Convention 2023 Schedule

Thursday Breakout Sessions

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Preparing for an Active Killer Situation in Christian Schools
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Don Armstrong
His Armor
Co-Presenter(s): Jon Winkel
Alex Thomas
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: CL2241

Open Forum Discussion on Preparing for Active Killers in Christian Schools

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

TIME OUT.....The decline in high school sports officials. Why are more college athletes not becoming officials and what can we do about it?
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Ross Bouma
Northwestern College
Target Audience/Grade Level: PE Administrators
Location: CL1320

This session will review a study which identified the perceived barriers of college athletes to becoming high school sports officials. There will also be a time of discussion/sharing on ways we can honor and respect officials, promote the profession, and encourage more young people to start officiating.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Help! My Students Won’t Participate!
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Al Bandstra
Sioux Center Christian School
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8)
Location: CL1302

How do you keep learning alive when children shrink away from participating? Oddly, a silent bunch can unnerve a teacher as quickly as a crew that doesn’t sit still. In this session, we will unravel some of the mysteries beneath learner aloofness and explore remedies for soothing the reluctance.

Delicate Conversations
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Al Bandstra
Sioux Center Christian School
Co-Presenter(s): Nate Breen
Gretchen De Wit
Target Audience/Grade Level: General MS/HS
Location: SB2602

Creating a culture of safety and positivity in the classroom is important for every teacher. But when pop-culture’s notions about sex worm their way into classroom dynamics, how can educators curb the impact? Frank conversations risk overstepping safe boundaries, whereas ignoring the problem shows tolerance for the rubbish. Thankfully, Christian schools today retain a unique opportunity to partner with families in redirecting patterns of unwholesomeness in learning environments. In this session, you'll hear about our recent counter efforts against coarse joking in the classroom and brainstorm additional ways to promote an honorable classroom atmosphere by using delicate, but necessary, conversations.

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

Unleash the power of implementing Brand, Mission, Vision and Core Values instead of just establishing them.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Cole Braun
The Lutheran High School Association Of Greater Milwaukee
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: CL1309

Your Brand is who you are. Your Mission is what you do. Your Vision is where you're going. Your Core Values are how you're going to get there. Is every decision you make wrapped up in your Brand, Mission, Vision, and Core Values (B, M,V, CV), and how mighty are these statements in your organization? This session will walk through an inclusive process that you can use to develop and implement your Brand, Mission, Vision, and your Core Values and Core Value statements in every aspect of your school.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Why do people support your school financially? Knowing the answer can change your world.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Cole Braun
Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: CL1309

Do people give to your school because of a compelling mission, values alignment, spirituality, their experience at your school, community involvement, family tradition, or are there other reasons? Christian Education cannot exist without the support and financial contributions of its invested donors and families. If we knew "why" people give to our school, we can maximize the giving relationship. This session will dig into who is donating, when they are donating, and why they are donating: or why they are not donating! This session is based on my doctoral research and is focused on K-12 Christian Education.

Do you want some Tea from the TPOT?
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Melissa Boer
Northwest AEA
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning
Location: CL2246

There has been a lot of buzz about the pyramid model and MTSS in our classrooms. During this session, we will unpack the TPOT - Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool - and give you some ideas of what should be in our classrooms and what things you are already doing and can possibly "beef up"! Come ready to learn and discuss the teaching pyramid! Specific things we will discuss are schedules, rules, challenging behavior, and collaboration.

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

Let's SING! Making a Joyful Noise with Middle School Literature
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Joan Enockson
Estherville Lincoln-Central
Target Audience/Grade Level: Music teachers
Location: MU116

Music teachers give a lot of energy during class, trying to meet the needs of all students while teaching fundamentals and teamwork. And let's not forget the stress of preparing them for public performances! It's your turn to enjoy singing quality middle school literature with no behavior issues, everyone singing with solid fundamentals, and zero pressure. Let's lighten our hearts and feed our souls while making a joyful noise! Please come prepared to share your top five favorite pieces of middle school literature to be compiled and distributed to all!

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Still Flourishing, After 30 Years in the Classroom?
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Karen Christians
Western Christian High School
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: SB1603

Even after 30+ years in the classroom, I have a desire to become a better teacher every year--I want to flourish! My love for God deepens every year. I really do love the kids I get to work with. I believe in Christian education with my whole heart. (And, yes, there are occasional days when I consider a career in managing Sheldon’s Dollar General.) Attendees will hear (and hopefully share!) insights on personal faith growth, classroom management, restorative discipline techniques, integrating faith into the entire school experience, seeing our students (and ourselves) for who we really are--works in progress of our Creator God! Come to listen, share, learn, and laugh together! All ages and areas of experience welcome--the more diverse our gathering, the better!

A New Perspective on Talented and Gifted: Learning Through Experience
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Joan Enockson
Estherville Lincoln-Central
Target Audience/Grade Level: TAG
Location: CL1305

Teaching TAG is not a cookie-cutter job description. What we learn about being a TAG teacher compared to the actual teaching experience can sometime throw us for a loop. And if you work with multiple grade levels it can be daunting. This session will include my story and a few out-of-the-box strategies that I developed to better meet the needs of my Talendted and Gifted students.

