but there are effective methods for teaching them. Children can learn to decode most of the word, and they only have to learn one or two letters "by heart." This approach can promote children's orthographic mapping.

(TfT) Be an Order Discoverer through Modeling a Water Column
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Thomas Clark
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dordt University
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: CL1318

In this session we will apply data collection and mathematical modeling to a draining column of water. As educators of Faith, we expect the good world God has made to be deep and interesting. As order discoverers we seek to make sense of that world, in this case through mathematical modeling. Participants will leave with a lesson plan to bring back to their classrooms as well as the experiencing firsthand the joy of exploring mathematical ideas through active learning.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Project Approach in the Early Childhood Classroom
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Also Thursday, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
60 minutes
Presenter: Melissa Boer
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Consultant, Northwest AEA
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning (pre-k, kindergarten)
Location: CL1143

As a preschool teacher specifically, do you struggle with what to teach next? Are you tired of the Creative Curriculum studies? Do you want to teach about something that your students are really interested in to boost their learning? This session will talk specifically about the project approach. How to choose a project and then implement it and still meet all of your GOLD objectives and keep kids excited about school and learning.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

(TfT) Aligning Our Goals: God’s Story and Academic Excellence
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Peter Welle
History Teacher & Teaching for Transformation School Designer, Southwest Christian High School & CACE
Session Type: Education philosophy and application
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: CL1316

Christian educators often feel a tension between inviting their students into a deeper understanding of God's kingdom and helping their students flourish academically. This is particularly true in the rigorous honors, AP, and IB courses offered in many of our secondary schools. How can we properly order and integrate these two good aims? How can one goal speak meaningfully into the other, rather than being a zero-sum game where the teacher must make a choice? This session will address and explore the tensions head-on with lived-in, practical stories of teaching an AP class in a Christian school, and then consider how carefully “story-ing” the coursework can point the way toward both our discipleship and academic goals. (While this session will contain some Teaching for Transformation ideas, it is not intended solely for teachers using TfT. It's for any Christian educators who feel caught between these two objectives.)

Improving Student Behavior
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Todd Whitaker
Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Missouri
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Classroom management
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: BJ Haan Auditorium

Classroom management can make or break your teaching. Whether you have been teaching one year or twenty-one years, it is often the biggest frustration we face and it affects our teaching and job satisfaction each day. Every teacher does the best they know how when it comes to classroom management, and this session is designed so that we can all learn to be even better. This fun, high-energy workshop, based on the popular book Classroom Management From The Ground UP, will help you gain effective strategies for designing, and improving your classroom management from the ground up. You will l learn how the three core aspects of classroom management can be used to build and maintain an effectively run classroom. This session will empower you to identify what is going well, adjust what needs to be improved, and feel more prepared for the unexpected. You will learn how to provide the structure and flexibility needed to the teacher you want to be and the teacher students need you to be. You?ll gain specific strategies that you can immediately implement in any classroom.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

What Is Waiting for Christian Students at the Public University?
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Dr. Renton Rathbun
Biblical Worldview Consultant, BJU Press
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1604

There have been many news articles about unrest and political activism in the public university. There are also many stories of students leaving the faith after attending public universities. What are Christian students in for when they decide to attend such a place? Based on my years of teaching in public colleges and universities, I will lay out the challenges that Christian students will face and the biblical strategies for preparing them for those challenges. Although methods of defending the faith are important, they are useless if the student has not developed a robust and effectual biblical worldview.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

What Should A Bible Program Look Like in a Christian School?
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Dr. Renton Rathbun
Biblical Worldview Consultant, BJU Press
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1604

A well-developed Bible program is instrumental in providing students with a solid biblical foundation. Unfortunately, Bible courses often suffer from a lack of intentional, year-to-year scaffolding of subject matter, a lack of relevance to other subjects, and a lack of rigor when compared with other courses. This presentation demonstrates that all these issues can be overcome when we develop an intentional, biblical worldview of Bible curriculum, in its scope, relevance, and rigor.

