Notes: Maybe have links at the top to each of the workshop sections (Workshop 1, Workshop 2, etc.) Each workshop section alternates the background color to help distinguish when in a different section Basic Layout: Workshop Section Title (Day of Week, Time Slot) Workshop Title Workshop Speaker Room Workshop description Workshop Title Workshop Speaker Room Workshop description
WORKSHOP 1 (Thursday, 10:55-11:45 AM) WHAT’S SAMR GOT TO DO WITH IT? CATHY GROCHOWSKI Arcadia 1 What’s your big picture as it relates to using technology in your classroom? Do you strive to empower students to become 21st century learners that can more easily navigate and actively participate in today’s information superhighway? The 4 C’s—communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking—are on every teacher’s mind. Here are some thoughts on using the SAMR framework to help teachers integrate interactive technology to enhance and transform learning. A SOLID FOUNDATION YOU CAN TRUST: A BEKA’S RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS Amy Yohe Arcadia 2 Let’s take a look inside the research and development process that goes into the production of A Beka textbooks and teacher materials.
BECOMING A 1:1 CHROMEBOOK CAMPUS Dr. David Warren Stone Theatre Learn tips and tricks for managing a 1:1 Chromebook campus from a Principal’s perspective. See how we selected devices, trained teachers and students, and increased parent knowledge, understanding and use of technology. Calvary Baptist Academy is a 1:1 campus and is a fully integrated Google Apps for Education Campus. All students and faculty have been issued Google Chromebooks and they are utilized daily both at school and at home. I’ll share our vision, our road map, and our results.
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS: AKA HOW TO CALM A DISRUPTIVE CLASS Linda Kardamis Meadows Ever feel like your class just isn’t listening to you? Join us to discover practical classroom management solutions that will build your confidence and turn your class from disruptive to attentive. Topics include strategies for cutting out unnecessary chatter and blurting, building strong rapport with your students, preventing discipline issues, and fixing that pesky problem situation in your classroom. This session is perfect for newer teachers, those struggling with classroom management, or those looking to fine-tune and correct a few problem areas. (Designed for all grades K–12)
MICROWAVE ASSESSMENT Josh Hubbard The Fields Assessment needs to be like a microwave quick, easy to use, and powerful. The value of an assessment is in the data it gives you on your students’ understanding. This data must be organized, received quickly, and used to give feedback. However, traditional assessments don’t always give you the data or the speed you need. Come learn how to use Kahoot, Socrative, and Google Forms to speed up and power up your assessments.
ILLINOIS GENERAL MEETING The Oaks For Illinois pastors and administrators to attend.
MATH THAT MATTERS: MAKING MATH MEANINGFUL FOR YOUR STUDENTS Dr. Brad Batdorf Great Lakes 1 What are your goals in teaching math? Do you want your students to be merely quick calculators, or better yet, masters of mathematical concepts? Is there a Christian way to teach math that is fundamentally different from what is presented in a secular setting? Learn how to reach both the minds and hearts of students through the teaching of math.
DRAMA AS DISCIPLESHIP Jeff Miller Great Lakes 2 When evaluating the value of drama in the life of the believer, the question of eternal value always comes to mind. In a world where music, academics, and even sports obtain a “free pass” as obvious tools for spiritual growth, drama often undergoes greater scrutiny. What is a proper philosophical basis for the use of drama in ministry? How can drama be used to effectively disciple young people in their walk with Christ?
PRODUCING A GREAT ELEMENTARY PROGRAM Chuck Nicholas Great Lakes 3 Helpful hints are given on how to teach children performance skills and to make elementary programs less boring.
SCREEN USE FOR PRESCHOOL: APPALLING OR APPEALING? Anita Sedivy Great Lakes 4 Preschoolers need a lot of “real” objects in their learning environment, but they are increasingly drawn toward the technology that surrounds them and their caregivers. This session will take a look at research-based guidelines for using technology in a limited but interactive way. Focus will be given using technology in a way that minimizes the negative potential of and maximizes learning opportunities.
INDIVIDUALIZING INSTRUCTION IN THE ELEMENTARY GRADES Ann Carruthers Great Lakes 5 Each year your classroom includes students who come from a variety of backgrounds; each with unique learning styles and different levels of reading. Your challenge in this environment will be to identify ways to individualize your instruction in order to best meet the academic needs of each of these students. This workshop explores a variety of student characteristics usually found in today’s classroom as well as instructional strategies to help them meet your academic goals for the year.
THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD IN HISTORY Dr. Ed Panosian Glens 1 One of the more rewarding benefits for the Christian student is the realization of examples of Divine Providence in the events and movements of history. He sees that there is an overarching purpose that transcends the immediate appearance of results. For the young believer, this encourages his study and breeds contentment in the confidence that God is “work(ing) all things after the counsel of His own will.”
BRIDGING THE GENERATION GAP Dr. Bruce Meyer Glens 2 This workshop focuses upon the struggles that seemingly divide generations from one another and provides a biblical survey of solutions for those issues.
TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS: FOR MAINSTREAMED STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES Jennifer Lewis Glens 3 Assessments are a foundational part of every student’s grade. Amid the demands of our profession, the creation of tests and quizzes often happens last minute and haphazardly. By implementing a few simply strategies, the classroom teacher will see achievement scores drastically increase for students who have learning difficulties. SIMPLE STATS FOR STEM Dr. Philip Alsup Prairies 4 If math is the language of science, then why do many students enjoy math or science but not both? A current problem in STEM education is a failure to help students close the gap between these two important subjects. Statistics can be an enjoyable, practical tool for relating science and math, and teaching stats to students is not nearly as difficult as you might think! This session will implement several simple yet powerful statistics and online tools you can easily incorporate in your middle school or high school classroom to help students connect the dots in STEM. If you’re looking to take your math and science teaching to the next level, this session is for you!
