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CSI BIBLE INSTRUCTION SYMPOSIUM

Teaching the Word. Making an impact.

February 1214, 2020 in Washington, DC

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February 12–14, 2020 | Museum of the Bible, Washington DC

The Symposium allows for counsel on best practices from experts in their field, as well as meaningful discussion among peers on what Bible instruction looks like across North America—all within the setting of Washington, DC and the Museum of the Bible. Attendees will have opportunities to hear from theologians, deans of education, and relevant authors, as well as practice new concepts in small group settings with lead teachers and network with likeminded educators from across the US and Canada sharing resources and lessons plans.

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Teaching the Word.
Making an impact. 

Christian Schools International has a long history of providing highly respected and exceptional Bible curriculum. The Symposium will continue to enhance the ways CSI supports our member schools in Bible instruction.

Museum of the Bible

Museum of the Bible is an innovative and global educational institution that aims to provide an unparalleled experience by creating one of the world’s most technologically advanced museums. The museum, which is in Washington, DC and only three blocks from the US Capitol Building, is housed in a 430,000-square-foot building and recently opened in November 2017.

Museum of the Bible also focuses on Bible engagement through a scholar’s initiative, traveling exhibits, and a Bible curriculum.

Learn more about the Museum of the Bible.

Location

Conference Center and Accommodations:
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
400 E St SW, Washington, DC 20024


Museum of the Bible:
409 3rd St SW, Washington, DC 20024

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. Keynote Address
10:00–11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
1:00pm–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. General Session, Heidi Dean, CSI Bible Specialist
10:00–11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:15–11:35 a.m. Break
11:40–12:55 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

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.

FAQ

The CSI Bible Instruction Symposium was formed to champion and advance Bible instruction in Christian schools. CSI desires to serve our member schools by providing high-quality professional development opportunities to teachers of Bible to guide best practices in daily instruction.

The Symposium will take place February 12–14, 2020.

The Symposium will take place at the Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall and Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. Holding the Symposium near the Museum of the Bible will add to the experience by allowing teachers to experience the cultural and historical understanding of the Bible in an amazing immersive environment.

The application is open to CSI member school teachers of Bible, grades K–12, who have four years or more of teaching experience. CSI will select ten teachers who have applied for one of the following tracks: Elementary Education—Bible Instruction, Secondary Education—Theological Track, Secondary Education—Pedagogical Track.

All interested teachers must complete the application form which, in addition to basic information, asks for three references and a completed essay question.

The registration fee is $350 for each participant selected to attend.

The registration fee includes flight reimbursement (up to $500) with valid travel voucher, lodging at Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall, and most meals.

Rachael Heyboer

Director of Product Development