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Thursday, October 20
 

8:30am

Exhibit Hall (Thursday)
Thursday October 20, 2016 8:30am - 4:45pm
Convention Hall C Main Level of the Century Center

9:00am

Opening Worship
Speakers
BH

Bruce Hekman

Faculty, The Van Lunen Center for Executive Christian School Management
Calvin College, BA | University of Michigan, MA | University of Illinois, Ph.D.


Thursday October 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Hall AB on the main level of the Century Center

11:00am

A Biblical Understanding of Technology Integration
Limited Capacity seats available

Should schools spend valuable financial and time resources to facilitate the effective use of technology in their classrooms? Is Technology a gift or folly? This session will focus on a Biblical understanding of technology integration and what the value of technology might be to our schools and society at large.

Speakers
TK

Tim Kamps

Co-Owner of iTechnologies, LLC
Calvin College; BA Education


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Recital hall on the lower level of the Century Center.

11:00am

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Idea Factory for the Classroom Teacher
Limited Capacity seats available

Using the 6 differences in individuals with ASD as our framework, participants will leave with at least 60 ideas to use within the classroom. From timers to previews to well-placed Velcro, come discover tried and true ways to widen the educational and social welcome for your students with ASD in grades preschool through 12.

Speakers
BN

Barb Newman

school consultant and director of church services for CLC Network
Education: B.A. Calvin College, 1984 – K-8 Teaching Certification, Cognitive Impairment Endorsement | | M.A. Grand Valley State University, 1999 – Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Developmental Delay | | Concentrated Study in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon C on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

11:00am

Band Music Reading Session!
Limited Capacity seats available

Enjoy the time with music colleagues and discover a new piece to take back to your band!

Speakers
SV

Scott VandenBerg

Holland Christian Schools
Dordt College BA | California State University, Long Beach M. A.


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Convention Hall AB on the main level of the Century Center

11:00am

Book Buzz -- Picture Book Edition
Limited Capacity seats available

This fast-paced session will introduce you to some of the best fiction and non-fiction books of 2016 (so far). When applicable, suggestions will be given for how to use the books in the classroom. The session is geared to books for younger children, but upper elementary and even middle school teachers are finding that picture books can be a great entry point for studying all kinds of things!

Speakers
TK

Tricia Kiepert

Hudsonville Christian -- 1st grade teacher
Calvin College -- Bachelors in Elementary Ed and Early Childhood Endorsement | | Grand Valley State University -- working on Masters program in Literacy Studies


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon A on the second floor of the DoubleTree hotel.

11:00am

Book Buzz 6-8
Limited Capacity seats available

We will focus on newly published titles for grades 6-8.

Speakers
RN

Roxanne Nieboer

School librarian at Kalamazoo Christian Schools
M.A., Grand Valley State University - Roxanne is the School Library Media Specialist at Kalamazoo Christian School.
HV

Heather VanDyke

Part time teacher and Curriculum Specialist
Calvin College - BA Elementary Education and MA in Curriculum and Instruction


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
River Level Suite 2 on the lower level of the Century Center.

11:00am

CEJ at CEA: Get to Know the Christian Educators Journal
Limited Capacity seats available

Several members of the current Board of Trustees of the Christian Educators Journal will share the history, present practice, and thoughts for the future of the journal.

Speakers
BB

Bill Boerman-Cornell

Professor of Education at Trinity Christian College
BA in English from Calvin College | MFA in Writing from Columbia College Chicago | MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Dordt College | Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from University of Illinois Chicago.
MB

Mark Brink

Teacher Unity Christian High School
BA in English from Trinity Christian College, MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Valley State University
DD

Daniel Diephouse

On CEJ Board
BA in English from Calvin College, MA in English from the University of Michigan, PhD in English from the University of Michigan



Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bethel on the second floor of the DoubleTree hotel.

11:00am

Coaching for Significance First: 5 Concepts Every Leader Needs to Teach Beyond the Playing Field
Limited Capacity seats available

Five components of coaching and leading that are the foundation to creating a culture of significance. Practical examples will be given to use for anyone leading a group of people no matter what the age level.

Speakers
AW

Amber Warners

Professor and Volleyball Coach/Calvin College
Calvin College, Physical Education - B.A. | Michigan State University, Sports Psychology -- M.S. | Michigan State University, Psych/Sociology of Physical Activity and Sport -- Ph.D.


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
River Level Suite 1 on the lower level of the Century Center.

11:00am

Effective Strategies for Teaching Geography
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation addresses different ways to teach about geography and how best to teach geographic literacy in order to help our students understand the challenges and opportunities of our complex world.

Speakers
RD

Rachel Drost

Social Studies Teacher, Illiana Christian High School
Dordt College - Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education | Dordt College - Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
River Level Suite 4 on the lower level of the Century Center.

11:00am

For the Love of Romeo and Juliet, save it for Seniors.
Limited Capacity seats available

While this beautiful play is typically taught to Freshmen as an old-fashioned, tragic love story, most Freshman teachers tell me that they either summarize, skim, or modernize the text in order to get through it. I believe that this play, however, is the most currently relevant of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is worth reading, line-by-line, word-by-poignant word. It is Shakespeare's words that compel us to wrestle with the universal problems, not only of his world, but also of our modern world. How important is family? And family reputation? Why do we see different cultures as a threat? What happens to women in a patriarchal society? What is the difference between lust and love? What does a young person do when they feel betrayed by every adult in their life? How does joking help us fit in? What role does religion have on one’s decisions? So much wealth under-appreciated by freshman. I hope to convince you to consider teaching this play to Seniors. If for no other reason, come and enjoy this review of one of Shakespeare's greatest and most currently relevant plays.

Speakers
BV

Bette VanDinther

Bette VanDinther is a Writing and Literature consultant, teacher, and workshop leader.
BA and MA in English and Education from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. Marys on the second floor of the DoubleTree hotel.

11:00am

Loaves and Fishes for FLES Educators (Foreign Language in the Elementary School)
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you teach a foreign language to elementary students in a non-immersion program? Meet to discuss challenges and successes, swap ideas, and connect with other FLES teachers. The presenter will facilitate discussion and share her experiences with developing a curriculum, differentiating, and integrating technology. Come ready to share ideas and ask questions!

Speakers
MG

Melissa Goorhouse

K-8 Spanish teacher & library media specialist at Brookfield Christian School
Calvin College ~ Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education | University of WI-Milwaukee ~ Master of Arts Foreign Language and Literature | University of WI-Milwaukee ~ Master of Library and Information Science


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
River Level Suite 6 on the lower level of the Century Center.

11:00am

Loaves and Fishes for Yearbook Sponsors
Limited Capacity seats available

I have been supervising the yearbook staff at our school for twenty years. In that time, we have moved from the old-fashioned cut-and-paste methods of assembling a book to publication software, digital images, and online proofs. My co-sponsor for all that time, Jeff DeVries, and I have navigated all of these new conventions with an ever-changing staff of teenagers, and have developed some ways of making the process feel more like fun and less like work. I am hoping to hear from a lot of other yearbook advisers about the way your schools handle things, so please consider bringing a copy or two of the yearbooks you've worked on. These "Loaves & Fishes" work best when we can all share our ideas!