FORGIVENESS Dr. Nell Collins Prairies 5 Forgiveness is the very heart, mind, will and purpose of God. It is demonstrated in His forgiveness of us, and in our forgiving others, as well as our being forgiven by others. Is it a feeling? Or is it a function? What about forgiving myself? And just how many times do I have to forgive someone, only to have them repeat the same offense tomorrow? How can children be taught that forgiveness is more than “Sorry”? We will look at the particular aspects of biblical forgiveness.
LEADERSHIP + CHANGE IN EDUCATION Dr. Lane Hansel Prairies 6 Looking at the life of Nehemiah, we will learn how to become an effective leader in our schools and communities by being a good teammate. Nehemiah built a team by collaborating, creating buy-in, and providing accountability. In chapter 2, Nehemiah challenged the people to “come, and let us build up the wall,” and the people responded with a resounding, “Let us rise up and build.” On the back of the book Teammates Matter there is a bold statement, “Less me. More team.” Nehemiah provides a blueprint for leadership through team building and offers valuable lessons for school leaders today. WORKSHOP 2 (Thursday, 1:20-2:10 PM)VIRTUAL MATH MANIPULATIVES AND GAME-BASED LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM Kari Till Arcadia 1 I will go over how to incorporate virtual manipulatives and educational games into your daily teaching, share up to date research on how students respond to virtual manipulatives and incorporate examples from computer-based learning.
DEVELOPING A FINE ARTS ACADEMY Dr. Kevin and Grace Suiter Arcadia 2 The Christian school provides a perfect environment for nurturing students’ musical aptitude and growth. This workshop will lead you through the steps of establishing a fine arts academy as part of your school ministry. Topics include feasibility, staff recruitment, infrastructure, bookkeeping, and much more.
30 GOOGLE TOOLS IN 60 MINUTES Josh Hubbard Stone Theatre So you joined the team and started using Google Apps for Education, but how do you get off the bench and into the game? Come and learn about 30 different Google tools you can start using tomorrow to increase your productivity, curate resources, and turbo charge your Google experience!
CLASSROOM PROCEDURES THAT WILL SAVE YOUR SANITY linda Kardamis Meadows In this rapid-fire session, Linda Kardamis will share more than thirty practical classroom procedures that just might save your sanity and will certainly make your classroom run a bit more smoothly. These procedures solve a variety of common problems such as regaining students’ attention, keeping track of absent/missing work, and even the age-old my-students-don’t-have-their-pencils problem. (Perfect for grades 3–12 but will still be helpful for lower grades as well.)
AACS ACCREDITATION BASICS Dr. Jeff Walton The Fields This workshop outlines the procedures and general requirements of the AACS accreditation process. Time is reserved for Q and A.
WHAT DO I TELL THEM? Lorenzo Martinez The Oaks What are the admissions requirements for X, Y, and Z schools? Do X, Y, & Z schools accept credits from A, B, and C school? Are X, Y, and Z schools accredited? How important is it to have an accredited degree? Should my child be taking the ACT or the SAT? When should I fill out my FAFSA? What is FERPA? With some many individualized needs, it seems there are as many questions as there are parents and students. Sometimes you don’t have to know all the answers as much as you need to point them in the right direction.
SCIENCE FAIRS: TRIAL OR TRIUMPH Dr. Brad Batdorf Great Lakes 1 Science fairs provide great opportunities for students to develop scientific thinking by modeling the work of scientists, but science projects often fall short of their potential. Come learn what works, what doesn’t, and be prepared to share some of your own struggles and successes.
BUILDING A CAPACITY FOR CHANGE IN YOUR CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Dr. Brian Carruthers Great Lakes 2 The effective administrator understands that there is always room for improvement in the way things are done in the typical Christian school. Convincing others that change is necessary, however, isn’t always the easiest task. This workshop explores ways to build a capacity for change in the Christian school so that your stakeholders are embracing change instead of resisting it.
THE HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH CURRICULUM Chuck Nicholas Great Lakes 3 What should be taught in today’s communication classroom? Philosophy, procedures, and curricular strategies are discussed.
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE APPS (Lower Elementary) Anita Sedivy Great Lakes 4 Expand your children’s knowledge and reinforce key curriculum concepts with educational apps. You will receive a demonstration of how to effectively engage your young students using only one iPad in a classroom setting. Previous iPad experience is not necessary.
INCORPORATING CURRENT EVENTS IN THE CLASSROOM Gail Nicholas great lakes 5 Every teacher and every classroom should be a resource of current events to all levels of students. This workshop explores the teaching of current events in all subject areas and includes suggestions for incorporating current events into the classroom. Preparing students to “be ready always to give an answer . . . of the hope that is in you” is emphasized as the purpose of teaching current events.
MINING THE TREASURE WITHIN: ACTUATING THE POTENTIAL OF SLD STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM—THE WHO (IDENTIFICATION) Christina Miller Glens 1 Students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) constitute the largest segment of the special education population in the US. Do students with SLD exist in the private school sector? If so, how do we identify them? What is our responsibility as Christian school educators to these students and their parents? In this introductory workshop, Mrs. Miller will address these common concerns and will challenge the Christian educator to consider his/her role in the identification and support of those students with SLD in the Christian school classroom.
