Dordt College News

Heartland Christian Educatorís Convention is Oct. 7-8

September 15, 2010

The annual Heartland Christian Educators’ Convention will take place on October 7-8 on the Dordt College campus. More than 400 educators from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska are expected.

The theme this year will be “Christian Education: The Gift that Keeps on Giving,” with two keynotes being given on this topic by Dr. Bob Stouffer, superintendent of Des Moines Christian School.

Two main tracks will be the topics of many workshops over the two day convention. The first track, “Creative Teaching,” focuses on the arts and why it is important to teach the arts, with suggestions on incorporating them into the classroom. The lead workshop will be given by Elmer Yazzie, art educator at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy in Tucson, Arizona. Track workshops include “Puppetry: The Untapped Treasure for your Classroom,” “Drawing in Church,” and “Drama, Drama, Drama!”

The second track, “Redemptive Teaching,” will focus on the importance of the educator’s personal relationship with God. The track will encourage teachers to encourage and incorporate that relationship into their classroom techniques. The lead workshop will be given by Donovan Graham, retired Professor of Education at Covenant College. He now resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Other workshops include “Is this Still my Calling?” “Bringing Grace into Your Classroom,” and “Pay it Forward Again and Again and Again!”

The convention will offer a third “Bonus Track,” which includes workshops on cheerleading, biblical competition, and tips for grade school and junior high coaches and athletic directors.

This year, the convention premiers a new component: the “Where Are They Now?” hour. The hour will include four presentations by graduates of Christian schools. Presenters are Tricia Van Ee Molbert, classical singer and voice teacher; Sandi Altena, transitional housing director at The Bridge; Erika Hoogeveen, private music lesson teacher; and Lyndon Overweg, Chief of Public Safety in Mitchell, SD.

Further, the two days of the convention are filled with workshops that cover a variety of topics like “PBS KIDS Raising Readers” and “Photosynth your Geography” and “Agriculture Counts!”

The public is invited to attend. Everyone is welcome to attend the following sessions. There is no charge to attend these events.

• Thursday, October 7, 9:30 A.M., in the BJ Haan auditorium – Stouffer, “Gifting Others with Active Listening, Effective Questioning, and Powerful Paraphrasing”
• Thursday, October 7, 11:00 A.M. in the Science Building lecture hall – Graham, “The Teacher Who Walks Intimately with God”
• Thursday, October 7, 12:00 noon in the BJ Haan auditorium – Yazzie, “Bez on the Rez”
• Friday, October 8, 10:45 A.M. in the BJ Haan auditorium – Stouffer, “Christian Education WILL Prevail.”

For more information, contact Heartland Christian Schools at 712-722-6216.

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