2018 Breakout Sessions

Convention Details:

  • Continental breakfast served from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, with the convention opening and welcome starting in the BJ Haan Auditorium at 9:30 a.m. Convention closes at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.
  • Continental breakfast served Friday, October 5, from 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. with sessions starting at 8:30 a.m. Convention closes at 12:00 p.m. on Friday.

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Thursday Breakout Sessions

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Active, Reflective Science Students
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 minutes
Presenter: Alan Bandstra
Sioux Center Christian School, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Grading and Assessment
Content Area: Sciences (biology, physics, chemistry)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Elementary (K-8), Middle School (6-8)
Location: Room 2726
Science & Tech Center

Kids need to move! Teachers want them to contemplate and reflect. Come and hear about some activities crafted to bridge that gap. There will also be time for brainstorming and sharing. Join this session for some useful classroom ideas for a variety of grade levels.

About the Presenter:
Alan Bandstra, 6th Grade Science and Math Teacher; 5th Grade Bible Teacher, Sioux Center Christian School, Sioux Center, IA

Al has been exploring science with middle schoolers since the year "If I Could Turn Back Time" hit the charts. Despite his mileage in the classroom, Al still enjoys the challenge of staying current. Additionally, his book, Beyond Control: Heart-Centered Classroom Climate and Discipline, has become a helpful resource for many Christian educators. Al holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from Dordt College. He grew in his wonder for creation by watching his pipe-smoking grandpa, who loved to tell stories and talk with his cows.

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

What do you Expect? Principal/Teacher Relations
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jason Alons
Orange City Christian School, Orange City, IA
Co-Presenter(s): Rhonda Slagter
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 2247
Ribbens Academic Complex

Working in a school, there are often expectations that teachers have from their principal and expectations that principals have for their staff. Sometimes they are assumed and not communicated well. In this session we will talk about those expectations and explore ways to help principal/teacher relations and how to create positive work environments.

About the Presenter:
Jason Alons, Principal, Orange City Christian School, Orange City, IA

Jason comes to us with 17 years of experience as a school administrator. Before administration he served as a business/computer teacher at Bradenton Christian School. In his roles as Principal at Sanborn Christian and Oskaloosa Christian he spent some of his time teaching Bible and math. Jason received his Bachelor's in Business Education in 1996 from Dordt and his Master's in Education Administration from the University of South Dakota in 2006.

About the Co-Presenter:
Rhonda Slagter, English Teacher and Guidance Counselor, Central Minnesota Christian, Prinsburg, MN

Rhonda has been teaching English at Central MN Christian for 30 years. She also serves part-time as the guidance counselor. She a earned a secondary education degree in English from Dordt College and has a master's in education with English emphasis from Southwest MN State University in Marshall, Minnesota.

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Educational Leadership Simulation: Student in Crisis
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: David De Jong
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1604
Science & Tech Center

The death of a student may be one of the most challenging leadership opportunities for any school leader, school counselor, teacher, coach, or any person in our schools. This simulation includes the first moment of notification, and continues through the nuances of sharing the news with students, staff, and community. This simulation is suitable for any school leader, school counselor, teacher, coach, or any person in our schools.

About the Presenter:
David De Jong, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

David is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, and a father to three boys. He loves serving school leaders throughout the Midwest. About half of his time is spent teaching courses in USD’s principal and superintendent preparation programs. The other half of his time is spent helping school leaders conduct research in order to write their dissertation and earn their doctorate degree. He has helped over 25 school leaders become doctors of education since 2015, which has resulted in nine published journal articles. David is the former Principal of Pella Christian Grade School from 2007 - 2015. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Middle Level Education from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, his Superintendent’s License in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa, and his Doctor’s of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa.

Open
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Favorite Formative Assessment Tools: Develop Voice and Choice of Students
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Sheila Mulder
Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD
Co-Presenter(s): Jennie Cobb
Session Type: Hands-on
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Grading and Assessment, Technology
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Mid Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8)
Location: Room 2246
Ribbens Academic Complex

Seesaw is an online digital student portfolio. It is an avenue to share student work and differentiate to meet student needs. In this session, we will share some of our favorite formative assessment tools using Seesaw. In addition, we will look at two other outside favorite formative assessment apps: Socrative and Flipgrid. We will share various items that we use in our fourth grade classroom via these apps that you can directly implement into your classroom.

About the Presenter:
Sheila Mulder, Teacher/PLC Coordinator, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Sheila graduated from Dordt College with a degree in elementary education and a middle school endorsement. She received her Masters of Education in Leadership from University of Sioux Falls. Having taught science for 1 year at Patrick Henry Middle School, she is currently in her 8th year at Sioux Falls Christian. Sheila is a Seesaw ambassador and has taught a few sessions on the Seesaw app. Sheila has a passion for differentiation and creating different opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning and has found that the use of online apps and tools have been beneficial in student learning.

About the Co-Presenter:
Jennie Cobb, 4th Grade Teacher, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Jennie is entering her 12th year of teaching at Sioux Falls Christian where she started her career as a 3rd grade classroom teacher before moving up to 4th grade. She is currently team teaching. She graduated from the University of Sioux Falls in 2006 with an Elementary Education degree and earned her Masters in Reading from the University of Sioux Falls in 2011. Jennie has a passion for differentiation and creating different opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning and has found that the use of online apps and tools has been beneficial in student learning.

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

Using Telepresense Robots in Your Schools
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: David De Jong
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Session Type: Demonstration
Category: Technology
Content Area: Sciences (biology, physics, chemistry), Technology
Target Audience/Grade Level: Mid Elementary (3-5), Upper (6-12)
Location: Room 1604
Science & Tech Center

Attendance is important at all levels. However, we realize that challenges (such as chronic illnesses) can prevent attendance. Come to this breakout session ready to see a telepresence robot (basically an iPad on a Segway), to see how it can be used for small group discussions, to discuss how you could use one, and to even drive it around!

About the Presenter:
David De Jong, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

David is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, and a father to three boys. He loves serving school leaders throughout the Midwest. About half of his time is spent teaching courses in USD’s principal and superintendent preparation programs. The other half of his time is spent helping school leaders conduct research in order to write their dissertation and earn their doctorate degree. He has helped over 25 school leaders become doctors of education since 2015, which has resulted in nine published journal articles. David is the former Principal of Pella Christian Grade School from 2007 - 2015. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Middle Level Education from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, his Superintendent’s License in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa, and his Doctor’s of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa.

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CSI Bible Instruction Symposium
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Rachael Heyboer
Christian Schools International, Grand Rapids, MI
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Repeat from last year, Curriculum and Instruction, Spiritual and Community Formation
Content Area: Bible, General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1709
Science & Tech Center

Learn more about a unique professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers of Bible. The second annual CSI Bible Instruction Symposium will focus on ways Christian school teachers can advance and improve Bible instruction for their students. The symposium will take place February 13–15, 2019, in Washington, DC. The museum provides a new way of understanding the cultural and historical importance of the Bible. This session will provide details, answer questions, and provide tips for applying to the symposium.

About the Presenter:
Rachael Heyboer, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Christian Schools International, Grand Rapids, MI

Rachael currently serves as the Director of Product Development for Christian Schools International’s Curriculum and Instruction Department. She has been part of CSI’s development team for over 13 years with her primary tasks focusing on providing leadership in the curriculum development process with the collaboration of researchers, writers, designers, printers, and marketing as well as forming partnerships with like-minded organizations to provide high quality Bible and Science professional development programs for member school teachers such as the CSI Bible Instruction Symposium.

Open
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Christian School Educators Science Academy (CSESA)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Rachael Heyboer
Christian Schools International, Grand Rapids, MI
Co-Presenter(s): Susan Koppendrayer
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Repeat from last year, Curriculum and Instruction, Spiritual and Community Formation
Content Area: Sciences (biology, physics, chemistry)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Elementary (K-8)
Location: Room 1709
Science & Tech Center

Learn more about NexGen Inquiry, a revolutionary science instructional model with biblical worldview integration. CSI has partnered with the Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) to establish the Christian School Educators Science Academy (CSESA). This professional development opportunity will be facilitated by VAEI, a renowned leader in science research and education, and will present an innovative education model tailored to the Christian school setting. This session will provide details, answer questions, and demonstrate via multiple activities the opportunity available to K-8 teachers of science in Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 15-16, 2018.

About the Presenters:
Rachael Heyboer, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Christian Schools International, Grand Rapids, MI

Rachael currently serves as the Director of Product Development for Christian Schools International’s Curriculum and Instruction Department. She has been part of CSI’s development team for over 13 years with her primary tasks focusing on providing leadership in the curriculum development process with the collaboration of researchers, writers, designers, printers, and marketing as well as forming partnerships with like-minded organizations to provide high quality Bible and Science professional development programs for member school teachers such as the CSI Bible Instruction Symposium.

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

The Missed Needs in Misbehaviors
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Denita Dinger
Keleidoscope Play School, Sioux Falls, SD
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Expeditionary Learning (PBL, deeper learning, TFT), Trauma, Relationships
Content Area: Inclusive Ed (including resource and TAG), Social Issues (social problems, conflict or illness)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Foundational (K-2)
Location: Room 2260
Ribbens Academic Complex

Children communicate their needs in many ways. One such way is through their behavior. The problem is, society has erroneously categorized MANY behaviors children display as “BAD” or “NOT APPROPRIATE” when truly, there is no harm in them what-so-ever. When “misbehaviors” happen, adults tend to look at the child and wonder what is wrong with THEM, instead of looking at what YOU, the adult, MISSED: What needs did you miss? What did you miss when setting the environment? What did you miss when setting your expectations? How can you better meet the needs of this child? You will leave this presentation with the ability to see the core needs shining through children’s behaviors, inspired to look at those behaviors in a totally different way as well as filled with inexpensive, simple ideas to set the environment in a way that meets the unique needs of children.

