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Thursday, October 21
 

8:30am EDT

Thursday Exhibits
Please visit the vendors in our Exhibit Booths!

Thursday October 21, 2021 8:30am - 4:00pm EDT

9:00am EDT

Opening Worship
We will gather in the auditorium of the Center for Arts and Worship to worship our God. Due to space constraints, Grand Rapids Christian staff are asked to gather in the Garage for the Opening Worship. We will be recognizing our 35 year honorees. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Christina Edmondson speaking on "Teaching With an Agenda of Love" Blessed by an array of academic, professional and lived experiences, Christina is committed to bringing people together to promote personal and team flourishing. Christina holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University, a MS degree from the University of Rochester in Family Therapy, and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Hampton University. For over a decade, Christina has served in a variety of roles and partnerships with several universities to develop ethical and impactful leaders. Additionally, as a Certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator, public speaker, and mental health therapist, Christina is often contacted by churches and organizations to consult about leadership development, dismantling racism, and mental health issues.

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Thursday October 21, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Auditorium in the Center for Arts & Worship

10:15am EDT

First Time Attendees
Is this your first convention?
We can't wait to meet you.
Stop by near the antique car in the lobby of the auditorium for any questions you have, and to sign up for the first year attendee gift card drawing.
Welcome to CEA!

Thursday October 21, 2021 10:15am - 10:30am EDT
Lobby of the auditorium

10:45am EDT

Experience Immersive VR with an Oculus Quest
Limited Capacity seats available

The Oculus Quest, a 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) VR headset, supports learning through an immersive learning environment.  In 6DoF VR, students can move around and interact with objects using hand controls which mimic their physical hands.  After a short getting started with VR experience, you can try paddling a kayak or ice climbing in Antarctica. Or take a tour of the Anne Frank annex.  Use apps which help you experience what it's like to go blind, or be a black traveler, or homeless.  Try the new math app from Prisms, which uses real world data to teach algebra.  You can float around the International Space Station, or stand at the base of the LEM, as Neil Armstrong takes his first steps on the Moon. My 70+ page guide book includes integration tips from teachers and links to applications organized by curriculum areas.

Speakers
AM

Andy Mann

Technology Consultant for Muskegon ISD, Muskegon Area ISD
Andy Mann loves his job, helping educators learn to better use technology resources to improve instruction. He is a former teacher & tech director and currently serves as the educational technology consultant for Muskegon Area ISD. Andy is a Google Certified Trainer and praise choir... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Learning Commons

10:45am EDT

Band Music Discovery Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking to freshen up your band repertoire with a new tune for your band to play this year? Take along your instrument and join your band director colleagues with some favorite tunes, old and new, that we will play through together in this fun session.

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Speakers
MV

Matthew Veenstra

Teacher, Holland Christian High School
Matt Veenstra has been a music educator for the past 23 years, teaching band, choir, and music classes in Holland, Ontario, California, and Grand Rapids. Matt especially loves watching students grow as musicians over time, praising God at every level of their musical journey.

Exhibitors
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Scott VandenBerg

Holland Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Orchestra Room 156

10:45am EDT

Being Sensitive to Sensory Issues in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Difficulties with sensory processing can lead to challenges with learning, communication, motor development, social skills, and behavior. This interactive session will describe the eight sensory systems of the body and how to apply sensory strategies in and out of the classroom to facilitate improved self-regulation skills in students.

THE PRESENTER IS REQUIRING EVERY ATTENDEE TO WEAR A MASK TO THIS SESSION.

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Speakers
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John Doe

Graduate Director/ Associate Professor of Leadership, Christian Brothers University
Position at Company ABC.

Chairperson
MV

Marc Verkaik

Kalamazoo Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Math Commons 2nd Floor

10:45am EDT

Book Buzz for Middle Grades
Limited Capacity seats available

Book Buzz of Middle Grades presents new books at the youth level. There is a mixture of fiction and non-fiction as well as a wide range of genres. The presenters have actually read all the books they present!

Speakers
HV

Heather VanDyke

Administrator, Kalamazoo Christian Schools
Heather and Meghan both have a great love for reading. They enjoy discovering books to share with other Christian educators. Heather has been in education for 25 years, and Meghan is not far behind!
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Meghan VanLente

Teacher, Kalamazoo Christian Schools
Heather and Meghan both have a great love for reading. They enjoy discovering books to share with other Christian educators. Heather has been in education for 25 years, and Meghan is not far behind!

Exhibitors
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Nicki Jager

Lansing Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Science Room 119

10:45am EDT

Book Buzz: Picture Book Edition
Limited Capacity seats available

This fast-paced session will introduce you to the best new picture books and give you some suggestions for how to use them in your classroom and enhance your curriculum.

Speakers
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Tricia Kiepert

Administrator, Hudsonville Christian School
Tricia Kiepert is the elementary principal at Hudsonville Christian School. She is an avid reader of children's books and loves sharing the great titles she finds with others.

Exhibitors
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MaryJo Staal

Hudsonville Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Auditorium in the Center for Arts & Worship

10:45am EDT

Called Now: Youth And Vocation
Limited Capacity seats available

In high school young people begin to wonder, and are pressured to define, what they will be when they grow up. The questions regarding their future are framed as issues of vocation but misses both the richness of a theology of vocation and the perspective of vocation across the lifespan. This presentation will explore these issues.

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Speakers
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Jane Doe

Executive Director, Memphis Dream Center
This is a brief bio.

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Jane Hillebrands

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Science 223

10:45am EDT

Circle Time
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive session will entice preschool teachers into thoughtful, long-range planning for circle time by providing activity based, teacher-directed lessons. The concepts, activities, and standards presented will promote scaffolded learning for preschoolers.

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Speakers
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Rebecca Rael

Elementary Teacher, SW Chicago Christian - Tinley Park
Rebecca Rael has a B.A. in Elementary Education and in Early Childhood Education. She has spent the last 16 years teaching in a variety of classrooms from the inner city to the suburbs, low-income/high-risk programs to tuition based programs, and in both public and private settings... Read More →

Exhibitors
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Kari Bonnema

Muskegon Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Garage Room 222

10:45am EDT

Creating a Campus Arboretum Map
Limited Capacity seats available

You learn how to digitally map all the trees on your school campus. The resulting online resource will be readily accessible to your school and community. You will also learn how to apply for (and receive!) national arboretum accreditation. It is easier than you may think.

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Speakers
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Mac Wiener

Teacher, Timothy Christian High School
For over 20 years, Mac has taught 7th, 8th, 10th & 11th Bible as well as coordinate chapels for the middle and high school. He also has digitally mapped all the trees on Timothy’s campus. Last year he applied for and the school received national arboretum accreditation.

Chairperson
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Dan Voetberg

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Science 225

10:45am EDT

Educating While White: Continuing the Conversation in Christian Schools
Limited Capacity filling up

Let's begin the conversation on what it means to be a white, how it affects how we teach, and how we can begin to think about changing the narrative in Christian schools.

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Speakers
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Rebecca Witte

Doctoral Student, Michigan State University
Rebecca (Becky) is a former Christian Educator. She currently is a doctoral student and instructor in the Department of Teacher Education at MSU. Her interests include literacy, pedagogy, and addressing issues of justice/race in elementary settings. She can be contacted at beckyw... Read More →
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Ben Buursma

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian
After close to a decade of teaching in a variety of settings: international and domestic, Christian and secular, charter and private, Ben is currently serving as Principal of Rockford Christian School (PreK-8). He strives to cultivate a school culture where students deepen their relationship... Read More →

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Eena Wright

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Language Commons 1st Floor

10:45am EDT

Glittering Vices: Using The Seven Deadly Sins for Self-Examination and Spiritual Formation in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Studying the vices helps Christians of all ages engage in self-reflection and points us to new rhythms of life. Lifelong discipleship and spiritual formation cultivates people of Christlike character, against cultural distortions. Explore creative formation practices for the classroom that expose and counter vices like vainglory, sloth, and wrath.

Speakers
RD

Rebecca DeYoung

Professor of Philosophy, Calvin University
Dr. Rebecca DeYoung has taught at Calvin University for over 20 years. She studies the seven deadly sins and virtue ethics. She recently published a new edition of Glittering Vices and won an essay prize for her analysis of courage in Harry Potter. She speaks widely, works in prison... Read More →

Exhibitors
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Sue VanTimmerman

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Black Box Room 150

10:45am EDT

Got Stress? Wellness / Mindfulness for both Students and Teachers
Limited Capacity filling up

Center yourself and everything else will shift! The truth about wellness and mindfulness is not rock-science, it is the basis of how we were created. It's time to stand on our feet for healthfulness and happiness while creating habits that are natural and normal for everyone of every age.