Speakers
JK

Jim Kamphuis

Fine Arts Chairperson, Illiana Christian High School
BA, Trinity Christian College | MA, Columbia College Chicago


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Notre Dame on the second floor of the DoubleTree hotel.

11:00am

Makers Space - Engaging Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

We believe that schools and places of learning should excite and engage children. God created children to instinctively reach their hands into everything to explore and learn His big, marvelous world. The maker movement celebrations this natural learning style in our students. Learn a bit about how a makers space or make in education can improve and enrich students' whole education at school.

Speakers
MR

Miska Rynsburger

Principal at South Side Christian Elementary at Holland Christian Schools
Grand Valley State University MA Educational Leadership | Hope College BA Elementary Education


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
White Water Suite 14

11:00am

Missions: How to Effectively Prepare to Serve
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will provide ideas, resources and examples of how to best prepare your team for a mission trip. Best practices will be shared and resources provided to help you lead a team of students or teachers.

Speakers
JV

Julie VanOordt

2nd grade teacher at Allendale Christian School in Allendale, MI
Hope College with degrees in special education (K-12) in learning disabilities and emotional impairments and regular education (K-12) | | Calvin College endorsement in cognitive impairments


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
River Level Suite 5 on the lower level of the Century Center.

11:00am

Modeling Christian Practices in Our Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session attendees will be introduced to a theological understanding of the concept of a practice. Drawing on wisdom from Alasdair MacIntyre, Craig Dykstra, Parker Palmer, and the presenter's own research, this session will offer a vision of teaching as an act of hospitality and of creating spaces (physical, emotional, relational, and intellectual) through common participation in life shaping Christian practices. We will explore the notion of Christian practices as "habitations of the Spirit".

Speakers
BC

Benjamin Conner

Associate Professor of Discipleship, Western Theological Seminary
Virginia Tech BA (Communications) | Union Presbyterian Seminary MDiv | Princeton Theological Seminary PhD



Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Suite 18 on the lower level of the Century Center.

11:00am

Original Source for Writing From a Writer
Limited Capacity seats available

As a teacher turned author Laura Martin has a unique view on what it takes to inspire young writers. With a few tricks from her own classroom days and a healthy dose of her creative writing background thrown in, Martin will present on the creative writing process and how to apply it to your own grade level.

Speakers
LM

Laura Martin

Author with HarperCollins. Former 7th grade teacher in the Carmel Clay School District
BA from Butler University


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
River Level Suite 7 on the lower level of the Century Center.

11:00am

Partnering with Parents in Student-Centered Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

Using student-centered instruction can challenge expectations about teaching and learning held by students and their families. Thus, it is important to bring parents alongside us as we incorporate best practices such as problem- or project-based learning, student exploration, and collaborative group work. In this session, we will share strategies we've used to help families transition to new classroom norms and expectations for learning, and discuss together how we can partner with parents during times of change in our schools.

Speakers
JW

Jamie Wernet

Lansing Christian Schools
Western Michigan University - Bachelors in Mathematics Education | Spring Arbor University | Michigan State University - Doctorate in Mathematics Education


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
White Water Suite 15

11:00am

Phlipping Physics
Limited Capacity seats available

Flipped classroom is an instructional strategy that “reverses” the traditional educational procedure. Although there are various forms of flipped instruction, the basic concept is that the students watch the “lectures” online outside of the classroom, then engage in activities and complete the “homework” in the classroom under the guidance of the instructor. This session will touch on the pros and cons of the flipped classroom and will focus on how to actually set up and administer this instructional technique for high school science classes.

Speakers
CR

Carlton Rink

Physics Teacher - Timothy Christian High School
Western Michigan University - BS | Northern Illinois University - MS


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Indiana on the second floor of the DoubleTree hotel.

11:00am

Planning For Adequate Retirement Income
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session the amount of retirement income provided by the CSI Pension Plan and Social Security will be demonstrated. 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.

Speakers
HV

Howard VanMersbergen

Vice President of Employee Benefits, Christian Schools International
Dordt College BA Business Administration


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Suite 16 on the lower level of the Century Center.

11:00am

Seeing through Blind Bartimaeus’ Eyes: Project Based Learning as “Christ-Centered” Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Many CEA schools (like others around the world!) incorporate words and phrases like “Christ-centered” and “Kingdom service” into their mission statements. How can our learning communities be immersed in the gospel in a way that captivates our imaginations and empowers all of us—with head, heart, and hands—to participate in culture making for Kingdom service? We'll join Blind Bartimaeus’ encounter with Christ on the road. Perhaps the inspiration of a “Christ-centered moment” and its embodiment in actual examples of PBL projects might help us to pursue how to be even more “rooted and relevant” in our own schools, living in an ethos of abundance and creativity rather than scarcity and competition.

Speakers
JC

Justin Cook

Director of Learning: Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools
Redeemer University College (BA Hon.) | Calvin College (Education Certification) | Institute for Christian Studies (MA Candidate)



Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
White Water Suites 12 &13 on the lower level of the Century Center.

11:00am

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership
Limited Capacity seats available

School leaders face a myriad of issues, both in their personal lives and at school. What’s the path to wisdom, courage, and a growing capacity to love people? How can you strengthen the soul of your leadership?

Speakers
BH

Bruce Hekman

Faculty, The Van Lunen Center for Executive Christian School Management
Calvin College, BA | University of Michigan, MA | University of Illinois, Ph.D.


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon B on the second floor of the DoubleTree hotel.

11:00am

Tips and Tools for teaching the Bible
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the years I have collected stories, artifacts, and object lessons that help teach stories and lessons from the Bible. These are things that hang on the wall, can be found in the bottom of my desk drawer, or stay in a safe place in my house. A few were costly, some are priceless. Let me share a few of my favorite things.

Speakers
DW

Dan Walcott

Bible Teacher Emeritus Holland Christian High School
Attended Calvin College | BA in teaching | MAT from Calvin


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
River Level Suite 3 on the lower level of the Century Center.

11:00am

“What Does it Mean to Be a Reformed Thinker, Worshipper, Educator”
Limited Capacity seats available

A fresh look at the strengths and weaknesses of Reformed Christianity, in light of the growing number of students and educators nationwide in Christian schools from a wide variety of Christian traditions. How can we speak about Reformed Christianity in ways that are grateful for its strengths, and humbly aware of internal challenges? How can we reach out to ever larger audiences while retaining strong roots in the broad Reformed tradition?

Speakers
JW

John Witvliet

Director, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship; Professor, Calvin College and Seminary
Calvin College, BA | Calvin Seminary, MTS | U. of Illinois, MMus | U. of Notre Dame, MA, PhD


Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
River Level Suites 10&11 on the lower level of the Century Center.

12:00pm

Lunch
Thursday October 20, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Bending Technology for Relevant and Rooted Classroom Practices: Research Findings from a Christian School with One-to-One Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

What does a Christian way of teaching and learning with technology look like in practice? How are technologies shaping teachers, learners, and the school? This session will share emerging findings from classroom observations, case studies, and focus groups, which are part of a three-year study in a technology-rich Christian school system.