About the Presenter:
Denita Dinger, Kaleidoscope Play School and Camp Empower, Sioux Falls, SD

Denita is a defender of the joyful and valuable learning that occurs in childled play. She is passionate about bringing that joy to all early childhood programs, and helping others see play for what it truly is: the BEST way for a young child to build the foundation for a life-time of learning. After 17 years as a family child care provider, Denita made a slight career change in 2014 and opened Kaleidoscope Play School. Her BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education come in handy to help parents (and anyone who will listen) have age-appropriate expectations in this world where worksheets and other rote-methods of learning are replacing developmentally appropriate practice. Denita has been a keynote presenter since 2009 and has co-authored three books with Jeff A. Johnson through Redleaf Press: Let Them Play: An Early Learning UnCurriculum, Let’s Play and Let’s All Play. You can find Denita on Facebook at: Play Counts - Keynotes/Trainings/Coaching.

Open

Bring Some, Share Some!
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Chris Skinner
Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD
Co-Presenter(s): Amber VanderVeen
Session Type: Round-table discussion
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Technology
Content Area: Sciences (biology, physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology)
Target Audience/Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Location: Room 1725
Science & Tech Center

All of us have a few science activities we look forward to each year. In this session the leaders will each share 1-2 science activities and then open it up for all attendees to share as well. Do not be concerned that “everyone knows about this one” - perhaps they don’t!! Collaboration at its pinnacle!!

About the Presenter:
Chris Skinner, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Careers, AP Environmental Science and Physical Science teacher; HOSA Advisor, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Having taught sciences for over 30 years, Chris has spent much of his time adapting science activities to fit his students. He earned his B.S. from South Dakota State University in 1985 and his Master's in Geosciences from Mississippi State in 2006. Chris taught at Roosevelt High in Sioux Falls for 15 years before coming to Sioux Falls Christian.

About the Co-Presenter:
Amber VanderVeen, Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science Teacher, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Amber received her B.A. in secondary education with minors in chemistry and biology from Dordt College and is in her fifth year of teaching at Sioux Falls Christian.

Open
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Interactive Thinking Games
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jacob Pettengill
Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD
Session Type: Hands-on
Category: Relational Activity
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Mid Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Location: Room 1148
Ribbens Academic Complex

This session is filled with mind games and challenging activities that you can use with your students during free times or down time. These activities will cause the students to think and cause them to be engaged. This will be a rapid paced session that will give you a preview of activities that will be fun and challenging for your students.

About the Presenter:
Jacob Pettengill, Dean of Students/Football Coach, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Jacob taught physical education for 8 years, including teaching assignments in the public and private sector. He earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from Dakota State University and his Master's degree in Educational Administration from South Dakota State University. Now as a football coach and the Dean of Students, Jacob spends most of his time interacting with students in a variety of settings.

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

Is Spanish More than a Class?
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Sam Gesch
Alpha Omega Academy, Rock Rapids, IA
Session Type: Round-table discussion
Category: Popular Education Topics, Spiritual and Community Formation
Content Area: Language (literature, humanities, composition, foreign language)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 2603
Science & Technology Center

This will be a round table discussion concerning ideas and thoughts on how to show students and parents that Spanish is more than a class. Questions to be discussed could include: How do we help students see that Spanish is more than a college requirement? How can we increase exposure to the language and culture without traveling abroad? How do we help students see that Spanish is not translated English, but another way to see and gain insight into God's creation? Come ready to discuss and share!

About the Presenter:
Sam Gesch, Art and Spanish Teacher, Alpha Omega Academy, Rock Rapids, IA

Sam received his B.A. in Spanish from Dordt College and his M.A. in Linguistics and English Literature from Iowa State University. He has been a Spanish teacher for 16 years. Growing up as a missionary kid, Sam learned about other cultures through experience and listening to other missionary presentations and conversations. Culture and cross cultural studies continues to be a passion of his.

Open

Just the Way You Are: Including Students of All Abilities in Christian Schools
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Linda Weemhoff
Christian Learning Center (CLC Network), Wyoming, MI
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Spiritual and Community Formation
Content Area: Inclusive Ed (including resource and TAG)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 2602
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: CLICK FOR PDF

As we move throughout our world, we see the creative power of God and His care of creation. There is so much diversity in the gifts and abilities of each person! As Christian school educators, we have both the privilege and challenge of helping students grow in community together. During this presentation, you will learn the core beliefs of an inclusive school community and how these beliefs can transform the school, for the benefit of all.

About the Presenter:
Linda Weemhoff, Teacher consultant, Christian Learning Center (CLC Network), Wyoming, MI

Linda is a teacher consultant at CLC Network, where she supports teachers, administrators, and parents on their journey of inclusion. She has an extensive background in supporting students with mild to significant needs through her roles as educational support services director and specialist, as well as general education teacher (math and science) at various Christian schools. She received her elementary education teaching certification from Calvin College, her special education endorsement (focus in emotionally disturbed) from Michigan State University, and her Master of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities from Calvin College. Linda also has a concentrated study in the field of cognitive impairment. She and her husband David have three children who have a wide range of abilities and disabilities.

Open
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Dominant Themes in Economics AND Biblical Personal Finance
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jan Van Vliet
Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
Co-Presenter(s): Tim Klein
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Popular Education Topics
Content Area: Social Sciences (history, government, economics, political science)
Target Audience/Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Location: Room 318
Campus Center

DOMINANT THEMES IN ECONOMICS (Van Vliet): The Bible has much to say about how we are to conduct our economic affairs, at both the personal level and the broader cultural level. What is the role of employers, employees, government, and the other players in the economy? Does the Bible teach an "economic system"?

BIBLICAL PERSONAL FINANCE (Klein): With the increasing costs of post-secondary education, it is important for students to understand how their personal finances can help them get a head start on life. Looking at personal finance from a Biblical perspective can help students to see there is more than just wealth building and collecting assets.

About the Presenter:
Jan Van Vliet, Professor of Economics, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Before coming to Dordt, Jan had academic experience at Westminster Theological Seminary, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Prairie College, University Of Toronto, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. His professional experience includes many years in media appearances and speaking engagements, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Assistant Chief Economist and Senior Economist in Toronto consulting organizations. He holds a BA in Economics, an MA in Economics, an MTS in Bible and Theology and a PhD in Historical and Theological Studies. Post-Graduate studies were done at the University of Toronto, University of Cambridge, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Co-Presenter:
Tim Klein, Professor of Business Education, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Tim is a professor of Business Education at Dordt College and faculty sponsor for the campus coffee shops and Dordt College Business Club . His experience also includes teaching high school business , coaching men’s and women’s soccer , and multiple publications and presentations.

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

Get Your Act(ors) Together!: How to Create a Theatre Program and Foster Young Actors
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Emily Hageman
Siouxland Christian School, Sioux City, IA
Session Type: Demonstration
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Creating a Program
Content Area: Fine Arts (art, drama, music)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Upper (6-12)
Location: Room 1316
Ribbens Academic Complex

This session will give theatre directors tips on starting a successful theatre program, choosing plays that will lead their students to great performances, recruiting students for their program, and fostering the skills of young actors and actresses.

About the Presenter:
Emily Hageman, Secondary Theatre, Choir, and Band Director, Siouxland Christian School, Sioux City, IA

Emily is a 2012 graduate of Dordt College with a degree in K-12 Music Education and Minor in Theatre. She is also a playwright whose ten minute plays have seen production all over the United States as well as the U.K. Emily has grown her theatre program from nineteen students in grades 7-12 to sixty-five students over the course of five years. Half the high school population and over half of middle school are enrolled in theatre. In their second year of participation in the Iowa High School Speech Association, six out of eight groups were honored at the All-State Festival. Siouxland Christian also took home the Critic's Choice banner in 2018 for their one-act "Back Cover," which she wrote.

Open

Understanding Parent Satisfaction: What Today’s Parents Expect From Your Christian School
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Also offered during Group I, Thurs., 11 a.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jim McKenzie
The Rock School, Gainesville, FL
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1641
Science & Tech Center

What can schools do to not only meet, but exceed, parent expectations? How can we turn our parents into raving fans? It begins by understanding generational differences and what today’s parents want and need from you. In this workshop, we’ll look at what makes today’s parents different and what they value most in schools.

About the Presenter:
Jim McKenzie, Headmaster, The Rock School, Gainesville, FL

Jim is the Headmaster at The Rock School, a PK-12 Christian school in Gainesville, Florida. In his tenure, he has tripled enrollment, increased revenue five-fold, and helped his school earn a net promoter score higher than many well-known brands including Apple, Amazon, and Disney. Jim is an innovator and visionary who is willing to think outside the box of traditional Christian education. He provides consulting services to Christian schools and ministries.

Open
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Understanding Parent Satisfaction: What Today’s Parents Expect From Your Christian School
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Also offered during Group III, Thur., 2:30 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jim McKenzie
The Rock School, Gainesville, FL
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1641
Science & Tech Center

What can schools do to not only meet, but exceed, parent expectations? How can we turn our parents into raving fans? It begins by understanding generational differences and what today’s parents want and need from you. In this workshop, we’ll look at what makes today’s parents different and what they value most in schools.

About the Presenter:
Jim McKenzie, Headmaster, The Rock School, Gainesville, FL

Jim is the Headmaster at The Rock School, a PK-12 Christian school in Gainesville, Florida. In his tenure, he has tripled enrollment, increased revenue five-fold, and helped his school earn a net promoter score higher than many well-known brands including Apple, Amazon, and Disney. Jim is an innovator and visionary who is willing to think outside the box of traditional Christian education. He provides consulting services to Christian schools and ministries.

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

Using Seesaw to Showcase Different Literacy Ideas
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Cathy Huhnerkoch
Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD
Co-Presenter(s): Christa Hydeen
Session Type: Interactive
Content Area: Technology
Target Audience/Grade Level: Foundational (K-2), Lower Elementary (1-3)
Location: Room 1309
Ribbens Academic Complex

In this session we will look at how the learning and communication tool Seesaw can be used to showcase primary elementary student's literacy work for classmates, teachers and parents! Please bring a computer or Ipad to work along with us.

About the Presenter:
Cathy Huhnerkoch, 1st Grade Teacher, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Cathy earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a reading emphasis in 2009 from the University of Sioux Falls and her master's degree in Reading Leadership from 2015 from USF as well.

About the Co-Presenter:
Christa Hydeen, 1st Grade Teacher, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

After graduating from Northwestern College with an Elementary Education degree with a reading and early childhood endorsement in 2008, Christa taught in England for 6 months. She continued her career as a 2nd grade teacher at a bilingual school in Honduras for 7 years and is now in her 3rd year at Sioux Falls Christian School.

