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a FREE online conference for Christian Educators in both private & public schools
Join us Live October 22-23
On-Demand October 21-26
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"Connecting with other Christian educators through this summit has really encouraged and inspired me."
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You’ll walk away encouraged, inspired, and equipped to make a bigger difference in your students’ hearts and lives.
You’ll discover how to rise up out of the anxiety, frustration, and fear that often overwhelm us.
And you’ll be better equipped to teach with faith, trusting God and following His lead each day in the classroom.
Please note that all speakers & sessions are tentative & subject to change. We are working to assemble the most helpful lineup of sessions possible.
"The topics were EXACTLY what I needed. I am so glad to know I'm not the only who deals with these issues."
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Join us for an exciting weekend of spiritual encouragement, practical ideas, fellowship, and inspiration!
Kevin S., Student Support Teacher
Here are some of the amazing sessions you can expect in Rise Up Summit 2021 as we seek to rise up renew our hearts, minds, and mission
(Please note that session topics and times are evolving and may be subject to change.)
When David faced his most difficult defeat and his men were about to stone him, Scripture records that “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (1 Sam 30:5). After a year and a half of pandemic- related challenges, we need to be renewed and find strength in God as educators. Come be encouraged and challenged by pastor, missionary, and author Francis Chan who will help us to Rise Up Renewed in Christ.
Teachers have the best ideas, so why not share them?! Join us on Zoom to seek and share solutions with fellow educators.
For students to grow and succeed, they have to care about the work they are doing. But how do we get them to care? In this session, we'll examine the five key beliefs that unlock care and how to instill them in your classroom.
Chuck Swindoll famously said, “Life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it.” At CEAI, we see a common pattern: educators who want to be used by God in their schools suddenly find themselves facing challenges with the potential to derail God’s purposes. Through this session taken from the innovative AWAKE One-Day Experience, you will unlock key insights into how we respond to challenges, and discover new strategies to experience greater peace and kingdom impact.
Do you want to create a safe, orderly, and productive classroom environment? In this session, Michele Holiday will share practical strategies to help you manage your classroom and student behaviors with less stress and less struggle
Grief is the God-designed (and Jesus-demonstrated) way to handle pain – the pain of death AND the multitude of life’s big and small losses, including those due to the pandemic. Unprocessed, pain piles up and spills out in hurtful, destructive ways, and it diminishes joy, intimacy, and connection. Learn more about grief, loss, transition and practices to engage with God and emotion.
With all the challenges we are facing, do you just need some prayer? Join us during this time to receive personal prayer from our team, and help us pray for others in an intimate breakout room setting. We believe that the Holy Spirit will meet you in a meaningful way as we come together in His presence.
Do you freeze up when speaking to non-believers about Jesus or other Biblical worldview questions? Do you avoid these conversations due to pressure to “close the deal” or win the argument? Come let best-selling author and renowned apologist Greg Koukl teach us simple tactics that both release the pressure on us and prove to be more effective in reaching hearts and minds as we represent Christ in our schools and everywhere we go.
Teaching right now can be exhausting - from trying to teach with shifting sand underneath us in terms of our methods and goals to seeing the culture shift and feeling powerless to stop it. We are carrying burdens that are too heavy for us sometimes. But they're not too heavy for God. Join us as we explore how to walk in freedom, grace, and the power of the Spirit so that we can teach renewed all year long.
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Learn practical strategies to teach with excellence, avoid burn out, and transform your school with the light of His love.
Experts from across the country will bring you practical ideas and inspiration in both live & on-demand sessions, empowering you to rise up and fulfill your God-given mission as an educator.
Here's a preview of some of the sessions that will be available to watch for free October 21-26. All you need to do is sign up!
As teachers, we can so easily be overwhelmed by anxiety and stress. Join us as Crystal Kershaw shares Scriptural principles and practical strategies to help us overcome anxiety and teach with a sense of God's presence and peace.
Is lesson planning taking way too long and feeling way too difficult? In this practical session, Kelly Jackson teaches how to create lesson plans easily and effectively.
Many Christians want to stand for racial unity, but don’t know how. And many approaches to “racial reconciliation” can create more problems than they solve. In this session, Monique Duson, founder of Center for Biblical Unity, will help us understand a Biblical approach to racial unity.
As Christians, we know God created gender, but what exactly does that mean for modern-day questions of gender identity? Join us in this conversation with Jonathan Holmes to discover a Biblical understanding of gender and how to work it out with wisdom, truth, and love.
Did you know that there is an army of moms around the country (and world) praying for you? Come hear from the President of Moms In Prayer about the power of prayer to transform schools—and the best part? She has a plan for teachers to pray too.
Hear about the 7 Ways of Living Generously and all the possibilities that come when you equip your students to be generous in their school, home, and community.
Where are the legal lines drawn for public school educators? Can we tell our students about our faith? How do we handle difficult issues like gender, sexuality, and race? Learn the key federal law that sets those boundaries and how it applies in specific situations in the classroom so you can shine your light with confidence.
As educators, God has given each of us a sphere of influence. But sometimes it can be challenging to lead wisely, especially in times of confusion or difficulty. Join us for a candid conversation with Ashely Ogal about what leadership means and how to lead like the Lord.
