Dordt College News

Heartland Christian Educators’ Convention Oct. 2-3

September 30, 2003

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 will participate. This annual convention, formerly dubbed the Tri-State Teachers’ Institute, has been organized for more than 50 years.

Forty-eight workshops are scheduled throughout the day on Thursday and Friday morning. The workshops cover topics that range from “The Top Ten Characteristics of a Master Teacher” to “What Shall We Do for the Program This Year?” Sectionals are also planned to deal with subjects such as drama, art, math, English, history, Bible and others for pre-K through grade 12.

The keynote speaker for the convention will be Jolene De Heer. De Heer has been the keynote inspirational speaker for such events as the annual Christian Reformed World Missionaries Conference in Africa and at various conventions and conferences for leaders and students across the United States and Canada. De Heer has co-authored devotional books for teens, writes her own customized companion devotions for retreats and conferences, and is currently writing a devotional book for women.

Sherri Lantinga and Willie Gesch will also give major addresses. Lantinga graduated from Calvin College and obtained her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago. Lantinga is interested in how basic Christian beliefs shape how one teaches and learns. She enjoys gardening and reading novels, going for prairie hikes with her husband and three children, and teaching psychology at Dordt College.

Willie Gesch is the pastor of Platte Christian Reformed Church in Platte, South Dakota. Gesch began his career as a teacher at Phil-Mont Christian Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After teaching in Sheboygan and Oostburg, Wisconsin, he moved to Peru and taught children of Wycliffe Bible Translators. He later became a licensed exhorter in the Christian Reformed Church while teaching at Dakota Christian High School, in New Holland, South Dakota. He has been a pastor since 1999.

The public is invited to attend four sessions. On Thursday at 9:30 a.m. De Heer will speak in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the topic, “Who Are We?” On Thursday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. De Heer will speak in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the topic, “What Are We Called To Do?” On Friday at 8:15 a.m. both Gesch and Lantinga will speak. Gesch will speak in C160 in the Classroom Building on the topic “A Christian Educational Worldview: Do We Have One? What Difference Does It Make?” Lantinga will speak in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the topic “Christian and Cultural Understandings of Self.” There is no charge to attend these events.

For more information on the convention or on the public addresses by De Heer, Gesch, and Lantinga contact Anne Maatman, Convention Coordinator, at 712-722-6216.

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