Open

Choir Builders: Warm-up and Music Reading Session for 6-12th Grade Choirs
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
75 Minutes
Presenter: Jessica De Wit
Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD
Co-Presenter(s): Eric Kooima
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Choral vocal warm up techniques, music reading session
Content Area: Fine Arts (art, drama, music)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Upper (6-12)
Location: Choir Room 116
BJ Haan Auditorium

Let's make a joyful noise! In this session we will share favorite warm-ups for developing voices, elementary through high school. There will also be a music reading portion where we will feature some of our all-time choral favorites including two-part, three-part, SATB, and beyond. Come ready to sing and share ideas!

About the Presenter:
Jessica De Wit, 9th-12th Oral Interpretation/Speech Teacher, 6th-8th Choir and Music Teacher, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Jessica De Wit is in her 11th year teaching Christian education. She spent her first three years teaching music at Sioux Center Christian, and then moved to her current position at Sioux Falls Christian where she teaches music and oral interpretation/speech. She received both a B.A. in Music Education ('08) and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership ('17) from the University of Sioux Falls. Jessica has a passion for professional development and pursuing creativity!

About the Co-Presenter:
Eric Kooima, Fine Arts Director, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Eric is in his 12th year of being the fine arts director at Sioux Falls Christian School. His job involves handling the scheduling, budget, and coordination of all fine arts activities at the school, as well as teaching 6-12 vocal and general music classes. Eric received his B.A. in vocal performance from Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, in 2004 and his M.A. with emphases in vocal performance and choral conducting from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, in 2006. He taught K–4 general music for a year at Hull Christian Elementary before taking his current position at Sioux Falls Christian.

Setting Your Stage: Awakening Student Engagement Through Storytelling and Performance Art
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
75 Minutes
Presenter: Jessica De Wit
Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Upper (6-12), General (all grade levels)
Location: TRC Room 267
Campus Center - Library

You may not know it, but you are an actor. Yes, YOU! Everyday you are getting up on stage in front of an audience of students. The question is: What are you doing to make sure your performance and content are award-winning? As teachers, we know student engagement is important. However, research shows that student engagement declines as students progress from upper elementary grades to middle school, and reaches its lowest levels in high school. In this session we will explore creativity in the classroom, specifically through storytelling and performance art. We will discover new and fresh ideas on how to present content and engage students during class - no matter the age or subject area. This session is for every educator. Whether you feel worthy of an Oscar, or feel you have no inventive bone in your body, you will flex your creative muscle and will leave equipped to teach your students to do the same.

About the Presenter:
Jessica De Wit, 9th-12th Oral Interpretation/Speech Teacher, 6th-8th Choir and Music Teacher, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Jessica De Wit is in her 11th year teaching Christian education. She spent her first three years teaching music at Sioux Center Christian, and then moved to her current position at Sioux Falls Christian where she teaches music and oral interpretation/speech. She received both a B.A. in Music Education ('08) and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership ('17) from the University of Sioux Falls. Jessica has a passion for professional development and pursuing creativity!

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

Helping Students Become Thinkers
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Gwen Marra
Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: Language (literature, humanities, composition, foreign language)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Elementary (K-8)
Location: Room 1143
Ribbens Academic Complex
Session Handouts/Slides: Click for PDF

Reading and thinking deeply are important skills for students to develop. Common core expects students to develop these skills. Transactional reading theory suggests that when readers read, they are changed by the experience. So how can we engage students in thinking more deeply? This presentation, based on the book "Disrupting Thinking" (Beers & Probst, 2017) will provide some concrete ideas of how to implement this in the classroom. (ILA Standard 2)

About the Presenter:
Gwen Marra, Professor of Education, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Gwen has been involved in Christian education for over 25 years. Before teaching at Dordt, she taught several grades from preschool through grade 3. Graduating from Dordt College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Dordt’s Masters in Education Program, Gwen recently received her Doctor of Education degree from the University of South Dakota in Curriculum and Instruction with a literacy focus.

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Kindergarten Math
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
75 Minutes
Presenter: Coleen Olmsted
Hollandale Christian School, Hollandale, MN
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: Mathematics and Engineering
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (Prek-K), Foundational (K-2)
Location: Room 1637
Science & Tech Center

Kindergarten teachers, let's talk math! This session will focus on teaching kindergarten math effectively. We will discuss small group math and purposeful activities that students can participate in. Please come ready to share your own successes and learn from other teachers.

About the Presenter:
Coleen Olmsted, Kindergarten Teacher, Hollandale Christian School, Hollandale, MN

Coleen has been a teacher for over 25 years. She taught at many different levels throughout her teaching career including kindergarten through 5th grade and as a reading recovery teacher. The majority of her teaching years has been with kindergarten. She worked with the University of Minnesota through the Center for Reading Research on implementing staff development through the Reading First Grant. She has also worked as a math interventionist. Over her career, she has made a goal to refine math programs keeping aligned with math standards.

Stepping Stones Preschool Tour
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
75 Minutes
Presenter: Christy Hulstein
Stepping Stones Preschool, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Classroom layout and learning in stations
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (Prek-K)
Location: Meet in Main Entry of Campus Center
Bus ride to school

Come and have a tour of Stepping Stones Preschool and see how the preschool classrooms are set up. Attendees will be shown various classroom organization ideas and will be shown materials that the teachers at the preschool have found valuable.

About the Presenter:
Christy Hulstein, Director, Stepping Stones Preschool, Sioux Center, IA

As a joint effort between Dordt and the community, Christy helped start Stepping Stones Preschool and has been the director from when the doors first opened. Prior to her current position, she owned and operated Bullfrogs and Butterflies Preschool and taught 7th and 8th grade social studies at Sioux Center Christian in Sioux Center. Christy received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Dordt College and received her Master's of Education in School Leadership from Dordt as well.

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

Creating a Future-Ready School: Why It’s Time to Move Beyond College-Prep and Prepare Students for an Uncertain Future
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jim McKenzie
The Rock School, Gainesville, FL
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1641
Science & Tech Center

Futurists estimate that 65% of students in today’s K-12 schools will do a job in the future that doesn’t yet exist, and may have as many as 40 different jobs, each requiring a retooling of their skill set. Students need our schools to be more than college-prep factories that produce students with high marks and polished resumes, they need our schools to give them the skills needed in a changing and uncertain future. In this session, we’ll discuss what this might look like.

About the Presenter:
Jim McKenzie, Headmaster, The Rock School, Gainesville, FL

Jim is the Headmaster at The Rock School, a PK-12 Christian school in Gainesville, Florida. In his tenure, he has tripled enrollment, increased revenue five-fold, and helped his school earn a net promoter score higher than many well-known brands including Apple, Amazon, and Disney. Jim is an innovator and visionary who is willing to think outside the box of traditional Christian education. He provides consulting services to Christian schools and ministries.

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Writing in the Age of Snapchat
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
75 Minutes
Presenter: Howard Schaap
Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
Co-Presenter(s): Dr. Bill Elgersma, Dr. Bob DeSmith, Luke Hawley
Session Type: Round-table discussion
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: Language (literature, humanities, composition, foreign language)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Upper (6-12)
Location: Room 1148
Ribbens Academic Complex

If a picture is really worth a thousand words, then our tech-connected students are writing more than ever. Skeptical? Most English teachers are. Though our students may not believe it, behind the picture-dominant world we live in, writing is as influential in our society as ever, but the forms it takes have definitely changed. In this session we will discuss the landscape of student writing. What can we expect of student writers? When can we expect it? How do we harness the energy of a digital world but also get students to go deeper—and longer—than a "snap" in their writing? Several Dordt College English faculty members will lead this round table discussion on the expectations we have, the challenges we face, and the successes we experience as teachers at various levels in getting students to write.

About the Presenter:
Howard Schaap, Associate Professor of English, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Studying literature and writing is what Howard loves because he finds it intensifies life. He has taught English at Dordt College for 10 years. Before that, he taught English at Southwest Minnesota Christian High School for 10 years. He has a M.A. in English Literature from South Dakota State University and a M.F.A. from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington.

About the Co-Presenters:
Dr. Bill Elgersma, Professor of English, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

In addition to his role as Associate Professor of English, Dr. Bill is the Professor of English Advisor and supervisor for secondary education preservice teachers. He earned his Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction with secondary education endorsement. He also holds an M.A. in English - American Literature. His dissertation research centered on skills, attitudes, and perceptions of at-risk college writers. Previous experiences include high school English teacher at Ontario Christian in Ontario, California, Unity Christian in Orange City, Iowa and Ripon Christian in Ripon, California.

Dr. Bob DeSmith, Professor of English, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Dr. Bob has been teaching Early British Literature at Dordt College for over 25 years. He has a special interest in how the Protestant Reformation is reflected in, and affected by, the literature of the 16th and 17th centuries in England. He is also interested in how Christians use literature to understand the world and their faith to understand literature. He also enjoys looking for a religious dimension in all kinds of literature and film.

Luke Hawley, Associate Professor of English, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Luke attended York College in York, Nebraska, and earned his BA in Secondary English Education there. Before coming to teach at Dordt, Luke adjuncted at a number of institutions in the Twin Cities. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. His collection of short stories, "The Northwoods Hymnal," won a 2013 Nebraska Book Award.

Kindergarten Reading
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
75 Minutes
Presenter: Coleen Olmsted
Hollandale Christian School, Hollandale, MN
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: Language (literature, humanities, composition, foreign language)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (Prek-K), Foundational (K-2)
Location: Room 1637
Science & Tech Center

Calling all Kindergarten Teachers! During this session we will be discussing Kindergarten reading and learning from each other. We will collaboratively discuss shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading. We will learn from each other how literacy centers can be effectively implemented in classrooms. Please come and be ready to share and learn from other kindergarten teachers!

About the Presenter:
Coleen Olmsted, Kindergarten Teacher, Hollandale Christian School, Hollandale, MN

Coleen has been a teacher for over 25 years. She taught at many different levels throughout her teaching career including kindergarten through 5th grade and as a reading recovery teacher. The majority of her teaching years has been with kindergarten. She worked with the University of Minnesota through the Center for Reading Research on implementing staff development through the Reading First Grant. She has also worked as a math interventionist. Over her career, she has made a goal to refine math programs keeping aligned with math standards.