You Can Do WHAT with Google Jamboard?
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - also Thursday, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
60 minutes
Presenter: Tyler Youngers
Instructional Technology Consultant, Northwest AEA
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity), Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CC318

Google Jamboard is much more than just a tool as a digital whiteboard. Learn how students can use Google Jamboard to better communicate, critically think, collaborate and create. We’ll discover ways to use the features of Google Jamboard to create bellringers, exit tickets, attendance, concept maps, visual learning activities, demonstrations of learning, student engagement and community, collaboration, remote learning, and more!

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

(TfT) To Gen Z and Beyond
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Roy Faletti
Director of Strategic Partnerships, DeepRoots Bible Curriculum for Defendable Faith
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Group discussion, I provide a few short intervals during for small group discussion about the topic.
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2246

Defining generations is a relatively modern idea. Even before the ink was dry on books about Gen Z, a name for the next generation was already coined—Gen Alpha. This session will acknowledge cultural challenges truly unique to Gen Z and Gen A, but also consider ways to create biblical unity among all generations.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Art Around the World
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time:2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Sue Siemonsma
1st-8th Art Teacher, Orange City Christian School
Session Type: Creative (make and take, hands-on activity)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8)
Location: CL1307

At OCCS, middle school teachers involve 5th-8th grade students in a week of cultural exploration called Concentrated Studies. As the art teacher, I use this opportunity to share art forms and styles from the selected country with students. In the Art Around the World session, I will be sharing ideas for art from the 12 countries studied as well as describing the concentrated study concept. A make it /take it activity will be available while supplies last and time allows.

Fraction Action
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - also Thursday, 2:30 -3:30 p.m.
60 minutes
Presenter: Valorie Zonnefeld
Professor of Mathematics, Dordt University
Co-Presenter(s): Ryan Zonnefeld
Dordt University
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8)
Location: CL2260

Many students struggle to master fractions in mathematics. Join us as we work through a conceptual understanding of fractions with examples you can take back to your classroom.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Favorite Dances and Games in Elementary Music
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Sarah Anderson
K-5 Music Specialist, Farmington Elementary School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: Band Room

Come play and sing with us in this session, which will explore favorite games and dances for all ages in elementary music. Get ready to move and have fun!

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

(TfT( Creating a Collaborative, Cooperative, and Curious Classroom Culture
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Also Friday, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
60 minutes
Presenter: Susan Koppendrayer
STEM Education Specialist and Middle School Science Educator, Avail Academy
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Classroom management
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades and High School
Location: CL1302
Session Handouts/Slides: Classroom Protocols and Deeper Learning

Living a life with others is not an option, it is how God made us. In our classroom we strive to create places where students belong, where community flourishes, failure is supported and all are encouraged to develop their gifts and abilities. In this interactive seminar, you will receive strategies, ideas, and resources that will assist you to foster a positive and intentional community in your own classroom. This workshop will also deepen the toolboxes for TfT teachers as they design opening circles, reflection, and use protocols throughout the day.

Reading Essentials
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Nicole DeJong
Curriculum Coordinator, Sioux Falls Christian
Co-Presenter(s): Sally Hanson
Reading Interventionist, Sioux Falls Christian
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: CL1143

Students need explicit, sequential, direct, and systematic phonics and phonemic awareness instruction in the context of a comprehensive reading program. We are excited to provide some instructional strategies for foundational reading skills such as phoneme isolation, phoneme segmentation, phoneme blending, irregular words, and encoding.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Know- Say- Do: Inspiring Self-Advocacy Skills in Elementary School
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Also Friday 8:15-9:15 a.m.
60 minutes
Presenter: Theresa Pedersen
Assistant Professor of Education, Northwestern College
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2241

Using a three-pronged approach (Know, Say, Do), teachers will be empowered to teach self-advocacy skills to students in grades 3-5. Attendees will learn how to inspire their students through Learner Profiles, the Coaching Model of peer support, and role-play to teach students to ask and receive targeted academic/social/behavioral support in the classroom.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Conducting as Metaphor - Session 2
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Thomas Holm
Music Department Chair, Professor of Music, Northwestern College
Session Type: Creative (make and take, hands-on activity), Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: BJH 116 Choir

This hands-on session will continue where session one ended. Skill development will include such aspects as posture, arm/hand position, basic patterns, articulations (staccato/tenuto), dynamics, left- and right-hand independence, and will also explore shaping phrases

