Dordt College News

Heartland Christian Educators' Convention Oct. 5-6

September 27, 2006

The annual Heartland Christian Educators’ Convention will take place October 5-6 on the Dordt College campus. More than 450 educators from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska will participate in the annual convention.

Two keynote addresses and almost 100 workshops are scheduled throughout the day on Thursday and Friday. The workshops will examine a wide range of topics such as music, art, math, English, history, Bible and others for pre-K through grade 12.

Sessions including “Faith and Film: Using Movies Effectively in the High School Classroom” and “We’re Not Just Playing Games: Let’s Get Healthy!” will provide educators with new ideas and tools that can be implemented into their own classrooms following the convention.

The keynote speaker for the convention will be Rev. Lew Vander Meer. Rev. Vander Meer teaches Bible at Grand Rapids Christian High School, is an adjunct professor of communication at Calvin College and is a pastor at New Community Church. He will present a two-part keynote entitled “Seeking the Gift of Prophecy.” Rev. Vander Meer will be addressing the Bible as the ultimate word of prophecy, and prophecy in terms of the individual. Rev. Vander Meer will seek to address the question, “To what extent may I be the mouth of God?” He will also present a workshop called “Teaching Heaven, Hell and the End of the World.”

This year there will also be two major addresses on Thursday, October 5. One lecture, “You Can’t Teach in this School Without Clean Socks,” will be given by Dave Koetje, who is currently the President of Christian Schools International.

William Romanowski will present the other address, “Christian Schooling, Popular Art and Culture.” Romanowski is a Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College where he teaches courses in film, communication, and culture studies.

The public is invited to attend four sessions. On Thursday at 10 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium, Rev. Vander Meer will present the first part of his keynote, “Seeking the Gift of Prophecy.” On Thursday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. both Koetje and Romanowski will speak. Koetje will speak in Classroom 160, and Romanowski will speak in room 101 of the Science Building. On Friday at 10:45 a.m., Rev. Vander Meer will present Part II of “Seeking the Gift of Prophecy” in the BJ Haan Auditorium. There is no charge to attend these events.

The Symposium for School Board Members and Promotion Committees will also meet during the convention. This event will include several workshops, a banquet, and a speech entitled "Leading for Change" that will be delivered by Dave Koetje, who will speak about the connection between the world of work in Bangalore, India and the world schools are preparing students to enter.

The symposium also includes information about developing marketing tools for Christian schools and about grant money that is available for creating marketing tools. Heartland Christian Schools distributes the money to schools who submit marketing plans for review.

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

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