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

Homework Is Broken...But We Can Fix It!
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Dave Mulder
Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Expeditionary Learning (PBL, deeper learning, TFT), Grading and Assessment, Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1148
Ribbens Academic Complex

Homework is a quagmire. Most students hate it. Some parents demand it, while others decry it. Teachers are often caught in the middle, feeling like they must assign homework...but perhaps doubting whether it does any good? And what do we do when the students don't do the work that has been assigned? Fear not, there is hope! In this session we'll look at what research says about homework, its value for learning, the pitfalls, and how to develop "good" homework that actually benefits students, families, and teachers alike.

About the Presenter:
Dave Mulder, Associate Professor of Education, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Dr. Dave formerly served Christian schools in California and Iowa teaching math, science, and media & technology at a variety of grade levels, but mostly in middle schools. He has been part of the Education department at Dordt since 2012, where he teaches a variety of courses in both the undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program as well as the Master of Education program. His ongoing research interests include educational technology, online learning, science education, teaching young adolescents, social networks for professional learning, and teaching Christianly.

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1st Grade Conversation and Collaboration
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
75 Minutes
Presenter: Heather Stegemann
Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD
Co-Presenter(s): Katie Terveen
Session Type: Round-table discussion
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Grading and Assessment
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Foundational (K-2)
Location: Room 2250
Ribben Academic Complex

Calling all 1st Grade Teachers! Join us for a time of collaboration and conversation centered around topics of the attendees' choosing. Let's learn from one another! Come ready to share ideas!

About the Presenter:
Heather Stegemann, 1st Grade Teacher, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Heather has taught first grade for ten years. She has taught students of all demographics and backgrounds, teaching her first six years at a title school and now teaching her fifth year at Sioux Falls Christian. She's a graduate of Augustana College, where she obtained her elementary degree with endorsements in kindergarten and middle school. As an Osmo Ambassador, she presented Osmo at the 2017 Technology and Innovation in Education Conference.

About the Co-Presenter:
Katie Terveen, 1st Grade Teacher, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Katie is a graduate of Northwestern College. This will be the start of her 9th year in Christian education as a 1st grade teacher. She enjoys the opportunity to work with young students and being a part of their journey in growing into who God created them to be. Within her classroom she has been working on ways to incorporate technology to support authentic learning. To enhance her knowledge in this area she has been trained as an Osmo and SeeSaw Ambassador. Katie presented at the 2017 & 2018 Technology and Innovation in Education Conference.

Elementary: Using iPads to Strengthen Math Practices
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
75 Minutes
Presenter: Heather Stegemann
Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD
Co-Presenter(s): Katie Terveen
Session Type: Demonstration
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Technology
Content Area: Mathematics and Engineering, Technology
Target Audience/Grade Level: Foundational (K-2)
Location: Room 2250
Ribbens Academic Complex

Technology integration can be so much more than just math games. Come and check out how students can use iPads to communicate, create, and compete in everyday math lessons. We'll be focusing on Osmo, Seesaw, QR codes, and other fun and educational resources.

About the Presenter:
Heather Stegemann, 1st Grade Teacher, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Heather has taught first grade for ten years. She has taught students of all demographics and backgrounds, teaching her first six years at a title school and now teaching her fifth year at Sioux Falls Christian. She's a graduate of Augustana College, where she obtained her elementary degree with endorsements in kindergarten and middle school. As an Osmo Ambassador, she presented Osmo at the 2017 Technology and Innovation in Education Conference.

About the Co-Presenter:
Katie Terveen, 1st Grade Teacher, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Katie is a graduate of Northwestern College. This will be the start of her 9th year in Christian education as a 1st grade teacher. She enjoys the opportunity to work with young students and being a part of their journey in growing into who God created them to be. Within her classroom she has been working on ways to incorporate technology to support authentic learning. To enhance her knowledge in this area she has been trained as an Osmo and SeeSaw Ambassador. Katie presented at the 2017 & 2018 Technology and Innovation in Education Conference.

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

Fostering Hope and Healing after Trauma
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Josh Bowar
Sioux Center Christian School, Sioux Center, IA
Co-Presenters: Lisa Mouw, Crista Smidt
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Trauma
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas), Inclusive Ed (including resource and TAG)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 2246
Ribbens Academic Complex

Hear one school's story on how they traveled the road of healing after trauma.

About the Presenter:
Josh Bowar, Head of School, Sioux Center Christian School, Sioux Center, IA

As head of school, Josh works with the areas of school finance, the board of trustees, strategic planning, community relations, enrollment, personnel, school policies, inclusive education, PACE, and school safety. He supervises and leads the 7-8 and inclusive education faculty and oversees accreditation, facilities, and athletics. Josh's formal education includes: B.A. English/Language Arts Education, Dordt College, 2005; Middle School Endorsement, Morningside College, 2008; M.A. Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Dordt College, 2011; M.A. in Educational Leadership, PK-12 Principal, Special Education Director, Evaluator License, Dordt College, 2013; and Ed.S. in School Superintendent PK-12, University of South Dakota, 2017. He is currently in the Ed.D program at USD.

About the Co-Presenter:
Lisa Mouw, Director of Learning, Sioux Center Christian School, Sioux Center, IA

Prior to the shift into leadership in 2017, Lisa taught in grades 4 and 6 at Sioux Center Christian for 8 years. She also has experience teaching and leading preschool-middle school students and educators. Lisa earned her B.A. in 2003 and her M.Ed. in 2015 at Dordt College, specializing in elementary/middle school education and teacher leadership. She is currently enrolled in the school leadership courses through the Dordt College graduate program. Lisa also serves on the One Body One Hope executive board, leading the education team.

Crista Smidt, Guidance Counselor, Sioux Center Christian School, Sioux Center, IA and Orange City Christian School, Orange City, IA

Crista graduated from Northwestern College in 1985 with an elementary education degree. She served as a classroom teacher for two years at Ocheyedan Christian School in Ocheyedan, Iowa, and three years at Orange City Christian School in Orange City, Iowa. She received a Master's in elementary counseling from Morningside College in 1991. Crista worked for the Northwest Iowa Christian school co-op through 1996 as a guidance counselor for 7 local Northwest Iowa Christian schools and presently serves as a guidance counselor at Orange City Christian School (K – 3) and Sioux Center Christian School (TK – 8).

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Got Joy?
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
90 Minutes
Presenter: Denita Dinger
Keleidoscope Play School, Sioux Falls, SD
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Expeditionary Learning (PBL, deeper learning, TFT)
Content Area: Social Issues (social problems, conflict or illness), General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Foundational (K-2), Lower Elementary (1-3)
Location: Room 2260
Ribbens Academic Complex

This workshop is based on the Finnish saying: “Those things you learn without joy you will forget easily.” In our world of high-stakes testing and push-down academics, JOY is missing from too many classrooms. BRING BACK THE JOY! Set the environment in a way that brings joyful ownership of discoveries and connections into your classroom. Just because recent expectations placed on children are growing further and further away from being developmentally appropriate does not mean the methods in which we teach need to also. Children need YOU to take a stand! Got Joy? Your answer will be YES! after this inspiring, hands-on experience!

About the Presenter:
Denita Dinger, Owner/Teacher, Kaleidoscope Play School and Camp Empower and Defender of Play/Education Consultant, Sioux Falls, SD

Denita is a defender of the joyful and valuable learning that occurs in childled play. She is passionate about bringing that joy to all early childhood programs, and helping others see play for what it truly is: the BEST way for a young child to build the foundation for a life-time of learning. After 17 years as a family child care provider, Denita made a slight career change in 2014 and opened Kaleidoscope Play School. Her BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education come in handy to help parents (and anyone who will listen) have age-appropriate expectations in this world where worksheets and other rote-methods of learning are replacing developmentally appropriate practice. Denita has been a keynote presenter since 2009 and has co-authored three books with Jeff A. Johnson through Redleaf Press: Let Them Play: An Early Learning UnCurriculum, Let’s Play and Let’s All Play. You can find Denita on Facebook at: Play Counts - Keynotes/Trainings/Coaching.

Behind the Shield - Dordt Men's Basketball
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
75 Minutes
Presenter: Brian Van Haaften
Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Athletics
Content Area: Athletics/PE (all sports and general exercise)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Upper (6-12)
Location: De Witt Gymnasium

Come and meet the new Dordt men's basketball coach and watch the Defenders in a real-time practice. You will leave with some keys to playing up-tempo basketball.

About the Presenter:
Brian Van Haaften, Men's Head Basketball Coach, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Named the head coach of the Dordt College men’s basketball program in March, 2018, Brian previously served as head men’s basketball coach at Buena Vista University (Iowa) from 1996-2017 and had a career record of 414-188 with a career winning percentage of .687. Brian compiled six 20-win seasons in a row from 2000-2005 and his teams won five straight Iowa Conference Tournaments from 2001-2006. His Buena Vista teams claimed nine regular season conference titles and were runners-up six times. In addition, Brian coached teams to nine NCAA Division III National Tournament appearances and qualified for the Sweet 16 round in three of those tournaments. Prior to coaching at Buena Vista, Van Haaften taught, coached basketball and coached baseball at Storm Lake St. Mary’s High School (Iowa).

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

Planning For Adequate Retirement Income
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Howard Van Mersbergen
Christian Schools International, Grand Rapids, MI
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: General interest
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 2248
Ribbens Academic Complex

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

About the Presenter:
Howard Van Mersbergen, Vice President of Employee Benefits, Christian Schools International, Grand Rapids, MI

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

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Technology’s Influence Over Students’ Beliefs and Behaviors
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
90 Minutes
Presenter: Dr. Kathy Koch
Celebrate Kids Inc, Fort Worth, TX
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Technology
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1606
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: Click for PDF

Many students are more ungrateful, argumentative, and isolated than we ever thought they’d be. Do your students complain frequently and get bored quickly? You’re not alone. Technology is powerful and helpful in many ways. Yet, it can also contribute to students’ unhealthy beliefs, negative attitudes, immature character, shallow faith, and unwise actions. Learn why this happens and practical, realistic things you can do.

About the Presenter:
Dr. Kathy Koch, Founder and President, Celebrate Kids Inc, Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, TX, has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, assemblies, and other events. Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member before becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.