Social Emotional Learning: Fostering Relationships and Cultivating Learning
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Rachel Vanden Hull
5th grade & instructional coach, Sioux Center Christian School
Co-Presenter(s): Amanda Woudstra
2nd grade & instructional coach, Sioux Center Christian School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CC317

In this class we will engage the question: “How can Social Emotional Learning transform our classrooms?” We will study the importance of SEL, learn various SEL activities and protocols, and begin imaging how this could all fit into our own classrooms. Our hope is that you will leave this session empowered to build relationships with students, and establish classroom rhythms that cultivate learning.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Conducting as Metaphor--Every Gesture Matters: basic conducting techniques for directors (Part 1)
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Thomas Holm
Music Department Chair, Professor of Music, Northwestern College
Session Type: Creative (make and take, hands-on activity), Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: BJH 116 (Choir)

This session will be hands-on, everyone conducting. Posture, arm/hand position, basic patterns, articulations (staccato/tenuto), dynamics, left- and right-hand independence.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

(TfT) Make it Stick: Classroom Practices that Engage Students in Meaningful Ways for Life Beyond the Classroom
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Thor Benson
Dean of Faculty; TfT School Designer, Southwest Christian High School; Center for Advancement of Christian Education (CACE)
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1307

Do your students receive your well-intended instruction in ways that foster their learning or do they lose it after the test? Do you find yourself falling into the same instructional rhythms (good or bad) day in and day out? Let’s remind ourselves that just because we ‘taught it,’ doesn’t mean they ‘learned it!’ The use of ‘story’ might be the hook for student learning that helps them bridge their learning from the classroom to their real-world application. We need to cultivate invitations into learning that are ‘sticky.’ This session explores the construction, and implementation of short- & long-term learning targets as well as meaningful teaching strategies that invite students into seeing their part in the learning journey (measured by practice & assessment). Let’s craft the right questions to help students engage in work beyond the classroom that impacts the Kingdom.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

School Based Work Experience
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Todd Vande Velde
CTE Instructors, Rock Valley Community School
Co-Presenter(s): Micah Webber
Industrial Technology Instructor, Agriculture Education Instructor
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity)
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: CL1303

The Rock Valley Community School operates a student run manufacturing business during the school day. This school based workplace experience provides students an opportunity to develop manufacturing and soft skills in developing products and interacting with customers. Rocket Manufacturing has been in operation for the past 7 years and continues to grow and provide experiences for students.

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Thursday Breakout Sessions

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(TfT) - Everything I Know about Reflection I Learned from Seinfeld.
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am - also Thursday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
60 minutes
Presenter: Jessica De Wit
TfT Director and Instructional Coach, Sioux Falls Christian School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity), Classroom management
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2250

Ok, maybe I've done a little more research than that. John Dewey is famously quoted as saying, "We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience." But how important is reflection, really? There's no way anyone actually has the time for regular student reflection in the busyness of everyday, right? How did Jesus give us the ultimate example of student reflection? In this session, we will work together to discover what reflection truly is, uncover why it is vital to our teaching as Christian educators, help each other problem-solve, and create plans we can set in motion on Monday with our students. This session will be interactive and full of ideas and resources. And maybe a relatable Seinfeld moment. **This session will easily be applicable to TfT and Non-TfT attendees!

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Being a Special Education Teacher in the General Education World
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Also Thursday 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Sarah Wilson
Curriculum Director/Science Teacher, Western Christian High School
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Classroom management, Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (middle/high school), Resource
Location: CL1320

I will be going over tips and tricks for how to work well with the Resource Room/ Learning Center as a general education teacher and ways to make your curriculum accessible for all students. All material will be applicable to any general education teacher teaching middle-high school courses.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Top 20 Teachers and Students: Creating a Positive Culture in Schools
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am - Also Thursday 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Kym Johnston
Elementary Principal, Sioux Falls Christian
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), School culture
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB2602

This session will highlight some of the important concepts in the book "Top 20 Teachers" by Bernabei, Cody and Sweeney. This session will help you to identify characteristics of Top 20 Teachers and recognize that we all have the power to make a positive difference in the lives of students and each other. This book suggests ways to create a safe and positive work environment. This presenter is not an expert of Top 20, but rather a "fan" who recognizes that we can all work on positivity each day to create a place in which people enjoy working!

