2017 Breakout Sessions

Continental breakfast served from 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 5, with the convention opening and welcome starting in the BJ Haan Auditorium at 9:15 a.m. Convention closes at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.

Continental breakfast served Friday, October 6, from 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. with sessions starting at 8:15 a.m. Convention closes at 12:05 p.m. on Friday.

Click on a session below to see details.

2017 Convention Schedule - Thursday

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8:00 am
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10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Music Directors and General Music Teachers Lesson Sharing Session
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Presenter: Variety
Content Area: Fine Arts
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location BJ Haan/Music Bldg, Lower Level
Room #29

This session will feature 6-10 demonstrators who will share a 5-10 minute educational and instructional technique or lesson for orchestra and band directors, general music teachers and choir directors. Please come prepared to discuss and share your thoughts and ideas.

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

CSI Bible Instruction Symposium
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Presenter: Rachael Heyboer
Content Area: Bible
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2248

Learn more about a unique professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers of Bible. The 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 15-16, 2018, at Museum of the Bible located in Washington, DC. The museum which opens Fall 2017 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.

Open

School Chapel Leaders Unite!
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Presenter: Timothy Van Voorst
Content Area: Bible, Fine Arts, General
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Lower Level)
Room #93

This session is for those who lead or would like to be involved in leading the chapel program at your school. Participants will learn from each other. Topics for consideration: How are chapels planned? Who should be involved? What should be included in a chapel service? How do musicians prepare? Who should speak? Participants should be ready to share with and learn from one another as we consider how chapels are planned, prepared, and presented.

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Attitude Germ and How to Treat It
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Also Offered Friday at 8:15 a.m.
Presenter: Alan Bandstra
Content Area: General
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 1)
Room #1641

“Attitude germ” is a condition that holds classrooms captive to the sentiments of one or two dominant personalities. Those who spread this disease gain a sense of power through demotivating others or by encouraging resistance. Victims emulate negativity in order to gain social status or to avoid ridicule or rejection. Want to set your class free from the influence of attitude germ? In this session, you will learn how to protect yourself from the bug. You will gain tips for treating instigators and you will think about how to release your victims from the hold of this crippling disease.

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

Northwest Iowa Junior High Choir Festival Meeting
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Presenter: Kim Huizenga
Content Area: Fine Arts
Target Audience: Middle School (5-8)
Location BJ Haan/Music Bldg, Lower Level
Room #29

This session is dedicated to selecting music for the mass choir for the 2018 Northwest Iowa Junior High Choir Festival. Teachers that are planning to have their students participate in the festival should attend this session and bring at least three selections for colleagues to sing through and consider for this year's festival. (Please bring around 15 copies to share or your laptop to display the music on the screen). Other music educators are welcome to join as a good portion of the session will be dedicated to singing and sight-reading music.

Open

Fast and Easy Ways to Find Lesson Plans for Economics and Personal Finance
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Also offered Friday at 8:15 a.m.
Presenter: Vicki Vermeer
Co-presenters: Miranda Hulstein, Tim Klein, Rachel Struiksma
Content Area: Economics, Financial Literacy, and Personal Finance
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2250

You know you need to get personal finance lessons into your curriculum, but how? In this session learn how to search key websites to find lessons on specific topics for specific grades.  Second graders need to know about scarce resources? No problem! How to teach tenth graders about debit and credit? We’ll show you! Bring a computer or laptop to enhance your learning experience. Note for Iowa Teachers - the new SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS will be used in the demonstrations. Learn how easy they will be to incorporate into your curriculum!

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Missions and Models: Love Over Fear
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Presenter: Deborah Byker-Benson
Content Area: General
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1144

This session will explore the two primary Mission and Model configurations in North American Christian schools, along with their Biblical basis, with the general objective of 'outing' the fears that dominate the organizational landscape of Christian education and discovering a fully integrated model and mission that is motivated fully by love rather than partially by fear.

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

From the Page to the Stage: Writing Workshop & Enactment Strategies
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Also offered Friday at 9:45 a.m.
Presenter: Elizabeth Oosterheert
Content Area: Fine Arts, Language
Target Audience: Upper (6-12)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1309

Are you curious about framing literature study and writing instruction around a workshop model? Would you like to engage students in workshop using enactment strategies? Do you enjoy book talks about adolescent literature and nonfiction? Attend this session to learn more and to receive a FREE spiral bound booklet filled with ideas that you can use in your classroom!