TRANSFORM YOUR TEACHING: INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES THAT WORK AND THE TECH TOOLS THAT CAN HELP Dana Davis Glens 2 Use proven instructional strategies and engaging technology tools to transform your teaching. GOD, MAN, AND GOVERNMENT Will Wagner Glens 3 Part 1: How One’s Worldview Affects the Destiny of a Nation In this part of the presentation, Professor Wagner looks at law, liberty, and governance from two different philosophical worldviews. What are the implications for good governance under the rule of law if the American Republic shifts its predominant philosophical paradigm to reject objective “self-evident” truths of the Declaration for a subjective morally relative, ever evolving worldview? Professor Wagner answers this question using powerful examples from legal history. Part 2: The Proper Scope of Congressional, Presidential, and Judicial Power & the Constitutional Liberty Limiting its Exercise In this part of the presentation, Professor Wagner clearly and concisely explains the powers of the Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court under the United States Constitution. He then gives a riveting analysis of various exercises of government power, analyzing how they either fall within or exceed the scope of the Constitution. TEACHING THROUGH STORIES Coralyn Barton Prairies 4 The teachings of Jesus are filled with stories. He knew the power of stories. Stories aren’t just for children. Teenagers and adults love stories. This session will show how stories can be incorporated into everyday teaching for the youngest listener to the oldest. PRIORITY SCHEDULING Dr. Nell Collins Prairies 5 Having been made image-bearers of our God, in what ways do we need to demonstrate His character and nature in our personal priorities? And how do our priorities affect the scheduling principles which we maintain in our spiritual growth unto godliness? What about “burning out” so as not to “rust out”? We will examine the Biblical perspective on priorities in regards to scheduling.
OFFICE TIPS AND THOUGHTS Linda Degroot Prairies 6 Let’s talk about our responsibilities and roles as secretaries in a school or church. It’s a ministry not just a job and God has to give the grace to do it! ISRAEL 101 Vida Velasco Kalamazoo Room We willl be presenting the flagship educational program of Stand with Us that teaches through history and maps the inspiring story of the Jewish people regaining sovereignty in their homeland of Israel. This will be presented at our exhibitor table in the Kalamazoo Room. WORKSHOP 3 (Thursday, 2:30-3:20 PM)EXCELLENCE IN YOUR SHORT TERM MISSIONS TRIPS Jared Hamernick Arcadia 1 Designed to help you consider your short-term missions program, this session will explore what it means to take your students on a short-term missions trip that is genuinely healthy. We will examine the whole process of planning for, preparing for, going on, and returning from a missions trip in order to create a trip characterized by excellence. Whether you view these trips as co-curricular, extra-curricular, or entirely unnecessary, we will grapple with what it means to create a reciprocal and mutually beneficial program for both your team and the community that receives you.
BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN TEACHING AND LEARNING Amy Yohe Arcadia 2 Ensuring that preparation, instruction, and attention promote learning that will last a lifetime will help you bridge the gap between teaching and learning. Learn about these bridges in this session. (Grades 7-12)
CHROMEBOOKS, IPADS, AND SURFACES OH MY! Josh Hubbard Stone Theatre Bring Your Own Device, 1:1, or computer carts—there are so many strategies; how do you decide? Once you have decided on a strategy how do you choose the devices? We will discuss the pros and cons of different strategies and the strengths and weakness of using Google, Microsoft, and Apple. The session will end with a suggested path of how you can move forward with your own tech plans.
ARITHMETIC: BEAT THE CLOCK! Elizabeth Shertzer The Meadows Arithmetic class goes far beyond workbook pages. Learn how to make your arithmetic class interactive and enjoyable for your students. Create a sense of urgency and excitement in arithmetic by trying to “Beat the Clock.” (Grades 1-6) AN OVERVIEW OF THE IOWA ASSESSMENT™ AND COGNITIVE aBILITIES TESTS® TESTING PROGRAM: REVISED FOR 2016 CONFERENCES Judylynn Walton The Fields The Iowa Assessments and CogAT are proven measures of student achievement and reasoning abilities. A proper use of these tests will offer educators a diagnostic look at how their students are progressing in key areas. Form E of the Iowa Assessment™ can provide reliable norm-referenced scores that also predict ACT and SAT scores. Workshop is revised to include new information and receive feedback from participants in the initial year of the program. Includes Q & A.
PUTTING SOME SPIRIT INTO YOUR SPIRIT WEEKS Jim Braughler The Oaks If hat day, school color day, button day and clash day are the trademark elements of your spirit week, this workshop is for you. But do keep in mind, the content covered will NOT be for the faint-of-heart or “We’ve always done it this way” traditions. Ideas from 20+ years of spirit weeks, homecomings, banquets, and special days will be presented. You should leave this workshop with one spirit week, designed by YOU, ready to go and an armload of others ready to adapt to your school. TAKING IT OUTSIDE: USING OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES TO ENHANCE LEARNING Dr. Brad Batdorf Great Lakes 1 Research has shown that taking students outside has physical, emotional, and even academic benefits. Learn about some things you can do to address all types of learners through outdoor activities. This presentation will especially focus on science instruction.
WHAT’S IN A NAME: CHOOSING PLAYS AND SCRIPTS WISELY FOR YOUR MINISTRY Jeff Miller Great Lakes 2 Whenever a ministry has the opportunity to present a play, the director in charge is faced with the somewhat daunting challenge of choosing a script that will satisfy everyone, offend no one, create interest with the potential cast, and draw a crowd of ticket holders. In this workshop, we will discuss solutions to this struggle, present possible alternative production options, and offer specific titles for consideration.
LEADING TEACHERS THROUGH CHANGE Tim McAboy Great Lakes 3 In leading through change, I walk through the ways of creating buy-in with stakeholders, whether teachers, parents, or students, to help ideas move forward.
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE APPS (Upper Elementary & Middle School) Anita Sedivy Great Lakes 4 Expand your students’ knowledge and reinforce key curriculum concepts with educational apps. You will receive a demonstration of how to effectively engage your upper elementary and middle school students using only one iPad in a classroom setting. Previous iPad experience is not necessary.
HISTORY: IS IT A DEAD SUBJECT? Gail Nicholas Great Lakes 5 History classes can become dead if all you do is lecture. Enhance your lectures by incorporating PowerPoint, maps, reports, and projects into your history classes. Suggested videos are included. Learn how to make lectures interesting to the students and how to be a good storyteller in relaying historical events.