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

(TfT) Iowa PBS: Using Phenomena to Invoke Wonder in Science Class
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Also Thursday 1:15-2:15 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Cody Smith
Media Integration Specialist, Iowa PBS
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1148

Phenomena are essential to drive the inquiry-based science teaching that is foundational to the NGSS at all grade levels. But what are phenomena? How can they be used to anchor a science unit? And how can I partner with other teachers already doing this? Iowa Science Phenomena from Iowa PBS is a teacher-generated bank of natural phenomena that are meant to invoke wonder and invite questioning from students by sparking habits of curiosity about the world. In this session you will learn about phenomena, explore the resource, and even have time to begin imagining your next phenomena-based unit.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Knowing the Stars By Name: The Joys of Workshop Teaching in the Middle/High School ELA Classroom PART 2
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Elizabeth Oosterheert
7th/8th Grade Language & Theatre Arts Teacher, Pella Christian Grade School
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle School and High School
Location: CL1316

(This is part 2 of what was offered in session 2. Each session will include new information, however, so attendees can attend either or both sessions.) Have you ever wondered what it would look like to implement workshop teaching in your English language arts classroom? In this sectional, I will share what a writers' workshop looks like at the middle school level, from the ingredients of a typical class period, to sharing a variety of writing adventures that I have enjoyed with students. The sectional also includes book talks of our favorite novels and nonfiction texts. All attendees receive a free spiral booklet full of ideas you can use in your classroom.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Preparing Schools and Faith Based Properties for Training and Planning in a World where Active Shooters (killers) are a Reality.
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Also Thursday, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Don Armstrong
Co-Founder, His Armor hisarmor.faith
Co-Presenters: Jon Winkel
Co-Founder, His Armor hisarmor.faith
Session Type: Active Shooter (killer) Training
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CC317

His Armor will give schools and faith-based organizations the necessary tools to help prepare staff and volunteers for potential acts of violence.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Know- Say- Do: Inspiring Self-Advocacy Skills in Elementary School
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am - also Thursday 1:15-2:15 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Theresa Pedersen
Assistant Professor of Education, Northwestern College
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2241

Using a three-pronged approach (Know, Say, Do), teachers will be empowered to teach self-advocacy skills to students in grades 3-5. Attendees will learn how to inspire their students through Learner Profiles, the Coaching Model of peer support, and role-play to teach students to ask and receive targeted academic/social/behavioral support in the classroom.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

(TfT) Designed for Learning
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Also Thursday, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Joanna Settles
8th grade STEM/Science, PCGS
Co-Presenters: Lisa Schelhaas
Resource, PCGS
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8), Resource
Location: SB2726

Middle school design and modeling teacher and elementary resource teacher share their collaborative teaching, TfT, project. Middle school students design customized, interactive learning stations for elementary resource students.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

PBS Learning Resources for Science Teachers
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Cody Smith
Media Integration Specialist, Iowa PBS
Co-Presenters: Jon Winkel
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1148

PBS is more than TV shows for kids, in addition a vast library of free teaching resources has been developed over time, but they are sometimes hard to find and often unknown. If you're a science teacher, Iowa PBS has something for you! Come learn of a variety of practical resources that Iowa PBS has for you to utilize in your classroom even next week!

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Sound Wall Social! Heart Words!
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Also Thursday, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Megan Kooima
Principal, Ireton Christian School
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: CL1144

Learn the what, why, and how of sound walls! Sound walls are based on the science of reading, and are an excellent way to explicitly teach the phonemes. They are highly effective and make a lot more sense than word walls. Heart Words (high frequency words) can be challenging, but there are effective methods for teaching them. Children can learn to decode most of the word, and they only have to learn one or two letters "by heart." This approach can promote children's orthographic mapping.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

How Do Good Teachers Become Great Teachers?
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Lowell Ernst
Director of K-12 Instruction, Pella Community School District
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education administration
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2246