Open

Art Reflects
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Presenter: Sam Gesch
Content Area: Fine Arts (art, drama, music)
Target Audience: General with Focus on High School
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1307

Learn how to present and discuss art from a truthful and Biblical perspective and get some practice doing it with real artwork! This interactive session is easily applicable to children of many ages.

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Introduction to Google Classroom
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Content Area: General
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 1)
Room #1603

Google Classroom is a collective solution for pulling together all of the G Suite for EDU tools and other tech tools that your students are asked to utilize throughout the school year. Join this session to learn how to set up a class and add students, manage and grade assignments, and communicate with students and guardians. If you use any of the G Suite tools, consider using Google Classroom to pull it all together!

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

3rd - 5th Grade Make and Take
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Presenter: Variety
Content Area: General
Target Audience: Mid Elementary (3-4)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Lower Level)
Room #92

This interactive session is for 3rd - 5th grade teachers ready to share a “Make and Take” or a short, hands-on activity that other attendees can make or participate in. Attendees will be asked to share their activity and give others opportunity to participate as well. Please come with supplies for up to 15 attendees. Attendees will leave with as many new activities to use in their classroom as session time allows.

Open

Top 10 in Preschool
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Presenter: Christy Hulstein
Content Area: General
Target Audience: Primary (Prek-K)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1302

This session will offer ten ideas/activities from the preschool level that have been used and have been most successful at Stepping Stones Preschool.

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Guided Reading Boot Camp for Primary Teachers
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Also offered Thursday at 1:15 p.m.
Presenter: Sally Hanson
Co-presenter: Nicole DeJong
Content Area: Language (literature, humanities, composition, foreign language)
Target Audience: Foundational (K-2)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2250

In this session we will be focusing on using best practice teaching with guided reading instruction. We will look at how guided reading fits into your reading block and how it is different than other types of reading instruction. We will look at ways to "follow the child" by assessing the strategies a child uses while reading.

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

Teaching Balanced Grace and Truth in Perilous Times: Teachers to Students, Admins to Teachers, Boards to Admins
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Presenter: Deborah Byker-Benson
Content Area: General
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1144

The directive for Christian educators has not changed (Psalm 78:4, Ezekiel 47:21-23) but the world has changed drastically... At this particular time in history, Christian educators have the opportunity to present themselves as "the epistles of Christ (written) not with ink, but by the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:3). In other words, to imitate Christ alone is to walk wisely, as a living letter, while redeeming the time. This session will explore some of the ways to "redeem the time", grounding students to face increasingly ominous and perilous times. This session answers the question: how can we best equip them?

Open

Stuck in a Rut? Escape from the Rut You're Stuck in with Breakout EDU!
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Presenter: Matt Van Schepen
Co-presenter: Brent Van Schepen
Content Area: General
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 2)
Room #2736

Come to experience the thrill that Breakout EDU has to offer by participating in an escape room style learning experience you can complete from within your own classroom. 21st Century skills will be put to the test as you solve problems and develop the skill to persevere through the application of your knowledge. A connected device will be helpful!

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Osmo for the Beginner: What is Osmo for the Ipad?
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Presenter: Heather Stegemann
Co-presenter: Katie Terveen
Content Area: Language, Mathematics, Technology
Target Audience: Primary - Elem (Prek-5)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2246

In this session you will be introduced to Osmo, a hands-on educational gaming system for the Ipad. There are seven different games under the Osmo umbrella that cover a variety of subject areas. Information will be shared about each one, while also giving time to try out and play the games yourself. Come and explore the world of Osmo with us!

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

Kinder Kids at OSCI - How to Make Sure Your Kinders are Learning at the Appropriate Level
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Presenter: Ruth De Bruin
Content Area: General
Target Audience: Administration, Primary (Prek-K)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1320

This presentation will focus on the optional two-year Kinder Kids program developed at Oskaloosa Christian School, Oakaloosa, Iowa. It was developed as an additional learning option need for early childhood learners. Seeing the school as partners with parents as they educate their children, careful attention is paid to parent wishes. Additional data collection is used to support the collaboration as the partnership determines the appropriate learning level for each child. Come explore with us!

Open

All Things Kindergarten!
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Presenter: Sara Whitsell
Co-presnter: Lori Wynja
Content Area: General
Target Audience: Primary (Prek-K)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1316

This session is an interactive discussion with attendees discussing and sharing what they are doing in their kindergarten classrooms. We will look at a variety of topics such as report cards, curriculum, Bible, math, language, centers, good books, and technology. Participants are asked to bring a copy of their current report card and 1-2 ideas to share. Ideas could be math games or language activities for small groups. Please make 20 copies in advance to bring and share.