Embracing Play
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
90 Minutes
Presenter: Denita Dinger
Keleidoscope Play School, Sioux Falls, SD
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Popular Education Topics, Expeditionary Learning (PBL, deeper learning, TFT)
Content Area: Social Issues (social problems, conflict or illness), General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (Prek-K)
Location: Room 2260
Ribbens Academic Complex

More and more, play has been replaced with teacher-directed learning. We no longer trust play as a child’s work. This presentation will not only define what play actually is, it will inspire the participants to embrace the learning power that is organically found in play. Through her 18 years of working with young children, Denita has learned that teaching isn’t so much about showing and doing as it is about stepping back, observing and supporting the current interests of children. Participants will gain a new appreciation and a fresh perspective on the value of child-led play. Through the sharing of simple ideas for setting the environment for successful play-based, child-centered learning, the roles of the adult in child-centered play will be CLEARLY defined. Participants will leave this session refreshed, energized and feeling empowered with valuable tools that will help embrace play.

About the Presenter:
Denita Dinger, Owner/Teacher, Kaleidoscope Play School and Camp Empower and Defender of Play/Education Consultant, Sioux Falls, SD

Denita is a defender of the joyful and valuable learning that occurs in childled play. She is passionate about bringing that joy to all early childhood programs, and helping others see play for what it truly is: the BEST way for a young child to build the foundation for a life-time of learning. After 17 years as a family child care provider, Denita made a slight career change in 2014 and opened Kaleidoscope Play School. Her BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education come in handy to help parents (and anyone who will listen) have age-appropriate expectations in this world where worksheets and other rote-methods of learning are replacing developmentally appropriate practice. Denita has been a keynote presenter since 2009 and has co-authored three books with Jeff A. Johnson through Redleaf Press: Let Them Play: An Early Learning UnCurriculum, Let’s Play and Let’s All Play. You can find Denita on Facebook at: Play Counts - Keynotes/Trainings/Coaching.

Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Turn Your Classroom Into an Escape Room
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Laura Van Ravenswaay
Sioux Center Christian School, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 2736
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: Click for PDF

Have you ever tried an escape room with a group of friends? Learn the benefits of applying this technique to your classroom. Participants will experience a brief break-out session and learn to use Google forms to create your own break-out suited for your students. Be sure to bring your computer or other device to access the internet if possible.

About the Presenter:
Laura Van Ravenswaay, 5th/6th grade teacher, Sioux Center Christian School, Sioux Center, IA

Laura earned her BA degree at Dordt College and her MA from the University of Sioux Falls. Before settling in at Sioux Center Christian, she taught her first year at Oskaloosa Christian. Laura has taught 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students as well as Title 1 Reading over the last 32 years. Because Laura is always looking for ways to increase student involvement she continues to do research in this area and uses technology to enhance student learning.

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Using Tech Tools to Foster Inquiry
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
90 Minutes
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD
Session Type: Hands-on
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Technology
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas), Technology
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1302
Ribbens Academic Complex

Most educational lessons and assignments are set up to get one correct answer from students for each question asked. However, there are many other questions that need to be considered by students before arriving at the final solution. Teaching students the skill of inquiry will be as valuable in life as teaching them how to find “the one answer.” Join me in this session for hands-on practice with tech tools that will assist you and your students in practicing the art and science of inquiry.

About the Presenter:
Kristin Mulder, Director of Digital Education, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Now entering her twenty-fifth year in education, Kristin has held positions in the elementary and middle school classrooms, area colleges and technical schools, and currently as the Director of Digital Education at Sioux Falls Christian Schools. She is a "Google for Education Certified Trainer" and leads in-services for local school districts as well as workshop sessions to help others see the benefits of using Google's educational tools. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Sioux Falls College and her M.A. in Education (with an emphasis in Technology Leadership) from the University of Sioux Falls.

Building Conceptual Learning for All Students
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
90 Minutes
Presenter: Jordan Menning
Northwest Area Education Agency, Sioux City, IA
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 2732
Science & Tech Center

This session will give you some helpful tools and provide activities to guide you in clarifying your thinking and your conceptual understanding. This session is also about creating opportunities for our students to demonstrate their learning with conceptual or disciplinary depth.

About the Presenter:
Jordan Menning, Educational Consultant, Northwest Area Education Agency, Sioux City, IA

Jordan has led many professional development sessions and worked with several schools implementing conceptual learning for grades K-12. He has also spent time researching Lynn Erickson and Carol Tomlinson's work around concept-based learning. He enjoys working with educators at all levels and is driven by seeing teachers and students excel. Jordan holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education, M.S. degree in Science of Education, and an Ed.S. degree in Education Leadership.

Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Growth Mindset 2.0
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
60 Minutes
Presenter: Valorie Zonnefeld
Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 2726
Science & Tech Center

This session will give a brief introduction to growth and fixed mindsets and then dive into creating a growth mindset culture. The time will be organized around Mary Cay Ricci’s 4 Components of a Growth Mindset Culture: equitable access, how the brain works, the feedback that we give our students and the importance of perseverance and failure.

About the Presenter:
Valorie Zonnefeld, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Previous experience for Valorie includes teaching and coaching in the middle school and high school setting. She is passionate about pedagogy and strives to create a subject-centered classroom. Valorie earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with her dissertation topic being the impact of mindset training on attitudes and achievements of statistics students.

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Clay...in the Potter's Hands
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Also offered during Group I, Thurs., 11 a.m.
90 Minutes
Presenter: Grace Johnson
The Potter's Heart, Willmar, MN
Session Type: Demonstration
Category: Spiritual and Community Formation
Content Area: Bible, Fine Arts (art, drama, music), General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Location: Room 1144
Ribbens Academic Complex

Seated at her potter's wheel, the presenter, presents God as the Potter and us as the clay in His hands. Attendees will see how God transforms wounded, broken vessels into vessels of honor. This session will be all-inspiring and comes from the Potter's Heart.

About the Presenter:
Grace Johnson, Artist/speaker, The Potter's Heart, Willmar, MN

Grace received a BA in fine arts from Bethel University in St. Paul, Mn. She has spoken nationally for the past 20 years, presenting God as the Potter and us as the clay in His hands.

SO YOU JUST WANTED TO TEACH: Trauma Informed Care in the Education Setting
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
90 Minutes
Presenter: Dr. Shawn Scholten
Creative Living Center, P.C., Rock Valley, IA
Co-Presenter(s): Marty Wallace, Erica Wassenaar
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Trauma, Repeat from Previous Year
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas), Social Issues (social problems, conflict or illness)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1143
Ribbens Academic Complex

This session is led by three therapists with the Creative Living Center, a comprehensive Northwest Iowa mental health agency in existence since 1981, following the healing example of Jesus Christ. These therapists are trained in a variety of brain therapies and strategies to aid traumatized children. Further, each of these therapists has an education degree and was a former teacher, leading them to form a Trauma Education Team and instruct educators, as well as offer practical classroom and school strategies. This presentation will give a brief overview on how traumatized students' brains are wired differently. The presenters will also aid participants in recognizing how triggered trauma sometimes puts on different faces in the school setting. They will seek to make time for comments, questions, and answers to address needs. If you desire to be a more trauma informed educator, plan to attend this engaging session with presenters who have been "in your shoes."

About the Presenter:
Dr. Shawn Scholten, Co-Director, Long-time Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Creative Living Center, P.C., Rock Valley, IA

Dr. Shawn holds a Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology. She has been practicing individual, couples, and family therapy with the Creative Living Center since 1993. Her specialties lie in grief and loss, anxiety disorders, children and adolescent therapy, and conducting trauma debriefings. Further interest is aiding in conflict-laden systemic situations. Dr. Shawn is an Iowa Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor. She also is a member of the NWIA Crisis Intervention Stress Management Team. Dr. Shawn has an undergraduate degree in education and was a teacher across all age-spectrums in her first career.

About the Co-Presenters:
Marty Wallace, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Creative Living Center, P.C., Rock Valley, IA

Marty is a licensed mental health counselor who is qualified to practice: registered clinical play therapy, dyadic developmental therapy for attachment and trauma, EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing for trauma), TF-CBT (trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy). Marty taught at Sibley-Ocheyedan in Sibley, Iowa, for 20 years. He was the K-8 school counselor for 13 years so he understands the school's need for training on the topics of attachment, trauma, and anxiety in students. More importantly, what can educators do to help those students in the classroom?

Erica Wassenaar, Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Creative Living Center, P.C., Rock Valley, IA

Erica holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wayne State College. She specialized in play therapy and has a Level II certification in Autplay Therapy, which is play therapy specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also trained in Traumatic Incident Reduction and Critical Incident Stress Management. She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, Iowa Association of Play Therapy, and Iowa Association for Infant and Early childhood Mental Health. Erica is also a member of the NWIA Crisis Intervention Stress Management Team. Erica has an undergraduate degree in education and was a home visitor through Upper Des Moines in her first career.

Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Square Pegs in Round Holes: Differentiating Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm- Also offered during Group IV, Fri., 8:30 a.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Linda Weemhoff
Christian Learning Center (CLC Network), Wyoming, MI
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Grading and Assessment
Content Area:Mathematics and Engineering
Target Audience/Grade Level: Elementary (K-8)
Location: Room 2602
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: CLICK FOR PDF

Many teachers have become adept at differentiating reading in the classroom by using books that appeal to a variety of interests and reading levels. But, what do elementary teachers do with mathematics? Math is cumulative and requires the interaction of many neurodevelopmental links. In this session, we will explore ways to apply differentiation concepts to mathematics lessons to help you meet the needs of increasingly diverse learners in your classroom.

About the Presenter:
Linda Weemhoff, Teacher consultant, Christian Learning Center (CLC Network), Wyoming, MI

Linda is a teacher consultant at CLC Network, where she supports teachers, administrators, and parents on their journey of inclusion. She has an extensive background in supporting students with mild to significant needs through her roles as educational support services director and specialist, as well as general education teacher (math and science) at various Christian schools. She received her elementary education teaching certification from Calvin College, her special education endorsement (focus in emotionally disturbed) from Michigan State University, and her Master of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities from Calvin College. Linda also has a concentrated study in the field of cognitive impairment. She and her husband David have three children who have a wide range of abilities and disabilities.