Have you tried to run centers or stations, only to find yourself confused and overwhelmed? In this session, Laura Kebart shares practical tips to create and manage stations in an easy, realistic way.
After such a crazy year, teacher burnout is more common than ever. In this session, you'll examine why you're burnt out and discover practical steps to find the renewal you need.
As a teacher, it's vital to be grounded in the truths of Scripture. But sometimes it's hard to prioritize Bible study amidst all the craziness of teaching. Join us as we discuss how to not only find time for Bible reading but how to make it meaningful and impactful in your life.
Does the Holy Spirit have an interest in your teaching? Would the Holy Spirit lead your classroom if allowed? Are there heart postures and methods that increase our awareness of His direction? Come be challenged to let the Spirit have His way in your teaching, and experience the fruit that results.
Churches, educators, students, parents, school clubs, and parachurch ministries are coming together in communities around the nation to empower students and educators to exercise their religious liberties at school. The result? School culture is becoming less about radical agendas and more about Jesus. Come hear Eric Buehrer’s simple but bold plan to reverse the direction and culture of our schools and how you can play a part.
Do you want to start a teacher fellowship group, but aren’t sure how? Or does your existing group need new life? Come learn about the LIFT Toolkit: a series of short, powerful videos and discussion questions designed just for teachers to connect and pray during lunch or before/after school.
The past two years have been beyond challenging for everyone. Join us for this revitalizing session where we’ll share ways to stay encouraged, focused, and uplifted as educators even when facing challenges and adversity.
Recent studies have shown that 2/3 of youth who are in church today are likely to walk away from their faith when they reach college. Why is this happening and what can we do about it? Please join us as we explore this important topic.
In this rapid-fire session, Linda Kardamis will share fifty practical classroom procedures that just might save your sanity and will certainly make your classroom run a bit more smoothly. These procedures solve a variety of common problems such as regaining students’ attention, keeping track of absent/missing work, and even the age-old my-students-don’t-have-their-pencils problem. (Perfect for grades 3 – 12 but will also be helpful for lower grades.)
Are you overwhelmed by life? Do the distractions of the day to day keep you from meaningful relationships with God and those around you? Do you find yourself wondering if you are fulfilling the purpose that God has for you? Do you wish there was more time in your day for the priorities in your life? If you answer yes to any of these questions, this session is for you. Join us to discover a new way to look at life and the time God has gifted you each day.
Are new politically powerful philosophies about gender or race creating a hostile environment for Christian educators at your school? Do you feel the freedom to speak from your Christian convictions? Come hear from Jonathan Alexandre of Liberty Counsel and Caleb Dalton of Alliance Defending Freedom for a legal briefing on where we currently stand on these issues, as well as the extent of your rights to speak freely.
What does it look like for us to teach in a society that increasingly does not like what Christians believe, say, and do? It's tempting to grow angry, keep our heads down, retreat, or just give up altogether. But this isn't the first time that God's people have had to learn how to live in a pagan world that opposes God's rule. Join us as Alistair Begg shares insights from his newest book Brave by Faith that show us how to live bravely, confidently, and obediently in an increasingly secular society.
Flipping your class is a simple way to increase engagement, support struggling students, challenge those who excel, and much more! Join us in this session to discover how easy flipping can be - and how to get started.
Students and teachers across the United States face a growing challenge: how do you navigate today’s divisive social issues, and live according to your own conscience among your peers — particularly those with whom you disagree? Hardwired’s solution is to embed respect for human dignity and freedom of conscience in the culture of the classroom. Since 2013, Hardwired has been equipping teachers around the world to counter intolerance and develop a greater respect for the inherent rights and dignity among their students. We have developed innovative teaching methods that have been used with success in other countries, and we are bringing our global experience and resources to you here in this session.
Teachers have described the Poverty Encounter virtual tour as a “mission trip for your classroom!” Learn how God is using the church and His people to serve the needs of families living in extreme poverty all around the world. Students leave with greater empathy and compassion for children in need, and a deeper understanding of global poverty. School Partnership information for private schools and accommodations for public schools will also be provided. Poverty Encounter is an initiative of Children’s Hunger Fund.
Join the Canyon Professional Development team from Grand Canyon University as they look at why we can all start to feel burned out no matter how much we love our jobs. Learn how something as simple as a bullet list or a free library app could be the key to helping you reignite your passion!
Join us October 21-26.
Everything is online (no travel needed!)
All sessions are FREE.
Come away with solutions, inspiration, & hope!
We believe that teaching is an important calling and that God has you right where you are for a reason.
But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
Challenges abound, the enemy seeks to discourage us, and we feel alone – sometimes struggling to see exactly what God is trying to do on our campus.
That’s why together we’re creating this virtual summit – to encourage and equip Christian educators in both public and private schools.
To bring us together and create a community around our shared goals and mission.
And to raise up a generation of teachers and educational leaders who will step out in faith and embrace God’s heart for their classrooms, students, and schools.
We hope you can join us online October 21 - 26!
Find the clarity, hope & renewal you need to reach your students this year.
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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
We'll be releasing more details about the sessions as we finalize the schedule.
Nope! Everything is online, and all you need is internet access. We’ll send you the links at the event gets closer.
I’m so sorry you can’t join us live. However, we are offering an all-access pass that will include video recordings of all the summit sessions. You can get more information about the all-access pass here.