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

Engaged Learning for Worldview Formation
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Roger Erdvig
Summit Ministries
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: SB1641
Session Handouts/Slides: Download Handout/Slides

Every teacher can benefit from practical application and experience with Total Participation Techniques. This workshop provides insight into the philosophy behind engaged learning and significant practice experiencing TPTs from the student point of view.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Teaching History from a Biblical Worldview
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Roger Erdvig
Summit Ministries
Target Audience/Grade Level: General History
Location: SB1641
Session Handouts/Slides: Download Handout/Slides

How does a teacher teach history from a Biblical worldview perspective? This workshop experience will equip teachers with a comprehensive paradigm for studying history that is consistent with a Biblical worldview.

What Christian School Students are Bringing to School
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Roger Erdvig
Summit Ministries
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: SB1641

More than their backpacks and laptops, today's students are bringing new and challenging experiences into the classroom. Together, we'll examine trends that are impacting students and how we can respond Biblically to the difficulties that arise from those trends.

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

Mama’s Refrigerator: Capturing and celebrating the uniqueness of each child and their personal faith development in the classroom. *TfT
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Kent Ezell
Faith Journey
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: CL1144

Parents choose Christian education because they want to partner with the school in the faith development of their children. While we collect trophies and awards for sports, theater, and other academic accomplishments, we do not often capture moments of our most prized goal - our kids’ faith formation.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Flourishing for All: Creating a Culture of Belonging
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Tia Gaines
UnifiEd, a Center for Hope and Unity
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1144

As we consider educational flourishing, the question arises of not just how flourishing can be nurtured in schools, but also who gets to flourish. Jesus’s invitation to “life in all its fullness” (John 10:10b) is intended for all in our schools and communities, just as Christians are called to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39). This vision of “flourishing for all” requires three key efforts: first, fostering cultural humility as educators, by examining our biases and adopting a posture of learning; second, developing culturally responsive pedagogy and practices; and third, extending ourselves beyond the school walls to engage our communities in authentic and collaborative ways. Through discussion, reflection, and action planning, participants will develop practical strategies in these areas—with the goal of shaping our schools to become places where students and educators alike are equipped and empowered to navigate our diverse world with love and truth.

Engaging Students with Project Based Learning: Bringing STEM to the Classroom
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Barry Lawrensen
Sioux Falls Christian School
Target Audience/Grade Level: General STEM
Location: SB1603
Session Handouts/Slides: Slides

Hands on an experiential learning brings great benefits to our classrooms. Teachers don't need a fancy classroom to integrate STEM activities that build rich learning into course content. Application across content areas and age levels.

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

The New Frontier of School Health: Telemedicine as a Force Multiplier to Meet Student Health Needs
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Sheila Freed
Avel eCare School Health
Target Audience/Grade Level: Resource (special needs) General (all grade levels) Administrators, Technology specialist and teachers
Location: CL1318

COVID-19 spurred schools to adopt virtual learning for students, just as hospitals adopted virtual health for patients. With schools facing shortages of school health professionals - such as nurses and therapists – they can apply a virtual model to school health as well. This session examines how telehealth has been making a difference for small school districts without a nurse as well as larger districts who need to optimize the nurses and counselors they have onsite.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED CFT - Engaging Practices in Sports
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Darin Keizer
Coaching for Transformation
Target Audience/Grade Level: PE

Taking your coaching to a deeper level that engages student athletes in faith formational practices.

Why Easy-to-Read Bible Translations
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Brian McLemore
Bible League International
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels), Administrators
Location: CL2250

Come and join us for a fun and interactive session about why Bible League International is committed to producing easy to understand Scriptures and how you can use them too, so that “We can all understand what they are saying about the great things God has done.” (Acts 2:11, ERV)

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

Community, Education and Leadership: Gaming Clubs and Integration for K-12 Schools
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Brad Hickey
Dordt University
Co-Presenter(s): Kayla Vande Zande
Target Audience/Grade Level: TAG
Location: CL1316

The purpose of this session is to provide K-12 educators with a practical set of tools that can help them evaluate whether a gaming club is a good fit for their unique contexts and how to integrate gaming clubs in a way that can support school objectives, contribute to educator objectives and respects educators' time and resources restraints. To accomplish this, this session will be roughly divided into two sections: the first half includes an overview of Dordt's gaming club with an examination of key elements and processes The second half will examine some recent ideas on gaming integration in modern educational settings and end with a discussion on tools and best practices.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Shocking Situations
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Bruce Kuiper
Dordt University
Target Audience/Grade Level: General MS/HS
Location: CL1305

Moving from one lifestyle to another can be full of stress and anxiety. Whether it’s moving from one country to another, going from homeschooling to classroom schooling, or even making the transition from middle school to high school, a complete world change can be disconcerting, to say the least. One particular label given to this situation is “culture shock.” Today we have two objectives: 1) to provide each other with lesson plans and ideas on how to discuss culture shock in our classrooms as a way to introduce empathy and understanding in our students, and 2) to provide each other with resources in how to recognize culture shock in our students and what we might be able to do about it. The results might … shock you.