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Principles for Teaching Mathematics
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Presenter: Valorie Zonnefeld
Co-presenter: Ryan Zonnefeld
Content Area: Mathematics
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Campus Center (Library)
TRC267

The introduction of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) has refined the focus of the content and practices of mathematics teaching. This session will focus on the underlying principles of teaching mathematics as expressed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). We will explore each teaching principle through the actions of the teacher and the student. Attendees will also be given time to examine their own mathematics teaching and consider how to implement these principles in an authentic manner that best fits the learning needs of their students.

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

Increase Your Google Power with the Use of Apps, Extensions, and Add-Ons
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Content Area: General
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 1)
Room #1603

Apps, Extensions, and Add-ons are tools that work in conjunction with Google Drive and the Chrome web browser. Google's educational tools are great on their own, but additional creativity and productivity can be harnessed when you combine the power of Drive and Chrome with the Apps/Extensions/Add-ons that are available for education. Join me in this session to learn about Apps/Extensions/Add-ons, to be directed to examples of each tool, and to get hands-on experience with each tool.

Open

Struggling Readers - How to Plan for Them!
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Presenter: Megan Kooima
Content Area: General, Language
Target Audience: Foundational (K-2)
Location Campus Center (Library)
TRC267

This interactive session will focus on struggling readers and how to help them thrive. To benefit from this session, each attendee MUST bring reading assessments of up to two struggling readers. These assessments will be used during the session to discuss how to best meet the needs of the students in small group reading sessions. Each assessment MUST include some type of running record, phonics and phonemic awareness test.

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Empower Your Students to be Citizen Scientists and Stewards of God's Creation!
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Also offered Thursday at 1:15 p.m.
Presenter: Susan Koppendrayer
Content Area: Sciences (biology, physics, chemistry)
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2247

Hear how citizen science provides students with an established outlet for real scientific practice and application that meets the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will be shown how to use citizen science in their classrooms to provide authentic field research, environmental stewardship discussions, STEM experiences, and inquiry based labs that will develop science literacy in students. The participants will view web resources, see sample lessons and learn to integrate real life science into their existing lessons and units. The presenter will share web resources from Journey North, National Geographic, Monarch Lab and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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

Passion Projects: Giving Students a Choice in Learning
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Also offered Friday at 8:15 a.m.
Presenter: Matt Van Schepen
Content Area: General
Target Audience: Mid Elem - High School (3-12)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 2)
Room #2732

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.

Open

SeeSaw Isn't Just for the Playground; Student Created Digital Portfolios
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Also offered Thursday at 1:15 p.m.
Presenter: Kara Groen
Co-presenter: Sheila Mulder
Content Area: General, Language, Mathematics, Technology
Target Audience: Elementary (K-8)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2260

Do you find yourself wanting to use the iPads in your classroom but struggle to find a smooth way to keep students accountable and view the finished product? Attending this session may be the solution! In this session, we will see what SeeSaw is and how to use it the classroom. We will learn about the benefits of student digital portfolios, a tool that bridges the gap between school and home while giving students an authentic and real audience to showcase their work. **An iPad with the SeeSaw application is required to attend! Sign-on information will be given at the session**

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Round Table Discussion: Wrestling with Racial Conflict in the Classroom
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Time: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Presenter: Howard Schaap
Content Area: Social Issues (social problems, conflict or illness)
Target Audience: Upper (6-12)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2260

The confrontations between black men (as well as other people of color) and police over the past several years have proven that we do not live in a "post-racial" America. With the rise of cell phone video, students have a direct line to the brutal realities of race in America. This round table discussion is a time to talk about how we address racial conflict with students. Topics covered will include political correctness, images of current and past violence, white privilege and fragility, as well as practices that have worked--and those that haven't.

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

Problem Solving Behavior in Young Students!
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Also offered Friday at 8:15 a.m.
Presenter: Megan Kooima
Content Area: General, Inclusive Ed
Target Audience: Foundational - Lower Elem (K-3)
Location Campus Center (Library)
TRC267

Educators today are challenged by the ability to reach students who are struggling with 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.