We all want to get better at what we do but who defines what better even means? This session will discuss how to use Authentic Intellectual Work and The Framework for Teaching to focus on the most important elements that make a difference in great teaching. The session will focus on how an individual teacher or an entire school can use these criteria to grow in everything from classroom management to pedagogy around critical thinking.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Purposeful Learning: How Learning Targets, Clear Expectations, and Student Ownership Change Everything
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Julie Winn
Director of Teaching and Learning, Minnehaha Academy
Co-Presenters: Libby Burton
Upper School Academic Dean, Minnehaha Academy
Session Type: Foundational Lesson Design - Learning Targets
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1321

Are my practices shaped by tradition, habit, the way I have always done it, the pressures of the day, or by my imagination of what a Christian learning community should be? Tough question, right? How often do we take charge and get caught up in the race to cover material rather than invite students into deeper quality learning experiences - something that conveys God's invitation to play a role in His big story? What if we could ensure high quality content and deeper learning at the same time? Believe it or not, we can do both and the keystone practices that leads the way are deceptively simple. Over the course of two sessions, we will offer research, practical tools, and design time for you to develop new ways to invite students into a process that honors them as individuals, empowers them to participate as leaders in their own learning, and challenges them to reach for increasing excellence.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

(TfT) Creating a Collaborative, Cooperative, and Curious Classroom Culture
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am - Also Thursday, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Susan Koppendrayer
STEM Education Specialist and Middle School Science Educator, Avail Academy
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Classroom management
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8)
Location: CL1302
Session Handouts/Slides: Classroom Protocols and Deeper Learning

Living a life with others is not an option, it is how God made us. In our classroom we strive to create places where students belong, where community flourishes, failure is supported and all are encouraged to develop their gifts and abilities. In this interactive seminar, you will receive strategies, ideas, and resources that will assist you to foster a positive and intentional community in your own classroom. This workshop will also deepen the toolboxes for TfT teachers as they design opening circles, reflection, and use protocols throughout the day.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

NW STEM Resources and Programs
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Also Friday 8:15-9:15 a.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Mary Trent
NW STEM Regional Manager, Iowa STEM
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1318

In this session, I will share our STEM Council's programs and NW regional services and resources. Attendees will have a hands-on opportunity to explore some of our STEM kit checkout system.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Islam 101
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Aaron Myers
South Dakota Area Coordinator, Crescent Project
Session Type: Presentation
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: CL1309
Session Handouts/Slides: Islam 101

This session will help teachers have a better understanding of Islam and provide insights and ideas for helping their students develop a Jesus verses a Jonah attitude toward Muslims.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

You Believe What: Preparing Students to Share Their Faith with Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Aaron Myers
South Dakota Area Coordinator, Crescent Project
Session Type: Cross Cultural Ministry
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: CL1309
Session Handouts/Slides: You Believe What

Your students will go away to college. They will move to cities. They will encounter people from other faith backgrounds. Many of these people will have never heard the gospel or have met an authentic follower of Jesus. Will your students be ready for that interaction? Will they respond in fear or in love? Will they look to run the other way or work to engage with the love of Jesus? This session will give you ways to help prepare students for interactions with non-believers.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Your Digital Footprint as an Educator
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Barry Lawrensen
STEM Teacher and Online Learning Coordinator, Sioux Falls Christian Schools
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1320

The ubiquitous technology of today pervades virtually every waking moment of every day. As Christian educators, it is important to be aware of our online presence and the influence this can have on our lives, our students, and our school communities.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Managing the Status Drive
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Alan Bandstra
6th Grade Math and Science, Sioux Center Christian School
Session Type: Classroom management, Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1302

How do you motivate learning when children only want to score cool points among their peers? Research about the drive for status holds clues about strong personalities and group dynamics. In this session we explore prestige as a fundamental human need. We also brainstorm ideas for managing classrooms in the face of rampant status-seeking behavior.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Phonics: The Whys and Hows
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Becky Teruel
Educational Consultant, BJU Press/Precept Marketing
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: CC319

Does it matter how students are taught to read? Does phonics seem tedious to teach? Since phonics is the proven method of teaching reading, understanding how it is used in the classroom is imperative. Join me as we explore the “whys” and “hows” of teaching phonics. We will look at the role of the Word Family approach in phonics instruction.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Christian Counseling: Elements of Dominant Domains of a Person's Being
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Dr. Gary Cookson
Administrator, The Shepherd's Way Sioux Falls
Session Type: Christian Counseling
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2246