Assessing our Assessment Beliefs and Practices
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Dave Mulder
Dordt University
Target Audience/Grade Level: General Assessment
Location: SB1606

Assessment is perhaps the most mystical part of our work as educators. How can we get inside a student's head to know what they know? To understand how they understand? In this session we will examine our beliefs about our students, about our role as teacher, and about what assessment is "for." We'll examine both what we say we believe as well as what our practices might reveal about what we *actually* believe. Further, we'll explore ways that we might work towards shrinking the gap between belief and practice with an eye toward bringing about flourishing in students and teachers alike.

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

Faith Woven into Units You Already Teach (TfT)
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Natalia Jankowski
Minnehaha Academy
Target Audience/Grade Level: General Faith Integration
Location: CL2248

Do you wish you had time to think through a unit you teach(or hope to) through the lens of the Teaching for Transformation* (TfT) framework? Join Natalia Jankowski and reflect on integrating faith into your existing curriculum with our interactive workshop. This session will provide space for TfT educators through practical strategies and work time to infuse the TfT framework and spiritual principles into an existing unit. We aim to be a session that provides support and work time to apply TfT in your classroom. Join us as we embark on a transformative journey that unites academic excellence with spiritual growth, inspiring a generation of compassionate and purpose-driven learners. Please make a note to bring your curriculum map for an existing unit of study you teach, your Deep Hope, any related materials (FLEx projects etc.) and your school's Throughlines . This is not an intro to TfT course, and not designed for educators without a base knowledge of TfT or these materials. *Not affiliated with Teaching for Transformation or CACE (Center for the Advancement of Christian Education).

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

We DON'T Have to Track Our Minutes In Band?!?: Practice Projects - an Alternative to Minutes
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Peter Kuipers
Rock Valley Christian
Target Audience/Grade Level: Music teachers
Location: MU108 (Band Room)
Session Handouts/Slides: Download Handout/Slides

What is the end goal of practice? In this session, you will be informed about playing assessments and practice projects. These projects and assessments are an alternative way to document student growth in the band or orchestra classroom.

Critical Thinking Activities with KEVA Planks
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Sioux Falls Christian
Target Audience/Grade Level: Tech
Location: CL1321

Knowledge, Exploration, and the Visual Arts (KEVA) come into focus when students get to work with KEVA Planks. These simple wooden planks offer a multitude of opportunities in problem solving, critical thinking, engineering, designing, and creating for students (and teachers) of all ages. You will get hands-on experience through “guided creativity” during this session as I share examples, activities, and challenges that you can do with your own students. This session is open to teachers of all grade levels (and all creativity levels 🙂

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

Speechifying Strategies
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Bruce Kuiper
Dordt University
Target Audience/Grade Level: General MS/HS
Location: CL1305

Public speaking can be a scary thing for a lot of people. In fact, it’s often listed as primary fear for many Americans, often above other fears like spiders, heights, or even death. But it doesn’t have to be scary. Today we’ll be looking at reasons why developing public speaking skills is so important for people of all ages, but especially for middle school and high school students. In addition, we’ll have access to a wide variety of specific games and activities that foster the learning of this crucial life skill. Come prepared to learn, to practice, and to share effective techniques for this fascinating area.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Let's Play! Making Music in the Elementary Classroom
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Maggie Mauch
Siouxland Christian School
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning (pre-k, kindergarten), Primary (grades K - 4), Middle grades (5 - 8), Music teachers
Location: MU116

During this session we will discuss the elementary music class experience including the Musicplay Online curriculum. Please bring questions and ideas to share with the group.

Get A Handle On Your Art
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: David Platter
Dordt Univerity
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8), High school, Administrators, Art teachers, TAG (Talented and Gifted) teachers
Location: CL1302

What makes art an investment? This session will explore some of the 'best practices' and standards held by art collectors, museums, and fine art galleries. We will overview what makes artwork "display-ready" and consider how to package and crate your work for safe storage and transit.

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

Stand Watch: How to Be a Lifeguard on Duty
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jim McKenzie
Jim McKenzie, LLC
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels), Administrators
Location: SB1603

We'll explore five lessons we can learn as Christian teachers and leaders to help us position ourselves as lifeguards on duty so that our students and parents know that there is someone standing watch.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Durable Skills: What Employers Are Needing
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jordan Menning
Northwest Area Education Agency
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels), Administrators
Location: CL1316

Have you heard of soft skills? How about 21st-century skills? In this session, you will learn about the need for your learners to develop Durable Skills. Durable Skills were developed from an America Succeeds study of over 80 million job postings. It is what employers need from their employees and we will explore how we can help prepare our learners to have the Durable Skills needed to be successful.

Person Guided Planning in Inclusive Schools
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Janelle Sievert
All Belong Center for Inclusive Education
Target Audience/Grade Level: Resource (special needs), General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2260

Inclusive schools start by knowing students most excellently, rather than starting with a program. This leads to a culture where individuals are celebrated for their unique contributions to the school community and are more likely to experience authentic belonging. In this session, Janelle Sievert explores how our beliefs guide our planning for students with disabilities, shares how to know students most excellently, and provides examples to aid the planning processes. Join us as we dive deeper into person-guided planning based on individual strengths, leading to faith-based and research-based support for individual students.