Speakers
SM

Steve McMullen

Ph.D., economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008 B.A., economics, Bethel College, 2004
KS

Kara Sevensma

Professor of Education at Calvin College
Calvin College, M.Ed.; Michigan State University, Ph.D.
DS

David Smith

Director, Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and Director, Graduate Studies in Education, Calvin College
PhD. University of London, Institute of Education | M.Phil.F. Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. | P.G.C.E. University of Nottingham, School of Education | B.A. Oxford University
YS

Yoolim Song

Student presenter from Calvin College
MT

Marj Terpstra

Assistant Professor- Calvin College
Grand Valley State University, M. A. | Michigan State University, Ph.D.


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
River Level Suites 10&11 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm

Book Buzz 3-5
Limited Capacity seats available

Sharing the latest and greatest books for grades 3-5.

Speakers
MJ

Mary Jo Staal

PreK-5 Librarian at Hudsonville Christian School
Calvin College, B.A.


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon A on the second floor of the DoubleTree hotel.

1:00pm

Can I Question the Bible? If so, how much?
Limited Capacity seats available

A discussion of the role of question asking in terms of exploring the biblical text. Are some questions okay, and others out of bounds? Should we encourage students to ask questions of the Bible? What does it look like to be a person of faith/trust in terms of question asking, etc.?

Speakers
BR

Bryant Russ

Bible teacher, Holland Christian high school.
Hope College, English Ed. major and Religion Ed. minor | Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry, Order of Merlin first class


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
River Level Suite 3 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm

Cancelled - Neighborhoods in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Students love to talk!  How can we get them engaged and talking about their learning?  21st century skills of communication, collaboration and problem solving can evolve at a young age when you intentionally develop a learning community.  By carefully scaffolding activities, students can become successful in participating as leaders, learners and listeners.

Speakers
AZ

Amy Zwiep

Administrator and teacher at Dutton Christian School
JZ

Judy Zwiep

Teacher at Zeeland Christian School
B.A., Calvin College


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Recital hall on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm

Discipleship Practices in the Math Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching math can be challenging. Teaching math from a Christian perspective can be even more challenging! Come engage in a discussion about ways to think about math education from a Christian perspective.

Speakers
BR

Betsi Roelofs

Math teacher/Holland Christian High School
BA from Grand Valley State University | Masters in Math Education from Grand Valley State University


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon B on the second floor of the DoubleTree hotel.

1:00pm

Favorite Choral School Music
Limited Capacity seats available

As a group, we will sing through a variety of choral music for middle and high school.

Speakers
JH

Jess Hollenbach

Choir and General Music Teacher at Hudsonville Christian Middle School
Calvin College, Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Music Education


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
White Water Suite 15

1:00pm

From the Beginning of All Things to the End of All Things: Asking Difficult Questions
Limited Capacity seats available

Many of us have heard the Bible’s story, from beginning to end, summarized with these four words: Creation-Fall-Redemption-Restoration. What is the story that Science tells? How do these two stories intersect? What questions and concerns does the intersection create? To honor God’s revelation both in the Bible and in the Creation, how can the true story of the whole world best be told?

Speakers
DH

Don Huizinga

Retired Old Testament and Reformed Theology teacher from Grandville Calvin Christian High School
Calvin College B.A. Greek and B.A.Education | Michigan State MA Education


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
River Level Suite 5 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm

Hangout Hoedown - Opening New Learning Opportunities
Limited Capacity seats available

Extend your classroom with Google Hangouts. Learn to bring an expert into your classroom, connect to another classroom, host a meeting, and deliver professional development/support.
To download a copy of the presentation enter http://bit.ly/hangouthoedown 

Speakers
AM

Andy Mann

Instructional Technology Consultant, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Indiana University, BS | Michigan State University, Masters of Arts in Educational Technology


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
River Level Suite 1 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm

Planning For Adequate Retirement Income
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session the amount of retirement income provided by the CSI Pension Plan and Social Security will be demonstrated. 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.

Speakers
HV

Howard VanMersbergen

Vice President of Employee Benefits, Christian Schools International
Dordt College BA Business Administration


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Suite 16 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm

Preventative Medicine: The Role of Athletic Directors in the Conflict Between Parents and Coaches.
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will examine the root causes of conflict between parents and the coaches who coach their children. The presentation will also address the culture of conflict and role of each of these parties in the problem that continues to grow in our schools. Finally, the presentation will address the role of the athletic director in conflict avoidance and resolution.

Speakers
JT

Jim Timmer

Director of Athletics - Calvin College
Calvin College BA- Education | University of New Mexico - MS | University of New Mexico- PhD


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
River Level Suite 2 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm

Standards Based Grading in a Thematic History Class
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will demonstrate what standards based grading looks like in a high school history class...but still come, we're going to have fun and laugh.

Speakers
CA

Christian Altena

High School Social Studies Teacher at Chicago Christian High School
BA from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
River Level Suites 8&9 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm

Teacher or Friend? Developing Positive Relationships with MS Students
Limited Capacity seats available

In our efforts to care about the whole student, more than simply their academic progress, it is important to build deep-rooted teacher-student relationships. How do we connect with kids?

Speakers
KR

Katelyn Roskamp

Middle School Spanish Teacher at Holland Christian Middle School
Grand Valley State University - B.A. in Spanish and Psychology for Secondary Education


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Suite 18 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm

Voice in Writer's Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

This session provides writing teachers with resources to inspire students to take ownership of their writing. Using both on-line community and in-class strategies, teachers can help students breathe life into their writing.

Speakers
LB

Laurissa Boman

English Teacher - Covenant Christian High School
Dordt College 2010 - Bachelors


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
River Level Suite 7 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm

What to Do When 'Off they go': Conferencing and Small Group Instruction in Writers Workshop
Limited Capacity full

"Off you go"-you've just sent your classroom full of writers off to their writing spots after a terrific mini lesson. Now what? Kris and Lindsey will give you practical, ready to use on Monday, ideas about conferencing and small group instruction during writers workshop.

Speakers
LC

Lindsey Cooper

Teacher at Timothy Christian School
Calvin College-Bachelors in Elementary Education with minors in Math and Language Arts Dordt College-currently earning a Masters in Teacher Leadership
JK

Joy Kasper

Teacher at Timothy Christian School.
KW

Kris Wise

K-8 Director of Teaching and Learning at Timothy Christian
North Central College-Bachelors in Elementary Education minor in Language Arts | Northern Illinois University-Masters in Reading | Gifted Certification


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
White Water Suite 14

1:00pm

Writing Workshop for Middle School
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will be determined by the questions you submitted. Jane has been trained by Lucy Calkins and has taught Writing Workship in her classroom. She is excited to help you implement Writing Workshop or make the program work better for you and your students.

Speakers

Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
River Level Suite 4 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm

Project Based Learning in Action: “Rooted and Relevant” for Busy Educators
Limited Capacity seats available

In the morning I invited us to see through the eyes of Blind Bartimaeus as Christ asks us, “What do you want me to do for you?” Given that we’re in full swing of the school year, that question might take on a more pragmatic focus. What tools are there for us to think about using PBL in our own schools and classrooms? We’ll look at tools and samples of beautiful student work to help us apply PBL to our own contexts.

Speakers
JC

Justin Cook

Director of Learning: Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools
Redeemer University College (BA Hon.) | Calvin College (Education Certification) | Institute for Christian Studies (MA Candidate)


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 3:15pm
White Water Suites 12 &13 on the lower level of the Century Center.