HELP FOR THE DYSLEXIC AND SEVERELY DELAYED READERS IN YOUR CLASSROOM Dana Davis Glens 1 Learn research-proven strategies to help the dyslexic and severely delayed reader in your classroom.
LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Dr. Matt Davis Glens 2 The past few years have seen a marked shift in the battle to preserve religious freedom for ministries and Christians with attacks coming against traditional Biblical values from many facets of our culture. This workshop will highlight a few of the key developments in the defense and advancement of the Gospel and Christian education in modern America.
PROTECTING YOUR MINISTRY IN A HOSTILE CULTURE David Kallman & Josh Hershberger Glens 3 In this presentation, David Kallman, Senior Legal Counsel at the Great Lakes Justice Center, and Josh Hershberger, Legal Counsel for the Bold Church Initiative, review some of the most important ministry practices necessary to protect religious liberty. Dave Kallman will begin by explaining why your church or ministry needs a strong statement of faith. He will then explain the best practices to employ in connection with church governance, employment standards, facility use policies, membership, and discipline. Josh Hershberger will explain why ministries should consider internal and external threats to their effectiveness and will conclude with an update on recent legal developments that affect ministries.
LEADERSHIP: UNDERSTANDING OUR SITUATION AND PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY Rev. Brian Barton Prairies 4 We live in a “post-modern” world. Many are saying that we are now living in a “post-Christian” world. The fundamental transformation of America is well underway. What are we to do? I believe that the task to disciple our children in our homes, our churches, and our Christian schools is the key to “building a culture around our faith”. We must, as leaders, understand our situation, progressive Christianity, and ultimately who God is.
WAIT FOR IT Pastor Gordon Dickson Prairies 5 These words from Habakkuk 2:3 give us great light in these dark days. Teaching students to embrace Christ is the central purpose behind Christian education. In this workshop, we will study the pivotal place of Biblical prophecy in our classroom instruction. We will concentrate on practical applications: standing on the prophecies of Christ my King. Study how to “wait for it.” Let’s seize hold of Christ in our Christian schools—making “The Great Commitment” to “The Great Commission.” Then our disciples will know how to respond to the disasters ahead.
SECRETARY SWAP SHOP Sandy Sigo & Debbie Toth Prairies 6 Need a solution to help your office run more smoothly? Come and we’ll brainstorm together. Have a great solution you want to share? Don’t be shy. This workshop is “participant-driven.” We want your ideas for organization, documentation, technology, and communication.
RAISING COURAGEOUS KIDS IN A SEXUALIZED CULTURE Kevin Maginity Kalamazoo Room Kevin Maginity will be presenting Raising Courageous Kids in a Sexualized Culture which will cover how to equip young people to resist the culture and stand up for their values. The presentation will be at our exhibitor table in the Kalamazoo Room.
WORKSHOP 4 (Thursday, 3:40-4:30 PM)BEGINNING BAND: FINE TUNE THE FIRST DAYS OF BEGINNING STUDENTS David E. Smith Arcadia 1 Many music teachers struggle to find ways to improve the progress of their band programs when the solution can be solved by what is done the first few days of the student’s band experience. This session will establish the elements of classroom management and the characteristics of each instrument’s nature. If time allows aspects of the elements of what makes better bands at a more advanced level.
USING CURRICULUM TO YOUR STUDENTS’ ADVANTAGE Amy Yohe Arcadia 2 Join this presentation on how to use curriculum to meet your students’ unique needs.
SCHOOGLE? AN INTRODUCTION TO GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION (GAFE) Dr. David Warren Stone Theatre Come explore a variety of ways to use the FREE suite of tools known as Google Apps for Education. Move beyond the static workflow environment and take advantage of the full suite of dynamic features that are now standard in Google Apps for Education. Let’s peek at what’s new and explore what’s possible when we give our students access to these tools and these advanced features. (Hands-on workshop, Chromebooks provided)
EFFECTIVE DRILLS AND REVIEW Elizabeth Shertzer The Meadows Drills and review should be used on a daily basis in your classroom. Learn how to draw students into your review times by adding variety and excitement. This interactive session will give you the confidence you need to make drills and review enjoyable in your classroom.
CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING IN PRACTICE Lynn Buhrow The Fields Every day students from all different backgrounds enter classrooms that represent a generic “American” educational system. These classes study similar material and have common expectations, and yet the students are not generic; each child is unique and brings with him or her a diverse culture and personal history. The question then must be asked as to how these “one size fits all” classrooms can effectively meet the needs of these diverse learners. This workshop will seek to address the following two questions: What does teaching in a culturally responsive manner look like practically and how do teachers create a culturally responsive class when multiple cultures are represented?
ESCAPING THE PRISON OF FACULTY MEETINGS Dr. Michael T. Phillips The Oaks It’s 3:30, Wednesday afternoon, and it’s time for our monthly teachers’ meeting. The warden walks into the room with essential material he must urgently share with the general population, but the prisoners just want to escape. How many of us administrators have felt like this? We know the importance of faculty meetings but never seem to convey this properly to our teachers. This workshop will not transform your staff into eager participants. It will, however, provide administrators with practical thoughts and ideas to make faculty meetings profitable and maybe even enjoyable!
SECONDARY SCIENCE SURVIVAL STRATEGIES Dr. Brad Batdorf Great Lakes 1 Get tips on presentation methods, demonstrations, projects, labs, grading, classroom management and more. Come prepared to learn and also share some of your own successes.
A FRAMEWORK FOR WORKING WITH ANGRY/UPSET PARENTS Kellie J. Sigh Great Lakes 2 Let’s face it, dealing with parents can be tough—especially when they become angry! Lessons learned from work in Milwaukee’s central city are paired with a framework for handling difficult parent situations. John 3:30 will be the guiding verse for this workshop.
PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION Chuck Nicholas great lakes 3 This is a “how-to” session on preparing students for extemporaneous speaking and original oratory. Basic elements of persuasive and inspirational speaking for the high school student are also discussed.
CHEATING 101: PREVENTING POPULAR METHODS OF CHEATING, PLAGIARISM, AND OTHER QUESTIONABLE PRACTICES IN YOUR CLASSROOM Anita Sedivy Great Lakes 4 Attention will be given to both the high tech and low tech methods students employ along with practical suggestions to prevent such behavior.
SENIORS NIGHT OUT: ORGANIZING AND PLANNING A JUNIOR/SENIOR BANQUET Gail Nicholas Great Lakes 5 The Jr/Sr banquet should be a highlight event for juniors and seniors, but it is a major undertaking for any teacher to have added to his/her load. This workshop gives ways to direct and produce a successful junior/senior banquet. First, the session deals with the philosophy that must be the foundation for presenting the banquet. Getting started, setting a timetable, and choosing a theme are covered. Ideas on how to honor the seniors are explored. The workshop then continues on with incorporating the theme into the decorations and the program. Resources for decoration ideas are discussed and examples are given. Suggestions for including a successful program are given.
ISLAM AND THE BIBLE IN TODAY’S WORLD Dr. Ed Panosian Glens 1 What should a Bible-believing Christian student know about Islam’s past and present? How should he respond to it in his own time—as a Christian and as an American? A practical and principled exercise to inform.
HELPING THOSE WHO ARE DEPRESSED Dr. Bruce Meyer Glens 2 The term “depression” often represents a range of negative emotions but to a person who is feeling blue, the term feels all too personal and real. How should we understand the problem given the many prevailing theories? How do we help those who are suffering with their feelings? How do the Scriptures assess the problem? This workshop answers these questions and offers Biblical and practical solutions for those offering care. The workshop also offers a model for understanding the dimensions of depression Biblically.
THE MANY FACES IN MY CLASSROOM: ADHD AND IT’S MULTI-FACETED DILEMMA Jodi Arnst Glens 3 What does ADHD look like? What can I do? But that’s not fair. How do I help? Accommodations and plans: 504 and IEP (NPSP) Helping the parent: a) identify b) come to accept.
LEADERSHIP: WHO IS GOD? Rev. Brian Barton Prairies 4 Many people believe that all faiths ultimately worship the same God. Does Christianity and Islam, Evangelicals and Mormons all worship the same God? Who is God? Could you clearly and concisely answer that question and defend you answer? This session will deal with the question Elijah posed in I Kings 18-19, and will enable us to “… be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.” GLIOBLASTOMA GIFTS AND BRAIN TUMOR BLESSINGS Rebekah Lewis Prairies 5 On Christmas Eve, 2015, my mom was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. My family wept together, held onto each other, and clung to the only rock visible through our tears and fears: Jesus Christ! Psalm 34 was the first Scripture passage we turned to, and it was the Psalm God used to help me begin to bow the knee to Jesus during this dark time He has gifted my family with. God’s mercy, power, and goodness are brilliantly displayed through Jesus Christ Who is the Hope in any trial, no matter how small or large. Truly the treasure in my trial is Christ!
THE POWER OF MUSIC Ben Everson Prairies 6 The Power of Music is an enjoyable look at the ways music influences us as people. Full of illustrations and even humor, Evangelist Ben Everson brings Scripture and common sense to bear on what is a touchy subject. As both a preacher and musician for over 20 years, Everson is uniquely gifted to deal with this topic. If you only catch one message on music from Ben, this is the one to hear. WORKSHOP 5 (Friday, 8:30-9:20 AM)TOP 7 REASONS WHY YOUR SCHOOL NEEDS CURRICULUM MAPPING & CURRICULUM TRAK Dan Beerens Arcadia 1 Curriculum mapping is a foundational tool for effective school improvement efforts at both the school and teacher level. Explore how the 4 C’s of school improvement—clarity, consistency, collaboration, and constituents—are addressed through the mapping process. Understand how to use mapping to answer your most important questions around teaching and learning. Learn how quickly teachers can be using the program. Capture best practice at your school and network with other schools to learn of their best practices!
ENHANCE LEARNING IN YOUR ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM Amy Yohe Arcadia 2 How do you make teaching effective and learning enjoyable in the foundational elementary years? Join me for a presentation on ideas to assist you. (Grades 1-2)
MORE TEACHING, LESS TECH-ING WITH GOOGLE CLASSROOM Dr. David Warren stone theatre What is Google Classroom and how can I use it in my school? Google Classroom helps teachers create & organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently and communicate with their classes with ease. This workshop will be a hands-on lesson on how to use Google Classroom effectively and efficiently to bring your classroom into the digital age in a free and easy way. (Hands-on workshop, Chromebooks provided)
YOU CAN FIND BALANCE & STILL GET IT ALL DONE Linda Kardamis The Meadows We all know teaching takes hard work and dedication, but do you ever feel like it’s completely taking over your life? Are you overwhelmed and stressed? Do you feel guilty for neglecting your family then later feel guilty for neglecting school? This is not how God intended things to be. What you need is balance. Join us to discover six life-changing principles that will not only help you get it all done without letting it take over your life, but will also make you a better teacher and put you on the road to a more balanced life. “IT’S MY PLEASURE”: A CHICK-FIL-A® MENTALITY TO EDUCATION Ann Marie Rill The Fields Imagine responding to every student, every parent, every peer in the same way that Chick-Fil-A® employees respond to their customers—in both work and deed! How would that change your classroom, your faculty, your school? It’s a simple phrase packed with meaning. We can glean much from the practices of this most-beloved fast food establishment.