This seminar will delve into the elements of dominant domains of a person's being, what occurs when these domains do not align with God's plans, and how to Biblically address problems that arise in the lives of God's children.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Looking (Way) Back
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: James Schaap
Retired, Emeritus Professor of English, Dordt University
Session Type: Education philosophy and application
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: BJH 116

Retired now after almost 40 years at Dordt and 65 years (as student and teacher) in the classroom, the time has come to look back and remember those earliest years—the good, the bad, the not-so-good and the not-so-bad, all of it with some fulsome grins. Dr. Schaap looks at education--his own--and giggles.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Creating Excellent Communicators Through Theatre and Speech in the Classroom
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Also Thursday, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Emily Hageman
Choir/Theater Teacher, Siouxland Christian
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: CL1305

The most important thing each person possesses is their own voice, and their ability to make this voice heard. Communication is a skill that can absolutely be taught! Come explore ways to grow and empower students as communicators through the power of theater and speech!

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Social Studies Brainstorming and Best Practices
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jonathon Holwerda
Social Studies Teacher/Instructional Coach, Unity Christian High School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: CL 1305

Through this session, the hope is to bring together social studies teachers to work and collaborate together to figure out how to best teach social studies classes. This session will be mostly sharing of ideas that have worked well in other classrooms so that you can take concrete ideas back to your own classroom. This is not a lecture style session, this is a collaborative style with roundtable type discussion of all who is in the room. Come ready to share.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

What's Your Question?
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jessica De Wit
TfT Director and Instructional Coach, Sioux Falls Christian School
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Education administration, Demonstration, Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: CL2250

In my opinion, good professional development comes from asking school leaders one key question. Research from educational experts (John Hattie and Robert Marzano...to name a few...) has shown that excellence in teaching is one of the single most powerful influences on student learning. This makes teacher professional development one of the most vital aspects for school leaders to consider. No matter how much experience you have leading teachers, I hope you leave this session with inspirational ideas, fresh motivation, a helpful resource toolbox....and an answer to the one key question.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Purposeful Learning: How Learning Targets, Clear Expectations, and Student Ownership Change Everything
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Julie Winn
Director of Teaching and Learning, Minnehaha Academy
Co-Presenters: Libby Burton
Upper School Academic Dean, Minnehaha Academy
Session Type: Foundational Lesson Design - Learning Targets
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1321

Are my practices shaped by tradition, habit, the way I have always done it, the pressures of the day, or by my imagination of what a Christian learning community should be? Tough question, right? How often do we take charge and get caught up in the race to cover material rather than invite students into deeper quality learning experiences - something that conveys God's invitation to play a role in His big story? What if we could ensure high quality content and deeper learning at the same time? Believe it or not, we can do both and the keystone practices that leads the way are deceptively simple. Over the course of two sessions, we will offer research, practical tools, and design time for you to develop new ways to invite students into a process that honors them as individuals, empowers them to participate as leaders in their own learning, and challenges them to reach for increasing excellence.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Classroom Climate--This Session Will Solve Every Problem
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Karen Christians
Bible/Speech Teacher, Director of Discipleship, Western Christian High School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle School and High School
Location: SB1603

Disclaimer: The title of this session is not accurate, but the fact that you are reading this may indicate that you wish that type of session could be possible. It's not, at least not that I know of after almost 30 years of teaching. What I do know is that Classroom Climate is rarely (probably never) one magic method or solution, but more often (probably always) a number of things done intentionally by both teachers and students. And, it is always a work in progress, so let's learn and share and grow together.

TfT Design and Collaboration Time
10:30 am - 10:45 am
Time: 10:30 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jessica De Wit
Content Area: General
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: CL2246

This session is open to ALL TfT teachers of every grade and experience level as a time to design and collaborate on any of the core TfT practices. Whether you are interested in deepening your classroom storyline, want help reframing a new unit, or seek assistance in planning a new FLEx, TfT instructional coaches will be available to help you meet your goals. Come ready to collaborate, and leave with some concrete plans in hand!

