2017 Christian Educators' Convention

Thursday and Friday, October 5 & 6, 2017 on the campus of Dordt College

The Heartland Christian Educators' Convention will prove to strengthen and inspire attendees in their work and life through a variety of opportunities including networking, discussion, learning and worship. 

For a complete listing of sessions, click on “2017 Breakout Sessions” under the convention tab.

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Convention registration is free for Heartland members – includes breakfast and snacks. Noon lunch can be added for $8.75 each. Register
Convention registration is $95 each attendee for non-members – includes breakfast and snacks. Noon lunch can be added for $8.75 each. Register
Non-member schools can receive a discounted rate when administration uses the “Total School Pricing Form” to pay in advance (total cost is $5/student enrolled with unlimited amount of attendees from a school) Total School Pricing Form
Optional licensure renewal credit/continuing education hours available for an additional registration and fee. Attendees participating in this optional part of the convention will receive a certificate through Dordt College and authorized by the Department of Education.

Program Overview

Program Schedule

Licensure Renewal Registration

rick-wormeliGuest Speaker: Rick Wormeli

Click here to listen to Rick's Plenary Session from October 5, “Sure Footing in a Shaky World: Best Practices in Today’s Classrooms that Stand the Test of Time”
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 to us here in 2017. He’ll 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 our priorities as educators, what obstacles might lay ahead, and what new opportunities await if we summon the courage of our pedagogical convictions!   

One of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America, Rick brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards to both his presentations, and his instructional practice, which includes 38 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health, history, and coaching teachers and principals. Rick’s work has been reported in numerous media, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” National Geographic and Good Housekeeping magazines, What Matters Most: Teaching for the 21st Century, and the Washington Post.  He is a columnist for AMLE Magazine, and a frequent contributor to ASCD’s Education Leadership magazine.  He is the author of the award-winning book, Meet Me in the Middle, as well as the best-selling books, Day One and Beyond, Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom, Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching any Subject, all five from Stenhouse Publishers, as well as Summarization in any Subject, published by ASCD.  His book, The Collected Writings (So Far) of Rick Wormeli: Crazy Good Stuff I Learned about Teaching Along the Way, is a collection of his published articles, guest bloggings and more through 2013.  His classroom practice is a showcase for ASCD’s best-selling series, At Work in the Differentiated Classroom.

With his substantive presentations, sense of humor, and unconventional approaches, he’s been asked to present to teachers and administrators in all 50 states, Canada, China, Europe, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Australia, the Middle East and the White House.   He is a seasoned veteran of many international Web casts and is Disney’s American Teacher Awards 1996 Outstanding English Teacher of the Nation.  He won the 2008 James P. Garvin award from the New England League of Middle Schools for Teaching Excellence, Service and Leadership. He has been a consultant for National Public Radio, USA Today, Court TV and the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural Partners Program and their search for the Giant Squid. In June 2012, Rick was the graduation commencement speaker for the highest performing, public high school in the Washington, D.C. area.  He lives in Herndon, Virginia with his wife and two children, one of which is in college and one recently graduated from college.  He is currently working on a new book, How to Change the Culture of a School for Successful Standards-based Grading.

Guest Speaker: Aaron Baart  

Click here to listen to Aaron's Plenary Session from October 6.
Truths from 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.”

Aaron is the Dean of Chapel at Dordt College where he teaches, writes, preaches, and spends time regularly with students. He is the co-founder and president of One Body One Hope, a community-development and church-planting ministry in Liberia, West Africa, where he visits regularly. In 2014, he co-authored Vivid: Deepening Your Colors with Syd Hielema and today, he speaks regularly at conferences, camps, churches, schools, and special events. He is married to author Nicole Baart and has four kids, aged 6-12. He has spoken recently at: Re:activate (Abbotsford, BC), Hi-Camp (Santa Cruz, CA), Live It (Chicago, IL), Day of Encouragement (Dordt College) as well as spiritual emphasis weeks, conferences, and special events at high schools and churches around the country.

Heartland Christian Schools
on the Campus of Dordt College
498 4th Ave NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250
Phone: 712-722-6216 or (toll-free) 866 9 CENTER
Fax: 712-722-6376

For a complete listing of sessions, click on “2017 Breakout Sessions” under the convention tab.