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

Prompt Engineering: Speaking AI’s Language
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Sioux Falls Christian
Target Audience/Grade Level: AI
Location: CA319

“Prompt engineering” is the process of thoughtfully developing queries and instructions for AI websites and tools. Educators and students can learn to write prompts that help the AI tools generate creative, informative, and accurate content. This workshop will introduce educators to the basics of prompt engineering and show them how to use it to enhance their teaching and to improve the learning experience for their students.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Stressed Out? Strategies for anxiety and stress in the classroom.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Leah Mouw
Dordt University
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: CL1321

Teachers are on the front lines of identifying and assisting stressed and anxious students. In this session, you will learn about the strategies to help students with stress and anxiety. Interventions will be shared to help inside and outside of the classroom as well as how to collaborate with school counselors. Advice for how to work with families and outside providers will also be discussed.

Conducting with Kids In Mind: Teaching students to watch
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Amie Smit
Western Christian High School
Co-Presenter(s): Liz Van Maanen
Target Audience/Grade Level: Music teachers
Location: MU116

Professional musicians observe and respond to the conductor's every move. But how often do students watch the conductor in rehearsals and concerts? In this session, you'll encounter ensemble classroom activities and conducting strategies that train students of all ages and instrumentation to watch and respond to professional-level conducting gestures.

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

Dyslexia for a Day Simulation
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Renee Saarloos
Ireton Christian School
Target Audience/Grade Level: Resource Dyslexia
Location: CL1148

This simulation is designed to help people gain a better understanding of and empathy for those children and adults who struggle with dyslexia. All educators, especially those in middle and high school, are encouraged to participate in this simulation to get a sense of the challenges dyslexics face, particularly in an academic setting. Spoiler alert: challenges are not limited to learning to read and are not limited to early elementary settings!

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Intro to AI and Chatbots in Education
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Sioux Falls Christian
Target Audience/Grade Level: AI
Location: CA319

This session will focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education and will provide educators with an understanding of the current and potential applications of AI in the classroom. Participants will learn about AI technologies such as machine learning and natural language processing, and explore how they can be used to enhance teaching and learning experiences. Through hands-on activities and discussions, attendees will examine best practices and ethical considerations for implementing AI in education.

Future Ready: Innovative Financial and Structural Models for Christian Education
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Lynn Swaner
ACSI & Cardus
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: BJ Haan Auditorium

With unprecedented enrollment growth, expanding school choice programs nationwide, and a rekindled parental desire for Christ-centered education for their children, the current moment in Christian education looks bright. But how can Christian schools capitalize on this moment to grow in ways that are healthy, sustainable, and mission-aligned? This session will draw on "Future Ready: Innovative Models for Mission-Aligned Growth"—co-published by ACSI and Cardus and featuring a diverse range of school types, including CSI schools—to examine smart growth strategies like microschools, online and hybrid academies, mergers and acquisitions, school choice networks, and third-source income streams (micro-business hubs, facilities leasing, and entrepreneurship programs). Leaders will collaborate with colleagues to identify new opportunities to ensure their schools are not only future-ready, but also positioned to fulfill their missions with broader impact and relevance.

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

STEM Resources - FREE, Hands-On, Take-Aways
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Mary Trent
NW STEM
Target Audience/Grade Level: General STEM
Location: CL2241

In this session participants will learn about the Iowa STEM Council's Programs and Resources as well as the NW STEM Checkout System. They will have hands-on experience with NW STEM checkout STEM kits and materials. Participants will also be given some take away STEM challenges that they can use in their classrooms.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Creating a Classroom Culture of Curiosity and Creativity
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Dave Mulder
Dordt University
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: SB1606

We are wired to wonder—it’s how God created human beings to be! But school doesn’t always feel like a “wonder” oriented space…for students, and even for teachers. With so many standards to teach and overstuffed curriculum guides, how can we make space for students to play around with ideas, to create, to wonder? In this session we’ll explore a handful of strategies you can use next week to start shifting towards tapping students’ natural curiosity and developing creative thinking.

Men's Basketball Practice
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
75 Minutes
Presenter: Brian Van Haaften
Dordt Basketball
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8), High school, General (all grade levels), PE teachers
Location: De Witt Gymnasium

We will have a 75 minute practice that will involve all aspects of the game of basketball.

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

Fostering a Collaborative Partnership with JMC's Community Message Center *TfT
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Jake Van Scoyoc
jmc Inc
Target Audience/Grade Level: Tech
Location: CL1303

School districts were seeking a convenient tool to engage community members in the activities and events within their district and student community. jmc's newest all-in-one community messenger enables community members to sign up for district updates and announcements, ensuring they're always informed and connected with the latest happenings in their local schools. Check out all that jmc's Community Message Center has to offer your school!

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Integrating Science & Faith with Integrate
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Kendra Terpstra
BioLogos
Target Audience/Grade Level: High school
Location: CL1307

It can be uncomfortable or intimidating to talk about science & faith issues in the classroom, but our students have questions about how their faith engages with topics like evolution, climate change, gene editing, and artificial intelligence. At BioLogos, our hope is that students engage thoughtfully and faithfully with the hard questions of science and faith and ultimately find that they they don't have to choose between their love of God and of science. Come learn about how you can bring rigorous science, Christ-centered faith and gracious dialogue into your classroom with BioLogos' new faith & science curriculum supplement, Integrate. Middle school and high school science and Bible teachers will find this session particularly helpful!