Open

Are You Ready to Become a Google Certified Educator?
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Content Area: General, Technology
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 1)
Room #1603

Google's 'G Suite for Education' tools have found their way into classrooms around the world. Many educators have become familiar with the basic use of these tools and are ready for more! If you've spent the time growing your skills, consider getting certified to be recognized for the work you've done. This session will help prepare attendees to take the certification exam to become a "Google Certified Educator" (Level 1). **Exam NOT included.

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Defender Pride
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Time: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Presenter: Ross Douma
Content Area: Athletics/PE (all sports and general exercise)
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location De Witt
Gymnasium

For those who follow Dordt athletics or spend time working with athletes, Dordt College men's basketball team will be conducting an open practice. Handouts will be distributed to those in attendance and players and coaches will be on hand to visit and answer questions following the session. Feel free to come and go as your convention schedule allows!

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

SeeSaw Isn't Just for the Playground; Student Created Digital Portfolios
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Also offered Thursday at 2:45 p.m.
Presenter: Kara Groen
Co-presenter: Sheila Mulder
Content Area: General, Language, Mathematics, Technology
Target Audience: Elementary (K-8)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2260

Do you find yourself wanting to use the iPads in your classroom but struggle to find a smooth way to keep students accountable and view the finished product? Attending this session may be the solution! In this session, we will see what SeeSaw is and how to use it the classroom. We will learn about the benefits of student digital portfolios, a tool that bridges the gap between school and home while giving students an authentic and real audience to showcase their work. **An iPad with the SeeSaw application is required to attend! Sign-on information will be given at the session**

Open

Trauma: What We See, Think, & Do
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Trauma has become an increasingly prevalent topic in Christian education today. With an increased understanding of trauma, educators are better equipped to support learning and behavior of affected students. Looking through the lens of the “See-Think-Do” process used by CLC Network, this session will provide an overview of what trauma is and how it can impact student development, learning, and behavior in the classroom. Participants will leave with an overview understanding of trauma along with strategies for supporting students impacted by trauma in the school setting.

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

SO YOU JUST WANTED TO TEACH: Trauma Informed Care in the Education Setting
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Time: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Presenter: Dr. Shawn Scholten
Co-presenters: Marty Wallace and Erica Wassenaar
Content Area: General
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1143

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."

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

Digital Literacy Lessons
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Presenter: Jason Noble
Co-presenter: Sheri Haveman
Content Area: General, Technology
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 2)
Room #2726

Are we helping our students to be salt and light in the world outside of our classroom? What about in the online world? In this session we will share Pella Christian High School's Digital Literacy lessons/online course for teachers. This session is for you if you or your school is interested in adding this critical component to the curriculum.

Open

Christian School Educators Science Academy (CSESA)
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Presenter: Rachael Heyboer
Co-presenter: Susan Koppendrayer
Content Area: Sciences (biology, physics, chemistry)
Target Audience: Elementary (K-8)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2248

Learn more about NexGen Inquiry, a revolutionary science instructional model with biblical worldview integration, this fall in Grand Rapids, MI. ACSI and CSI have 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 a lab the opportunity available to K-8 teachers of science on November 16-17, 2017.

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Cultivating Tenacity and 'Stick-to-itiveness' in Students
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Tenacity is a virtue, but the personal fortitude to stick with an arduous task takes time and experience to mature. Many students grow impatient with content not parsed into sound-bytes, and reading extended, logical rhetoric through each argument to its ultimate conclusion is almost unheard of. On the other hand, if the story is good, students will read books of over 700 pages. They play on-line games, working their way through 12 levels of difficulty for six hours They stay after school into the evening to practice for theater productions, get ready for sports tournaments, and conduct fun science experiments for the public. Join us for a compelling session on how to help students find the reserves to stick with projects and tasks, be they physical or intellectual, and to develop personal self-discipline and self-efficacy, including executive function.  There is no such thing as laziness; our students want to do demanding, complex learning, they want to persevere! To this, our students aspire; with this, our world was built. In our classrooms right now, there is an eager William Wilberforce, Malala Yousafzai, and younger versions of J.K. Rowling and Theodore Seuss Geisel (both turned down repeatedly for their manuscripts) looking for inspiration. This generation is more than ready for what it takes to make the world their own. Let's light this rocket!

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

Guided Reading Boot Camp for Primary Teachers
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Also offered Thursday at 10:45 a.m.
Presenter: Sally Hanson
Co-presenter: Nicole DeJong
Content Area: Language (literature, humanities, composition, foreign language)
Target Audience: Foundational (K-2)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2250

In this session we will be focusing on using best practice teaching with guided reading instruction. We will look at how guided reading fits into your reading block and how it is different than other types of reading instruction. We will look at ways to "follow the child" by assessing the strategies a child uses while reading.