1:00pm

“The Need for Edupreneuriship in Christian Education”
Limited Capacity seats available

Being edupreneurial is a mindset that starts by asking 'what if'. If you are interested in a 'what if' kind of culture come swing by and explore how being edupreneurial might set you free to fly in your classroom with students, in your school with staff, and in your city with your community.

Speakers
NS

Nathan Siebenga

Hamilton District Christian High School
Redeemer University College - BA Phys Ed. and History | Daemen College - Teacher Certification | Calvin College - M.Ed | Jack Welch Management Institute - eMBA (pending graduation - 2017)


Thursday October 20, 2016 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Salon C on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel.

2:15pm

Can I Question the Bible? If so, how much?
Limited Capacity seats available

A discussion of the role of question asking in terms of exploring the biblical text. Are some questions okay, and others out of bounds? Should we encourage students to ask questions of the Bible? What does it look like to be a person of faith/trust in terms of question asking, etc.?

Speakers
BR

Bryant Russ

Bible teacher, Holland Christian high school.
Hope College, English Ed. major and Religion Ed. minor | Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry, Order of Merlin first class


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
River Level Suite 3 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm

Creating a Culture of Inquiry
Limited Capacity seats available

“No one has ever explained why children are so full of questions outside of the school, and the conspicuous absence of display of curiosity about the subject matter of lessons.” ~John Dewey.

Almost a century later, Dewey’s quote rings true. Join me as we take a closer look at how schools are putting structures into place that shape behaviors and dispositions needed in order to cultivate a culture of inquiry and grow life-long learners.

Speakers
KK

Kristyn Kamps

Education Consultant/iTechnologies
Calvin College, B.A. in Elementary Education (English major, Social Studies minor) | Grand Valley State University (educational technology, math and science education) | Western Michigan University (educational technology) | Wilkes University (21st Century Teaching & Learning) | Michigan State University (instructional coaching endorsement)


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Recital hall on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm

Drama on a Dime
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking for ways to take your drama productions up a notch on a small budget. Gain some valuable insight on costume ideas, set design, and bargain hunting to add a little more pizzaz to opening night.

Speakers
LM

Laura Moes

Teacher at Moline Christian School
B.A. English from Calvin College


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
White Water Suite 15

2:15pm

Go Set a Watchman, a Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

With some prompting from Mark, we'll discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Harper Lee's novel. We always seem to have a worthwhile discussion.

Speakers
MH

Mark Hiskes

English teacher, Holland Christian High School
Calvin, B.A., M.A.T.


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
River Level Suite 5 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm

Google's Secret Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore over a dozen amazing Google projects which are frequently overlooked and under promoted. Explore Geoguessr, Street View Treks, Google News, Google Cultural Institute, and an assortment of Chrome Experiments such as Zygote body. dd

To download a copy of the presentation enter http://bit.ly/migooglesecret  

Speakers
AM

Andy Mann

Instructional Technology Consultant, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Indiana University, BS | Michigan State University, Masters of Arts in Educational Technology


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
River Level Suite 1 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm

Integrated Outdoor Education -- Balancing Screen Time with Green Time
Limited Capacity seats available

Growing in wonder, awe and respect of our Creator God, an integrated approach to Outdoor Education helps students balance screen time with green time. Learn more about one school's journey into the great outdoors for PK-8th grade students.

Speakers
JB

John Boerkoel

Ada Christian School
John is an Outdoor Education Teacher at Ada Christian School.
MB

Melissa Brower

Principal, Ada Christian School
Central Michigan University, BS - Psychology, Math, Computer Science - Secondary Education | Calvin College, MA - Educational Leadership


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
River Level Suites 8&9 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm

Math for EVERY Learner - All at the Same Time!
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn how to organize your math lesson to engage ALL of your students, ensuring that even your highest level learners continue to grow in meaningful learning. The use of formative assessment will guide your teaching. Become the math teacher your students need!

Speakers
KV

Kim VanderZwaag

4th grade elementary teacher - Rose Park Christian Elementary, Holland Christian Schools
Hope College - B.A. | Western Michigan University - M.A.


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
White Water Suite 14

2:15pm

Meaningful Technology Practices that Work!
Limited Capacity seats available

In today's presentation, we will take a closer look at a variety of apps, extensions, and resources that enhance the teaching and the learning experience in the classroom. Please bring an internet capable device to make the most of this sectional.

Speakers
RV

Ryan VandenHeuvel

Teacher / South Christian High School
Calvin College - BA | Western - Masters in Reading and Language


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Salon A on the second floor of the DoubleTree hotel.

2:15pm

Oh Taste & See that the Lord is Good!” Awakening your Students’ Senses at Bible Time
Limited Capacity full

Children learn through their five senses. You will walk away with easy-to-implement activities, many multi-sensory ideas for enriching Bible time. You can begin using these Bible ideas on Monday and the rest of the year. Target audience ~ Preschool - 2nd grade.

Speakers
JF

Judy Friend

Preschool Teacher, DeMotte Christian School
Illinois State University - Bachelor of Science Degree ~ Early Childhood Education


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
River Level Suite 7 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm

Safehouse--Building Community in the Midst of a Christian Middle School
Limited Capacity seats available

'Safehouse' looks at a variety of ways to address the needs of Middle School students in the specific areas of building student leadership to promote a God-centered community. We don't have all the answers, but a number of suggestions that teachers can try and an open time to hear your ideas.

Speakers
LK

Larry Koontz

Middle School Bible and Language Arts Teachers at Crown Point Christian School
Koontz--BA in Secondary English Education from Grace College
JS

Jeff Stallinga

Teacher at Crown Point Christian School
Stallinga - B.A. from Trinity Christian College , M.A. in Education from Purdue University


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Suite 18 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm

Staff Trip to Israel
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2013, a group of 30 teachers from the Kalamazoo Christian School toured Israel for 12 day. Here about their journey and how that trip impacted their lives. Several teachers will present how they use what they learned in Israel in their classrooms.

Speakers
DB

Dawn Brown

Dawn is a teacher at Kalamazoo Christian Schools
LM

Linda Maring

4th grade teacher at Kalamazoo Christian Elementary
Bachelor Degree - Calvin College (1981) | Master's Degree - Western Michigan University (1988)
HV

Heather VanDyke

Part time teacher and Curriculum Specialist
Calvin College - BA Elementary Education and MA in Curriculum and Instruction


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
River Level Suites 10&11 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm

Teach FASTly: Faith and Science Teaching in the science and Bible classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce the approach behind a new online resource (teachfastly.com) developed by the Colossian Forum and the Kuyers Institute. This resource aims to equip science teachers and Bible teachers with practical resources for teaching well at the intersection of faith and science. It seeks to expand our vision of faith and science beyond controversial issues and create a richer engagement for teachers and students that attends to virtues, practices, and motivations. Concrete classroom examples will be included.

Speakers
DS

David Smith

Director, Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and Director, Graduate Studies in Education, Calvin College
PhD. University of London, Institute of Education | M.Phil.F. Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. | P.G.C.E. University of Nottingham, School of Education | B.A. Oxford University


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Suite 16 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm

The Red Bucket
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever get stuck in a rut and feel like you’re doing the same thing in the same way? Patterns can be good and very helpful; but you may need a red bucket. A red bucket? Yes, come learn to "break the pattern" on purpose so that you can creatively move forward! These creativity steps can be applied in your relationships, your classroom and your relationship with God!