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Speakers
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Heather Winia

Holistic Health Educator, Grand Valley State University
Heather Winia is a Holistic Health Educator and Adjunct Professor at GVSU. She brings with her 27 years of experience in fitness and wellness and 15 years of sharing health-related workshops in various educational venues worldwide. Her passion is to ignite POSITIVE VIBES through Truth... Read More →

Exhibitors
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Sara Christner

Holland Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
English Commons 1st Floor

10:45am EDT

Is Reformed Still Relevant?
Limited Capacity filling up

The Reformed Christian tradition has shaped and inspired generations of Christian educators but does it still speak to the world of 2020 and beyond? Together we will explore how Christian educators can still gain courage and conviction from the riches of the Reformed tradition to speak into the complicated world of 2020.

Speakers
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Mark VanderWerf

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian High School
Mark VanderWerf is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church and teaches Bible and Theology at Grand Rapids Christian HS where he also serves as chaplain. Previously, Mark taught Bible and history at Calvin Christian HS in Escondido, CA.

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Tom Joustra

Zeeland Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Classroom 107

10:45am EDT

Make it Stick: Lasting Learning
Limited Capacity full

What if the ways we are teaching actually inhibit learning? Come hear six strategies for that will help students retain what they are learning. Get real life examples that can be models for classroom activities.

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Speakers
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Phil Siemer

Administrator, SW Chicago Christian - Tinley Park
Phil Siemer started his career in Christian education by teaching in an international school in Vienna, Austria. There he taught English, German, Bible, and ESL to the nationally and religiously diverse student body. He then returned to the USA and started teaching English at Chicago... Read More →

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Elizabeth Cruz

Grandville Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Classroom 220

10:45am EDT

Math Events, Math Nights, Math Centers and Math (Teacher) Circles: Exploring Resources for Students and Teachers
Limited Capacity full

Explore ways to enrich the teaching and learning of mathematics. We will highlight a variety of college and university sponsored programs, including math competitions for grades 3-8, collaborative math centers and math nights for grades K-3, math circles for middle school students, and math teacher circles for grades K-12 teachers.

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Speakers
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Dave Klanderman

Professor of Mathematics, Calvin University
Dave has taught students in math and math education courses over the past three decades. He currently works with future elementary, middle, and high school math teachers. His research interests include motivational factors to learn math, learning trajectories for measurement, and... Read More →
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Emma Gontjes

Emma is currently student teaching at Hamilton Early Childhood Center. She helped design and implement the Calvin Math Event and participated at the Math Centers last spring.

Exhibitors
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Beth Kiekintveld

Byron Center Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Classroom 109

10:45am EDT

Planning for Adequate Retirement Income
Limited Capacity seats available

Individual responsibility to save adequately for retirement is more important than ever. Whether you are 3 years away from retirement—or 30 years--in this session we’ll discuss the amount of income needed in retirement. The sources of and the ways to achieve that income will also be presented, as will be retirement benefits and features of the CSI Pension Plan.

Speakers
HV

Howard VanMersbergen

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

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Kevin Sall

Ada Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Choir Room Room 153

10:45am EDT

Professional Growth through University Partnerships
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking to add a new challenge or exciting change to your daily work? Partnering with colleagues in teacher preparation may be just what you’re looking for! Learn how you can share your expertise and passion for teaching and learning with a teacher candidate from Calvin University; there are a variety of opportunities – each with its own level of commitment. Join us in learning more about these mutually beneficial opportunities.

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Speakers
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Jane Genzink

Director of Teacher Preparation, Calvin University
After teaching and working in an administrative capacity in the K-8 field, Jane moved into teacher preparation at Calvin University. She is passionate about collaborating with university colleagues and practitioners in the field to support and mentor teacher candidates, primarily... Read More →
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Clay Lubbers

Teacher, Byron Center Christian School
Clay Lubbers enjoys life and his calling as a teacher daily. He has been blessed to work with Calvin University and have teacher interns in his life and school career. Some day maybe he'll fulfill his middle school calling to work as a stuntman. For now middle school science covers... Read More →

Exhibitors
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Tim Leugs

Legacy Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Science 224

10:45am EDT

Simple Steps to Tackle Big Learning Opportunities
Limited Capacity seats available

Project based learning and formative learning experiences are ideas that have been swirling in the realm of education in recent years. While many of us have heard of them and are familiar with the basic ideas of the approaches, actually getting a project started can be overwhelming. In this session you will hear about some projects that have been successful in my classroom and learn some basic steps to implement these dynamic and enriching learning approaches in your own classroom.

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Speakers
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Jason Lohman

Teacher, Lansing Christian School
Jason is a 5th grade teacher at Lansing Christian School in Lansing, MI. His background in Montessori education and Christian Deeper Learning practices strongly influences his teaching. Outside of the classroom, Jason loves traveling (in non COVID times) with his beautiful wife, Katherine... Read More →

Chairperson
JT

Justin Terpstra

Hudsonville Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Social Studies Commons 2nd Floor

10:45am EDT

Story Maps in Geography to Transform Student Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Prioritizing geography in K-12 establishes broad student learning, informed faith, glocal citizenship, and vocational opportunity. We will explore ‘spatial thinking’ and establishment of a spatially-informed curriculum. Through Story Maps, with ArcGIS Online (free for K-12 institutions), I will showcase what Christian educators can achieve for student learning across multiple subjects.

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Speakers
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Jason VanHorn

Professor of Geography, Calvin University
Dr. VanHorn is an expert in cartography, GI-Science (GIS) and Remote Sensing. He serves as the GEO Department Chair at Calvin University. Professor VanHorn has four major research themes: 1) Cartographic History and Philosophy of Geographic Thought, 2) Counter/Anti-terrorism spatial... Read More →

Exhibitors
DH

Donna Housekamp

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Classroom 221

10:45am EDT

Teaching With an Agenda of Love
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will explore the purpose of Christ centered teaching and understanding the agenda of love, as well as the impacts of polarization and politics on teaching.

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Speakers
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Christina Edmondson

Professor of Practical Theology
Blessed by an array of academic, professional and lived experiences, Christina is committed to bringing people together to promote personal and team flourishing. Christina holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University, a MS degree from the University of Rochester... Read More →

Exhibitors
JF

Jessica Frederick

Grandville Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Band Room 164

10:45am EDT

Time, Workload and Boundaries: How Do We Hold to the Vision?
Limited Capacity seats available

Digital teaching and learning open up possibilities for meeting student learning needs. Such teaching also presses on time and space boundaries and requires us to navigate new boundaries as Christian communities. This session draws upon a study of a Christian school system and will ask for input from session participants.

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Speakers
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Marj Terpstra

Professor of Education, Calvin University
Marjorie Terpstra and her colleagues studied a Christian school system heavily invested in digital technologies and recently shared their findings and insights in Digital Life Together: The Challenge of Technology for Christian Schools. Marj is an associate professor and chair of... Read More →

Exhibitors
HD

Henry Doom

South Chicago Christian Schools


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Science 118

11:55am EDT

Experience Immersive VR with an Oculus Quest
Limited Capacity seats available

The Oculus Quest, a 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) VR headset, supports learning through an immersive learning environment.  In 6DoF VR, students can move around and interact with objects using hand controls which mimic their physical hands.  After a short getting started with VR experience, you can try paddling a kayak or ice climbing in Antarctica. Or take a tour of the Anne Frank annex.  Use apps which help you experience what it's like to go blind, or be a black traveler, or homeless.  Try the new math app from Prisms, which uses real world data to teach algebra.  You can float around the International Space Station, or stand at the base of the LEM, as Neil Armstrong takes his first steps on the Moon. My 70+ page guide book includes integration tips from teachers and links to applications organized by curriculum areas.

Speakers
AM

Andy Mann

Technology Consultant for Muskegon ISD, Muskegon Area ISD
Andy Mann loves his job, helping educators learn to better use technology resources to improve instruction. He is a former teacher & tech director and currently serves as the educational technology consultant for Muskegon Area ISD. Andy is a Google Certified Trainer and praise choir... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Learning Commons

11:55am EDT

1st Grade - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
KT

Kate Traylor

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
KT

Kate Traylor

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Social Studies Commons 2nd Floor

11:55am EDT

2nd - 3rd Spanish Immersion - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
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Elizabeth Triminio

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
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Elizabeth Triminio

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 102

11:55am EDT

2nd Grade - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
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Corey Visker

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
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Coery Visker

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Band Room 164

11:55am EDT

3rd Grade - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
MT

Michelle Tuinstra

Lafayette Christian School

Chairperson
MT

Michelle Tuinstra

Lafayette Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Black Box Room 150

11:55am EDT

4th - 6th Spanish Immersion - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
EC

Eunice Carter

Grand Rapids Christian School

Chairperson
EC

Eunice Carter

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 104

11:55am EDT

4th Grade - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
GS

Graham Schultze

Administrator, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
GS

Graham Schultze

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Math Commons 2nd Floor

11:55am EDT

5th Grade - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
JB

Janice Biegel

Lansing Christian School

Chairperson
JB

Janice Biegel

Lansing Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
English Commons 1st Floor