Navigating a New Frontier: ChatGPT in the Classroom
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Matt Van Schepen
Orange City Christian School
Target Audience/Grade Level: AI
Location: CL1143

With great power comes great responsibility. As educators, it is incumbent upon us to use AI responsibly and ethically. We must ensure that students understand the limitations of ChatGPT, promoting digital literacy as we open up new avenues for personalized learning, by fostering creativity and sparking curiosity. - According to ChatGPT

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

Session #1 - What are Restorative Practices?: Creating a Restorative Culture in Your Schools
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Owen Webb
Pacific Christian School
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning (pre-k, kindergarten), Primary (grades K - 4), Middle grades (5 - 8), High school, Resource (special needs), General (all grade levels), Administrators
Location: CL2260

This workshop will focus on the foundations of restorative justice and restorative practices, and what it means to develop a restorative culture in our schools. We will reflect on what it means to be “Ministers of Reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5) as we work with students and educators each day. This session will serve as a foundation for other sessions on restorative practices throughout the conference. This workshop is open to all educators. School leaders are encouraged to attend this session as they consider how they might continue to shape the culture of their schools.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Session #2 - Restorative Circles: Student Voice as a Means to Changing Culture
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Owen Webb
Pacific Christian School
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning (pre-k, kindergarten), Primary (grades K - 4), Middle grades (5 - 8), High school, Resource (special needs), General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2260

This workshop will examine the importance of voice in our schools, and how we can be intentional about ensuring the voices of both students and educators are prominent in our school cultures. We will look at restorative circles and discuss how we can effectively employ them in our schools to ensure every individual has a voice. Participants would benefit from attending Session #1 (What are restorative practices?), though it is not a prerequisite for attending this session.

Building Blueprints
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Amanda Woudstra
Sioux Center Christian School
Co-Presenter(s): Rachel Vanden Hull
Jill Van Soelen
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: CL2248

Have you ever wondered: How can my students meet all the standards? What should I teach next? Where will I find the time to cover all of my content? Well, teachers, in this session you will explore mapping out the curriculum and standards for your students. As teachers, we have benefited from planning our school year by asking ourselves some simple questions and using tools that our future selves thank us for. You will take a glimpse of how this looks for an elementary and middle school teacher. Additionally, you will consider how this could align with your school wide curriculum map. Let’s jump start this task to cover all of the standards for your students, know what you will teach next, and allow you to have the time to cover all of your content.

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

Growth Mindset and Grading
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Julie Winn
Refine EDU (Minnehaha Academy)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: SB1606

Likely none of us ever took a class in our teacher preparation on how to grade. We simply learned how to do it based on how we were graded or based on the grading practices in place in our institutions or departments. But do our grading practices actually lead to authentic learning and the creation of learners? In this session we will explore and investigate some of the long standing beliefs about grading practices and how they do or don't support create a culture of growth in our schools and classrooms.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Reimagining Teacher and Administrator Supervision and Evaluation
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Presenter: Julie Winn
Refine EDU (Minnehaha Academy)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: SB2602

Principals and school leaders spend countless hours in planning, observation, and follow up meetings. In this session you will be introduced to a helpful supervision and evaluation technique involving mini observations coupled with short, frequent feedback for targeted improvement. Administrators will leave with materials and food for thought to bring back to their schools that will certainly lead to some rich conversations, if not direct tools for improving their own evaluation systems.

Blending Whole-Class Novels and Student Choice in a Literature Classroom
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Abby De Groot
Dordt University
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8), High school
Location: CL1309

Participants will learn how they can blend the time-honored practice of studying whole-class novels with the research-backed approach of allowing students to choose books in middle school and high school English classrooms. The session will expose participants to the benefits of this hybrid approach as well as give them an opportunity to think about what this could look like in their own classrooms.

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

Defining & Developing Fluency in Mathematics
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Valorie Zonnefeld
Dordt University
Co-Presenter(s): Ryan Zonnefeld
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: CL1321

What does “fluent in mathematics” really mean? We’ll answer this question and engage in fluency-focused activities that build conceptual understanding.

Open
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELED Interactive Mind Games
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Jacob Pettengill
Sioux Falls Christian Middle School Principal
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4), Middle grades (5 - 8), High school, PE teachers, TAG (Talented and Gifted) teachers

In this session you will be exposed to mind boggling educational games and activities that cause you to think outside the box. This session will be fun, energetic, and might even be a little competitive. You will learn about a variety of relationship building activities that you can bring back to your classroom on a rainy day. ****Please note that this session will be a repeat from four years ago.

Preschool Classroom Management
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Alysha Armstrong
Siouxland Christian Preschool
Co-Presenter(s): Nemezy Rios
Siouxland Christian Preschool
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning (pre-k, kindergarten)
Location: SB2602

In this session, we will be talking about one of the hardest things in the classroom: Classroom Management. We will be discussing different tips and tricks that work for us in implementing a successful behavior management system.