Speakers
BV

Ben VanderKodde

Grace Adventures
Calvin College - BS Chemistry


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
River Level Suite 2 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm

Visible Thinking is For Everyone!
Limited Capacity full

Visible Thinking, which includes the use of thinking routines, can be a versatile and powerful classroom tool for promoting and sustaining student engagement. This interactive session is intended to introduce participants to key components of visible thinking and will offer several ideas to get started.

Speakers
KB

Kimberly Balsam

Kimberly is a 5th grade teacher at Grand Haven Public School
Central Michigan University, BS in Education
JN

Janet Navarro

Affiliate Professor of English Education, Grand Valley State University
Ohio Wesleyan University, BA | Michigan State University, MA | Michigan State University, Ph.D.


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
River Level Suite 6 on the lower level of the Century Center.

2:15pm

Writing Workshop for Middle School
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will be determined by the questions you submitted. Jane has been trained by Lucy Calkins and has taught Writing Workship in her classroom. She is excited to help you implement Writing Workshop or make the program work better for you and your students.

Speakers

Thursday October 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
River Level Suite 4 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm

Addressing Tension
Limited Capacity seats available

When we lead and interact with others (both students and staff), conflict can rise and feelings can get hurt. How do you work through that in a positive way? How can you tell them in love how they are doing? How do you respond when they tell you what you are doing wrong? Come to this workshop, and learn how to tactfully and effectively give and receive feedback.

Speakers
BV

Ben VanderKodde

Grace Adventures
Calvin College - BS Chemistry


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
River Level Suite 2 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Idea Factory for the Classroom Teacher
Limited Capacity seats available

Using the 6 differences in individuals with ASD as our framework, participants will leave with at least 60 ideas to use within the classroom. From timers to previews to well-placed Velcro, come discover tried and true ways to widen the educational and social welcome for your students with ASD in grades preschool through 12.

Speakers
BN

Barb Newman

school consultant and director of church services for CLC Network
Education: B.A. Calvin College, 1984 – K-8 Teaching Certification, Cognitive Impairment Endorsement | | M.A. Grand Valley State University, 1999 – Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Developmental Delay | | Concentrated Study in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
White Water Suites 12 &13 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm

Back Seat No More - Google Drawing Comes of Age
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore how Google Drawing can be used across the curriculum for mind mapping, prewriting, map and image labels and geometry with a protractor overlay. Leave with a folder full of free-to-copy Drawing templates.
To download a copy of the presentation enter http://bit.ly/drawingbackseat  

Speakers
AM

Andy Mann

Instructional Technology Consultant, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Indiana University, BS | Michigan State University, Masters of Arts in Educational Technology


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
River Level Suite 1 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm

Beyond the Classroom: Therapeutic Riding
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will explore the social roles of children and adolescents with disabilities and those who are typically developing, and will offer the alternative setting of a barn and horseback riding arena as a place to push beyond barriers to lay a foundation for friendship and trust.

Speakers
MC

Melissa Conner

Executive Director, Renew Therapeutic Riding Center
University of Richmond, BA | PATH International, Certified Advanced Instructor, Registered Evaluator & Lead Accreditation Site Visitor


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suite 18 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm

Contextualizing Learning Through Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

With the introduction of Common Core State and Next Generation Science Standards, the expectation for what happens in classroom has changed. No longer is it sufficient for students to memorize facts; instead, the types of experiences students have at all educational levels must be more robust, engaging, and connected. Learn how projects can help redefine the way schooling is done.

Speakers
KK

Kristyn Kamps

Education Consultant/iTechnologies
Calvin College, B.A. in Elementary Education (English major, Social Studies minor) | Grand Valley State University (educational technology, math and science education) | Western Michigan University (educational technology) | Wilkes University (21st Century Teaching & Learning) | Michigan State University (instructional coaching endorsement)


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Recital hall on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm

From the Beginning of All Things to the End of All Things: Asking Difficult Questions
Limited Capacity seats available

Many of us have heard the Bible’s story, from beginning to end, summarized with these four words: Creation-Fall-Redemption-Restoration. What is the story that Science tells? How do these two stories intersect? What questions and concerns does the intersection create? To honor God’s revelation both in the Bible and in the Creation, how can the true story of the whole world best be told?

Speakers
DH

Don Huizinga

Retired Old Testament and Reformed Theology teacher from Grandville Calvin Christian High School
Calvin College B.A. Greek and B.A.Education | Michigan State MA Education


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
River Level Suite 5 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm

How to Use Improv in your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Improvisational theater is acting without a script, and it teaches teamwork, thinking on your feet, empathy, perspective, and often content. This presentation will introduce short form, long form, and sketch improv-- and will examine ways to incorporate each of these approaches into teaching deeper content understanding in your classroom. This session will welcome but not require audience participation.

Speakers
BB

Bill Boerman-Cornell

Professor of Education at Trinity Christian College
BA in English from Calvin College | MFA in Writing from Columbia College Chicago | MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Dordt College | Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from University of Illinois Chicago.


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
River Level Suite 3 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm

Human Attachment / Divine Attachment. Are There Parallels?
Limited Capacity seats available

For the last 40 years, Mr. Hamberg has been helping people attach. In this workshop he will look at the major tasks in the human attachment process and draw parallels with the attachment we should have with our God. The term "attachment" will be defined and ten parallel examples will be shared.

Speakers
PH

Phil Hamberg

Michigan Family Resources, Head Start for Kent County - Program Director
B.A. - Calvin College | M.S.W. - University of Michigan


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
River Level Suite 6 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm

Making the Most of the Classroom iPad
Limited Capacity seats available

It's back! Whether your first time, or if you are in need of a refresher, come see why you don't have to be a 1:1 classroom to regularly integrate technology and engage students. This session will teach you simple "Monday morning" strategies for how to make the most of just one iPad or other tablet device in your classroom.

Speakers
BH

Brandon Helder

2nd Grade Teacher, Hudsonville Christian School
Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Calvin College | Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
River Level Suites 8&9 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm

Relevant AND Rooted? Research Findings from a Christian School with One-to-One Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

What happens to missional practices and vision when students and teachers engage in 21st century learning? How can Christian schools remain rooted while aiming for relevance? This session will share emerging findings and themes from classroom observations, surveys, focus groups, and case studies, all of which are part of a three-year study in a technology-rich Christian school system.

Speakers
SM

Steve McMullen

Ph.D., economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008 B.A., economics, Bethel College, 2004
KS

Kara Sevensma

Professor of Education at Calvin College
Calvin College, M.Ed.; Michigan State University, Ph.D.
DS

David Smith

Director, Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and Director, Graduate Studies in Education, Calvin College
PhD. University of London, Institute of Education | M.Phil.F. Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. | P.G.C.E. University of Nottingham, School of Education | B.A. Oxford University
YS

Yoolim Song

Student presenter from Calvin College
MT

Marj Terpstra

Assistant Professor- Calvin College
Grand Valley State University, M. A. | Michigan State University, Ph.D.