11:55am EDT

6-12 Media Center - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
DH

Dawn Hogue

Holland Christian School

Chairperson
DH

Dawn Hogue

Hudsonville Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 216

11:55am EDT

Elementary ESS/Inclusion - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
RP

Ronda Pifer

Grand Rapids Christian School

Chairperson
RP

Ronda Pifer

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Science 224

11:55am EDT

Elementary Media Center - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
MJ

Mary Jo Staal

Hudsonville Christian School

Chairperson
MJ

Mary Jo Staal

Hudsonville Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 109

11:55am EDT

High School Administration - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
BM

Brad Mockabee

Administrator, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
BM

Brad Mockabee

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 220

11:55am EDT

High School Applied Tech/shop/Draft - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 110

11:55am EDT

High School Art - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
JK

Jim Kamphuis

Illiana Christian High School

Chairperson
JK

Jim Kamphuis

Illiana Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Art Room Room 226A 226B

11:55am EDT

High School Athletics - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
JH

Jason Heerema

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
JH

Jason Heerema

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 214

11:55am EDT

High School Bible - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
MV

Mark VanderWerf

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian High School
Mark VanderWerf is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church and teaches Bible and Theology at Grand Rapids Christian HS where he also serves as chaplain. Previously, Mark taught Bible and history at Calvin Christian HS in Escondido, CA.

Chairperson
MV

Mark VanderWerf

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 208

11:55am EDT

High School Computer - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
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Tim Stapert

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
TS

Tim Stapert

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 111

11:55am EDT

High School Consumer Science - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 232

11:55am EDT

High School Counselors / Social Workers - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
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Nick DeKoster

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian
Nick DeKoster is a graduate of Hope College and Loyola University Maryland. He has been a school counselor and high school administrator for a little over 10 years. He is currently the Director of Academic and Innovative Programs at Grand Rapids Christian High School.


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 108

11:55am EDT

High School English - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
BK

Brian Karsten

Winterim Coordinator, Grand Rapids Christian
In addition to teaching English and coaching Forensics, Brian Karsten is the Winterim and Summer Session Coordinator at Grand Rapids Christian High School. He has held that position for the past two years, and is currently planning his third Winterim. Prior to becoming coordinator... Read More →

Chairperson
BK

Brian Karsten

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Choir Room Room 153

11:55am EDT

High School ESS/Inclusion - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
AC

Amy Crow

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian
MM

Missy Meekhof

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
AC

Amy Crow

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 101

11:55am EDT

High School History / Social Studies - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
RP

Rebecca Polet

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
RP

Rebecca Polet

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Science 225

11:55am EDT

High School Math - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
ER

Eve Ricketts

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
ER

Eve Ricketts

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Orchestra Room 156

11:55am EDT

High School Music - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
CB

Cyndi Betts

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
CB

Cyndi Betts

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 221

11:55am EDT

High School Physical Education - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
HG

Harold Gee

Grand Rapids Christian High School

Chairperson
HG

Harold Gee

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 207

11:55am EDT

High School Science - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

"Technology is ever changing and the number of engaging, fun, and free Ed Tech tools is amazing! Come and learn about ten simple (and free) EdTech tools that you can start using on Monday to bring innovation and creativity to your classroom. It is time to wow your students and your coworkers as you discover your techie side! Instructional tools presented will include CK-12, Pear Deck, Edpuzzle, Thinglink, Jamboard, Whiteboard.chat, Flipgrid, Loom, Slide Carnival, as well as how to organize your Chrome browser. As a bonus, learn about teacher workflow tools such as PDF Candy, Google Keep, & ClassroomScreen. If time allows, we'll play a Blooket! Note: Many of these tech tools work best in a 1:1 environment"

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Speakers
DH

Dan Hoekstra

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian
Dan Hoekstra is a high school science teacher and instructional technology coach at Grand Rapids Christian High School. He is passionate about Ed Tech and is excited to help teachers use technology to create more impactful learning experiences. When Dan is not teaching, coaching or... Read More →

Chairperson
DH

Dan Hoekstra

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Science Room 119

11:55am EDT

High School World Language & Immersion - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
MA

Melissa Allen

Grand Rapids Christian High School
Melissa is a Spanish teacher at Grand Rapids Christian High School

Chairperson
MA

Melissa Allen

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Science 223

11:55am EDT

K-8 Administration - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
SS

Sara Seth

Administrator, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
SS

Sara Seth

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Science 118

11:55am EDT

K-8 Art - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
MG

Mary Garrod

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
MG

Mary Garrod

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 213

11:55am EDT

K-8 Computer - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
CM

Chris McWhertor

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
CM

Chris McWhertor

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 217

11:55am EDT

K-8 Counselors/Social Workers - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
CM

Casey McMahon

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
CM

Casey McMahon

Grand Rapids Christian


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 107

11:55am EDT

K-8 Curriculum Directors - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

K-8 Curriculum Directors - Round Table

Speakers
KW

Kristine Wise

Timothy Christian School

Chairperson
KW

Kristine Wise

Timothy Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Learning Commons

11:55am EDT

K-8 Music - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
LV

Lisa VanderKamp

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
LV

Lisa VanderKamp

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 211

11:55am EDT

K-8 Physical Education - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
LJ

Linda Jongsma

Grand Rapids Christian School
Linda is the PE teacher at Grand Rapids Christian School.

Chairperson
LJ

Linda Jongsma

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 212

11:55am EDT

Kindergarten - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Garage Room 222

11:55am EDT

Mandarin - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
JF

Joecy Fan

Zeeland Christian School

Chairperson
JF

Joecy Fan

Zeeland Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 215

11:55am EDT

Middle School Bible - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
JB

Julie Barrett

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian
Julie has been teaching at Rockford Christian School since the fall of 2007. She teaches 5th and 6th grade language arts/literacy and social studies.
PW

Phil Warners

Teacher, Rockford Christian School
After working for sixteen years building a successful outdoor education program at Camp Roger (Rockford, MI), Phil returned to an indoor classroom four years ago. He still does his best though to get students outside as much as possible.

Chairperson
JB

Julie Barrett

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 116

11:55am EDT

Middle School English - Round Table
Limited Capacity filling up

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Speakers
JD

Jennifer DeBoer

Grand Rapids Christian School

Exhibitors
JD

Jennifer DeBoer

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 114

11:55am EDT

Middle School ESS - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
AZ

Anna Zokoe

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian
SZ

Sian Zylstra

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
SZ

Sian Zylstra

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 205

11:55am EDT

Middle School History / Social Studies - Round Table
Limited Capacity filling up

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Speakers
NG

Nelson Greidanus

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian
JV

Jim Vos

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
JV

Jim Vos

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 206

11:55am EDT

Middle School Math - Round Table
Limited Capacity full

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Speakers
JV

Joan VanDyke

Middle School Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian
Joan Van Dyke has taught for over 30 years. She has taught at many schools in many roles, but is currently teaching 8th grade Bible and math at Grand Rapids Christian Middle School.

Chairperson
JV

Joan VanDyke

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 112

11:55am EDT

Middle School Science - Round Table
Limited Capacity filling up

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Speakers
ST

Stephanie Tanis

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
ST

Stephanie Tanis

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 113

11:55am EDT

Middle School World Language - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
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Betsy Frens

Grand Rapids Christian School
Grade 5-8 Spanish Teacher

Chairperson
BF

Betsy Frens

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 210

11:55am EDT

PK - 1st Spanish Immersion - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
EW

Elizabeth Wolf

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
EW

Elizabeth Wolf

Grand Rapids Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Classroom 103

11:55am EDT

Preschool - Round Table
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
JF

Judy Friend

DeMotte Christian School

Chairperson
JF

Judy Friend

DeMotte Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:55am - 12:55pm EDT
Language Commons 1st Floor

12:55pm EDT

Lunch
Lunch is provided for you for free!

Lunch will be served in the hallway to the auditorium on the lower level.
There will be tables and chairs set up for you to eat your lunch in the All City Gym, the All City Gym Lobby and the Center for Arts and Worship Lobby.

Thank you to VanEerden Foodservice for our delicious lunch!  We appreciate all the  Brokers and Manufacturers who donated products for our luncheon.
Thank you to all the GRCS food service employees who gave up their fall break to prepare and serve our luncheon.

MENU:
Asian Chicken wrap
Chips
Cookie
Whole Apple
Beverage - water

Thursday October 21, 2021 12:55pm - 1:40pm EDT
All City Gym

1:20pm EDT

House of Delegates Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

If you are the CEA delegate for your school, please join us for a brief House of Delegate's Meeting in the Black Box on Thursday morning after you have gotten your lunch.
Please bring your COMPLETED Attention Delegate for in order to receive your stipend.