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Open
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

No Two the Same – Differentiated Instruction
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
90 Minutes
Presenter: Pam Maat
Christian Learning Center (CLC Network), Wyoming, MI
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1603
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: CLICK FOR PDF

When it comes to teaching, one size doesn't fit all. Students have varying backgrounds, strengths, limitations, interests, learning styles, preferences, and needs. Some learn easily, while others struggle. How do educators address these differences? How do we go about meeting state standards with so many diverse learners? How can we possibly distinguish instruction in a whole-group setting, or assess such broad learning needs? The answer is differentiation. Based on best practices in education, this session will actively engage you in using differentiation strategies, while teaching you the basics and practicalities of the practice.

About the Presenter:
Pam Maat, Teacher Consultant, Christian Learning Center (CLC Network), Wyoming, MI

In addition to holding her B.S. from Calvin College in Elementary Education, Pam holds certificates in Special Education and Cognitive and Emotional Impairment. She is an "All Kinds of Minds Trainer" and earned her M.A. in Learning Disabilities. She has teaching experience in both the public sector and within Christian schools, along with the last 19 years in administration. Pam continues to work with the Education Departments of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Open
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

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Open
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Clay...in the Potter's Hands
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Also offered during Group III, Thurs., 2:30 p.m.
90 Minutes
Presenter: Grace Johnson
The Potter's Heart, Willmar, MN
Session Type: Demonstration
Category: Spiritual and Community Formation
Content Area: Bible, Fine Arts (art, drama, music)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Location: Room 1144
Ribbens Academic Complex

Seated at her potter's wheel, the presenter, presents God as the Potter and us as the clay in His hands. Attendees will see how God transforms wounded, broken vessels into vessels of honor. This session will be all-inspiring and comes from the Potter's Heart.

About the Presenter:
Grace Johnson, Artist/speaker, The Potter's Heart, Willmar, MN

Grace received a BA in fine arts from Bethel University in St. Paul, Mn. She has spoken nationally for the past 20 years, presenting God as the Potter and us as the clay in His hands.

Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Open
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Open

Open
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Thursday Breakout Sessions

Friday Sessions

Slot 1
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Slot 8
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8:30 am
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11:30 am
Head, Heart, and Hands--Striving for it ALL!
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
60 minutes
Presenter: Karen Christians
Western Christian High School, Hull, IA
Session Type: Round-table discussion
Category: Spiritual and Community Formation
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Location: Room 2603
Science & Tech Center

This session will include an overview and presentation of ideas implemented at presenter's school for a more intentional and genuine spiritual development of students and staff--with a head, heart, hands approach. Attendees will also be encouraged to share ideas implemented at their schools, as well as brainstorm new ideas together. The goal of this session is for each attendee to leave with numerous practical, Biblical ideas to integrate into a variety of school settings as we all strive to develop head, heart, and hands faith in our schools and far beyond!

About the Presenter:
Karen Christians, Teacher, Spiritual Life Coordinator, Counselor, Coach, Western Christian High School, Hull, IA

Karen graduated from Dordt with a degree in Secondary Education/English. She has 26 years of teaching experience, the first six teaching Language Arts and Bible at Sioux Center Christian School. From there, Karen took an English position for Western Christian, where she teaches today. Karen taught English for many years, and now is in her third year of teaching upper level Bible and speech, as well as helping out with some personal counseling for Western students. She also serves Western as Spiritual Life Coordinator--a role that continues to grow and develop each new school year. Finally, Karen coaches Competitive Speech at Western, and has delighted in seeing that program grow as well as the communication skills demonstrated by the students involved.

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Trauma Informed Care in the Classroom: Working with Students that have Experienced Adversity and Trauma
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Tara Boer
Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Trauma
Content Area: Social Issues (social problems, conflict or illness)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1144
Ribbens Academic Complex

Working with children that have experienced adversity and trauma can be challenging. A brief overview of how trauma and early childhood adversity affects brain development and over-all functioning will be presented. Attendees will learn about the ACE (Adverse Child Experiences) Study and its implications for how schools and classrooms can modify their care to ensure that children from difficult situations are served well.

About the Presenter:
Tara Boer, Instructor of Social Work and Criminal Justice, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Tara is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and has been serving children and families for over 12 years. She has worked with the elderly, delinquent teens, children in foster care, adopted children, those living in poverty, and children and families impacted by physical and sexual abuse. She is trained in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy), MI (Motivational Interviewing), and also trained as a ACE Study presenter.

Open

Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Educational Leadership Simulation: New Teacher Evaluation
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter:David De Jong
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1604
Science & Tech Center

You are invited to this interactive simulation about an evaluation of a new teacher. This simulation is excellent for any school leader or teacher with any amount of experience. Be ready for important discussions about the evaluation process from a teacher's perspective and from a school leader's perspective.

About the Presenter:
David De Jong, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

David is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, and a father to three boys. He loves serving school leaders throughout the Midwest. About half of his time is spent teaching courses in USD’s principal and superintendent preparation programs. The other half of his time is spent helping school leaders conduct research in order to write their dissertation and earn their doctorate degree. He has helped over 25 school leaders become doctors of education since 2015, which has resulted in nine published journal articles. David is the former Principal of Pella Christian Grade School from 2007 - 2015. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Middle Level Education from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, his Superintendent’s License in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa, and his Doctor’s of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa.

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Exploding Dots
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Thomas Clark
Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: Mathematics and Engineering
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 2732
Science & Tech Center

Imagine a machine that is nothing more than a series of boxes that could hold dots. Then imagine these dots would, upon certain actions, explode. With this machine, we will explain true things! We will focus on the mathematics of grade school arithmetic, but for the curious we could also explain the polynomial algebra of high-school, and even elements of calculus and number theory from the university! If you teach math at any level, this session is for you.

About the Presenter:
Thomas Clark, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

With 15 years of experience teaching at the high school and college level, Tom loves bringing the joy of doing mathematics to the classroom and helping teachers learn to do the same. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, his M.A. in Education from Point Loma Nazarene University and his B.A. in Math-Education from Calvin College. Tom also serves as the director of NW Iowa Math Teachers' Circle.

Open

Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Understanding Standards Based Instruction
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jill Hulshof
Sioux Center Middle School
Co-Presenters: Kody Tesch
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Grading and Assessment
Content Area: Inclusive Ed (including resource and TAG), Language (literature, humanities, composition, foreign language), Mathematics and Engineering, Sciences (biology, physics, chemistry), Social Issues (social problems, conflict or illness), Social Sciences (history, government, economics, political science)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 2726
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: CLICK FOR PDF

In an effort to decrease gaps and redundancies most states, including Iowa, have adopted standards which should be taught at each grade level. With the adoption of these standards, many school districts are exploring and implementing Standards Based Instruction and grading practices. This session will examine one school's journey through this process. We will discuss why this change in the instructional practices occurred, how it has affected instruction, grading, scheduling, and reporting to parents. You do not need to be familiar with SBI to find this session thought-provoking and insightful. By the end of the session all attendees should be reflecting on their own instructional and grading practices.

About the Presenter:
Jill Hulshof, Principal, Sioux Center Middle School

In education for 23 years, Jill has taught grades 2,4, 5 and 6 and has been a middle school principal. Over the past 10 years Jill has been teaching in a fully differentiated classroom. Over the course of the past 2 years she has personalized her instruction to meet the diverse needs of her students. She completed coursework in Competency Based Instruction (Personalization) as well as extensive reading and research of work done by Carol Ann Thomlinson on differentiation. Spending a great deal of time researching work done by Carol Dweck on mindset, Jill also completed a course by ASCD on Differentiation.

About the Co-Presenter:
Kody Tesch, 7th grade math instructor, Sioux Center Middle School, Sioux Center, IA

Kody has been teaching in a Standards Based School for the past 5 years. He has attended workshops, read and researched the work of Wormeli and Marzano, and has collaborated with many colleagues on SBI. His knowledge on SBI continues to grow and deepen while his practices continue to sharpen.

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Who is in Your Mentoring Constellation?
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: David De Jong
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Popular Education Topics, Spiritual and Community Formation
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1604
Science & Tech Center

This session will focus on three questions: Who is mentoring you? Who are your horizontal mentors or thought partners? Who are you mentoring? Attendees will leave with a renewed appreciation for those who invest and make an impact on others as well as helpful tips on how to include more mentoring in your busy schedule!

About the Presenter:
David De Jong, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

David is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, and a father to three boys. He loves serving school leaders throughout the Midwest. About half of his time is spent teaching courses in USD’s principal and superintendent preparation programs. The other half of his time is spent helping school leaders conduct research in order to write their dissertation and earn their doctorate degree. He has helped over 25 school leaders become doctors of education since 2015, which has resulted in nine published journal articles. David is the former Principal of Pella Christian Grade School from 2007 - 2015. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Middle Level Education from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, his Superintendent’s License in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa, and his Doctor’s of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa.

Open

Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

8 Great Smarts: Discovering and Using Your Students’ Intelligences
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Dr. Kathy Koch
Celebrate Kids Inc, Fort Worth, TX
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Popular Education Topics, Spiritual and Community Formation
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas), Inclusive Ed (including resource and TAG)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1606
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: Click for PDF

All children have eight intelligences that can be awakened, strengthened, and used when learning anything. Each intelligence will be explained in this session so you can determine which ones are strengths for your students and how to teach with them. You’ll also learn how students might be getting into trouble through their greatest strengths and what to do about it. The ways children are smart are also relevant to friendships and spiritual growth. All the applications make this fun and important!

About the Presenter:
Dr. Kathy Koch, Founder and President, Celebrate Kids Inc, Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, TX, has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, assemblies, and other events. Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member before becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.

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Growing A Culture of Shared Leadership
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Wayne Dykstra
Unity Christian High School, Orange City, IA
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Expeditionary Learning (PBL, deeper learning, TFT), Spiritual and Community Formation
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: High School (9-12), Upper (6-12)
Location: Room 318
Campus Center

Leadership class, faculty team leadership, student atmosphere teams... come and learn about a school's journey into building a culture of leadership.

About the Presenter:
Wayne Dykstra, Head of School, Unity Christian High School, Orange City, IA

Wayne has led 3 schools in the past 23 years at the elementary and secondary level in Wisconsin and Iowa. He holds a MA in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin. Wayne is also a fellow of the Van Lunen Fellowship for Executive Leadership.