Open

Socratic Seminar: Essential Questions
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Also offered Friday at 9:45 a.m.
Presenter: Dawn Wieking
Content Area: General, Language
Target Audience: High School (9-12)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 2)
Room #2602

The art of Socratic Seminar requires some background information on its origin, its purpose, and how to best use it in the classroom. Participants in this session will be given this background information and will participate in a mini Socratic Seminar. Socratic Seminars can be used for any discipline, from art to history, and any grade level. Socratic Seminar, when used in its formal format, does more than synthesize information, review content, and develop critical thinking. It also allows students to develop skills in healthy, respectful discussion. This allows them to focus on the material and how that information fits into a Biblical world perspective.

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Conquering Reading Challenges!
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Time: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Presenter: Megan Kooima
Content Area: General, Language
Target Audience: Foundational (K-2)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 1)
Room #1604

In this session we will explore research based strategies to help students overcome reading barriers. You will leave with strategies you can use in your classroom to help struggling readers with phonics, phonemic awareness and accuracy and with hands-on techniques to ensure that ALL students have mastered phonemic awareness (the foundation of reading).

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

Intermediate Osmo: How can I integrate Osmo into my classroom?
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Presenter: Heather Stegemann
Co-presenter: Katie Terveen
Content Area: Language, Mathematics, Technology
Target Audience: Primary - Elem (Prek-5)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2246

If you are familiar with Osmo and any one of its seven games, join us for a time of Osmo application. We'll share specific grade level ideas, tips to creating individual student accounts, and examples of Osmo schedules and routines. Come and explore the world of Osmo with us!

Open

Open/TBD
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Open/TBD
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

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

Escape the Math Classroom
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Escape rooms are the latest trend for entertainment. How can you bring that same concept into your classroom and stimulate learning? This session will give ideas on how to incorporate problem solving skills into creating an "escape the classroom experience."

Open

Open/TBD
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Open/TBD
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

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

Empower Your Students to be Citizen Scientists and Stewards of God's Creation!
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Also offered Thursday at 10:45 a.m.
Presenter: Susan Koppendrayer
Content Area: Sciences (biology, physics, chemistry)
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2247

Hear how citizen science provides students with an established outlet for real scientific practice and application that meets the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will be shown how to use citizen science in their classrooms to provide authentic field research ,environmental stewardship discussions, STEM experiences, and inquiry based labs that will develop science literacy in students. The participants will view web resources, see sample lessons and learn to integrate real life science into their existing lessons and units. The presenter will share web resources from Journey North, National Geographic, Monarch Lab and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Open

Unpacking Adaptations, Accommodations and Modifications
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

An understanding of accommodations and modifications is crucial for all teachers.  You will leave this session 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, you will practice designing adaptations for assignments.  You will leave equipped to return to your classroom ready to make needed adaptations for students in your classroom.

Check In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Licensure Credit Mtg & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Opening Worship & Plenary Session
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Time: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session: With wigged-out hair and from the Quantum Space-Time Curvature 63 years in the future, an ancient version of Rick Wormeli travels back in time from 2075 A.D. to deliver this address current time. Rick will describe what has stood the test of time in education, reflecting on 2017 innovation and practice that will endure as proven, effective, and ethical practices across the decades to his own time. Come, and discover where to put priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!

Open

Open/TBD
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

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

Modern Assessment and Grading: Myths, Principles, and Practicalities
1:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Teaching is not a “gotcha” enterprise, yet many assessment and grading practices fall into that category, and some even fall into the unethical category.  Join us for a provocative workshop in which we identify fundamental elements of assessment and grading that reflect ethical, modern pedagogy. Critical to student and teacher success, we’ll bust current myths and dive deeply into the bigger issues and elements of today’s classroom: formative vs summative assessments, becoming evidenced-based, what grades mean, descriptive feedback, averaging, zeroes on the 100-point scale, strategies and “why” on re-do’s, percentages, late work, marking homework, extra credit, gradebook and report card design, reporting behavior/effort/character elements, disaggregation, and much more. Practical and research-based, don’t miss this transforming session! 