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
River Level Suites 10&11 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm

Supporting LGBT+ Students
Limited Capacity seats available

How can teachers and schools support students who are navigating difficult questions of sexuality or gender identity? This session will look at demographics, research, and best practices for LGBT+ student support, and suggest a variety of lenses for addressing these topics in Christian schools.

Speakers
JS

Julia Smith

Sexuality Series Director, Calvin College
Oxford University, BA | Currently enrolled in the M.Ed program at Calvin College


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
White Water Suite 14

3:30pm

Who says print is dead? Why School Newspapers Still Matter.
Limited Capacity seats available

Newspapers across the country have faced a difficult environment with the advent of the internet. Classrooms, too, have changed radically with the digital age. In such a setting, it is easy to thing newspapers are passé. I would argue, however, that such a thought ignores the strength of the most powerful project-based learning experience I've ever shared with students. Join me for a free-wheeling talk about the importance of high school journalism, the benefits to students involved in producing a newspaper, and tips on setting up a successful program. We will also have ample time to discuss and share ideas with each other.

Speakers
JD

Jeff DeVries

English teacher at Illiana Christian High School
Calvin College, B.A. in English | Purdue University, M.A. in English


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
River Level Suite 4 on the lower level of the Century Center.

3:30pm

“What Does it Mean to Be a Reformed Thinker, Worshipper, Educator”
Limited Capacity filling up

A fresh look at the strengths and weaknesses of Reformed Christianity, in light of the growing number of students and educators nationwide in Christian schools from a wide variety of Christian traditions. How can we speak about Reformed Christianity in ways that are grateful for its strengths, and humbly aware of internal challenges? How can we reach out to ever larger audiences while retaining strong roots in the broad Reformed tradition?

Speakers
JW

John Witvliet

Director, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship; Professor, Calvin College and Seminary
Calvin College, BA | Calvin Seminary, MTS | U. of Illinois, MMus | U. of Notre Dame, MA, PhD


Thursday October 20, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
River Level Suite 7 on the lower level of the Century Center.

8:00pm

River City Improv
Thursday October 20, 2016 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Bendix Theatre Main level of the Century Center
 
Friday, October 21
 

7:00am

5K Run
Friday October 21, 2016 7:00am - 7:30am
Convention Hall AB on the main level of the Century Center

8:00am

Exhibit Hall (Friday)
Friday October 21, 2016 8:00am - 12:45pm
Convention Hall C Main Level of the Century Center

9:00am

Becoming a Professional Learning Community: The Power of Teams
Limited Capacity seats available

Grand Rapids Christian is in the midst of an exciting process of becoming a Professional Learning Community (PLC). PLC schools require all teachers to be part of professional learning teams (PLTs) that work together to ensure that all students will learn at a high level by answering the questions, "What do we want students to learn or be able to do?" "How will we know if they've learned it?" "What if they don't learn?" and "What if they already know it?"

Speakers
BM

Brad Mockabee

Dean of Curriculum at Grand Rapids Christian High School
BA Calvin College, MA Western Michigan University


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
River Level Suite 4 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am

CANCELLED - Worshiping Well With Children
Limited Capacity seats available

With a new frontier of research on children's spirituality, research as well as experience, is showing that creating a sacred space for children, where they can encounter the living God, is vital for their faith formation. The Young Children & Worship approach does this with children in churches by following the four fold order of worship that is familiar in almost every congregation: Gathering Together, Hearing the Word Proclaimed, Responding to God's Word, Going Out Into the World as Chris's Disciple.  Each part of the worship approach engages children in different ways through singing, story, a quiet time of personal response that is multisensory and friendly to children, a time of prayer, and a sending or blessing. This workshop will explore how to use and adapt the Young Children & Worship model to create this sacred space in your classrooms and schools.

Speakers
OS

Olivia Stewart

Director of Children & Worship, Minister for Children & Youth at Central Reformed Church- Grand Rapids, MI
Hope College- BA in education | Princeton Theological Seminary- M.Div


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
River Level Suite 2 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am

Creating New Units for High School Spanish
Limited Capacity seats available

Kate will reflect on the process of creating a new unit last Spring at SCHS. It exposed students to the issues of migration, refugees, and hospitality, while enabling them to give a tour of their school to Spanish speakers.

Speakers
KA

Kate Avila

High School Spanish Teacher, South Christian High School
Calvin College--BA Secondary Education | Michigan State University--MA Applied Spanish linguistics


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
River Level Suite 6 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am

From Overwhelmed to Organized-bringing order to a teacher's life
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever gone to hand out papers and realize you forgot to copy them? How about that great experiment that goes with your science only to discover you don’t have all your supplies? Have I got a session for you! Let’s gather together and go from Overwhelmed to Organized with some simple and practical steps. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned veteran, there will be some helpful tips to set your day in motion the right way.

Speakers
JV

Joy VanderVennen

5th grade teacher at West Side Christian School
Purdue University-Calumet BA in elementary education


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
River Level Suite 1 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am

Helping Kids Get Along: What School Staff Can Do To Reduce Student Cruelty and Enhance Caring And Compassion
Limited Capacity seats available

In this presentation, classroom-based and school-wide efforts to reduce mean and cruel behavior, including bullying, will be discussed. Research-based prevention and intervention techniques will be highlighted through the use of demonstrations, role-play, and video-clips. Strategies for enhancing pro-social behavior such as altruism, empathy, and tolerance will also be shared.

Speakers
MM

Marcia McEvoy

Licensed Psychologist, McEvoy Consulting, LLC
Grand Valley State University, B.S. in Psychology | University of Cincinnati, Ph.D. in Psychology


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
River Level Suite 3 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am

I've Flipped Out! Should You?
Limited Capacity seats available

How does the flipped classroom work for Algebra and Geometry? Now in his fourth year teaching with this "backwards" technique, Matt will share of tips, tricks, pitfalls, and surprises from his experience.

Speakers
MH

Matt Hofman

Central Wisconsin Christian School, High School Math Teacher
B. A., Trinity Christian College, 1993


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
White Water Suites 12 &13 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am

Linking Practice to Worldview
Limited Capacity seats available

Our students can recite their Biblical Worldview with CFR's, but now what? We'd love to share with you how Discipleship Practices are transforming the way Holland Christian Schools understands and implements a Biblical worldview in each classroom.

Speakers
RB

Rod Brandsen

Holland Christian Schools
Calvin College, MAT | Calvin College, BA | Davenport University, AS
DM

David Mosterd

David teaches Social Studies and AP Psychology at Holland Christian High School, gives leadership to Student Life, and is Chaplain for the HCHS community. 
BA Kuyper College


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
River Level Suites 10&11 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am

Making the Most of the Classroom iPad
Limited Capacity seats available

It's back! Whether your first time, or if you are in need of a refresher, come see why you don't have to be a 1:1 classroom to regularly integrate technology and engage students. This session will teach you simple "Monday morning" strategies for how to make the most of just one iPad or other tablet device in your classroom.