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Learning in the Continuum: Practical ways to make connections with parents and students
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Kent Ezell
Founder, Faith Journey
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB2726

Learning doesn’t happen in a vacuum. One lesson doesn’t stand on its own. We build from one lesson to the next, from one unit to the next, and from one year to the next. A powerful way to help students make connections is through engaging parents and students in the journey of learning. Parents are the biggest and most consistent influence in their child’s life. When we can connect with parents, students see the meaning of the lesson outside of the school setting and are better able to remember and apply what they have learned. This workshop will offer effective ways to engage parents at all age levels.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

40 Effective Brain Breaks Your Students Will Love
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Lindsay Laurich
Superintendent, Siouxland Christian School
Co-Presenters: Sarah Boesch
Middle School Reading/Instructional Coach, Siouxland Christian School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1606

Brain breaks are 3 to 5-minute activities to energize children and help them concentrate on the lesson. These activities break the monotony of learning and will pave students to learn effectively without getting bored. In this session, we will cover 40 effective brain breaks for students. Each participant will leave with a list of brain breaks ready for classroom use!

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Teaching with TED: Video Lessons Worth Sharing
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Director of Digital Education, Sioux Falls Christian Schools
Session Type: Hands-on practice through guided instruction
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1641

Our world is flooded with videos for students to watch and teachers to use. However, navigating through this immense collection of video options can be overwhelming, distracting, and sometimes even disheartening. Teachers need resources that are educational and reliable. One great option for the education world is that of TED-Ed. Join me in this session to get a hands-on introduction to the structure and lessons offered on the TED-Ed site. It’s more than just videos!

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Why, What, and How: Immersion Education in a Christian School
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Rebecca Gómez (Schreuder)
Pre K- 12 Director of Spanish Immersion, Pella Christian Schools
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB2603

Learn about immersion education through the lens of the experiences of one Christian school. We'll explore why a Christian school would choose to start an immersion program, what research tells us are the best practices in immersion education, and how to go about planning for and implementing an immersion program. Examples and practical advice will be given based on the experiences of a successful ten-year program.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Christian Educators - Traumatized Instruments in the Hands of the Redeemer
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Loren De Jong
Counselor and Coach, MOC-Floyd Valley
Session Type: Education philosophy and application
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1603

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

A Biblical Worldview of Leadership
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Dr. Renton Rathbun
Biblical Worldview Consultant, BJU Press
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: SB1604

Christian education begins with administrators who lead by teaching faculty to lead. And the faculty lead by teaching students to lead. Leadership is demonstrated in Scripture, and it is a central part of imitating Christ. This workshop traces the foundational principles of biblical leadership, illustrates strategies for engaging and inspiring millennials who have become teachers themselves, and demonstrates the importance of changing from game-theory leadership to, what we will call, foxhole leadership.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

NW STEM Resources and Programs
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am - Also Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
60 minutes
Presenter: Mary Trent
NW STEM Regional Manager, Iowa STEM
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1318

In this session, I will share our STEM Council's programs and NW regional services and resources. Attendees will have a hands-on opportunity to explore some of our STEM kit checkout system.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Screening Ourselves: How to be Human in Online Classes
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Sam Gesch
Spanish and Art Instructor, Alpha Omega Academy
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1303

Last year many schools had to suddenly adapt to some form of online education. While much of this is over, online options remain for snow days, sick days, and other such events. In this session I will share some of what I have done during 12 years of online teaching at Alpha Omega Academy that has helped me to connect to my students so that they see me as human, and I see them as human.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Dyslexia: Debunking Myths & Identifying Signs and Symptoms
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Renee Saarloos
Parent Advocate
Session Type: Informational
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1606

Dyslexia myths are common and need to be debunked. Do you know what dyslexia is, the signs of dyslexia, and how to identify them in your students? As a parent of a dyslexic student and dyslexia parent advocate, I will share a unique perspective into the fascinating and often frustrating world of this very common neurodiversity.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Musical Concepts
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Sarah Anderson
K-5 Music Specialist, Farmington Elementary School, MN
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: Band Room

This session will focus on rhythmic and melodic concepts for kindergarten and 1st grade in music. Participants will learn fun ways to teach steady beat, quarter note and 8th note rhythms, as well as pitch and vocal exploration concepts. Songs and materials will be shared to be taken back to the classroom.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Squares, Triangles, and Circles Are Not the Basic Shapes
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Sam Gesch
Spanish and Art instructor, Alpha Omega Academy
Session Type: Creative (make and take, hands-on activity)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1303