Thursday Breakout Sessions

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8:15 am
8:45 am
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ESAs Check-in: What's working? What's not?
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Josh Bowar
Sioux Center Christian School
Co-Presenters: Lydia Quick
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: CL1316

All school leaders in nonpublic schools in Iowa are invited to attend this session to discuss education savings accounts (ESAs) and their implementation in our state. We'll discuss ways to promote program awareness, ideas for effective marketing and admissions practices, and how increase family participation in the program. Come with your tips, tricks, and ideas!

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Planning For Adequate Retirement Income
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: John Bolt
Christian Education Employee Benefits Team
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1320
Session Handouts/Slides: Slides and Planning Document

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.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Teaching Science from a Biblical Worldview
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Roger Erdvig
Summit Ministries
Target Audience/Grade Level: General Science
Location: CL1309

How does a teacher teach science from a Biblical worldview perspective? This workshop experience will examine how a Christian teacher can help students to explore and experience God’s activity in all of our scientific endeavors.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Teaching Commitments for Biblical Worldview Formation
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Roger Erdvig
Summit Ministries
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: CL1309

Equipping for Biblical worldview formation should be the hallmark of every Christian school classroom. Teachers can practice four central teaching commitments to nurture Biblical worldview formation in their students. Practicing these commitments ensures that your pedagogy is aligned with how worldviews actually develop.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Play - Based Instruction/Learning
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Beth Ewoldt
Siouxland Christian
Co-Presenters: Kristin Koekkoek
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4)
Location: SB1641

Play based learning helps to engage elementary students in their learning and has cognitive, physical, social, and emotional benefits.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Multiplying Leaders - How to help others realize and maximize their talents
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Lowell Ernst
Pella Community School District
Target Audience/Grade Level: General
Location: CL1144

Leaders rise to the challenge when they are faced with obstacles that become opportunities. This session will focus on how we can help teachers and students see the talents they have and how those talents can be used to maximize their impact in the world. Participants will identify their own talents and develop plans on how to help others grow as leaders in their own situations.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Youth Education through Sports (YES!)
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Ryan Gillaspie
Siouxland Christian
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4), Middle grades (5 - 8), PE teachers
Location: CL1320

This session will deal with the process of setting up a youth sports program in the school setting including the highs and lows of establishing a feeder system to grow an athletic program in a small school.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

*TfT Ways to connect your students with the outdoors including improving outdoor skills, increasing knowledge and experiences in nature, as well as opportunities provided by your local County Conservation Board Environmental Education Team
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Presenter: Sunday Ford
Sioux County Conservation Board
Target Audience/Grade Level: General Science
Location: CL1302

You will experience some of the tools and tips that I have learned from teaching groups outdoors over my 25 years as a Naturalist; I will highlight a few of my favorite resources for natural science outdoor curriculum and do select programs from those guides with you; discuss some of the outdoor skills that many County Conservation Boards offer and can provide equipment for (including hunter safety); and more!

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Whole to Part: Reading Intervention that Works
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Tamara Irvin
Siouxland Christian
Target Audience/Grade Level: Resource Reading
Location: CL1148

Grouping students becomes easy and successful when we look at the whole of reading and break it into its parts. In this session we will look at what makes a good reader, how to identify students' greatest area of need and pair student needs with simple research-based strategies that help all students read.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Theatre Activities in the Classroom
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Emily Hageman
Siouxland Christian
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8), High school
Location: CL1143

Theatre is one of the best ways to engage students creatively and socially while helping them build confidence and develop their authentic voice. But how can you utilize theatre in the general academic classroom? Join me in exploring various theatre activities that can enrich your academic experience through roleplaying, storytelling, and empathetic exercises--as well as some brain breaks that are just plain fun!

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Empowering Young Minds: Brain Research and Movement applied in the Primary Classroom
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Natalia Jankowski
Minnehaha Academy
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary
Location: CL1144

Unlock the potential of our youngest learners with Natalia Jankowski's captivating insights on brain research and it’s application to the Pk-2 classroom. Join us for an enlightening session as she unveils innovative ways to seamlessly integrate movement into classroom routines, catering to post-COVID learners who need to bridge developmental gaps. With Natalia's expertise, teachers will discover how simple yet powerful movements can enhance cognition, engagement, and emotional well-being. Let's enhance education together and unleash the boundless possibilities that lie within each child's mind!

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Play, Learn, and Thrive: K-2 Math Games
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Natalia Jankowski
Minnehaha Academy
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary math
Location: SB1641

Are you looking for exciting and effective ways to engage young learners in mathematics? Join Natalia Jankowski at "Play, Learn, and Thrive: K-2 Math Games Workshop" to discover a treasure trove of innovative math games/activities appropriate for kindergarten through second-grade students. This interactive workshop will explore a variety of fun, hands-on games designed to reinforce fundamental math concepts, promote critical thinking, and foster a love for mathematics among young learners. Natalia will share practical strategies for incorporating these activities into your daily lessons, making math learning an enjoyable experience for every student.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

7 Strategies When Communicating with Difficult People
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Lindsay Laurich
Siouxland Christian School
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels), Administrators
Location: SB1606