2017 Convention Schedule - Thursday

Friday Sessions

Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 4
Slot 5
Slot 6
Slot 7
Slot 8
Slot 9
Slot 10
Slot 11
Slot 12
Slot 13
Slot 14
Slot 15
7:30 am
8:00 am
8:30 am
9:00 am
9:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Keeping Sports in Perspective
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Presenter: Chad Hanson
Content Area: Athletics/PE (all sports and general exercise)
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2260

Hear a college coach, with experience in many levels of athletics share examples and a philosophy of how to live our sports lives in the current world of academia and fine arts.

Open

From the Page to the Stage: Writing Workshop & Enactment Strategies
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Also offered Thursday at 1:15 p.m.
Presenter: Elizabeth Oosterheert
Content Area: Fine Arts, Language
Target Audience: Upper (6-12)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1309

Are you curious about framing literature study and writing instruction around a workshop model? Would you like to engage students in workshop using enactment strategies? Do you enjoy book talks about adolescent literature and nonfiction? Attend this session to learn more and to receive a FREE spiral bound booklet filled with ideas that you can use in your classroom!

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Islam 101: Understanding God's Heart for the Muslim World
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Presenter: Aaron Myers
Content Area: Bible, General, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1143

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.

Open

Boundaries in Grace and Truth
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Presenter: Deborah Byker-Benson
Content Area: General
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1144

Exercise of the responsibility to provide accountability is uniquely pivotal in Christian education, where the communicated impetus of learning is a Christ-like way (agapao). As an overseer, the educator is responsible to progressively discover and reduce other loves (eros, phileo, and storge) from dominating in the school environment so that selfless love is continually freeing the learning environment of fear-inducing obstacles. To do so, in itself, is to love with selfless love. How - in practical terms - do Christian educators uncover 'other loves' in order to set and keep boundaries in agapao, remaining balanced in both grace and truth?

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Fast and Easy Ways to Find Lesson Plans for Economics and Personal Finance
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Also offered Thursday at 2:45 p.m.
Presenter: Vicki Vermeer
Co-presenters: Miranda Hulstein, Tim Klein, Rachel Struiksma
Content Area: Economics, Financial Literacy, and Personal Finance
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2250

You know you need to get personal finance lessons into your curriculum, but how? In this session learn how to search key websites to find lessons on specific topics for specific grades.  Second graders need to know about scarce resources? No problem! How to teach tenth graders about debit and credit? We’ll show you! Bring a computer or laptop to enhance your learning experience. Note for Iowa Teachers - the new SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS will be used in the demonstrations. Learn how easy they will be to incorporate into your curriculum!

Open

Experience an Educational Leadership Simulation: Academic Goal Setting
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Also offered Friday at 8:15 a.m.
Presenter: David De Jong
Content Area: General
Target Audience: Administration, General (all grade levels)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 1)
Room #1604

Does your administrator require you to set professional goals, or are you an administrator who requires teachers to set professional goals? If yes, this session is for you. You will be immersed in an interactive, first-person simulation which is based around a veteran social studies teacher in a middle school. The simulation begins with a teacher who has set goals that are not aligned with the new school goals or standards. As the principal, you must decide what steps you will take to try and move this teacher toward alignment with the school goals outside his comfort zone.

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Attitude Germ and How to Treat It
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Also offered Thursday at 10:45 a.m.
Presenter: Alan Bandstra
Content Area: General
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 1)
Room #1641

“Attitude germ” is a condition that holds classrooms captive to the sentiments of one or two dominant personalities. Those who spread this disease gain a sense of power through demotivating others or by encouraging resistance. Victims emulate negativity in order to gain social status or to avoid ridicule or rejection. Want to set your class free from the influence of attitude germ? In this session, you will learn how to protect yourself from the bug. You will gain tips for treating instigators and you will think about how to release your victims from the hold of this crippling disease.

Open

Red and Yellow, Black and White: Are Traumatized Children Really Precious in His Sight?
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Presenter: Loren De Jong
Content Area: Social Issues (social problems, conflicts or illness)
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2248

Teaching and parenting children of trauma often results in feeling hard pressed, perplexed, struck down, and persecuted. God has called and equipped us to love and teach ALL children with wisdom that He supplies. Connecting with traumatized children takes work, wisdom, and abiding in God. As an educator and parent of traumatized/adopted children, Loren will share what he has learned during his journey. God delights in making all things new! 

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Finding Fear and Choosing Love: Communicating With Balanced Grace AND Truth
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Presenter: Deborah Byker-Benson
Content Area: General
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1144

The recognition of inner fears and their connection to outward actions and interactions presents the inner self with the same choice Christ made perfectly in his interface with sinners: to love freely and purposely, regardless of the consequence to Himself or the badness of sinners. A conscious examination, understanding, and application of fear(s) leads to effective communication that is balanced in grace and truth, or in other words - that is graciously unapologetic. John 1:14 "...and we behold His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."