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:20pm - 1:40pm EDT
Black Box Room 150

1:50pm EDT

Cancelled - Teaching in Space and Time: How your Semester Tells a Story
Limited Capacity seats available

When we think about faith and learning, the focus often shifts to the moments when we say Christian things or communicate Christian perspectives. But the flow of practices that gives shape to your semester sends messages about what it means to teach and learn and what is of value. In this session we will think concretely about how beginnings, pauses, repetitions, and endings shape the implicit story of a semester and offer students a path of formation.

Speakers
DS

David Smith

Professor of Education and Director of Kuyers Institute, Calvin University
Dr. David I. Smith is Professor of Education and Director of Kuyers Institute at Calvin University as well as Senior Editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education. He writes and speaks widely on issues relating to Christian education, including at onchristiant... Read More →

Chairperson
KV

Kevin Vos

Brookfield Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Math Commons 2nd Floor
  Cancelled

1:50pm EDT

ZCS and HCS Secondary Math Department
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
KM

Karyl Morin

Zeeland Christian School
DG

Doug Greer

Ottawa Area ISD


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Classroom 221

1:50pm EDT

5 Awesome Techie Tools for Easily Creating Your Formative Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

Giving regular formative assessments is a great practice but these assessments can often be a bit overwhelming to make and to analyze. Come and learn about five simple (and free) techie assessment options that you can start using on Monday to create your next formative assessment! Formative assessment tools presented will include Quizziz, Kahoot, GimKit, Google Forms and Formative. As a bonus, a few extra options will be mentioned! Note: Many of these assessment tools work best in a 1:1 environment.

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Speakers
DH

Dan Hoekstra

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian
Dan Hoekstra is a high school science teacher and instructional technology coach at Grand Rapids Christian High School. He is passionate about Ed Tech and is excited to help teachers use technology to create more impactful learning experiences. When Dan is not teaching, coaching or... Read More →

Chairperson
NJ

Nicki Jager

Lansing Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Social Studies Commons 2nd Floor

1:50pm EDT

Asthmatic Students In Your Classroom And On The Court
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will review the basic pathophysiology of asthma, the medications to manage asthma, and the situations that tend to make asthma worse. Specific attention will be given to Exercise Induced Asthma identification and management.

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Speakers
JL

Jaclynn Lubbers

Jaci (pronounced Jackie) is a professor of Pediatric Nursing at Calvin University and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for a private group of pediatricians in Holland, Michigan. She loves teaching and speaking about child health topics, particularly when it involves helping groups of professionals collaborate. Her professional interests are in the areas of adolescent health and mental health interventions. She is married to Clay, teacher at Byron Center Christian School and on the convention planning committee, and is a mom of two teens., Calvin University / Holland Pediatric Associates PLC
Jaci (pronounced Jackie) is a professor of Pediatric Nursing at Calvin University and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for a private group of pediatricians in Holland, Michigan. She loves teaching and speaking about child health topics, particularly when it involves helping groups of... Read More →

Chairperson
CL

Clay Lubbers

Byron Center Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Science 118

1:50pm EDT

Beyond Stewardship: New Approaches to Creation Care
Limited Capacity seats available

What if God didn’t place humans on Earth to be stewards of creation but something else? If not stewards, then what? The new book Beyond Stewardship (Calvin Press) equips Christians to live better in this world by helping us all think more intentionally about the nonhuman creation.

Speakers
MH

Matthew Heun

Professor of Engineering, Calvin University
David Warners and Matthew Heun are professors of biology and engineering at Calvin University. David leads a campus-based group called Plaster Creek Stewards that works to restore health and beauty to the local watershed. Matt studies the relationship between energy and the economy... Read More →
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Dave Warners

Professor of Biology, Calvin University
David Warners and Matthew Heun are professors of biology and engineering at Calvin University. David leads a campus-based group called Plaster Creek Stewards that works to restore health and beauty to the local watershed. Matt studies the relationship between energy and the economy... Read More →

Chairperson
CJ

Cory Jansen

SW Chicago Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Band Room 164

1:50pm EDT

Book Buzz: Grades 3-6
Limited Capacity seats available

Come hear all the latest and greatest books for students in grades 3-6 and how best to use them with your students and curriculum. This sectional is fast paced and you will leave with a plethora of new book ideas.

Speakers
MJ

Mary Jo Staal

Librarian, Hudsonville Christian School
Mary Jo Staal taught a variety of grade levels for 16 years before moving into the role of Elementary Teacher Librarian at Hudsonville Christian School. She is passionate about connecting students with the right book and helping teachers find new books to enhance their curriculum... Read More →

Chairperson
SS

Susan Steketee

Grandville Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Auditorium in the Center for Arts & Worship

1:50pm EDT

Building Trust With Students
Limited Capacity seats available

"People don't care what you know, until they know that you care." We will look at how to intentionally build trust with students so they desire to learn and grow.

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Speakers
BV

Ben VanderKodde

Director, Grace Adventures
Ben lives and works at Grace Adventures

Chairperson
MD

Maria DeJong

Delavan Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Orchestra Room 156

1:50pm EDT

Challenge Accepted: Deeper Learning in the Mathematics Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, we’ll consider together how math helps us to better understand who God is and how we can use math to engage and learn about His world. We will see examples of student work that meets real needs in their community and begin to plan formational experiences for our own students.

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Speakers
JW

Jamie Wernet

Director of Learning, Lansing Christian School
Dr. Jamie Wernet teaches secondary mathematics at Lansing Christian School. She also serves as the Director of Learning, with a particular interest in teacher learning and growth. As a mother of five, she doesn’t have many hobbies, but enjoys reading, running, and kayaking.

Chairperson
PK

Pat Kuyper

Moline Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Science 223

1:50pm EDT

Choral Repertoire for Success
Limited Capacity seats available

Sing through and listen to a variety of choral music ranging from new works to old favorites. This session will explore pieces for both middle school and high school choirs.

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Speakers
DV

David VanZytveld

Teacher, Jenison Christian School
David VanZytveld has taught instrumental and vocal music at all levels from pre-k through high school. David studied Music Education at Calvin University (BA) and Musicology at UCLA (MA). He currently teaches music at Jenison Christian School, where his choirs have performed at the... Read More →

Chairperson
CS

Candice Sytsma

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Choir Room Room 153

1:50pm EDT

Conflict as a Gift: An Introduction to the Colossian Way
Limited Capacity seats available

How are you handling difficult conversations in your school? Are you avoiding the topic of politics and faith this season or leaning into it? What if our darkest conflicts become the places where the gospel shines most brightly? In a time of deep division between Christians, The Colossian Way is a program started to teach churches to have better conversations about difficult topics such as Creation Evolution, Sexual Orientation, Gender Differences, and Political Divisions. Come learn more about this program and how it is being applied to a school setting.

Speakers
LB

Larry Borst

Contributor to Colossian Way, Colossian Way
Larry Borst went to Calvin College, graduated from Calvin Seminary, received a teacher certificate from Grand Valley State, and has taken a variety of classes in World Religion at Western Michigan University and at Union Theological Seminary. He has taught Bible and Theology at Grand... Read More →
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Nick DeKoster

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian
Nick DeKoster is a graduate of Hope College and Loyola University Maryland. He has been a school counselor and high school administrator for a little over 10 years. He is currently the Director of Academic and Innovative Programs at Grand Rapids Christian High School.
MG

Michael Gulker

Contributor to Colossian Way, Colossian Way

Chairperson
AL

Amy Luce

Holland Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Garage Room 222

1:50pm EDT

Don't Forget to Go Outside!
Limited Capacity seats available

Working for sixteen years building a successful outdoor education program at Camp Roger (Rockford, MI) has changed my view about what a "normal" classroom should be. Hear some thoughts and share more ideas about the value of getting students outside frequently...despite the weather.

We will meet in the Math Commons if the weather is uncooperative.

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Speakers
PW

Phil Warners

Teacher, Rockford Christian School
After working for sixteen years building a successful outdoor education program at Camp Roger (Rockford, MI), Phil returned to an indoor classroom four years ago. He still does his best though to get students outside as much as possible.

Chairperson
MT

Michelle Tuinstra

Lafayette Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Meet at the Staircase, then go outside

1:50pm EDT

Everybody’s Got a Hungry Heart: Christian Education as a Tool to Shape Students’ Longings
Limited Capacity filling up

For years, Christian education has tried to shape how students think, but what if our most defining feature is not how we think but what we love? Using thinkers as diverse as Jamie Smith, St. Augustine, and Bruce Springsteen, we will examine how our classroom practices and habits might mold students’ longings, re-orienting their hungry hearts toward the God who loves them.

Speakers
JD

Jeff DeVries

Teacher, Illiana Christian High School
Jeff DeVries teaches English and journalism at Illiana Christian High School, writes fiction with moderate success, loves working with high schoolers, and still dreams of playing—just once—with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Chairperson
VH

Vince Hutt

Zeeland Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Science Room 119

1:50pm EDT

Everything PLC - Transforming Your School or Teacher Team Today
Limited Capacity seats available

This session, designed for classroom teachers and administrators, will explore the principles of a highly effective PLC (Professional Learning Community). During our time together, you will hear and apply how result-based decision making, common language, and other metrics can be put in place to embrace Rick DuFour's "4 Questions".

