Dordt College News

Heartland Christian Educators’ Convention to be held Oct. 6-7

September 29, 2005

The annual Heartland Christian Educators’ Convention will take place on October 6-7 on the Dordt College campus. More than 450 educators from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska will participate. This annual convention, formerly dubbed the Tri-State Teachers’ Institute, has been organized for more than 50 years. Post

Sixty-nine workshops are scheduled throughout the day on Thursday and Friday. The workshops will examine a wide range of topics from “Social Studies – I Don’t Have Time for That!” to “Am I Teaching Racism?” Sectionals are also planned to deal with subjects such as music, art, math, English, history, Bible and others for pre-K through grade 12.

The keynote speaker for the convention will be Arden Ruth Post. Dr. Post is a professor of reading and language education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Post has been a frequent presenter at teachers’ conventions, reading association meetings, teacher inservice workshops, and parent/teacher events. She has written articles for a wide range of journals and has published two books. Dr. Post’s topic will be “God’s Pencils.” She will be speaking on the challenges we face acting as God’s pencils in today’s world and remind us of the hope God can bring when we are His instruments.

This year people may choose to attend sectionals that build on the major address topics–in other words, they may choose to follow one of the two convention tracks. Syd Hielema will be main speaker of the first track. Dr. Hielema is an associate professor of Theology and Youth Ministry at Dordt College. Prior to being an associate professor, Dr. Hielema served as a Christian Reformed youth pastor and a high school music and English teacher. Dr. Hielema’s track will focus on diversity and tolerance in the classroom.

Steve Winkle will be the main speaker of the second track. Winkle is the chaplain at South Christian High in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Winkle graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in English in 1984 and went on to teach missionary kids in the Philippines for a year, and then taught English for five years at South Christian High in Grand Rapids. Winkle’s track will focus on chapel worship.

The public is invited to attend four sessions. On Thursday at 10 a.m. Dr. Post will speak in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the topic, “God’s Pencils.” On Thursday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. both Hielema and Winkle will speak. Dr. Hielema will kick-off track one with the topic “Every Nation, Tribe, People, and Language” in room 160 of the Classroom Building. Winkle will kick-off track two with the topic “Whose Worship Service Is It Anyway?” in room 101 of the Science Building. On Friday at 10:45 a.m. Dr. Post will present Part II of “God’s Pencils” in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. There is no charge to attend these events.

For more information contact Anne Maatman, Convention Coordinator, at 712-722-6216.

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