Speakers
BH

Brandon Helder

2nd Grade Teacher, Hudsonville Christian School
Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Calvin College | Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
River Level Suites 8&9 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am

Mission Trips: Effective Only in Relationships
Limited Capacity seats available

In schooling, you would never ask a student to “sit down and try anyway” when they’ve honestly misplaced their textbook, iPad or flashdrive. In education, as in any relationship, there is no such thing as “one solution to all challenges”. In education, as in local and global development, disasters and underdevelopment have different underlying causes and require different responses. This workshop will collaboratively tease apart the differences among disaster response, rehabilitation and community development. If we confuse the three, there may be may be disastrous consequences for the short-term mission-tripper and the partnering community. We’ll find ways to move beyond the disasters and the confusion.

Speakers
PB

Peter Bulthuis

(retired administrator) Formerly with Smithville CHS and Unity CHS (Barrie), Ontario, Canada
McMaster U. (Hamilton, ON, Canada): B.A., M.A. | Brock U. (St. Catharines, ON, Canada): B. Ed. | U. of Toronto: M.Ed. | Took various courses at Calvin College and taught various courses at Redeemer University (Ancaster)


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
River Level Suite 5 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am

Music on the Move: a Project Based Learning opportunity
Limited Capacity seats available

Project Based Learning is one of the newest buzz words in the world of 21st century education. Do you realize that your classroom is a suitable scenario for PBL? This session will offer some ideas on how and where your students can share their musical gifts with the community.

Speakers
MT

Marie TenElshof

Director of Orchestras, Zeeland Public Schools
Calvin College, B.A. in Music Education | Cornerstone University, M.A . in Education: Curriculum and Instruction


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Suite 16 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am

PBL - Magnestism
Limited Capacity seats available

Project-Based Learning engages students in their learning. The two presentations will cover "The Winter Greenhouse" and "Magnetism". South Olive Christian is a very small multi-age middle school, which had basically no funding. Using the principles used from experience as a principal of a New Tech PBL high school, teaching students to create community partners, family partners, and do authentic research proves effective. The group had seeds donated by DeBruyn Seed Company along with thermometers and rain gauges. Students located a donated greenhouse frame. After accepting discarded plastic from four different greenhouses and donated wood, a greenhouse was finally completed. Students planted September 11, and took their final harvest on January 11. A historical connection to the Homestead Act connected history, literature, and finances.

Magnetism PBL presentation covers the STREAM approach of teaching the physics sources of energy. Magnetism is critical in understanding chemical energy, mechanical energy, and electrical energy. Students begin a project completing a number of connected magnet based experiments, connecting these to understanding the Earth as a magnet, the solar system, truth and fiction behind science fiction. Students progress from making a motor, to making vehicles, circuits, appliances, and then working towards inventions.The Magnetism PBL covers the sources of energy, with magnetism being a major connecting source. Students demonstrate a number of magnetic experiments which finally lead them to the understanding of creating a simple motor, using a DC motor to create a motorized car from a ruler, and dollar store finds.

Additional learning included understanding magnetism in atoms, chemicals, the earth as a magnet, and the solar system.

Speakers
PD

Paula DeRoos

Middle School Teacher and Reading Coach, South Olive Christian School
Grand Valley State University, MA Educational Leadership | Western Michigan University, MA Counseling Education and Counseling Psychology, Licensed Prof. Counselor | Northwestern College, BA English, Art, and Secondary Education


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
River Level Suite 7 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am

Poetry and your Postmodern Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Young people today are growing up in a post-modern world, and it can be difficult to understand how this mindset is different from what you and I grew up with. Poetry is a venue that can help you understand and appreciate a post modern paradigm. We will first look at some beautiful traditional poems that you and I grew up with. Then we will look at some modern poems that foretell the changes we have all lived through, and, finally, we will look at post-modern poems that capture the perspectives and attitudes of the young people in your classrooms.

Speakers
BV

Bette VanDinther

Bette VanDinther is a Writing and Literature consultant, teacher, and workshop leader.
BA and MA in English and Education from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
White Water Suite 15

9:00am

Spanish Reading Support (to be presented in Spanish)
Limited Capacity seats available

Just as English Language learners sometimes struggle with Reading and Writing, so do Spanish Language learners. We have taken our experiences as classroom teachers and our training both in Reading Recovery and Special Needs and have applied them to our Spanish Reading Support lessons, creating what we believe has been a very successful one-on-one time with students. Come learn with us the strategies that we are using and how we are doing our best to help our students become independent and strategic readers and writers.

Speakers
MG

Matilde Gonzalez

Matilda is at Zeeland Christian School
Instituto Superior Pedagógico Félix Varela - Villaclara, Cuba Bachelor’s Degree in Exceptional Education. Specialty: Defectology Specialization: Oligophrenopedagogy
MR

Marianne Raitz

First Grade Spanish Immersion Teacher and Spanish Reading Support Teacher
BA Universidad Panamericana and MA Framingham State University and MA Universidad Catolica


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Suite 18 on the lower level of the Century Center.

9:00am

Welcoming and Entertaining Anxiety
Limited Capacity seats available

Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health issues that educators will see in their students. This presentation will shift participants' attention to focus on the important role that anxiety plays in our lives and provide preventative strategies and interventions that can be used to interrupt its harmful effects.

Speakers
SB

Shawn Bultsma

Associate Professor
Calvin College, BA | Williams Paterson University, MEd | Western Michigan University, PhD


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
White Water Suite 14

10:15am

CANCELLED - Worshiping Well With Children
Limited Capacity seats available

With a new frontier of research on children's spirituality, research as well as experience, is showing that creating a sacred space for children, where they can encounter the living God, is vital for their faith formation. The Young Children & Worship approach does this with children in churches by following the four fold order of worship that is familiar in almost every congregation: Gathering Together, Hearing the Word Proclaimed, Responding to God's Word, Going Out Into the World as Chris's Disciple.  Each part of the worship approach engages children in different ways through singing, story, a quiet time of personal response that is multisensory and friendly to children, a time of prayer, and a sending or blessing. This workshop will explore how to use and adapt the Young Children & Worship model to create this sacred space in your classrooms and schools.

Speakers
OS

Olivia Stewart

Director of Children & Worship, Minister for Children & Youth at Central Reformed Church- Grand Rapids, MI
Hope College- BA in education | Princeton Theological Seminary- M.Div


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
River Level Suite 2 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am

From Overwhelmed to Organized-bringing order to a teacher's life
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever gone to hand out papers and realize you forgot to copy them? How about that great experiment that goes with your science only to discover you don’t have all your supplies? Have I got a session for you! Let’s gather together and go from Overwhelmed to Organized with some simple and practical steps. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned veteran, there will be some helpful tips to set your day in motion the right way.

Speakers
JV

Joy VanderVennen

5th grade teacher at West Side Christian School
Purdue University-Calumet BA in elementary education


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
White Water Suite 14

10:15am

Helping Students with Selective-Mutism Succeed!
Limited Capacity seats available

Students that are affected with selective-mutism, or the inability to talk, can learn how to communicate with others - when provided with a setting that fosters developmental opportunities. This presentation will focus on effective strategies, teacher-materials, and insights into how to best assist a child with selective mutism.

Speakers
KW

Kyle Weener

5th Grade - Kalamazoo Christian
Holland Christian Schools - 2010 | Indiana Wesleyan University - 2013 (B.S. Elementary Ed.) | Western Michigan University - 2016 (MA - Educational Leadership) | Western Michigan University - TBD (Ed. Specialist Educational Leadership)


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
White Water Suite 15

10:15am

Improv: try it out!
Limited Capacity seats available

We will go over the basics of improvisational comedy and teamwork. You are especially welcomed if "that type of thing" makes you nervous. Be forewarned: you will participate. Great!