Even in Christian communities, tough situations arise and can lead to hard conversations. These conversations can be amplified when the party on the other side is defensive or agitated. How do we navigate these situations with grace so that information is shared, trust is sustained, and everyone feels heard and respected? In this session you will learn 7 key strategies to guide you through these conversations.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Debatable Preparation
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Also Friday 8:15-9:15 a.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Bruce Kuiper
Dordt University
Target Audience/Grade Level: General MS/HS
Location: CL1307

The world of collegiate forensics is often hidden to many people. Even its official name, “forensics,” causes confusion! However, thousands of students across the world participate in college-level speech and debate events every year, giving them opportunities to hone their speaking skills for their careers and their lives … not to mention winning shiny trophies. During this hour, you’ll learn more about the opportunities for college speech and debate, what effects being on a forensics team has on studies and career preparation, and strategies to help prepare students for success on the college level. (Designed for schools currently offering speech and debate opportunities.)

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Dying to Teach: How to Improve Teacher Wellness
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jim McKenzie
Jim McKenzie, LLC
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels), Administrators
Location: CL2241

Luke 6:40 says that when a student is fully formed, he will be like his teacher. Today’s educators face the caregiver’s dilemma more than ever: will we give out of our essence or out of our overflow? In this workshop, we’ll look at the greatest factors impacting teacher wellness and practical steps schools can take in response.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Telling Your Story: Marketing Strategies for Christian Schools
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jim McKenzie
Jim McKenzie, LLC
Target Audience/Grade Level: Administrators
Location: CL2241

In this workshop, we'll take a high-level view of the strategies for successful marketing and how to implement these at your Christian school: Audience, Message, & Tactics. We'll cover some of the primary reasons why Christian schools get marketing wrong and what to do to grow your school's enrollment.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Helping Learning Become Future Ready through Authentic Learning
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jordan Menning
Northwest Area Education Agency
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels), Administrators, Art teachers, Technology specialist and teachers, TAG (Talented and Gifted) teachers
Location: CL1305

How do we help learners at all levels be successful in and out of school? In this session, you will engage in discussions and learning opportunities about how to provide authentic learning opportunities. We will also explore how to develop a learning environment for authentic learning to help all learners to be successful while they are in school, as well as out of school.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

The Why, The What, and The How Behind Work-Based Learning (WBL)
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jordan Menning
Northwest Area Education Agency
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8), High school, Administrators
Location: CL1305

Are you interested in what Work-Based Learning (WBL) is or how to create these types of learning opportunities for your learners? If so, you will want to join this session to dig into the why, the what, and the how behind work-based learning. You will explore different models of WBL that would be best for you and your learners.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Artists Community
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: David Platter
Dordt University
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning (pre-k, kindergarten), Primary (grades K - 4), Middle grades (5 - 8), High school, Resource (special needs), General (all grade levels), Administrators, Art teachers, PE teachers, Music teachers, Technology specialist and teachers, TAG (Talented and Gifted) teachers
Location: CL1302

Join this round table discussion surrounding artists and community. We want to identify shared ideas that aim to connect passionate, like minded, art loving people together so that art making can thrive. We will open the discussion on topics such as: opportunities for artist workshops, art camps, art excursions, travel, garnering feedback/critique, and discussing how social media is affecting your art community.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Best Practice Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Mary Beth Pollema
Dordt University
Target Audience/Grade Level: ESL
Location: CL2247

With recent Refugee Resettlement efforts along with increasing immigration of culturally and lingually diverse families, the student demographic in many Christian schools is changing. Do you have a student(s) in your class(es) for whom English is not their first language? Are you looking for new strategies to better serve these students? If so, let's talk. Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (S.I.O.P.) is a researched best practice that will provide a structure for the pedagogical choices we make in our lesson plans and units. This sectional will include an introduction to the S.I.O.P. framework, ideas you can apply directly to your lessons, and resources to grow from there.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Drowning to Swimming: Classroom Management Principles for the New Teacher
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Thomas Soodsma
Western Christian High School
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: CL1143

Are you a new(ish) teacher drowning from the chaos in your classroom? I've been there, and it wasn't fun. Join me as I recount the evolution of my classroom management applications and philosophy in my first 5 years. Leave with practical tips that you can apply in your classroom this year.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

De-Escalation Techniques for Handling Conflict
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Crystal Reynolds
Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch Boarding School
Co-Presenters: Ronnie Jones
Target Audience/Grade Level: Resource, Admins
Location: SB2602

Preparing yourself to avoid conflict and providing tools for individuals that promote peace before, during, after conflict occurs.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Children's Literature, Music, and More
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Elizabeth Van Maanen
Hull Christian School
Co-Presenters: Heidi Tubergen
Target Audience/Grade Level: Music and Lit
Location: MU116 (Choir Room)

In this session we will be sharing some of our favorite children's books that we use in both the music and preschool classrooms. Liz will be sharing how she uses these books to teach music concepts and Heidi will be sharing how she uses the same book to extend it into classroom learning activities. Some of the books have also been adapted to offer ideas for students with special needs.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Come & Chat with a Couple of Well-Seasoned Counselors!
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Dr. Shawn Scholten and Dr. Dayton Vogel
Creative Living Center (comprehensive mental health counseling firm, established in 1981
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels), Administrators, Art teachers, PE teachers, Music teachers, Technology specialist and teachers, TAG (Talented and Gifted) teachers
Location: SB1604