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Speakers
KW

Kyle Weener

Administrator, Highland Christian School
Kyle Weener is the K-8 principal at Highland Christian School - an Internationally-Recognized "Model PLC School". Currently, a doctoral candidate at Liberty University, Kyle enjoys learning and following best practice, while sharing this knowledge with others. As a frequent presenter... Read More →

Chairperson
MV

Meghan VanLente

Kalamazoo Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Classroom 220

1:50pm EDT

Google Keep - Google's Amazing Task and Notes App
Limited Capacity seats available

Create and collaborate on tasks, notes, and even checklists across devices using Google Keep, Google’s note-taking/task manager app. Notes can include text, images, drawings, and hyperlinks, making it the ideal app for group projects. Bring Keep notes into your Google Docs using the Keep sidebar.

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Speakers
AM

Andy Mann

Technology Consultant for Muskegon ISD, Muskegon Area ISD
Andy Mann loves his job, helping educators learn to better use technology resources to improve instruction. He is a former teacher & tech director and currently serves as the educational technology consultant for Muskegon Area ISD. Andy is a Google Certified Trainer and praise choir... Read More →

Chairperson
DE

Dale Eizenga

Holland Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Language Commons 1st Floor

1:50pm EDT

On The Same Page: Creating a Curriculum Calendar You'll Love
Limited Capacity seats available

We all map curriculum, but how many of us ever use the mapping software? Come and find out how easy it can be to map the work you and your team are doing and to create a one-stop-shop for curriculum planning for yourself and your team.

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Speakers
BH

Brandon Helder

Elementary Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School
Brandon is a Christ-follower, husband, father of three girls, and is an elementary teacher at Grand Rapids Christian. Brandon has a passion for the Word of God and making it accessible for children. A true word nerd, he enjoys telling dad jokes and writing children's books and de... Read More →

Chairperson
PK

Phil Kelder

Dutton Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
English Commons 1st Floor

1:50pm EDT

One Student is Lying - How to Find Out
Limited Capacity full

Whether a first-year teacher or a seasoned principal, one encounters situations where students may embellish, minimize, or flat-out lie. The consequences of not exposing truth can range from frustrating to devastating. Participants will leave with practical strategies to help students be truthful and to glean truth more efficiently.

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Speakers
AK

Aaron Kauffman

Serves at Camp Roger and Forest Hills Public Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools
Aaron Kauffman, L.M.S.W., has enjoyed coaching educators, parents, and summer camp staff for over 20 years. He uses field-tested strategies carefully designed to make kids’ lives better while making adults’ lives easier. Aaron serves as the Camp Roger summer program director and... Read More →

Chairperson
CB

Chad Bonnema

Muskegon Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Black Box Room 150

1:50pm EDT

PE Tips & Tricks: The Importance of Self-Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

Learning and developing self-assessment skills are important for every educator. Physical Educators are often isolated receiving minimal, if any, teaching performance feedback--this session will highlight tools and tips to physical educators to develop self-assessment skills.

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Speakers
JB

Jerry Bergsma

Professor of Kinesology, Calvin University
Dr. Jerry Bergsma is a professor of Kinesiology at Calvin University and the Women's Golf Coach for the Knights. After graduating from Calvin in 1990, Bergsma taught elementary physical education (K-8) in Barrie, Ontario, Canada until returning to Michigan to complete his Master's... Read More →

Chairperson
HG

Harold Gee

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Classroom 109

1:50pm EDT

Starting a One Book One Community/School Program: What? Why? How?
Limited Capacity seats available

Community and school common read programs have increased in popularity over the years. Drawing on lessons learned from Hope College's Big Read program, this presentation will focus on best practices for organizing (and funding) common read programs and aligning chosen books across the grade levels to curriculum and school mission/goals.

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Speakers
DV

Deborah VanDuinen

Professor of English, Hope College
Dr. Deborah Vriend Van Duinen is an Associate Professor of English Education at Hope College and the Director of the NEA Big Read Lakeshore, an annual month-long community-wide reading program that involves over 13,000 community members. Her research interests include adolescent literacy... Read More →

Chairperson
MG

Mikaela Geers

West Side Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Science 224

1:50pm EDT

Teacher Certification in Michigan
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters will review current Michigan teacher certification requirements, including how to renew the certificate, advance to the Professional certificate, and add additional endorsements. Professional development providers and options will be discussed. Anticipated changes to Michigan's teaching certificate structure will be shared.

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Speakers
BB

Brian Bolt

Calvin University
Dr. Brian Bolt is the Dean of Education and Shari Brouwer is the Teacher Certification Coordinator at Calvin University.
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Shari Brouwer

Teacher Certification Coordinator, Calvin University
Shari Brouwer is the Teacher Certification Coordinator at Calvin University.

Chairperson
CT

Charissa Talsma

Rockford Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Classroom 107

1:50pm EDT

Why Do They Come - or not?
Limited Capacity seats available

With focus on China, this session will examine the reasons parents send their children to the U.S. for studies. In sum, they are the following:1. honor the (God-given) dignity of my child because the system or culture is trying to take it away.2. shelter and/or restore my child 3. advance socio-economically. In some ways, many of our students are refugees, including those with money.  They are needy.  We should not worry about evangelizing them but to just love them with a wide variety of cups of cold water.

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Speakers
PT

Paul Theule

Teacher, Administrator and Missionary, Joy International School, Huaian China
Paul is a veteran CSI school teacher and administrator, serving with Christian Reformed World Missions in Nigeria, Liberia, Japan, Central America, and Lithuania. He's served as principal of Calgary Christian High, Rochester Christian, and Valley Christian Middle School. He also taught... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:50pm - 2:50pm EDT
Science 225

3:00pm EDT

CANCELLED - Cultural Intelligence
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
PD

Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim

Calvin University


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Choir Room Room 153

3:00pm EDT

Cancelled - Games That Encourage Teamwork and Active Play by Eclipse Ball
Limited Capacity seats available

Eclipse Ball games encourage student of different athletic abilities to participate in active play. There will be four different games for the attendees to play and learn. Don will teach techniques to help your students to be successful in learning while having fun being active.

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Speakers
DB

Donald Benson

Inventor of Eclipse Ball, Eclipse Ball
Donald Benson is the Creator of the Eclipse Ball Games that have been played in Physical Education nationwide since 1994.

Chairperson
AS

Alice Seif

Dutton Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
All City Gym

3:00pm EDT

Cancelled - Three Views of Technology and How They Inform our Choices
Limited Capacity seats available

Drawing on extensive empirical research on digital technology use in Christian schools as well as broader analyses of technology in society, this session will explore three different views of technology and how each shapes our decisions about what technologies to use in teaching and learning.

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Speakers
DS

David Smith

Professor of Education and Director of Kuyers Institute, Calvin University
Dr. David I. Smith is Professor of Education and Director of Kuyers Institute at Calvin University as well as Senior Editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education. He writes and speaks widely on issues relating to Christian education, including at onchristiant... Read More →

Chairperson
CL

Caleb Lagerwey

Holland Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Garage Room 222

3:00pm EDT

Being Sensitive to Sensory Issues in the Classroom
Limited Capacity full

Difficulties with sensory processing can lead to challenges with learning, communication, motor development, social skills, and behavior. This interactive session will describe the eight sensory systems of the body and how to apply sensory strategies in and out of the classroom to facilitate improved self-regulation skills in students.

THE PRESENTER IS REQUIRING EVERY ATTENDEE TO WEAR A MASK TO THIS SESSION.

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Speakers
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John Doe

Graduate Director/ Associate Professor of Leadership, Christian Brothers University
Position at Company ABC.

Chairperson
JB

Jill Battjes

Byron Center Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Math Commons 2nd Floor

3:00pm EDT

Book Club Disussions for Upper Elementary and Middle School Classrooms
Limited Capacity full

We will explore practical ways to set up and execute book club discussions including practices, structures, and ideas to help students be engaged readers who master reading content and standards.

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Speakers
JB

Julie Barrett

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian
Julie has been teaching at Rockford Christian School since the fall of 2007. She teaches 5th and 6th grade language arts/literacy and social studies.

Chairperson
NJ

Nicki Jager

Lansing Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Classroom 221

3:00pm EDT

Creation Care in Christian Education
Limited Capacity filling up

Throughout the Bible, God calls men and women to care for the rest of his creation. Come learn about ways to integrate this call into our classrooms and discuss how we can better apply it to our lives.

