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Bible Teachers Learn Best Practices from Scholars and Lead Teachers

Over the course of two days, thirty Bible educators from CSI member schools in the US and Canada gathered in Washington, DC for a time of networking, training, collaboration, and reflection with their peers during the 2019 CSI Bible Instruction Symposium.

The Curriculum and Instruction team at CSI was thrilled to host another outstanding group of Bible educators in Washington, DC on February 13–15. The 2019 CSI Bible Instruction Symposium was a rich time of networking and learning for all who attended but especially for the thirty teachers to be reaffirmed in their profession, share ideas and resources with one another, bring up specific concerns happening in their classrooms and schools, and learn from scholars and peers.

CSI Bible Specialist Heidi Dean kicked off the training with a presentation on contextualizing the gospel, or improving our communication of the gospel. Each grade level track—elementary, middle, and high school—was then divided into groups of ten, where they dove into subject matter content pertinent to their grade level. The grade level sessions were led first from the perspective of a seminary professor and then from a lead teacher, who presented examples of how these ideas were presented in their classrooms. The small size of the groups was ideal for participants, who were able to bond quickly and share resources, as well as discuss ideas both past and present that they have gleaned over their careers.

“There are very few opportunities for professional development in Bible instruction. Yet, it is such a vital part of Christian education. To spend this time learning and growing with other Bible teachers from CSI and also to spend time in the Museum of the Bible is so beneficial.”
–2019 Symposium Participant

Gathering a group of passionate, dedicated, and educated Bible instructors made for a time of lively and deep conversation and fellowship. Many left refreshed and energized in their work to engage the next generation not only in Bible instruction, but for a lifelong walk with Christ.

The staff at CSI is grateful for our time with this group and left inspired to continue serving both past, present, and future participants with more professional development opportunities in the years to come.

CSI would like to thank our sponsors, donors, and the Christian Schools International Foundation for providing the funding necessary to make this event possible.

Participants in the 2019 Bible Instruction Symposium listen to a presentation from CSI Bible Specialist Heidi Dean.

Middle school teachers enact Scripture from Exodus 17:1–7 during devotion time at the Museum of the Bible. Elizabeth Sallie from Cornerstone Schools of Washington, DC played the role of God.

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