2016 Worldview Summit

2016 Leadership Conference: A Worldview Summit

From August 2–4, 2016, Christian Schools International is hosting our 2016 Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The conference, titled “A Worldview Summit,” will feature keynote speaker James K.A. Smith. The conference is designed not only for administrators but also for lead teachers/curriculum directors. Registration is open and we invite you to register today.

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Grand Rapids Christian High School

2300 Plymouth Ave SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506


Note: There is no conference hotel. For information on Grand Rapids area attractions, restaurants and hotels, visit Experience Grand Rapids.

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Tuesday, August 2

4:30–5:30 p.m.   Registration and Welcome Reception
5:30–6:45 p.m.   Dinner
7–8:30 p.m.   Session 1: James K.A. Smith
"Learning Is for Lovers: Beyond Worldview (and Back Again)"

Wednesday, August 3

8–8:30 a.m.   Opening
8:30–10 a.m.   Session 2: James K.A. Smith
"Recognizing the 'Competition': The Formative Power of Cultural Liturgies"
10–10:30 a.m.   Break
10:30 a.m.–Noon   Participant Roundtable: Taking It Home
Participants meet to discuss the “so what” of the two previous general sessions
Noon–1 p.m.   Lunch
1–2:30 p.m.   Session 3: James K.A. Smith
"Reforming the Formers: Self-Examination for Teachers"
2:30–2:45 p.m.   Break
2:45–3:45 p.m.   Participant Roundtable: Taking It Home
Participants meet to discuss the “so what” of the previous general session

Thursday, August 4

7:30–8 a.m.   Morning Refreshments
8–8:30 a.m.   Opening, CSI Update, and Awards
8:35–9:45 a.m.   Break-Out Session #1 (see descriptions below)
9:45–10 a.m.   Break
10–11:10 a.m.   Break-Out Session #2 (see descriptions below)
11:15–11:30 a.m.   Closing


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Platinum Sponsor

Zondervan logo

Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. For more than 80 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources, and digital products.


Gold Sponsor

Grace Bible College logo

Grace Bible College seeks to develop passionate servants of Jesus Christ by personally educating students in an educational program that emphasizes the integration of biblical truth, ministry experience, and character transformation. Grace Bible College strives to cultivate a caring learning community where Jesus Christ is exalted and students are equipped for serving the needs of church and society.


Silver Sponsors

Dordt College Master of Education Program

Dordt College offers a master of education program with emphasis in school leadership and teacher leadership.


Rockford Construction logo

Rockford Construction is an innovative construction services provider with significant experience in serving K-12 clients across the nation. Licensed in 44 states, we work closely with education clients to build projects within budget that best serve students, staff, and the community for years to come.


General Sponsors

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Remote Sponsors

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Golden Harvest Fruit Sales, Inc. logo

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Break-Out Sessions

Linking Practice to Worldview

Our students can recite their biblical worldview, but now what? We’d love to share with you how discipleship practices are transforming the way Holland Christian Schools understand and implement a biblical worldview in each classroom. During this session, attendees will learn about Holland Christian Schools' most recent journey in intentional and consistent faith integration from preschool through 12th grade; Holly and Chris, a hands-on process we used for arriving at our equivalent set of discipleship practices; and stories of what we are experiencing as we implement discipleship practices into every classroom and every curricular area.

Rodney Brandsen, principal at Rose Park Christian Elementary School, Holland Christian Schools
David Mosterd, Holland Christian High School teacher, chaplain, student life


Faith Integration: Our Throughlines Story

Presenters share their journey toward authentic faith integration at San Jose, California, Christian School. Throughlines bind together the entire teaching-learning process and provide a common language within the school community. Presenters will give insight on the role of a faith integration mentor and how Throughlines help teachers and students focus on the bigger picture. Bring your school’s documents (mission statement, core values, etc.) to enrich the conversation.

Dave Intlekofer, principal at San Jose Christian School
Jennifer Baham, faith integration mentor and teacher, San Jose Christian School


Nice Car! But How Do We Put Wheels on It and Keep It Running? (Integrating Worldview and Curriculum: Specific Steps/Tools)

As Christian schools, we have strongly worded mission statements, but how does that translate into distinctively Christian units, lesson plans, and assessments? How can we build strong bridges from philosophy to classroom practice? This session will explore specific ideas, concrete steps, and helpful tools that are working in schools that are taking their missions seriously.

Dan Beerens, educational consultant and senior fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education


And It Was Good: Teaching Science from a Christian Worldview

Faith and science are a powerful combination. Learn how to be more intentional in the incorporation of biblical worldview while maintaining compliance with national science standards. Teaching strategies and information provided in this session are a part of a new science teacher resource developed by Christian Schools International.

Susan Koppendrayer, middle school teacher at Calvin Christian School in Edina, Minnesota, and science specialist for Christian Schools International


How Do We Get Peculiar?

If the “primary goal of Christian education is the formation of a peculiar people—a people who desire the kingdom of by God and thus undertake their life’s expression of that desire” (James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom), the next question must be, “How do we get peculiar?”
This session will provide an overview of the Teaching for Transformation (TfT) curriculum and instruction design model. Teachers in TfT classrooms promise to design formational learning experiences that:

  • Invite students to explore their roles in the kingdom story.
  • Nurture students to desire to be a peculiar people.
  • Empower students to practice their life’s expression.

Come to hear some wonderful stories of how teachers are using the TFT model in their classrooms to transform learning experiences. Come experience peculiar!

Prairie Centre for Christian Education staff


Pulling It All Together

Jamie Smith will respond to your questions and comments on the three plenary sessions he led.

James K. A. Smith, professor at Calvin College


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More information

Voices4ChristianEd Blog: Beyond Biblical Worldview and Christian Perspective

This blog post looks into thee deeper meanings of liturgy and Christian practice and poses questions about whether, and to what extent, we as Christian educators should incorporate them into our educational process.

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