Open

Neurodevelopment: Digging Deeper into Attention
9:45 am - 11:00 am

In this session, we will learn about the components of attention: mental energy controls, processing controls, production controls and how these components impact learning. Though we will discuss attention deficit concerns (such as ADHD), our focus will be to understand the Neurodevelopmental Framework for learning. Together, we will dig deeper into attention and learn how to best support students that struggle with attention, as well as discuss how to best talk with parents.

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Experience an Educational Leadership Simulation: Teaching Teams
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Also offered Friday at 9:45 a.m.
Presenter: David De Jong
Content Area: General
Target Audience: Administration, General (all grade levels)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 1)
Room #1604

Are you currently on a teaching team, or are you an administrator of a teaching team? If yes, this session is for you. You will be immersed in an interactive, first-person simulation which is based around a collaborative teaching team. This simulation is similar to a choose-your-own-ending book, but this simulation includes videos and discussions at each discussion point. The simulation begins with another teacher on the team coming to the principal and expressing concern over the way the disruptive teacher is behaving. The principal ultimately ends up at a team meeting and witnesses the inappropriate behavior.

Open

Google Tools and Workflow Tips for School Admins
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Presenter: Kristin Mulder
Content Area: General
Target Audience: Adminstration
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 1)
Room #1603

'G Suite for Education’ is not just for classroom teachers and students. It is for administrators and office personnel, too!  Same tools… different uses.  Join me in this session to look at the G Suite tools from the vantage point of a school administrator and learn some workflow tips, features, and strategies that fit the daily tasks of a person in the administrator role.  This hands-on session will include deep-dive training within Google Forms, Google Sheets, Google Docs, Chrome Web Browser, and more!

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Neurodevelopment: Investigating Memory Issues
8:15 am - 9:30 am

Memory is tricky business. Do you know the difference between Active Working Memory and Episodic Memory? How about the best ways to get information from your initial Short Term Memory to the lock box known as Long Term Memory? What does memory storage and retrieval have to do with the memory associations of your students? Let's explore these questions and more together!

Open

You Believe What? Preparing Students to Share Their Faith with Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Presenter: Aaron Myers
Content Area: General
Target Audience: Upper (6-12)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1143

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

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Using Team Building Activities to Develop Classroom Culture and Student Performance
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Presenter: Ben Pullen
Content Area: General
Target Audience: Mid Elem - High School (3-12)
Location Campus Center (3rd Floor)
Room #318/319

Students preform better in environments where they feel safe and accepted. In this session participants will experience a variety of team building activities that can be incorporated into their classrooms. Be ready to get up, move, think, and get to know your fellow participants as well as learn how to debrief the activities with students.

Open

Breakout.Edu
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Presenter: Jason Noble
Co-presenter: Sheri Haveman
Content Area: General
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 2)
Room #2726

Want a fun and engaging way to teach critical thinking and teamwork in your classroom while also reviewing or previewing your content material? Try a "breakout!" Patterned after the popular breakout rooms, students must use clues to open a box with multiple locks. In this fun, hands-on session, attendees will have an opportunity to solve a breakout while learning how it could be implemented in their classroom.

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Passion Projects: Giving Students a Choice in Learning
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Also offered Thursday at 1:15 p.m.
Presenter: Matt Van Schepen
Content Area: General
Target Audience: Mid Elem - High School (3-12)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 2)
Room #2732

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.

Open

Our International Students Have Arrived--Now What?!
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Presenter: Joni Van Der Pol
Content Area: General
Target Audience: High School (9-12)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1303

The Lord has brought students from around the globe to your school. Now what? This session will examine how to support this unique group in three ways: academically, culturally, and spiritually. Five years of insights will be shared about the classroom successes and challenges of the Pella Christian High School International Student Program. Time for questions and answers will be included.

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Youth Decision-Making Competence: The Common Errors and How to Aid in Better Decisions
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Also offered Friday at 9:45 a.m.
Presenter: Darci Van Dyke
Content Area: General, Social Issues
Target Audience: High School (9-12)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Lower Level)
Room #92

This session will inform attendees about the definition of decision-making competence, how it is measured, and the behavioral and cognitive correlations of youth decision-making competence. Information will also be provided as to how to encourage good decision-making, primarily through awareness of common decision-making errors.

