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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