Open

Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Conquering Reading Challenges - Round Table Discussion!
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Megan Kooima
Excel Achievement Center, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Round-table discussion - PLEASE BRING EXAMPLES WITH YOU!
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Continuation from Previous Year
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Foundational (K-2)
Location: Room 2247
Ribbens Academic Complex

If you attended "Conquering Reading Challenges" at the Heartland Convention last year, this session is for YOU! We are going to take time to further discuss the needs of students mentioned last year and take it a step further and come up with ways to help these children!

About the Presenter:
Megan, Educational Director/Owner, Excel Achievement Center, Sioux Center, IA

Megan holds a Master's Degree as a reading specialist and has her Administration Degree and Math Specialist license. She has taught at the elementary and middle school levels in both America and Asia for the past ten years. Megan has been a leader in professional development for schools in Iowa and Nebraska in the areas of reading and math. Megan has a passion for serving students with their exact academic needs and cares deeply for each family she encounters.

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Flexible Seating and the Student-Centered Classroom
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Macy Hanson
Central Minnesota Christian, Prinsburg, MN
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1148
Ribbens Academic Complex

Over the last 5 years, flexible seating has gained popularity because of the numerous benefits teachers are seeing in their classrooms. This session will explain what flexible seating is, the benefits of getting started with it and how to fully implement flexible seating on a day-to-day basis. This class is great for those who have never heard of flexible seating, those that just want more information, or those that are already trying flexible seating but just want some help.

About the Presenter:
Macy Hanson, 1st Grade Teacher, Central Minnesota Christian, Prinsburg, MN

For the last 4 years Macy has had flexible seating in her classroom. Not only has she seen the benefits in her own classroom but has researched it extensively and wrote several papers on the topic. Because of exponential growth and development in her students she wants to share this concept with others. Macy did her undergraduate work in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and received her Masters in Early Childhood Education and Administration from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Open

Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Power of STEAM in the Classroom!
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Susan Koppendrayer
Avail Academy, Minneapolis, MN
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: Sciences (biology, physics, chemistry)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Mid Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Location: Room 1725
Science & Tech Center

Do want to provide authentic science opportunities for your students? Do you want to help your students to think and act like scientists? Doing a school wide STEM Day and participating in local, and regional science fairs provide opportunities for students to ask questions, develop models, plan and carry out an investigation, and construct scientific explanations. You will leave this session with web based resources and guidelines for doing your own science fair and STEAM(Science.Technology.Engineering.Art.Math) activities.

About the Presenter:
Susan Koppendrayer, Middle School Science Teacher, Avail Academy; STEM Education Specialist, Christian Schools International, Grand Rapids, MI

In addition to teaching middle school students at Avail Academy (formerly Calvin Christian) in Minneapolis, Susan is the STEM Education Specialist for Christian Schools International (CSI). She provides resources, training, science instruction consulting and is a lead mentor for the Christian School Educators Science Academy. She has a Master's Degree in Education from Michigan State University and completed her post graduate science education course work at the University of Minnesota.

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Differentiation and Personalized Learning
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jill Hulshof
Sioux Center Middle School, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Elementary (K-8), High School (9-12)
Location: Room 2726
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: CLICK FOR PDF

Most teachers will agree, for instruction to truly to be effective, differentiation needs to happen. So how does a teacher differentiate their instruction? How do you manage a differentiated classroom? What is personalization? Discover the answers to these questions and more at this "how-to" session. This session will equip, inspire, and empower you to make changes immediately in your classroom so that you can meet the needs of every child that walks through your door.

About the Presenter:
Jill Hulshof, Principal, Sioux Center Middle School, Sioux Center, IA

In education for 23 years, Jill has taught grades 2,4, 5 and 6 and has been a middle school principal. Over the past 10 years Jill has been teaching in a fully differentiated classroom. Over the course of the past 2 years she has personalized her instruction to meet the diverse needs of her students. She completed coursework in Competency Based Instruction (Personalization) as well as extensive reading and research of work done by Carol Ann Thomlinson on differentiation. Spending a great deal of time researching work done by Carol Dweck on mindset, Jill also completed a course by ASCD on Differentiation.

Open

Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Encourage POSITIVE Behavior
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Pam Maat
Christian Learning Center (CLC Network), Wyoming, MI
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Popular Education Topics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Elementary (K-8)
Location: Room 1603
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: CLICK FOR PDF

Does your teacher toolbox need tools for encouraging and building a positive classroom? Are you seeking “teacher friendly” strategies or techniques that support the whole child with the need for academic performance and positive behavior? Based on best practices, this session will explore strategies that support student social and emotional needs. By implementing a few of the researched based strategies, your classroom climate and learning environment will be more positive and student behavior will improve.

About the Presenter:
Pam Maat, Teacher Consultant, Christian Learning Center (CLC Network), Wyoming, MI

In addition to holding her B.S. from Calvin College in Elementary Education, Pam holds certificates in Special Education and Cognitive and Emotional Impairment. She is an "All Kinds of Minds Trainer" and earned her M.A. in Learning Disabilities. She has teaching experience in both the public sector and within Christian schools, along with the last 19 years in administration. Pam continues to work with the Education Departments of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Constructing Explanations in Science: Teaching students to use the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning Framework
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Susan Koppendrayer
Avail Academy, Minneapolis, MN
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: Sciences (biology, physics, chemistry)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Upper (6-12)
Location: Room 1725
Science & Tech Center

Are you interested in using argument-driven inquiry for lab instruction but just aren’t sure how to do it? Do you want to help students make evidenced based claims in science? This hands-on session will help you teach your students how to read, write, speak, and use math in the context of science. You will receive handouts, resource suggestions and techniques to help students develop a scientific argument that supports their experiment claim.

About the Presenter:
Susan Koppendrayer, Middle School Science Teacher, Avail Academy and STEM Education Specialist, Christian Schools International, Grand Rapids, MI

In addition to teaching middle school students at Avail Academy (formerly Calvin Christian) in Minneapolis, Susan is the STEM Education Specialist for Christian Schools International (CSI). She provides resources, training, science instruction consulting and is a lead mentor for the Christian School Educators Science Academy. She has a Master's Degree in Education from Michigan State University and completed her post graduate science education course work at the University of Minnesota.

Open

Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thinking Out Loud: Using Video and Audio Tools In Your Classroom
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD
Session Type: Hands-on
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Technology
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas), Technology
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1302
Ribbens Academic Complex

There is great power in hearing a student explain his/her thinking... and it’s even better when that thought process can be captured digitally. Today’s hardware options and online tools make it easier than ever before to ask students to give their answers and feedback through video and audio sources. Join me in this hands-on session as we work with a variety of video and audio tools and activities that will help you to capture the essence of your students’ personal narratives and demonstrations of learning.

About the Presenter:
Kristin Mulder, Director of Digital Education, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Now entering her twenty-fifth year in education, Kristin has held positions in the elementary and middle school classrooms, area colleges and technical schools, and currently as the Director of Digital Education at Sioux Falls Christian Schools. She is a "Google for Education Certified Trainer" and leads in-services for local school districts as well as workshop sessions to help others see the benefits of using Google's educational tools. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Sioux Falls College and her M.A. in Education (with an emphasis in Technology Leadership) from the University of Sioux Falls.

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Unpacking Adaptations, Accommodations, and Modifications
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Pam Maat
Christian Learning Center (CLC Network), Wyoming, MI
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Repeat from Previous Year
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas), Inclusive Ed (including resource and TAG)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 1603
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: CLICK FOR PDF

An understanding of accommodations and modifications is crucial for all teachers. You will leave with a solid understanding of what adaptations, accommodations, and modifications are, as well as a better understanding of the Nine Types of Curriculum Adaptions. During our time together, participants will learn and practice the Nine Types of Curriculum Adaptations. You will leave equipped to return to your classroom ready to make needed adaptations for students in your classroom.

About the Presenter:
Pam Maat, Teacher Consultant, Christian Learning Center (CLC Network), Wyoming, MI

In addition to holding her B.S. from Calvin College in Elementary Education, Pam holds certificates in Special Education and Cognitive and Emotional Impairment. She is an "All Kinds of Minds Trainer" and earned her M.A. in Learning Disabilities. She has teaching experience in both the public sector and within Christian schools, along with the last 19 years in administration. Pam continues to work with the Education Departments of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Islam 101: Understanding God's Heart for the Muslim World
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Aaron Myers
Crescent Project
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Repeat from Previous Year
Content Area: Bible, General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas), Social Issues (social problems, conflict or illness)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Upper (6-12)
Location: Room 2736
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: CLICK FOR PDF

In this session we will learn about Islam, especially as it pertains to our growing North American Muslim populations. We will explore our own heart attitudes as we dive into what a Biblical, Christ focused response to our new Muslim neighbors should look like. Educators are a large part of forming the worldviews of students toward Muslims. It is imperative that we as educators help students develop a Christ centered response.

About the Presenter:
Aaron Myers, South Dakota Area Coordinator, Crescent Project

Aaron taught high school English in South Dakota until the Lord called him and his wife into missionary work where they served as missionaries in Turkey (99.9% Muslim) from 2008 to 2012. Aaron now serves as a missionary in South Dakota as the SD Area Coordinator for Crescent Project. It is the goal of the Crescent Project to see the day when every Muslim has the opportunity to respond to the gospel and be connected with a true follower of Jesus.

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You Believe What? Preparing Students to Share Their Faith with Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Aaron Myers
Crescent Project
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Repeat from Previous Year
Content Area: Bible, General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Upper (6-12)
Location: Room 2736
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: CLICK FOR PDF

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.

About the Presenter:
Aaron Myers, South Dakota Area Coordinator, Crescent Project

Aaron taught high school English in South Dakota until the Lord called him and his wife into missionary work where they served as missionaries in Turkey (99.9% Muslim) from 2008 to 2012. Aaron now serves as a missionary in South Dakota as the SD Area Coordinator for Crescent Project. It is the goal of the Crescent Project to see the day when every Muslim has the opportunity to respond to the gospel and be connected with a true follower of Jesus.

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Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Everything Kindergarten
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Coleen Olmsted
Hollandale Christian School, Hollandale, MN
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (Prek-K), Foundational (K-2)
Location: Room 1637
Science & Tech Center

Kindergarten Teachers, are you ready to talk about running a kindergarten classroom? In this session we will come together to discuss calendar time, morning message, schedules, snack, rest time, classroom management.....all of the things that impact our classes everyday. The goal is that you will leave encouraged and equipped with some new ideas and strategies to make everyday in kindergarten a wonderful day.

