Leadership Conference

Beyond Special Education:
Inclusion in the Christian School

August 3 and 4, 2017
Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois

Begin or strengthen your Christian school’s support for students with mild to significant needs by joining “Beyond Special Education: Inclusion in the Christian School,” to be held August 3-4, 2017 in Palos Heights, Illinois.

Learn a framework for understanding all learners, understand the biblical basis for serving students with differing support needs, and discover practical resources to transform teaching for all students. This conference will also feature special training sessions on autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and trauma (select two of the three options). In addition to presentations and workshops by CLC Network consultants, you will have the opportunity to discuss and network with colleagues from across the United States.

This conference is ideal for administrators and educational support services staff at Christian schools of any denomination or affiliation.

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Trinity Christian College

601 West College Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463


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Featured Speakers

Doug Bouman headshotDoug Bouman

Doug has served as the director of evaluation services at CLC Network since 1986. He has helped countless struggling students (and their parents and teachers) understand themselves in light of God’s gifts to them. He holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Calvin College and master of arts and specialist degrees from Central Michigan University in school psychology. He is credentialed as a nationally certified school psychologist and a licensed masters social worker.

Barbara Newman headshotBarbara J. Newman

Barbara is the director of church services and teacher consultant for CLC Network. In addition to publishing materials through CLC Network, she has written for Joni and Friends, Faith Alive Resources, and Friendship Ministries. Her classroom at Zeeland Christian School allows her to stay on top of best practices to share with both schools and congregations nationwide. Barbara received her teaching certificate (cognitive impairment endorsement) from Calvin College and her master of arts degree in early childhood education and early childhood developmental delay from Grand Valley State University, and she has a concentrated study in the field of autism spectrum disorder.

Becky Tubergen headshotBecky Tubergen

Becky is the director of school services at CLC Network, where she helps Christian schools implement best practices in inclusive education. Over the past 17 years, she has served as an educator and consultant, transforming communities to include students of all abilities. Becky enjoys coming alongside Christian schools to help them develop the God-given gifts of each student and create support plans for individuals with unique needs. She received her teaching certificate (cognitive impairment endorsement) from Calvin College and her master of arts degree in emotional impairment from Grand Valley State University.

Betsy Winkle headshotBetsy Winkle

Betsy Winkle combines her passion for education and reconciliation in her role as a school psychologist at CLC Network. Fueled by a passion for helping each child flourish and develop their God-given gifts, Betsy enjoys walking alongside parents and teachers to help them understand how each struggling child thinks and learns. She is particularly intrigued by the impact of present and past life circumstances on a child’s educational success. Betsy received her bachelor of arts in psychology from Calvin College and her master of arts and specialist degrees from Lehigh University.

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Thursday, August 3

9:30 a.m. What do we believe?
A biblical vision for inclusive education
Barbara J. Newman
10:30 a.m. Break  
10:40 a.m. Student-Centered Planning
A three-step framework for understanding and responding to students’ gifts and needs
Doug Bouman
12 p.m Lunch (provided)  
12:50 p.m. Video
Understanding the history and landscape of inclusive education in Christian schools
1 p.m. Unpacking Challenging Behaviors
An approach and practical strategies for planning and responding to students with challenging behaviors
Barbara J. Newman
2 p.m. Break  
2:10–4:10 p.m. Inclusive Education Best Practices
A comprehensive framework for building an effective school-wide approach for including all students in the classroom
Becky Tubergen

Friday, August 4

Participants will have the opportunity to attend two breakout sessions. Please select the sessions you would like to attend when you register.

8:15 a.m. Opening  
8:30–10 a.m. Autism Spectrum Disorder: What It Is and How to Help
The common differences in persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and practical strategies for including each one
Becky Tubergen
8:30–10 a.m. ADHD: Hidden in Plain Sight
The subtypes of ADHD and strategies to support students with ADHD and attention differences
Doug Bouman
8:30–10 a.m. Helping Students Influenced by Trauma
Gain an understanding of the impact trauma has on the brain, as well as how to respond and care for students
Betsy Winkle
10–10:15 a.m. Break  
10:15–11:45 a.m. Repeat of 8:30 a.m. Sessions  
11:45 a.m.–12 p.m. Closing  

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