Dordt College News

Heartland Christian Educatorsí Convention Oct. 4 and 5 at Dordt

September 20, 2007


The annual Heartland Christian Educators’ Convention will take place on October 4-5 on the Dordt College campus. Educators from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska will participate in the annual convention.

Cynthia Tobias will address the convention about learning styles, the inborn, distinguishing characteristics that identify natural learning strengths. Tobias is the author of The Way We Learn, which has sold over 200,000 copies in English and thousands more in multiple languages. A Nazarene pastor’s daughter, Tobias draws on her experience as a teacher and police officer to make entertaining, fast-paced, and informative presentations. Her experience in her “In-Home Laboratory” with her almost-completely opposite husband and their identical twin sons adds to her expertise.

Public invited
The convention planners invite the public to both addresses by Tobias on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and Friday at 10:45 a.m. in the B.J. Haan auditorium. There is no charge to attend these events.

KreditThe convention theme is “In All Your Ways Acknowledge Him.” Topics receiving in-depth attention are “Creation” and “School Climate.” Harlan Kredit of Lynden Christian High School (Lynden, WA), kicking off the Creation track, will make a multi-media presentation entitled “Can You See Him?” Kredit is an award-winning science teacher with 45 years experience.

Dan Beerens will lead off the School Climate track by facilitating a panel discussion about “Creating a Climate/Culture for Faith Nurture and Learning: Balancing Grace and Truth.” Area teachers participating in the panel are Howard Schaap (Southwest Minnesota Christian High School, Edgerton, MN), Brad Vis (Rock Valley Christian School), and Sara Whitsell (Sioux Falls Christian School). Beerens is the vice-president for learning services at Christian Schools International (Grand Rapids, MI).

BeerensThe convention schedule includes 60 workshops, which will examine a wide range of topics regarding music, art, math, English, history, and Bible for grades pre-K through 12. Sessions like “What’s My Line” and “Dyslexic by Design” will provide educators with new ideas and tools that they can implement into their own classrooms following the convention.

Symposium on Thursday evening
The Symposium for School Board Members and Promotion Committees will meet on Thursday, October 4. This event will include several workshops, a banquet, and a speech entitled “Motivating Students to Take Charge of their Own Success” by Cynthia Tobias. Focus on the Family commissioned Tobias’ first book, which led to six more books about learning styles.

The symposium theme is “Motivational Conversations” and includes workshops about developing marketing tools for Christian schools. Promotion committees will share success stories and challenges in an effort to help each other.

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

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