Open

Socratic Seminar: Essential Questions
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Also offered Thursday at 2:45 p.m.
Presenter: Dawn Wieking
Content Area: General, Language
Target Audience: High School (9-12)
Location Science & Tech Cntr (Level 2)
Room #2602

The art of Socratic Seminar requires some background information on its origin, its purpose, and how to best use it in the classroom. Participants in this session will be given this background information and will participate in a mini Socratic Seminar. Socratic Seminars can be used for any discipline, from art to history, and any grade level. Socratic Seminar, when used in its formal format, does more than synthesize information, review content, and develop critical thinking. It also allows students to develop skills in healthy, respectful discussion. This allows them to focus on the material and how that information fits into a Biblical world perspective.

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Trauma: What We See, Think, & Do
8:15 am - 9:30 am

Trauma has become an increasingly prevalent topic in Christian education today. With an increased understanding of trauma, educators are better equipped to support learning and behavior of affected students. Looking through the lens of the “See-Think-Do” process used by CLC Network, this session will provide an overview of what trauma is and how it can impact student development, learning, and behavior in the classroom. Participants will leave with an overview understanding of trauma along with strategies for supporting students impacted by trauma in the school setting.

Open

Open

Youth Decision-Making Competence: The Common Errors and How to Aid in Better Decisions
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Also offered Friday at 8:15 a.m.
Presenter: Darci Van Dyke
Content Area: General, Social Issues
Target Audience: High School (9-12)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Lower Level)
Room #92

This session will inform attendees about the definition of decision-making competence, how it is measured, and the behavioral and cognitive correlations of youth decision-making competence. Information will also be provided as to how to encourage good decision-making, primarily through awareness of common decision-making errors.

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Foreign Language Lesson Sharing
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Presenter: Variety
Content Area: Language (foreign language)
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1303

This session will feature 6-10 demonstrators who will share a 5-10 minute educational and instructional technique or lesson for teachers of foreign language. Please come prepared to discuss and share your thoughts and ideas.

Open

Ag in the Classroom: How Agriculture can be Used to Meet New Science Standards
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Presenter: Ben Pullen
Co-Presenter: Melissa Nelson
Content Area: Sciences, Technology
Target Audience: General (all grade levels)
Location Campus Center (3rd Floor)
Room #318/319

During this interactive session, participants will experience hands-on lessons that utilize agriculture to meet items that are listed in current Iowa science standards. Material discussed will be applicable for multiple grade levels. Available resources will also be introduced.

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Helping Students to Think Like a Scientist!
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Time: 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Presenter: Susan Koppendrayer
Content Area: Sciences (biology, physics, chemistry)
Target Audience: Upper (6-12)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Upper Level)
Room #2247

The science fair and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a perfect pair. Learn how the science fair provides students with an established outlet for hands-on inquiry and real science and engineering practice that integrates Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and NGSS.

Open

STEM Lesson Sharing
9:45 am - 11:00 am

This session will feature 6-10 demonstrators who will share a variety of educational lessons related to STEM. Please come prepared to discuss and share your thoughts and ideas.

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Problem Solving Behavior in Young Students!
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Location Campus Center (Library)
TRC267

Educators today are challenged by the ability to reach students who are struggling with 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.

Open

Kindergarten Guided Reading: What is Happening During Guided Reading and What Students are Doing Independently
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Time: 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Presenter: Coleen Olmsted
Content Area: Language (literature, humanities, composition, foreign language)
Target Audience: Primary (Prek-K)
Location Ribbens Academic Complex (Main Level)
Room #1302

The goal of this session is to discuss the design of the guided reading lesson and make instructional decisions. We will also discuss what children are doing independently and how to effectively prepare to implement a successful guided reading program in kindergarten. Challenges and how to overcome them will also be discussed. All teachers of primary grades are welcome!

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Licensure Mtg
7:30 am - 8:15 am

TBD
8:15 am - 9:30 am

Open

Struggling Readers - How to Plan for Them!
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Location Campus Center (Library)
TRC267

This interactive session will focus on struggling readers and how to help them thrive. To benefit from this session, each attendee MUST bring reading assessments of up to two struggling readers. These assessments will be used during the session to discuss how to best meet the needs of the students in small group reading sessions. Each assessment MUST include some type of running record, phonics and phonemic awareness test.

Open

Plenary Session & Closing Worship
11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Plenary Session: Based on Isiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

Friday Sessions