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Speakers
CZ

Cody Zuiderveen

Campus Ministry at GVSU, Grand Valley State University
Cody Zuiderveen is a Campus Minister at Grand Valley State University. He loves discipleship and helping students' integrate their faith into professional and personal life. With his brother, Grady, he enjoys researching, discussing, and teaching about the intersection of science... Read More →
GZ

Grady Zuiderveen

USDA Forest Service
Grady Zuiderveen is a Botanist with the USDA Forest Service where he works on rare plant conservation, native plant community ecology, and landscape restoration and reforestation. He received his PhD in Forest Resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management from Penn... Read More →

Chairperson
MW

Mac Wiener

Timothy Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Science Room 119

3:00pm EDT

Growing Together: Using PreK-12 PLT's to Move Toward a Common Vision of Teaching and Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Professional Learning Teams provide opportunities for teachers to collaborate around complex questions of practice. In this session, we explore our PreK-12 school's journey toward student-centered Christian education and how PLTs have played an important role in both teacher and schoolwide learning and growth, thinking together about the benefits and obstacles of using cross-grade and cross-curricular teams in professional development.

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Speakers
JW

Jamie Wernet

Director of Learning, Lansing Christian School
Dr. Jamie Wernet teaches secondary mathematics at Lansing Christian School. She also serves as the Director of Learning, with a particular interest in teacher learning and growth. As a mother of five, she doesn’t have many hobbies, but enjoys reading, running, and kayaking.


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Science 223

3:00pm EDT

Making the Most of the Tech You Have
Limited Capacity seats available

It's back! Whether your first time or if you need 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 whatever technology you have in your classroom.

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Speakers
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Brandon Helder

Elementary Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School
Brandon is a Christ-follower, husband, father of three girls, and is an elementary teacher at Grand Rapids Christian. Brandon has a passion for the Word of God and making it accessible for children. A true word nerd, he enjoys telling dad jokes and writing children's books and de... Read More →

Chairperson
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Emily Sloterbeek

Zeeland Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
English Commons 1st Floor

3:00pm EDT

Practical Steps Toward Social Justice Integration in the English Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Scripture is full of commands to do justice—so what does that look like in our everyday teaching? We’ll discuss how to bring social justice principles into the classroom in the way that we teach as well as with what we teach. We'll end with a time where teachers can apply this knowledge to a unit from their own curriculum.

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Steve Tuit

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian High School
Steve Tuit and Abby Zwart teach in the English department at Grand Rapids Christian High where they co-designed and teach a class called Literature & Social Justice. They are also the co-editors of the [i]Christian Educator's Journal[/i].
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Abby Zwart

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian High School
Steve Tuit and Abby Zwart teach in the English department at Grand Rapids Christian High where they co-designed and teach a class called Literature & Social Justice. They are also the co-editors of the [i]Christian Educator's Journal[/i].

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Sara Sanchez-Timmer

Holland Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Social Studies Commons 2nd Floor

3:00pm EDT

Psychopharmacology in the Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will provide a brief overview of the medications to treat AD/HD, depression, and anxiety. How the medications work, expected side effects, and what we can and cannot expect from medication management for these disorders will be discussed.

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Speakers
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Jaclynn Lubbers

Jaci (pronounced Jackie) is a professor of Pediatric Nursing at Calvin University and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for a private group of pediatricians in Holland, Michigan. She loves teaching and speaking about child health topics, particularly when it involves helping groups of professionals collaborate. Her professional interests are in the areas of adolescent health and mental health interventions. She is married to Clay, teacher at Byron Center Christian School and on the convention planning committee, and is a mom of two teens., Calvin University / Holland Pediatric Associates PLC
Jaci (pronounced Jackie) is a professor of Pediatric Nursing at Calvin University and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for a private group of pediatricians in Holland, Michigan. She loves teaching and speaking about child health topics, particularly when it involves helping groups of... Read More →

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Tom DeBlecourt

Byron Center Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Science 118

3:00pm EDT

Referring Out for Mental Health Services: What? When? Why? How?
Limited Capacity seats available

Sometimes our schools can do more harm than good when trying to help students battling mental health related issues. Knowing what to look for and which steps to take can help bring about healing rather than delay it, or worse. This session is geared toward leaders and specialists in schools.

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Speakers
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Aaron Kauffman

Serves at Camp Roger and Forest Hills Public Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools
Aaron Kauffman, L.M.S.W., has enjoyed coaching educators, parents, and summer camp staff for over 20 years. He uses field-tested strategies carefully designed to make kids’ lives better while making adults’ lives easier. Aaron serves as the Camp Roger summer program director and... Read More →

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Sara Christner

Holland Christian High School


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Black Box Room 150

3:00pm EDT

String Music Discovery Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring your instruments to make music together!

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Speakers
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Kyle Nester

Teacher, Holland Christian High School
Orchestra teacher for Holland Christian Schools


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Orchestra Room 156

3:00pm EDT

Tribes and Engage: Our Takeaways From The RCA Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will discuss the implementation of a school wide tribe system to foster community and belonging within the school and share the starting and development of the Engage soft skills program giving students the skills and ability to engage with the world around them.

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Todd Dokter

Teacher, Calvin Christian Middle School
Todd and Jason both teach at Grandville Calvin Christian Middle School. They both teach science and Jason also serves as the middle school administrator. They both love learning, are passionate about the growth and development of middle school students and desire for them to fall... Read More →
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Jason Folkert

Teacher, Calvin Christian Middle School
Todd and Jason both teach at Grandville Calvin Christian Middle School. They both teach science and Jason also serves as the middle school administrator. They both love learning, are passionate about the growth and development of middle school students and desire for them to fall... Read More →

Chairperson
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Brooke Elenbaas

Grandville Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Science 225

3:00pm EDT

Video Projects / Intro to Flip Grid
Limited Capacity seats available

Students live in a video world. Learn to record and use video as part of your instruction; and create assignments requiring students to submit video to demonstrate mastery.  Whether you use a phone or a Chromebook, it’s easy to record and share video. Finish with an introduction to Flipgrid, the free program which supports students submitting video recordings for discussions and feedback.

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Andy Mann

Technology Consultant for Muskegon ISD, Muskegon Area ISD
Andy Mann loves his job, helping educators learn to better use technology resources to improve instruction. He is a former teacher & tech director and currently serves as the educational technology consultant for Muskegon Area ISD. Andy is a Google Certified Trainer and praise choir... Read More →

Chairperson
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Mike VanderVliet

Brookfield Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Language Commons 1st Floor

3:00pm EDT

What Does the Research Say About Good Literacy Instruction?
Limited Capacity filling up

For many years phonics has been a controversial and hotly contested topic in teaching young children to read. It has now been clearly established that phonics is an important part of good literacy instruction for young children and virtually all schools and teachers include phonics as part of their program. What is much less clear is what good phonics should look like and schools and teachers employ many different approaches. This workshop will examine the latest research on the role phonics should play and how it should be taught.

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Speakers
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Jim Rooks

Director of the Master of Education Program, Calvin University
Jim Rooks is a former elementary school teacher and principal who has lead Title 2 professional development grants in literacy for local schools in Grand Rapids. He teaches literacy courses in Calvin's undergraduate and graduate programs and serves as the co-director of Master of... Read More →

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Renee Nieuwsma

Dutton Christian School


Thursday October 21, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Science 224

4:00pm EDT

 
Friday, October 22
 

8:00am EDT

Friday Exhibits
Please visit the vendors in our exhibit booths.

Friday October 22, 2021 8:00am - 12:40pm EDT

9:00am EDT

Cancelled - How We Read the Bible
Limited Capacity seats available

Part lecture, part workshop, and part mini-retreat, this session will incorporate honest discussion around some of the roadblocks we experience in how we read the Bible, exposure to tools and methods that might be unfamiliar to some of us, and the opportunity to open ourselves to one another and the Spirit of God as we engage the Biblical text. So whether you’re a Bible instructor, trying to integrate the Bible in your courses, or want to go deeper in your own spiritual life, this seminar intends to offer ‘next steps’ for everyone, regardless of where we are on our journey. [While there will be some overlap in content, this session intends to be a continuation of the session that was offered last year under the same title.]

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Matt Laidlaw

Director of Open Circle Community, Open Circle
Matthew Laidlaw is the Director + Lead Teacher of Open Circle Community West Michigan. He is an ordained minister and has been serving in executive and administrative leadership while working in both school and church based pastoral ministry for the past 15 years. Matthew is a graduate... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Social Studies Commons 2nd Floor

9:00am EDT

A Year of Units.
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed to assist preschool teachers in planning for and developing month-long thematic units of study. The end goal is that students will engage in authentic learning and participate in play-based activities that increase their depth of knowledge.

