Symposium Agenda

February 12, 2020

3:00–5:00 p.m. Museum of the Bible Learning Labs (optional)
7:00–9:00 p.m. Welcome Reception, Hyatt Conference Space

February 13, 2020

6:00–7:50 a.m. Breakfast, Hyatt Place Gallery Kitchen
8:00–8:30 a.m. Opening Welcome, Worship, Devotions, Hyatt Conference Space
8:45–9:45 a.m. General Session, Heidi Dean, CSI Bible Specialist
10:00–11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:15–11:35 a.m. Break
11:40–12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
1:00–2:00 p.m. Lunch at Manna Restaurant
2:00–5:00 p.m. Museum of the Bible Tours (guided or self-guided)
5:30–7:30 p.m. Networking Reception, Hyatt Conference Space

February 14, 2020

6:00–7:50 a.m. Breakfast, Hyatt Place Gallery Kitchen
8:00–8:30 a.m. Opening Welcome, Worship, Devotions, Hyatt Conference Space
8:45–9:45 a.m. Keynote Address
10:00–11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:15–11:35 a.m. Break
11:40–12:55 p.m. Breakout Sessions
1:00–2:00 p.m. Catered Lunch
2:05–3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:30–4:30 p.m. Large Group Session/Wrap Up

Elementary Track Speakers

Dr. Jack Beckman | Biblical Storytelling and Imaginal Life of Children

Dr. Jack Beckman has over forty years of educational experience—as an Early Childhood teacher, an educational leader in the Christian school movement, and latterly as Professor of Elementary Education at Covenant College. He has an ECE BS from Georgia State University, an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Covenant College, an MPhil in Educational Research, and PhD in Teacher Education from Cambridge University. His interest in the life and work of Charlotte Mason began in the early 1990s where he designed a school curriculum based on her ideas and then developed several schools under this philosophy and model. He has published numerous articles and contributed chapters to When Children Love to Learn (2004) and Schools as Communities (2007). Currently Jack is Chair of the Teacher Education Program and Coordinator of Early Childhood at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

Dr. Robert Keeley | The Building Blocks of Faith for the Elementary Student

Dr. Robert Keeley’s life-long interest in faith formation animates his scholarship and teaching. He has authored several books and articles on matters of faith and speaks frequently at conferences, churches and schools. For Dr. Keeley, faith is central for preparing teachers who make a difference in the lives of students. Since coming to Calvin in 1997, his courses with preservice teachers, Curriculum and Instruction and Teaching Religion to Children and Adolescents, hinge on deepening conceptual understandings by developing relationships between people. Currently Keeley serves in a variety of areas for Calvin University and their partnering theological seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan as the Professor of Education at Calvin University, and the Visiting Professor of Discipleship and Faith Formation and the Director of Distance Learning at Calvin Theological Seminary.

Secondary Pedagogical Track Speaker

Dr. Terry Roberts | Using Paideia Seminar to Teach a Deeper Understanding of the Text

Dr. Terry Roberts is a lifelong teacher and educational reformer as well as an award-winning novelist. As a student of intellectual history, he is fascinated by the power of dialogue to inspire critical and creative thinking. Since 1992, he has been the Director of the National Paideia Center, a school reform organization dedicated to making intellectual rigor accessible to all children. He has written extensively about public education, notably The Power of Paideia Schools, The Paideia Classroom, and Teaching Critical Thinking: Using Seminars for 21st Century Literacy (with Laura Billings). In addition, he is the author of three celebrated novels: A Short Time to Stay Here (winner of the Willie Morris Prize for Southern Fiction); That Bright Land (winner of the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award and the James Still Award for Writing About the Appalachian South); and most recently, The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival.

Secondary Theological Track Speakers

Dr. Robert Keeley | The Theory of Faith Formation for the Secondary Student

Dr. Robert Keeley’s life-long interest in faith formation animates his scholarship and teaching. He has authored several books and articles on matters of faith and speaks frequently at conferences, churches and schools. For Dr. Keeley, faith is central for preparing teachers who make a difference in the lives of students. Since coming to Calvin in 1997, his courses with preservice teachers, Curriculum and Instruction and Teaching Religion to Children and Adolescents, hinge on deepening conceptual understandings by developing relationships between people. Currently Keeley serves in a variety of areas for Calvin University and their partnering theological seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan as the Professor of Education at Calvin University, and the Visiting Professor of Discipleship and Faith Formation and the Director of Distance Learning at Calvin Theological Seminary.

Dr. Mark Futato | Old Testament Biblical Theology

Mark Futato is a professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. In addition to teaching Hebrew, he loves watching students fall in love with the Old Testament. His special interests are in Hebrew narrative and poetry, the Psalms, and how elements of creation (such as land and place) play a role in Scripture. He served as a pastor for five years, taught at Westminster Seminary in California, and contributed to several study Bibles, from NLT to ESV. Students appreciate his passion to see all nations reached with Christ’s kingdom and his engaging communication.

Training Details

A two-day, intensive training in biblical instruction will take place at the Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall and Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, on February 2020. This training will include:

  • Developing an understanding of the trends in Bible instruction across North America
  • Creating a vision for exemplary teaching in Bible instruction
  • Hands-on, grade-level focused training and discussions

  • Applicants who are chosen to participate will be notified by email in December and will be responsible for a $350 fee payable by January 13, 2020.
  • CSI, through their donor bases, underwrites the cost for their participants, which includes the training, lodging, and food.
  • CSI member schools are eligible to apply for travel vouchers to help cover travel costs. Restrictions apply; see travel section.

  • Participants will book their own travel arrangements to and from Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. Please note: Valid passports are required for all travel between countries.
  • CSI member school teachers are eligible to apply for a travel voucher to help cover travel costs. For a full list of restrictions see below. To apply for travel voucher, click here.

    • For attendees who live more than 60 miles/100 kilometers from the training site, CSI will reimburse direct travel costs for air or ground transportation.
    • Reimbursement is for actual travel expenses or $500, whichever is less.
    • Air travel must be economy class via the least expensive route; automobile expenses may be actual costs or prevailing official reimbursement rate (currently $0.58/mile or $0.58 cad/km), but neither to exceed comparable rental car costs.
    • You will be reimbursed for your travel costs after the training has been held. Upon submission of your travel receipts to Christian Schools International, reimbursements will be mailed within three weeks.

  • Lodging is provided Wednesday and Thursday nights at Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall located just a short, five minute walk from the Museum of the Bible. Christian Schools International has made reservations in advance for Symposium participants. If your travel plans include extra nights beyond the training, these would be at your own expense. Rooms will not be available at the venue for the group rate beyond Thursday night.
  • Rooms are similar to a standard hotel room, with linens and towels provided. Each attendee will have his/her own room.
  • Breakfast will be provided for Thursday morning and Friday morning via the Hyatt Gallery Kitchen.
  • Snacks and lunch both days will be provided by the Hyatt in the conference spaces available.
  • A networking reception will be held Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the Hyatt.

If you are interested in Graduate Credit or CEUs, please connect with Rachael Heyboer for further details.

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