About the Presenter:
Coleen Olmsted, Kindergarten Teacher, Hollandale Christian School, Hollandale, MN

Coleen has been a teacher for over 25 years. She taught at many different levels throughout her teaching career including kindergarten through 5th grade and as a reading recovery teacher. The majority of her teaching years has been with kindergarten. She worked with the University of Minnesota through the Center for Reading Research on implementing staff development through the Reading First Grant. She has also worked as a math interventionist. Over her career, she has made a goal to refine math programs keeping aligned with math standards.

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Competition from a Biblical Perspective
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Joel Penner
Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Round-table discussion
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Spiritual and Community Formation
Content Area: Athletics/PE (all sports and general exercise)
Target Audience/Grade Level: High School (9-12), Upper (6-12)
Location: Room 2250
Ribbens Academic Complex

In this session we will tackle the problem of having too few examples of athletes, coaches, and teams living out a redeemed version of competitive athletics.

About the Presenter:
Joel Penner, Head Football Coach, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

Joel was named the head coach of the Defender football program for the 2016 season and has guided the Defenders to a pair of five win seasons. He has 17 years of college football coaching experience with stops at Malone (Ohio), Northwestern College (Iowa), Trinity International (Illinois), Greenville (Illinois), and Pacific Lutheran (Washington). Being involved in football is what Joel loves, and he considers it a gift to have the opportunity to share his passions with players leading them to compete fiercely out of a secure identity in Christ. Joel has his B.A. in sports and wellness management and his M.A. in Christian studies.

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Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Passion Projects: Giving Students a Choice in Learning
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Matt Van Schepen
Orange City Christian School, Orange City, IA
Session Type: Hands-on
Category: Repeat from Previous Year
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: TRC Room 267
Campus Center - Library

Companies like Google and 3M have given time to employees during the day to work on "pet projects." Some of these company's most innovative ideas have come from this set time. See how this idea has been used in the classroom and discover how you might be able to incorporate these ideas in your classroom to spark interest in typically untouched areas for your students.

About the Presenter:
Matt Van Schepen, 7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher & Technology Coordinator, Orange City Christian School, Orange City, IA

Teaching middle school for 11 years, Matt served at Timothy Christian, Elmhurst, IL, for 5 years before coming to Orange City Christian. He received his B.A. in Education with endorsements in P.E. & Science from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He has a Master's in Educational Leadership from Dordt College.

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Help! I Have to Teach Art!
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Tonya Wiekamp
Sheldon Christian School, Sheldon, IA
Co-Presenters: Jessica Schreurs
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: Fine Arts (art, drama, music)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Elementary (K-8)
Location: Room 1718
Science & Tech Center

For elementary classroom teachers, the idea of teaching art can be overwhelming. In this session you will be introduced to the elements of design, and how they can be introduced to students while using your favorite projects that are already used! There will also be some new, exciting ideas and lesson templates introduced that can be used anytime.

About the Presenter:
Tonya Wiekamp, 3rd Grade Teacher, Sheldon Christian School, Sheldon, IA

Tonya graduated from Dordt College in 1991 and is currently working on her EdTech master's degree. She has taught grades 3 through 6 and art for grades 4 through 8.

About the Co-Presenter:
Jessica Schreurs, K - 8 Art Teacher, Sanborn Christian School, Sanborn, IA

Jessica received her B.A. from Dordt College in Art and Secondary Education with an endorsement to teach elementary art. She has been teaching 4th-8th art for the past 6 years at Sanborn Christian and has expanded her role to include kindergarten through 3rd grade this year.

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Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

ALICE - Are You Ready?
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Kelly Vander Bush
Sheldon Christian School, Sheldon, IA
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Trauma
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: General (all grade levels)
Location: Room 2248
Ribbens Academic Complex

ALICE training provides preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. It's a hard topic, but a real one! Let's tackle this topic together!

About the Presenter:
Kelly Vander Bush, 5th Grade Teacher, Sheldon Christian School, Sheldon, IA

Kelly graduated from Dordt in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education focusing on early childhood and special education. Since then, she has been teaching 4th and 5th grade at Sheldon Christian School. Kelly comes from a law enforcement family, which is what first sparked her interest in ALICE training. In 2014 she became a certified ALICE Instructor.

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Say What? My Student isn't Paying Attention?
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
60 Minutes
Presenter: Megan Kooima
Excel Achievement Center, Sioux Center, IA
Session Type: Round-table discussion - PLEASE BRING EXAMPLES WITH YOU
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Foundational (K-2)
Location: Room 2247
Ribbens Academic Complex
Session Handouts/Slides: CLICK FOR PDF

Educators today are challenged by reaching students who are struggling to pay attention or have behavior issues at school. The purpose of this session is to problem solve together and explore ways to proactively intervene. By gaining the ability to proactively intervene, each attendee will be able to help increase learning time for all students. Please bring specific examples with you!

About the Presenter:
Megan Kooima, Educational Director/Owner, Excel Achievement Center, Sioux Center, IA

Megan holds a Master's Degree as a reading specialist and has her Administration Degree and Math Specialist license. She has taught at the elementary and middle school levels in both America and Asia for the past ten years. Megan has been a leader in professional development for schools in Iowa and Nebraska in the areas of reading and math. Megan has a passion for serving students with their exact academic needs and cares deeply for each family she encounters.

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Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Power of Reading: 10 Things Every Teacher and Parent Must Know About Reading
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am - Also offered during Group V, Fri., 9:45 a.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jim McKenzie
The Rock School, Gainesville, FL
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (Prek-K), Elementary (K-8)
Location: Room 1641
Science & Tech Center

Do you know what the research says is the single most important activity in preparing students for reading success? It’s not phonics, curriculum, drills, or testing. Come learn the 10 most important facts about reading and how teachers and parents can work together to truly create a community of readers.

About the Presenter:
Jim McKenzie, Headmaster, The Rock School, Gainesville, FL

Jim is the Headmaster at The Rock School, a PK-12 Christian school in Gainesville, Florida. In his tenure, he has tripled enrollment, increased revenue five-fold, and helped his school earn a net promoter score higher than many well-known brands including Apple, Amazon, and Disney. Jim is an innovator and visionary who is willing to think outside the box of traditional Christian education. He provides consulting services to Christian schools and ministries.

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The Power of Reading: 10 Things Every Teacher and Parent Must Know About Reading
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am - Also offered during Group IV, Fri., 8:30 a.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Jim McKenzie
The Rock School, Gainesville, FL
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Curriculum and Instruction
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Primary (Prek-K), Elementary (K-8)
Location: Room 1641
Science & Tech Center

Do you know what the research says is the single most important activity in preparing students for reading success? It’s not phonics, curriculum, drills, or testing. Come learn the 10 most important facts about reading and how teachers and parents can work together to truly create a community of readers.

About the Presenter:
Jim McKenzie, Headmaster, The Rock School, Gainesville, FL

Jim is the Headmaster at The Rock School, a PK-12 Christian school in Gainesville, Florida. In his tenure, he has tripled enrollment, increased revenue five-fold, and helped his school earn a net promoter score higher than many well-known brands including Apple, Amazon, and Disney. Jim is an innovator and visionary who is willing to think outside the box of traditional Christian education. He provides consulting services to Christian schools and ministries.

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Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Square Pegs in Round Holes: Differentiating Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am - Also offered during Group II, Thurs., 1:15 p.m.
60 Minutes
Presenter: Linda Weemhoff
Christian Learning Center (CLC Network), Wyoming, MI
Session Type: Interactive
Category: Curriculum and Instruction, Grading and Assessment
Content Area: Mathematics and Engineering
Target Audience/Grade Level: Elementary (K-8)
Location: Room 2602
Science & Tech Center
Session Handouts/Slides: CLICK FOR PDF

Many teachers have become adept at differentiating reading in the classroom by using books that appeal to a variety of interests and reading levels. But, what do elementary teachers do with mathematics? Math is cumulative and requires the interaction of many neurodevelopmental links. In this session, we will explore ways to apply differentiation concepts to mathematics lessons to help you meet the needs of increasingly diverse learners in your classroom.

About the Presenter:
Linda Weemhoff, Teacher consultant, Christian Learning Center (CLC Network), Wyoming, MI

Linda is a teacher consultant at CLC Network, where she supports teachers, administrators, and parents on their journey of inclusion. She has an extensive background in supporting students with mild to significant needs through her roles as educational support services director and specialist, as well as general education teacher (math and science) at various Christian schools. She received her elementary education teaching certification from Calvin College, her special education endorsement (focus in emotionally disturbed) from Michigan State University, and her Master of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities from Calvin College. Linda also has a concentrated study in the field of cognitive impairment. She and her husband David have three children who have a wide range of abilities and disabilities.

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9:45 am - 10:45 am

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Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Coaching for Transformation
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Presenter: Presenter: Jacob Pettengill
Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD
Co-Presenters: Jim Groen
Session Type: Traditional lecture
Category: Athletics
Content Area: General (no specific area, could be pertinent to all areas)
Target Audience/Grade Level: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Location: Room 319
Campus Center

This session will cover an intentional way of implementing coaching with a higher purpose. We will take a deeper look at how to coach for impact and instill that coaching is more than just wins and losses.

About the Presenter:
Jacob Pettengill, Dean of Students/Football Coach, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Jacob taught physical education for 8 years, including teaching assignments in the public and private sector. He earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from Dakota State University and his Master's degree in Educational Administration from South Dakota State University. Now as a football coach and the Dean of Students, Jacob spends most of his time interacting with students in a variety of settings.

About the Co-Presenter:
Jim Groen, Athletic Director, Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Sioux Falls, SD

Before coming to Sioux Falls Christian Schools, Jim served in a variety of classroom positions including middle school math and high school P.E. He previously served at Manhattan Christian in Manhatten, MT and Ontario Christian in Ontario, CA. He received his B.A. in Education from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, and his M.A. in Athletic Administration from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. Jim has a passion for Christian Education and serving Christ in whatever way he can. Jim finds great joy in working together with coaches to lead student/athletes on their faith journey path.

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9:45 am - 10:45 am

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Keynote & Closing Worship
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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