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Speakers
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Rebecca Rael

Elementary Teacher, SW Chicago Christian - Tinley Park
Rebecca Rael has a B.A. in Elementary Education and in Early Childhood Education. She has spent the last 16 years teaching in a variety of classrooms from the inner city to the suburbs, low-income/high-risk programs to tuition based programs, and in both public and private settings... Read More →

Chairperson
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Sarah O'Niel

Delavan Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Science 118

9:00am EDT

Accountability and Forgiveness: Mindsets that Foster Virtues in Relationships
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on forgiveness—with an accent on accountability, humble repentance, and compassion—to resist cheap grace and transform lives. Christian communities are not exempt from hurtful interpersonal injustices. This session will provide faith-informed and science-tested approaches that equip us to live the virtues we value and flourish.

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Charlotte Witvliet

Professor of Psychology, Hope College
Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, PhD is an alum of Calvin College who serves as the DePree VanKley Professor of Psychology at Hope College. A clinical psychologist, she studies the bio-psycho-social-spiritual facets of virtues such as forgiveness, gratitude, hope, humility, and accountability... Read More →

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Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Orchestra Room 156

9:00am EDT

Caring for LGBT+ Students
Limited Capacity full

How can we care well for students who are questioning their sexual orientations, or wanting to come out, or wanting to take a same-sex partner to a dance...in a Christian context that includes people who hold beliefs about sexuality that span the spectrum from very progressive to very conservative? What questions should we be asking? What should be our primary goals? How does this tie in to general sex ed? All questions welcome in this session!

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Mary Hulst

Chaplain at Calvin University, Calvin University
Known as “Pastor Mary” on campus, she loves to meet with any student to talk about life, faith, or anything else. When her schedule allows, Dr. Hulst also lectures around the country on preaching, teaches workshops for preachers, and consults with churches and search committees... Read More →

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Abby Zwart

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Band Room 164

9:00am EDT

Devotional Practices in Upper Elementary Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Classrooms are sacred spaces and devotions center our school days around God and His Kingdom work. Even so, many teachers can fall into a devotional rut from time to time. I'll share the daily, weekly, and yearly devotional and worship traditions I currently use in my classroom.

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Brandon Helder

Elementary Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School
Brandon is a Christ-follower, husband, father of three girls, and is an elementary teacher at Grand Rapids Christian. Brandon has a passion for the Word of God and making it accessible for children. A true word nerd, he enjoys telling dad jokes and writing children's books and de... Read More →

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Becky Schrotenberg

Zeeland Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Math Commons 2nd Floor

9:00am EDT

Everything PLC - Transforming Your School or Teacher Team Today
Limited Capacity seats available

This session, designed for classroom teachers and administrators, will explore the principles of a highly effective PLC (Professional Learning Community). During our time together, you will hear and apply how result-based decision making, common language, and other metrics can be put in place to embrace Rick DuFour's "4 Questions".

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Kyle Weener

Administrator, Highland Christian School
Kyle Weener is the K-8 principal at Highland Christian School - an Internationally-Recognized "Model PLC School". Currently, a doctoral candidate at Liberty University, Kyle enjoys learning and following best practice, while sharing this knowledge with others. As a frequent presenter... Read More →

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Mark Rozeboom

South Olive Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Classroom 220

9:00am EDT

Hydroponics: PBL to a Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Brian and Jim and as they walk you through their experience with taking hydroponics from an idea to a club, to PBL, to finally a growing student-run business concern called Illiana Farms.

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Jim Kuipers

Teacher, Illiana Christian High School
After spending twenty years in industry, Jim decided to return to school and go into teaching. Brian started off in industry as well before turning to teach as a career. This past experience has given them both a unique and innovative approach to teaching, seeking to integrate classroom... Read More →

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Heidi Teach

Illiana Christian High School


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Science Room 119

9:00am EDT

KINGdom Story Project - Israel 2023
Limited Capacity filling up

Due to the generosity of donors, this opportunity is made available for CEA Members for only $1,000 (usually over $5,000). We will experience the land of the Bible and engage with the story of the Bible in the places it happened. This will equip you with new tools for integrating faith into every aspect of the classroom, and personally grow your faith.

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David Mosterd

David Mosterd is a stay at home dad. He is married to Nicky and they have five boys; Judah(9), Abbott(7), Alonzo(5), Peter(3), Khalil(3 months). David had the privilege of serving as teacher and then Director of Faith Formation for Holland Christian Schools for 16 years. There he... Read More →

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Vince Hutt

Zeeland Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Black Box Room 150
  Session, General

9:00am EDT

Social Emotional Learning: 5 Big Ideas
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn about the five core competencies of CASEL’s Social Emotional Learning framework: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Building, and Responsible Decision-Making. Social Emotional Learning is process of developing these skills, both in our students and in ourselves, how they impact learning, and how they impact school functioning. This workshop will provide an overview of each construct and how to provide instruction through general teaching practices, classroom interventions, and whole school approaches.

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Betsy Winkle

School Psychologist and Director of Evaluation Services, All Belong
Betsy Winkle combines her passion for education and reconciliation in her role as director of evaluation services at All Belong. Fueled by a passion to help each child flourish and develop their God-given gifts, Betsy enjoys walking alongside parents and teachers to understand how... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Language Commons 1st Floor

9:00am EDT

Supporting Middle School Students
Limited Capacity filling up

Practical ideas to support Middle School ESS students

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Sian Zylstra

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian

Chairperson
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Sara Seth

Grand Rapids Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Classroom 107

9:00am EDT

Teens and Screens: Should We Be Concerned?
Limited Capacity filling up

Despite wide concern about screen time and mobile technologies, many schools are adopting technology-rich schooling and 1-to-1 laptop programs. This session will review recent evidence about screen time and youth, featuring data from an extensive study of technology use in a Christian school.

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Steve McMullen

Associate Professor of Economics, Hope College
Steven McMullen is an Associate Professor of Economics at Hope College and editor of the journal Faith & Economics. His research includes work relating to education policy, ethics, and theology, most recently co-authoring Digital Life Together: The Challenge of Technology for Christian... Read More →

Chairperson
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Nicki Jager

Lansing Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Science 223

9:00am EDT

The Art & Science of Difficult Conversations
Limited Capacity seats available

Rather than avoiding or stumbling through difficult conversations, we will look at how to approach and to prepare, so that you do your best with your part. We will talk about the philosophy as well as techniques that will help give you confidence as you navigate these situations.

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Speakers
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Ben VanderKodde

Director, Grace Adventures
Ben lives and works at Grace Adventures

Chairperson
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Eric Forseth

Holland Christian Schools


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Choir Room Room 153

9:00am EDT

The Importance of Disciplinary Literacy for High School Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

Teacher literacy is hard at the secondary level. Come to get some tips to benefit any teacher in our quest to teach reading and comprehension just a little bit better.

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Speakers
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Kelli Boender

Teacher, Calvin Christian School
Kelli is passionate about teaching US History, literacy, and helping students interact with the world around them. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they live in Grandville.

Chairperson
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Joy DeWindt

Hudsonville Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
English Commons 1st Floor

10:10am EDT

Cancelled - The Edge of the Inside: Supporting Young People As They Navigate Changing Relationships with the Institutions We Love
Limited Capacity seats available

As the young people we love continue to learn and grow, their relationships with the institutions that raised them will naturally evolve. This session will incorporate honest discussion, and a framework for understanding the challenges and tension we experience as adults as we seek to support young people in their own maturation, especially when their questions, convictions, and passions challenge the status quo of the institutions that we also love [and many of us are employed by].

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Matt Laidlaw

Director of Open Circle Community, Open Circle
Matthew Laidlaw is the Director + Lead Teacher of Open Circle Community West Michigan. He is an ordained minister and has been serving in executive and administrative leadership while working in both school and church based pastoral ministry for the past 15 years. Matthew is a graduate... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Social Studies Commons 2nd Floor

10:10am EDT

Applying Current Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Findings to Reading Comprehension Instruction
Limited Capacity full

This session will present practical applications of current neuroscience and cognitive science findings to reading comprehension instruction. There will be a special emphasis on instructional strategies that help students develop critical thinking skills such as metacognition and elaboration.

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Speakers
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Beth VanderKolk

Professor of Education, Cornerstone University
Dr. Beth Vander Kolk is a former first-grade teacher with a passion for Christian education. Beth currently teachers reading instruction to preservice teachers at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Beth's current research interests include applying neuroscience and... Read More →

Chairperson
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Sara Jabaay

Highland Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Classroom 220

10:10am EDT

Avoiding Stress by Building Staff Camaraderie
Limited Capacity filling up

There's a lot of studies out there showing how teacher stress and burnout is increasing, as well as a lot of research on how to build a healthier school culture in which teachers feel affirmed and energized in their profession. Come to hear examples of things we do at Grandville Calvin Christian High School - and then to share your own fun practices/traditions! - that help build fellowship and community together as a staff and note the positive effects this has overall on our students, too.

