Dordt College News

Heartland Christian Educatorsí Convention Oct. 2 - 3

September 25, 2008


The annual Heartland Christian Educators’ Convention will take place on October 2-3 on the Dordt College campus. More than 450 educators from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska are expected to attend.

This year’s theme is “The Garden of His Delight,” with two keynotes being given on this topic by author and Professor David Smith, who also serves as director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning.

Both keynote addresses (and sessions on discipline and inclusion noted below) are open to the public. There is no cost to attend.

The opening keynote address on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium, “Gardens of Delight: Teaching and Christian Imagination,” will look at some of the ways that we have been led to imagine teachers and classrooms, and contrast them with the long Christian tradition of imagining learning in terms of the creation and corruption of Gardens of Delight.


Friday’s keynote at 10:45 a.m., “Tending the Garden: The Spirituality of the Classroom” will strive to answer the question of how we can design teaching and learning in the light of Isaiah’s call to be Gardens of Delight.

Discipline and inclusion will be the two main topics of many workshops over the two day convention.

“Inclusion” focuses on including children with special needs, disabilities or unique learning processes into the classroom. The first two workshops included in this track will be given by Barb Newman, a school and church consultant at the CLC Network in Michigan. Newman works with congregations and schools to fully include individuals who have disabilities, and provide training in the areas of disability awareness and inclusion in the life of faith.

“Discipline” will aim to teach productive and grace-filled discipline in classrooms, for any student with any background. Marty Wallace will give the first two workshops of this track, called “So God has Chosen you to Teach” and “How does Attachment Affect Learning.” Wallace works as a registered play therapist and attachment specialist in Rock Valley.


The many other workshops given throughout the conference will be from various teachers and professors, directors and consultants, examining a wide range of topics. Some sessions include “Teaching the I-Kid how to Drive Safely” and “Easy As Pi: Differentiating Math in the Elementary Classroom” Covering PreK-12 and every subject available in and out of a regular classroom, the workshops are designed to be interactive and give new ideas for both the teacher and the student.

The public is invited to attend the following keynotes and workshops. There is no charge to attend these events.

Keynote Addresses in the B.J. Haan Auditorium: David Smith Thursday at 9:15 a.m. and Friday at 10:45 a.m.

Inclusion, Classroom Building 160: Barb Newman Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Dan Van Kooten Thursday at 2:30 p.m.; Sharen Rosenboom Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Discipline, in Science Building 101: Marty Wallace Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Darrel De Ruiter and Barry Miedema Thursday at 2:30 p.m.; Tom Kerr Friday at 9:30 a.m.

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

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