BARKING LIKE A BIG DOG Dr. Michael T. Phillips The Oaks A bigger dog may have a louder bark, but it doesn’t mean it is a better dog. Bigger isn’t always better. Based on research, I will demonstrate that size and quality are not a direct correlation. Having worked in schools of 60, 200, and 800, I have gained a perspective that has given me confidence in administrating a small school. Although we may not have the variety of offerings, I believe that small Christian schools can be—and should be—quality schools that meet the spiritual, academic, social, and physical needs of every student.
SCIENCE FAIR OF THE FUTURE: STEM FAIR Mary Hillebrand Great Lakes 1 This session will revitalize your traditional science fair into a STEM fair. Project ideas will be shared along with the organizational aspects. A look at what is expected to compete at the AACS Nationals Science Fair will also be covered. Don’t have a science fair but would like to start one? Come to the session and I will help you get started!
USING SERVICE EXCELLENCE SKILLS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS Kellie J. Sigh Great Lakes 2 There is a correlation between student-teacher relationships and student achievement. Yet, this well-known research sometimes takes a back seat to classroom learning. The truths of Scripture are combined with service excellence basics to assist educators in consistently building relationships with their students. The key is to think differently about students.
BE THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD IN SURMOUNTING THE TASK OF SPEECH COMPETITION: Part 1 Terrie Callan Great Lakes 3 We’ll discuss choosing pieces, marking scripts, deadlines and practice schedules, and character development.
HELPING YOUR STUDENTS DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS Ann Carruthers Great Lakes 4 An interactive workshop exploring ways to integrate critical thinking skills in everyday teaching.
MATH MUNCHIES Heidi Braughler Great Lakes 5 Want a fun way to liven your math class? Come play, learn, and eat tried and true ideas for teaching math using food. Most ideas presented will apply to middle and high school math classes, but many could be adapted to elementary as well.
RUNNING RECORDS: ASSESSING AND IMPROVING THE READING SKILLS OF YOUR STUDENTS Dana Davis Glens 1 Running records are a fantastic assessment tool that can be used by classroom teachers to pinpoint the reading strengths and weaknesses of each student. Learn to create running record assessments that can be used to improve the reading skills of each child in your classroom.
LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES Dr. Matt Davis Glens 2 Ministries to children remain under legal attack in America today. Even a false allegation of abuse can ruin a worker’s life and decimate the testimony of a work for God in the community. Attorney Davis will outline the three main legal attacks threatening children’s ministries and what ministry leaders and workers can do to protect the children we serve and the workers from false allegations.
DYSLEXIA #1 Pam O’Shaughnessey Glens 3 What is dyslexia? Dyslexia affects almost 20% of the population, therefore, it is highly probable that every classroom has several dyslexic students. Learn the warning signs and the myths concerning dyslexia!
IF YOU CAN TELL A STORY, YOU CAN WRITE A STORY Coralyn Barton Prairies 4 This session will focus on the fundamentals of telling and writing a story. Segments of Creation Stories for Children will be shared.
WALK IN THE SPIRIT Dr. Nell Collins Prairies 5 We know, according to Galatians 5:16, that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh if we are walking in the Spirit. How does that actually translate into our everyday, stress-filled lives and ministries? How will we know if we are accomplishing God’s divine plan? How will others know or do they need to know? We will use God’s Word to clearly discern whether we are doing so in our lives and ministries. TEACHING FOR TOMORROW Elizabeth Zempel Prairies 6 If you’re teaching your students only, your ministry ends at the end of the class hour. Why limit yourself? Teach through your students to reach the next generation! Don’t teach your students, teach their students.
USING MUSIC TO MINISTER AND PERFORMANCE TO MOTIVATE Terry Schipplein Kalamazoo Room This workshop will discuss a method that has been proven to motivate the students to learn music, practice their instruments, and then use what they have learned to help others. Tips and methods to help the students be eager to practice will be discussed as well as the proper way to prepare the students for a performance. These goals keep the student motivated while at the same time teaching them about proper music and letting them experience how their music can help others. We will share with the attendees our methods which have been published and used both at Christian schools in the States as well as abroad. From the first few notes a student learns as a beginner, they can be taught how to play a song and perform for the benefit of others. The same methods work as the student advances with both knowledge and skill. This workshop will be held at the Maestoso Press exhibitor table in the Kalamazoo Room. WORKSHOP 6 (Friday, 9:40-10:30 AM)CONDUCTING: TECHNICS AND TRAVESTIES! David E. Smith Arcadia 1 Student performers often play and interpret just what the conductor presents- good, bad, or indifferent. This session deals not only with the rudiments of basic and more advanced conducting, but also with the latent aspects of what conductors often do and are not even aware of—the faux pas they generate and then wonder what their performers are doing or what they’re not doing.
THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD James Muffett Arcadia 2 Learn about the important role of faith in our national heritage and how, without Christianity, America as we know it today could not exist.
FREE APPS THAT YOU CAN USE TODAY! Dr. David Warren Stone Theatre Does your school have zero budget and little vision for technology in the classroom? In this fast paced and interactive session I will give you some go to apps that any teacher can begin using right away to enhance their classroom. I guarantee you will leave with something you will use in your classroom this fall! Chromebooks will be provided or you can bring your device and interact or just watch and learn. (Hands-on workshop, Chromebooks provided. Android tablet or phone, iPad or iphone, or any laptop will work)
PHONICS: SIX EASY STEPS TO READING Elizabeth Shertzer The Meadows Learning to read is so much fun when using these six easy steps. Come and learn the basic steps of phonics and see how it will put your students on the road to successful reading. (K3)
MULTI-GRADE CLASSROOMS Judylynn Walton The Fields Conquering the challenges inherent in multi-grade classrooms will provide distinct advantages to the entire school family—students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Workshop includes valuable research and helpful strategies for anyone considering, implementing, and/or teaching multi-grade classroom(s).