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Speakers
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Ben Tameling

Teacher, Calvin Christian High School
Ben Tameling is a Bible Teacher at Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, MI, where he began his career and has been teaching for eleven years. Ben loves spending time with his wife Abbie and their four daughters, as well as reading, running, biking to school, riding public transit... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Band Room 164

10:10am EDT

Beyond Notes and Documentaries: Tricks to Throw Into Your Social Studies Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Come gain some extra tricks, resources, and tools to help make your Social Studies classes more engaging for students and more fun for you to teach. We will discuss the use of primary sources, living history and reenactments, artifact and image analysis, and other strategies that we have used successfully in our classrooms.

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Ken Scholma

Elementary Teacher, Timothy Christian High School
Ken has been teaching Social Studies and Science in the 4th and 5th grades at Timothy Christian for 11 years, holding a B.A. in Elementary Education as well as a B.A. in Youth Ministry and Theology.
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Ross VanderBill

Middle School Teacher, Timothy Christian School
Ross has been teaching 7th grade Social Studies for 11 years at Timothy Christian, holding a B.A. in US History and Secondary Education as well as a M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership.

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Bill Ridder

Timothy Christian Middle School


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Science Room 119

10:10am EDT

CANCELLED - Igniting Writing: A Vision-Based Approach for Empowering Students to Write
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
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Michael Brooks

Professor of English, Hope College
Michael Brooks is a graduate of Hope College and received his MFA in Writing from Pacific University. He has worked as an editor, writer, and mountain guide for various faith-based organizations. Currently, he teaches writing courses at Hope College and writes and produces music under... Read More →

Chairperson
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Laura Moes

Moline Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Science 224

10:10am EDT

Changing the Way the World Reads the Bible
Limited Capacity seats available

Bibles are ubiquitous (the average household in NA owns 4), but Bible reading is in free fall (we're loosing 700 years a day). In this session we'll explore the Modern Bible and how it's impacted the way we read (or don't read) the Bible.

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Paul Caminiti

Cultural Innovator for the Bible, The Institute for Bible Reading
Paul Caminiti has been a cultural innovator for the Bible for over two decades. He's been the Bible Publisher at Zondervan and VP of Bible Engagement at Biblica. Currently he's the Co-Founder of The Institute for Bible Reading. His interviews have appeared in: Newsweek, The New Yorker... Read More →

Chairperson
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Nicki Jager

Lansing Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Orchestra Room 156

10:10am EDT

Civic Hospitality
Limited Capacity seats available

We are teacher writers on a set of curriculum through the Kuyers Institute to help teachers teach Government classes as places to grow students' capacity in Civic Hospitality. As the world appears to be becoming more and more fractured with less care shown to our neighbors near and far, the practice of Hospitality becomes increasingly important as a Christian foundation for our engagement in politics. Come to hear about some lessons and plans for how to use and practice Hospitality in your Social Studies or Bible Classroom.

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Speakers
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Mark VanderWerf

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian High School
Mark VanderWerf is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church and teaches Bible and Theology at Grand Rapids Christian HS where he also serves as chaplain. Previously, Mark taught Bible and history at Calvin Christian HS in Escondido, CA.
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Kelli Boender

Teacher, Calvin Christian School
Kelli is passionate about teaching US History, literacy, and helping students interact with the world around them. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they live in Grandville.

Chairperson
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Elizabeth Cruz

Grandville Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
English Commons 1st Floor

10:10am EDT

First Steps in Text Driven Biblical Storytelling
Limited Capacity seats available

As Christian educators, it's essential we come alongside students and encourage meaningful engagement with the Bible. This session provides simple actionable steps to get your students more comfortable with their Bibles and to equip them for a lifetime of exploring God's word.

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Brandon Helder

Elementary Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School
Brandon is a Christ-follower, husband, father of three girls, and is an elementary teacher at Grand Rapids Christian. Brandon has a passion for the Word of God and making it accessible for children. A true word nerd, he enjoys telling dad jokes and writing children's books and de... Read More →

Chairperson
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Vicki Huizenga

Highland Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Math Commons 2nd Floor

10:10am EDT

Noticing and Noting Nonfiction
Limited Capacity seats available

With more emphasis put on non-fiction in state standards, it's important to teach students how to reading non-fiction critically, and that it can be interesting. We used a combination of Reading Nonfiction by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst as well as ten different non-fiction books to pursue that goal.

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Emily Hillegonds

Teacher, Illiana Christian High School
Emily Hillegonds is an English teacher at Illiana Christian High School who has been in Christian education her entire life (except for a short stint at UIC for her masters). Her students have described her as "energetic", "eccentric", and "enigmatic", but that was only after she... Read More →

Chairperson
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Deb Top

Illiana Christian High School


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Classroom 221

10:10am EDT

Spanish Immersion Morning Meetings
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
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Brooke Elenbaas

Teacher, Administrator and Missionary, Grandville Christian School

Chairperson
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Noelle Solis

Holland Christian High School


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Choir Room Room 153

10:10am EDT

Ten Ed Tech Tools That You Can Use on Monday
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology is ever changing and the number of engaging, fun, and free Ed Tech tools is amazing! Come and learn about ten simple (and free) EdTech tools that you can start using on Monday to bring innovation and creativity to your classroom. It is time to wow your students and your coworkers as you discover your techie side! Instructional tools presented will include Flipgrid, Vocaroo, GimKit, Quizizz, Poll Everywhere, Formative, StoryboardThat, Edpuzzle, Insert Learning & ThingLink. As a bonus, learn about teacher workflow tools such as PDF Candy, Google Keep, Toby, Yellkey, & ClassroomScreen. Note: Many of these tech tools work best in a 1:1 environment

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Speakers
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Dan Hoekstra

Teacher, Grand Rapids Christian
Dan Hoekstra is a high school science teacher and instructional technology coach at Grand Rapids Christian High School. He is passionate about Ed Tech and is excited to help teachers use technology to create more impactful learning experiences. When Dan is not teaching, coaching or... Read More →

Chairperson
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Nancy VanNoord

Ada Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Garage Room 222

10:10am EDT

Thematic Make 'n Take
Limited Capacity seats available

As a follow up to the session "A Year of Units" we will begin creating materials to go with a month of units. Please bring with you your best activities for the theme Bags. Include one activity for: math, science, literacy, fine motor, and gross motor. We will collaborate and compile them into our month long unit. All other materials needed for this session will be provided for you.

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Speakers
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Rebecca Rael

Elementary Teacher, SW Chicago Christian - Tinley Park
Rebecca Rael has a B.A. in Elementary Education and in Early Childhood Education. She has spent the last 16 years teaching in a variety of classrooms from the inner city to the suburbs, low-income/high-risk programs to tuition based programs, and in both public and private settings... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Science 118

10:10am EDT

Understanding Trauma from a Faith Based Perspective
Limited Capacity full

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 All Belong, this workshop provides an overview of what trauma is and how it can impact student development, learning, and behavior in the classroom. Attendees will leave with an overview understanding of trauma along with strategies for supporting students impacted by trauma in the school setting within the context of how we are created in God’s image, both as individuals and in community.

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Betsy Winkle

School Psychologist and Director of Evaluation Services, All Belong
Betsy Winkle combines her passion for education and reconciliation in her role as director of evaluation services at All Belong. Fueled by a passion to help each child flourish and develop their God-given gifts, Betsy enjoys walking alongside parents and teachers to understand how... Read More →

Chairperson
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Tim Leugs

Legacy Christian School


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Language Commons 1st Floor

10:10am EDT

Winterim: Giving Students Opportunities to Discover Their Gifts
Limited Capacity seats available

Winterim, or J-Term, iXplore or Interim: whatever you call it, it's an amazing opportunity for students. This session will unpack some of the reasons for offering a semester of amplified learning experiences. We'll also hear about how Grand Rapids Christian has organized their Winterim semester, including some ideas for offerings that have been successful over their eight year history.

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Speakers
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Brian Karsten

Winterim Coordinator, Grand Rapids Christian
In addition to teaching English and coaching Forensics, Brian Karsten is the Winterim and Summer Session Coordinator at Grand Rapids Christian High School. He has held that position for the past two years, and is currently planning his third Winterim. Prior to becoming coordinator... Read More →

Chairperson
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Cheri Swets

Grand Rapids Christian High School


Friday October 22, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
Science 223

11:20am EDT

Closing Worship
We will gather in the auditorium of the Center for Arts and Worship to worship our God in Closing Worship. We will be recognizing our 25 year honorees. Our keynote speaker is David Mosterd speaking on "Educating for the KINGdom." David Mosterd is a stay at home dad. He is married to Nicky and they have five boys; Judah(9), Abbott(7), Alonzo(5), Peter(3), Khalil(3 months). David had the privilege of serving as teacher and then Director of Faith Formation for Holland Chistian Schools for 16 years. There he was able to live into the way God created him and be a source of hope in hardship, light in darkness, and silliness in the serious. He is passionate about being a good dad and husband to his family, a friend to those who journey life together, and helping people see the light of Jesus Christ.

SCECH

Friday October 22, 2021 11:20am - 12:30pm EDT
Auditorium in the Center for Arts & Worship