Speakers
MA

Melissa Allen

Spanish Teacher - Grand Rapids Christian High School
Calvin College - BA | Western Michigan University- MA
LH

Lauren Harris

Lauren is the Assistant Director of Outdoor Education at Camp Roger


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Suite 18 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am

No-Frills Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology can cause all sorts of headaches, take more time than it's worth, and feel like it fails to deliver. Susie has come to learn that technology isn't always worth it. Surprisingly, she teaches in a technology equipped room and uses technology multiple ways during the course of a class period. She will share how she uses no-frills technology in her math classes and her journey for figuring out when technology is worth it.

Speakers
SW

Susie Wesseldyke

Math Teacher at South Christian High School
Bachelors degree from Calvin College (Secondary Education for Math and Sociology) | Masters of Education from Calvin College (Expected, summer of 2016, Curriculum and Instruction)


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
River Level Suite 3 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am

PBL- The Winter Greenhouse
Limited Capacity seats available

Project-Based Learning engages students in their learning. The two presentations will cover "The Winter Greenhouse" and "Magnetism". South Olive Christian is a very small multi-age middle school, which had basically no funding. Using the principles used from experience as a principal of a New Tech PBL high school, teaching students to create community partners, family partners, and do authentic research proves effective. The group had seeds donated by DeBruyn Seed Company along with thermometers and rain gauges. Students located a donated greenhouse frame. After accepting discarded plastic from four different greenhouses and donated wood, a greenhouse was finally completed. Students planted September 11, and took their final harvest on January 11. A historical connection to the Homestead Act connected history, literature, and finances.

Magnetism PBL presentation covers the STREAM approach of teaching the physics sources of energy. Magnetism is critical in understanding chemical energy, mechanical energy, and electrical energy. Students begin a project completing a number of connected magnet based experiments, connecting these to understanding the Earth as a magnet, the solar system, truth and fiction behind science fiction. Students progress from making a motor, to making vehicles, circuits, appliances, and then working towards inventions.The Magnetism PBL covers the sources of energy, with magnetism being a major connecting source. Students demonstrate a number of magnetic experiments which finally lead them to the understanding of creating a simple motor, using a DC motor to create a motorized car from a ruler, and dollar store finds.

Additional learning included understanding magnetism in atoms, chemicals, the earth as a magnet, and the solar system.

Speakers
PD

Paula DeRoos

Middle School Teacher and Reading Coach, South Olive Christian School
Grand Valley State University, MA Educational Leadership | Western Michigan University, MA Counseling Education and Counseling Psychology, Licensed Prof. Counselor | Northwestern College, BA English, Art, and Secondary Education


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
River Level Suite 7 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am

Pornography, Social Media and our students: Shining light into a complex culture
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus on the challenges Christian schools face with the skyrocketing use of social media. Awareness of the latest trends in social media, how students use social media to communicate, and what Christian school leaders and teachers can do to encourage its proper use will be addressed.

Speakers
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Dan Landstra

Bible Teacher - Unity Christian High School
Dordt College BA


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
White Water Suites 12 &13 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am

Presidential March Madness
Limited Capacity seats available

32 Presidents, 4 Classes, 1 Winner. Throughout the month of March my U.S. History classes compete in several different rounds to achieve victory for their regional: Powdered Wig, Bearded, Guns and Butter, Pax Americana. In the process they learn how the presidency has changed through history and how historians rank individual presidents on the basis of responses to domestic and foreign policy challenges, as well as personal character (sorry Nixon). Attendees will get access to all materials needed to run their own tournament.

Speakers
CA

Christian Altena

High School Social Studies Teacher at Chicago Christian High School
BA from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
River Level Suite 5 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am

Recognizing and Dealing with Cyberbullying
Limited Capacity seats available

Cyberbullying. With a few clicks kids are destroying each other’s self-images, relationships, and reputations. Why do they do it and how can we recognize and stop it? In this session, we’ll explore these and other areas related to Cyberbullying.

Speakers
BH

Beth Harmon

School Psychologist at CLC Network
Calvin College, BA | Central Michigan University, Masters in School Psychology | Central Michigan University, Specialist in Psychological Services


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
River Level Suite 4 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am

Seeing the signs: Equipping Students for Independed Critical Reading
Limited Capacity filling up

In this seminar, I will share methods developed by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst in their book "Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading." Beers and Probst have created a series of lessons which leads students to deeper reading of a text, and importantly, to reach that understanding independently. I have use the methods in my classroom in the past year with some success, and I am excited to share both the method and examples of how it has aided my students.

Speakers
JD

Jeff DeVries

English teacher at Illiana Christian High School
Calvin College, B.A. in English | Purdue University, M.A. in English


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
River Level Suite 6 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am

Teaching For Transformation Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching for transformation is a program of teacher learning that combines the best of faith formation and educational research into one seamless program.

Speakers
JP

Jim Peterson

Head of School, South Christian High School
Calvin, BS Calvin, MA


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
River Level Suites 10&11 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am

Tips and Tricks for Elementary Reading and Writing Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

An informal discussion about the challenges and joys of teaching the workshop model, including tips we've learned along the way to help with organization, conferring, and student instruction.

Speakers
CD

Chris DeZwaan

Chris is a 3rd grade teacher at Pine Ridge Christian School, part of the Holland Christian School system
MH

Michelle Hirdes

Michelle is an elementary teacher at Pine Ridge Christian School. Chris is a third grade teacher at Pine Ridge Christian School.
BA from Calvin College


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Recital hall on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am

Tips and Tricks from 46 Years as a Band Director, Vol. 2
Limited Capacity seats available

I will share techniques, tools, ideas, etc. that I collected over 46 years of teaching. You will take home ideas that you can use Monday morning to make a difference in your band rehearsals.

Speakers
JH

John Hall

Director of Bands at Central Wisconsin Christian School
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse - Bachelor of Science degree. Additional courses at: University of Memphis; UW campuses at Madison, Oshkosh, Medford, Marshfield, and Shell Lake; Martin Luther College; Wisconsin Lutheran College; Marian University.


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Suite 16 on the lower level of the Century Center.

10:15am

What kind of teacher are you? Discovering how your teaching style can inform your use of evidence-based practice
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session teachers will take a short survey to measure their teaching personality type. Then the presenter will describe the different possible types, illustrating each with examples of proven teaching methods.

Speakers
HF

Herb Fynewever

Associate Professor of Chemical Education, Calvin College
B.S. Calvin College | Ph. D. University of Wisconsin -- Madison


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
River Level Suites 8&9 on the lower level of the Century Center.

11:30am

Closing Worship
Speakers
RB

Randy Buursma

Randy Buursma serves as pastor of First Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Before being called into the ministry, Randy taught 4th and 5th grades for 9 years at Sylvan Christian and 21 years at Calvin College. Teaching and learning also plays a significant role in his family. Debra, his wife, teaches Education at Calvin and two of their three children hold teaching degrees


Friday October 21, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Convention Hall AB on the main level of the Century Center