This will be an engaging session in which two highly-seasoned counselors will share their compassion, general awareness, and valuable mental health information for teachers and staff of all age levels. It will largely be an informal Q & A. Questions may be sent in to the Heartland email ahead of time and forwarded to them, as well as asking them on-site. They welcome input, thoughts, and suggestions from all the participants, believing everyone has valuable ideas to share.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Session #3 - Restorative Responses to Conflict: Honoring the worth of our school community as we seek reconciliation.
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Owen Webb
Pacific Christian School
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning (pre-k, kindergarten), Primary (grades K - 4), Middle grades (5 - 8), High school, Resource (special needs), General (all grade levels), Administrators
Location: CL2260

In this session, we will talk about strategies for restoratively responding to conflict. Our discussion will focus on conflict as a break in a relationship, and how restorative practices enable us to restore relationships while honoring the dignity and worth of each of those involved in a conflict. Participants would benefit from attending Session #1 (What are Restorative Practices?) and/or Session #2 (Restorative Circles), though neither is a prerequisite for joining us in this session.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Voice Building: Engaging the Whole Student in Choir Warm-Ups
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Ryan Smit
Dordt University
Target Audience/Grade Level: Music teachers
Location: MU116 (Choir Room)

This session will help you engage your choirs of any age in focused, fun warm-ups that educate, inspire, and improve the sound of your ensemble.

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

Motivation to Read!
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Jen Wielenga
Orange City Christian School
Target Audience/Grade Level: General MS/HS
Location: SB2602

Do you want to motivate your students to read? Do you want to learn about some new books? Come to this session to see what research tells us to do to motivate reading in our students. Followed by a time to share books. Bring along new books that you love to share with the group.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Engaging Evidence-Based Reading Interventions With Results!
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Heidi Vasher
Northwestern College
Co-Presenters: Angila Moffitt
Target Audience/Grade Level: Resource Reading
Location: SB1603

Looking for engaging evidence-based reading interventions for your students that get results? This session will share reading interventions that will motivate and engage K-4 students.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

The Sky is Falling! and other Myths about AI: Learn to use AI for everyone's benefit!
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Sarah Wilson
Western Christian High School
Target Audience/Grade Level: AI
Location: CL1321

In this session, teachers will learn a variety of useful AI tools for teaching and learning, we will spend time looking at and working with the tools so it would be wise to have a device to work from! We will also spend time discussing ways that teachers can develop assignments to reduce the concerns of using AI to do student work. Lastly, teachers will learn about ways to approach this issue with their students in a way encourages proper use.

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Session #4 - Restorative Pedagogy: Building Relationships & Changing Culture through Our Classroom Learning
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Owen Webb
Pacific Christian School
Target Audience/Grade Level: Early Learning (pre-k, kindergarten), Primary (grades K - 4), Middle grades (5 - 8), High school, Resource (special needs), General (all grade levels)
Location: CL2260

This session will take many of the concepts discussed in the previous three restorative sessions and integrate them into our classroom learning. Our classrooms are the primary place in our schools where culture is developed. This session will focus on how using restorative approaches in our pedagogy can support us in developing a flourishing culture both in our daily learning and beyond our classroom walls.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

How to Leverage Tension in a Chapel Service
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:15 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Tyler Sanchez
Director of Spiritual Life, Siouxland Christian Schools
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8), High school
Location: CL1307

We never want students to graduate without having the tough questions answered! I believe we have a responsibility to create environments where they can hear biblical truth that relates to the hard topics of today. We need to create an environment that addresses what the world is saying and hold that up against what the Bible says! When this is done correctly it sets our students up to face the tough things of this world! This doesn’t have to feel outdated and boring, we can create engaging service without wavering on biblical truth! Creating these type of environments leverages tension in a way that will bring energy and life to your school!

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Rocking the Block! Active Engagement Strategies to Deepen Learning and Enliven Students
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Julie Winn
Refine EDU
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: SB1606

Teaching in a longer block of time, at any level, can be a challenging experience for teachers to design for. In this session, you will be introduced to a variety of highly engaging techniques, strategies, and lesson planning structures you can begin to use right away in your classroom.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Social Studies Best Practices
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Jon Holwerda
Director of Learning, Unity Christian High School
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle grades (5 - 8), High school
Location: CL1316

This will be a session in sharing practical practices in a High School and maybe even Middle School Social Studies classroom. This will be a discussion so if you could please bring something you do or something your student's love to do from your class to share with other teachers, that would be appreciated.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Open
9:15 am - 9:30 am

Transformation from the Inside Out TfT
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Jacob Pettengill
MS Principal, Sioux Falls Christian
Co-Presenters: Kimberly Chapman
Sioux Falls Christian
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (grades K - 4), Middle grades (5 - 8), High school
Location: CL2246

During this session you will learn about a small group community model that Sioux Falls Christian recently developed in middle school. The focus is on implementing Biblical values while incorporating a Biblical worldview. These small group communities help to create a healthy school culture and are built on relationships, mentorship, safety, competitions, and FLEx opportunities.

Open
10:30 am - 10:45 am

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

Friday Sessions