This will be a workshop to show the attendees the basic elements of a highly stylized art system that is indigenous to the northwest coast of US and the west coast of Canada. Come prepared to see things differently.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Using GOLD Assessment in the Preschool Classroom
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Sarah Sjoerdsma
Preschool Teacher, Stepping Stones Preschool
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning (pre-k, kindergarten)
Location: CL1316

What is GOLD assessment? How can you use it effectively in the preschool classroom? We will go over the quality of the tool and give some tips and techniques of how to use it to benefit lesson planning and teaching and to enhance student learning. We will also discuss and share the ideas that you already have!

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Carnival of the Nutcracker
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Sarah Anderson
K-5 Music Specialist, Farmington Elementary School- Minnesota
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Creative (make and take, hands-on activity)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: Band Room

In this elementary music session, participants will play around with Carnival of the Animals and The Nutcracker. They'll learn some fun musical and movement activities to take back to their classrooms with their younger elementary students.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

HELP! I Have to Teach Art
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Tonya Wiekamp
Teacher, 3rd grade, Sheldon Christian School
Co-Presenters: Jessica Schreurs
Art teacher, K-8, Sanborn Christian School
Session Type: Demonstration
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: CL1143

Oops. It's Friday and you don't have real plans for art. What are you going to do? Do you have to teach art and feel unqualified? No worries! We have a pile of project samples and ideas for kindergarten through 8th grade. We even have suggestions on how you can include the principles of design (balance, unity, variety, emphasis, movement, pattern, and proportion) to make it sound like you know what you're talking about!

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Differentiation in Reading
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Sheila Mulder
Instructor of Education, Dordt University
Co-Presenters: Nicole De Jong
Curriculum Coordinator, Sioux Falls Christian Schools
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: SB2736

Strategies to differentiate reading instruction based on best practice

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Using Seesaw Across the Content Areas
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Mary Beth Breen
1st Grade, Orange City Christian School
Session Type: Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: SB2732

Come learn about using Seesaw in R/LA, Science, Bible, & Social Studies as well as differentiation within! This session is beyond an introduction of Seesaw.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

(TfT) The Practicing Pedagogue: How Instructional Coaching & Goal Setting Changes Your Culture
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Thor Benson
Dean of Faculty; TfT School Designer, Southwest Christian High School; Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE)
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Education administration
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1307

This session provides helpful, practical tips in developing & deepening a collaborative instructional coaching framework for your staff. Teachers...are you tired of planning the single-class home run lesson for your evaluation? Let's focus on hitting doubles and triples for every at bat in the classroom...and you even get to call the pitches. Collaborative instructional coaching empowers teachers to set their own goals and models life-long learning for our own students. Come share ideas so we can "teach 'em & reach 'em."

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Hot Button Issues - Leading Discussions With Minimal Jerk-ness
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Jeremy Van Nieuwenhuyzen
HS Principal, Sioux Falls Christian
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1641

Have you been struggling to come up with a plan to talk to parents, students, or even colleagues about LGBTQ+ and CRT (and maybe some controversial things) without starting a fight? This session will give some ideas and perspectives on how to go deep without losing friends...by leading the discussion according to a Biblical model.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

(TfT) The Trifecta of Teaching: Lessons Learned from a Christian Teacher/Administrator/Pedagogue
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Thor Benson
Dean of Faculty; TfT School Designer, Southwest Christian High School; Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE)
Session Type: Education philosophy and application, Education strategies (best practices, teaching ideas), Education administration, Group discussion
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1307

This session explores the three-way interactions of teacher, administrator & pedagogue. (think Venn diagram). What questions or ideas do teachers need to share with administrators, what wishes do administrators have for their teachers, and what methods yield the greatest student engagement? Are there elements to our profession that the other side needs to hear? Know about? Or questions that need to be asked? How can distinctively Christian education flourish from the center of this trifecta? (From my own experience of living in these three worlds for 20 years (teacher of all grades: Kindergarten through graduate school professor and current HS Dean of Faculty), I think there are elements that each need to hear in order to further advance Christian education and help each role flourish.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote & Closing Worship
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Friday Sessions