USING TECHNOLOGY IN THE SPANISH CLASSROOM Lorenzo Martinez the oaks The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) states that one of the keys to foreign language teaching is exposing students to real-world scenarios in the four areas of proficiency: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Learn how to implement the Standards for Learning Spanish (The 5 C’s–communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities) using various tools and websites both in and out the classroom.
STEM TO STERN: ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS SCIENCE Mary Hillebrand Great Lakes 1 STEM to STERN is a hands on workshop showing elementary teachers that you can teach science without fear and without a budget (program uses everyday kitchen items). Receive a thumb drive with over 55 different hands-on activities to do in your classroom. We will also go over the 5-E lesson plan on how to implement an activity in your class.
CREATING A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTION PLAN FOR THE INSTRUCTIONAL LEADER Dr. Brian Carruthers Great Lakes 2 This practical workshop shows how administrators can candidly evaluate their instructional leadership skills by seeking input from those around them. Using the results of this assessment, administrators are shown how to develop a professional development action plan to improve their weaknesses and further develop their strengths.
BE THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD IN SURMOUNTING THE TASK OF SPEECH COMPETITION: Part 2 Terrie Callan Great Lakes 3 This session will include hands-on participation demonstrating how to work with a student. It is not necessary to come to Part 1 to benefit from Part 2. We will try to include Q&A in Part 2. CHORAL REHEARSAL TECHNIQUES Dr. Kevin Suiter Great Lakes 4 Have you run out of rabbits to pull out of your hat? Looking for new warm-up ideas? Want to find some ideas to freshen up your rehearsal routine? Join us as we discuss ideas to help choir directors infuse their rehearsals with fresh energy. We will consider how to rehearse a song from start to finish including: how to introduce a new song, creative approaches to teaching a song, and getting and keeping a song performance-ready. Warm-up routines and use of technology will also be discussed. Ideas presented will apply to choirs of all ages/stages of development.
INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS: ARE THEY WORTH THE WORK? Heidi Braughler Great Lakes 5 Interactive notebooks are all the rage in education right now, but is there any proof that they improve achievement? This workshop will discuss the findings of a year-long research project regarding interactive notebooks so that you can decide whether or not you should use them in your classroom. Included will be tips and tricks I’ve gleaned from using them in my classroom so that you don’t have to learn everything by trial and error.
MINING THE TREASURE WITHIN: ACTUATING THE POTENTIAL OF SLD STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM—THE WHAT (SERVICING) Christina Miller Glens 1 Once we have identified students with SLD in our classrooms, it behooves us as Christian educators to provide them with an education that will fit their individual learning needs. In this workshop, Mrs. Miller will address the Christian school’s current response to this segment of our constituency, and what we can do to better support their academic needs in the classroom and beyond. Classroom modifications and accommodations will be discussed, as well as ideas for setting up an effective resource room in your school.
WAR OF WORDS Dr. Bruce Meyer Glens 2 Of all the battles we wage, our words often seem to be the hardest to conquer. If we find this battle difficult, our students must also be fighting the same battle (evidently losing in painfully obvious ways at times, too). This workshop looks at a theology of words and provides Biblical and practical solutions that begin with heart change that results in tongue change.
DARE TO BE A DANIEL David Kallman Glens 3 In this presentation, David Kallman, Senior Legal Counsel at the Great Lakes Justice Center, looks at Daniel’s life, reflecting on his obedience and faithfulness to God in an ungodly culture. He then challenges the audience to live likewise when worldviews collide in the current culture.
THIS CLASS IS TOO HARD FOR ME Dr. Jeff Walton Prairies 4 Why do some students give up when faced with a challenging task while others increase their efforts? Research indicates that a primary factor influencing these behaviors is the student’s pursuit of learning goals or performance goals in the classroom. Teacher behaviors are an important contributor to a child’s perception of a learning or performance climate. Some changes in your behaviors might help your students achieve more.
USING THE BIBLE FOR ALL IT’S WORTH Pastor Gordon Dickson Prairies 5 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable” (or useful). We will discuss how to make your classes come alive through useful applications of Scripture. Master the 4 steps to turn Biblical principles into best practices. Study the way that the saints of God have applied God’s principles and promises. Learn how to take apart passages by studying practices, principles, and the Person of God. Learn to use the Bible for all it’s worth.
HOW TO HANDLE SQUIRRELS IN YOUR OFFICE Linda Degroot Prairies 6 Those pesky squirrels are always showing up just as soon as you start a project or get focused on a task! How do you handle all those distractions? How do you accomplish anything in your day? A school office is full of activity with a little chaos thrown in every now and then—how do you handle it and do it gracefully?! WORKSHOP 7 (Friday, 10:45-11:35 AM)SHAKESPEARE: REQUIRED OR APPRECIATED Jerry Partin Arcadia 1 What are the subjects you did not enjoy? Students anticipate problems which interfere with enjoying Shakespeare. Shakespeare does not teach Bible, but it does teach Biblical truths and Shakespeare portrays almost every type of person and situation we meet today. Remember, Shakespeare was not written to be read, but to be seen (actually to be heard); therefore, learn to teach how to visualize what is said in the text. Don’t expect the students to be Shakespeare experts. The goal should be to introduce Shakespeare and lead them to continue enjoying Shakespeare on their own. Let the students learn to appreciate Shakespeare.
BREAKING THE CURSE OF LOW EXPECTATIONS James Muffett Arcadia 2 The people who were teenagers in the 1960s are now in charge of every major institution in America! Young people today may only be a small part of the population, but they are 100% of the future. When presented with a vision bigger than themselves, young people will consistently rise to the occasion. Learn how SSI can partner with your school to equip teenagers to be leaders in their generation!
WHY B.Y.O.D. IS B.A.D. Dr. David Warren Stone Theatre Learn from a principal who has worked with numerous schools across the country to help them adopt technology into the classroom why the Bring Your Own Device model is a bad choice for most Christian schools. Even if you end up disagreeing, you can at least avoid the pitfalls that many schools fall in when trying to adopt new technology in their schools.
READING: BUILDING SKILLS TO LAST A LIFETIME Elizabeth Shertzer The Meadows The reading teacher is instrumental in developing skills for life-long reading. Learn valuable helps for conducting a reading class.
NEVER LET THEM SEE YOU SWEAT Ann Marie Rill The Fields Teaching is tough. However, teaching junior high and high school students can be downright brutal. Unlike those elementary students who love and adore you the moment they enter your classroom, junior high and high school students often have a litany of “tests” for those teachers who accept the challenge of the secondary classroom. Classroom management can be tricky with these students who don’t wish to be considered children but who are not yet adults. This workshop will provide the secondary instructor with helpful tips for navigating the challenges of balancing discipline and building relationships while preparing students for life beyond the classroom. FREE RESOURCES ALREADY IN YOUR TOWN Jim Braughler The Oaks What Christian educator doesn’t struggle with limited resources and unlimited needs? Many of those needs (and wants) are only a library card away. Working in and with public libraries over the years have provided many educational services that you may not be aware of or need a refresher course on. Bring your library card and an open mind to discover the many hidden gems only blocks away from your Christian school. ELEVATING YOUR TEACHING THROUGH SELF-EVALUATION Stephen Stockton great lakes 1 Most teachers are looking for ways to improve their teaching methods so that they can become even more effective teachers, but some teachers are unsure about how best to go about the process. This workshop will focus on the process of teacher self-evaluation. You will be given instruments that will provide methods to collect valuable data to help inform decisions regarding your teaching process.
PROVIDING GUIDANCE SERVICES WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR Dr. Brian Carruthers Great Lakes 2 Most Christian schools do not have the finances to emloy a guidance counselor, and yet someone needs to attend to the myriad of guidance issues in the school. Most often, this becomes another responsibility for the busy administrator. This workshop outlines what is important and how to fit it into an already busy schedule.
THE POWER OF INDIRECT COMMUNICATION Jeff Miller Great Lakes 3 The stage is a powerful medium for communicating a message. How can your school or ministry utilize its full potential in affecting change within your audience? What principles of indirect communication can you harness in order to fully engage your audience to the end—that they personalize and internalize the message you set before them?
HELPING YOUR STUDENTS TO BECOME MORE “GLOBALLY MINDED” Ann Carruthers Great Lakes 4 With our classrooms becoming more diverse and students more aware of the world around them, teachers should look for opportunities to integrate cultural studies in their classroom teaching. This workshop will provide practical ways to explore the way people live in other parts of the world as well as a means to challenge students with the Great Commission, “Go ye into all the world…”
GEOMETRY PROJECTS FOR HIGHER-ORDER THINKING Andrew Fry Great Lakes 5 You know math is fun, exciting, fascinating, and practical—but how do you demonstrate all these facets to students at the same time? This workshop will present three lessons for hands-on geometry projects which will yield complex student creations demonstrating deep understanding of geometry concepts. Students study surface area and volume by building new packaging for an existing product, learn about tessellations by designing their own tessellating shape, and demonstrate their cumulative knowledge of geometry by developing a math trail.
MINING THE TREASURE WITHIN: ACTUATING THE POTENTIAL OF SLD STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM—THE HOW (INSTRUCTION AND INTERVENTION) Christina Miller Glens 1 How can I, as a Christian school educator, better teach those students with SLD in my classroom? In this workshop, Mrs. Miller will address practical techniques and strategies that teachers can employ to effectively engage all students, including those with SLD, into their classroom teaching. The workshop will also discuss various interventions in reading and math that can be used to supplement and support these academic areas for all remedial students.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW Dr. Matt Davis glens 2 Most school handbooks have more words devoted to belt requirements and car line procedures than social media and other online dangers. In this practical session, Attorney Matt Davis will outline the most common dangers of social media in education and give plain English advice on how to address them.
DYSLEXIA #2 Pam O’Shaugnessey Glens 3 Accommodations for the dyslexic student. Come and learn how the teacher can help the dyslexic student succeed in school!
If YOU WERE YOU, WOULD YOU HIRE YOU? Dr. Philip Alsup Prairies 4 While it’s true that everyone has influence, the reality is that few of us will ever rise to the top of our organization’s leadership pyramid. Despite not being “in charge” of a ministry or business, Christians especially must aspire to lead well in the lower tiers of influence for the good of their organizations. Waiting on the boss to make every decision stifles creativity and morale, and yet full autonomy can also be dangerous and unhealthy. Those who learn to strike the right balance become the type of employees every organization needs and every boss longs for. Be the most valuable leader in your organization, whether you’re the boss, a follower, or somewhere in between. Use your influence effectively and become a sought-after leader, even when you’re not the one in charge.
THE FIVE BIGGEST PROBLEMS IN THE CHRISTIAN CLASSROOM Donovan Hadaway Prairies 5 We all know that Christian educators face an increasingly secular worldview that ignores God’s Word and openly defies the Gospel. The world “out there” is an easy target for us. But there are battles going on inside the four walls of the classroom that are invisible to us. In this workshop, we will uncover the five biggest problems lurking in the Christian classroom. The scriptural and relevant answers to these problems will encourage your heart and help you to face these problems with confidence and conviction. IS MUSIC WORTH FIGHTING ABOUT ANYMORE? Ben Everson Prairies 6 Nobody cares about fighting music wars anymore, right? Evangelist Ben Everson lived through the music wars on the front lines and brings his unique perspective from God’s Word in this non-controversial session of reflection on the topic of music.