a FREE online conference for Christian Educators – Join us Live October 22-23 | On-Demand October 21-26

a FREE online conference for Christian Educators in both private & public schools

Join us Live October 22-23
On-Demand October 21-26

Join us as we...


  • Connect you with fellow educators who share your faith and calling
  • Provide real solutions to teach effectively this year without burning out
  • Uplift your weary heart to teach with HOPE by God’s grace
  • Equip & encourage you to transform your school with the light of His love. ❤️

The event is completely free! Just click the button below to reserve your spot:

"Connecting with other Christian educators through this summit has really encouraged and inspired me."

- Summit Participant

How the Rise Up Summit Works:

1

Register for FREE

Sessions are designed for Christian educators in private and public schools. Everything is online & there’s no cost to attend.

Click here to sign up now.

2

Join us live Oct 22-23

You’ll be energized and inspired by the camaraderie that comes from attending live with so many fellow teachers. Sessions start Friday night and continue throughout the day Saturday.

3

Watch on-demand Oct 21-26

In addition to the live sessions, enjoy an amazing lineup of on-demand sessions available to watch at your convenience starting Thursday morning.

Can't make it live?
Grab the all-access pass instead and watch anytime, anywhere.
Find out more about the all-access pass.

Our weekend together will uplift your heart
& equip you to fulfill your mission
by the power of God's grace.

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.

Connect with These Amazing Guests!

David Schmus

David Schmus

Christian Educators Association Intl.

Event Host / Teach with Faith

Linda Kardamis

Linda Kardamis

Teach 4 the Heart

Event Host / Classroom Procedures that will Save Your Sanity

Francis Chan

Francis Chan

Crazy Love Ministries

Rise Up Renewed & Q&A

Alistair Begg

Alistair Begg

Truth For Life

How to be Brave by Faith in Your Classroom 

Ashley Ogal

We Teach Joy

Leading When Nothing Makes Sense

Crystal Kershaw

Crystal Kershaw

Fieldstone Counseling

Helping Teachers Overcome Anxiety

Michele Holiday

Feed Their Needs

Classroom Management

Paula Phillips

Paula Phillips

Right Road Kids

Janice Tarleton

Sustainable Faith

Processing Grief and Disappointment

Amber Harper

Burned In Teacher

Dealing with Burnout

Jonathan Holmes

Fieldstone Counseling

Gender Identity

Greg Koukl

Stand to Reason

Tactics to Share Faith

Sally Burke

Moms in Prayer

The Power of Prayer in Schools

Heather Kohnen

Heather Kohnen

Christian Educator's Association International (CEAI)

All Filled Up: Creating Space in Our Lives for What Matters Most

Dave Stuart Jr.

Dave Stuart Jr.

Dave Stuart Jr.


Kelly Jackson

Kelly Jackson

The Simply Organized Teacher

How to Create Lesson Plans (the easy way)

Laura Kebart

Language Arts Teachers

Centers & Stations the Easy Way


Monique Duson

Monique Duson

The Center for Biblical Unity

Reconciled: A Biblical Approach to Racial Unity

Mike Hicks

Mike Hicks

LIFT America

How to start a faculty prayer fellowship

Jason Wilson and April Reutter

Biola (Jason)

Love Norwalk (April)

Teaching in the Spirit

Megan Shahabi

Generosity Roadmap

Refresh your Classroom with Generosity



Eric Buehrer

Gateways to Better Education

Equipping Christians in Public Schools

Bonnie Marlowe

Bonnie Marlowe

Teachers in the Word

TBA


David Schmus, Elizabeth Schmus, and Heather Kohnen

CEAI: AWAKE Experience

AWAKE: Walking in the Opposite Spirit

Becky Schulte

Poverty Encounter

Opening Students' Eyes to Global Poverty


Dave Bisbee

Genesis Apologetics

Why Genesis Matters: Helping Students Stand Strong on God's Word

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."

- Summit Participant

You Are Not Alone!

Join us for an exciting weekend of spiritual encouragement, practical ideas, fellowship, and inspiration!

I have been encouraged to come together with other Christian educators and presenters and be lifted up, challenged in my faith and walk with the Lord, challenged to be a better teacher, and encouraged to keep on working for the Lord in this harvest field.
Christian Educators Summit
2020-05-18T23:39:14-04:00
I have been encouraged to come together with other Christian educators and presenters and be lifted up, challenged in my faith and walk with the Lord, challenged to be a better teacher, and encouraged to keep on working for the Lord in this harvest field.
"It was very uplifting! What a joy it was to listen to other Christians confess their faith and encouraging others to continue with their calling to teach!"
Christian Educators Summit
2020-08-17T06:59:14-04:00
"It was very uplifting! What a joy it was to listen to other Christians confess their faith and encouraging others to continue with their calling to teach!"
Connecting with other Christian educators through this summit has really encouraged me and inspired me to maintain a Christ-like attitude at work and look for places to plant seeds. Thank you for making this happen!
Christian Educators Summit
2020-05-18T23:38:57-04:00
Connecting with other Christian educators through this summit has really encouraged me and inspired me to maintain a Christ-like attitude at work and look for places to plant seeds. Thank you for making this happen!
"The summit connected me with Christians that have the same vision I have to stand for Christ in the classroom and [gave me] new ways to do that and stand strong, yet respectful."
Christian Educators Summit
2020-08-17T07:02:03-04:00
"The summit connected me with Christians that have the same vision I have to stand for Christ in the classroom and [gave me] new ways to do that and stand strong, yet respectful."
I am enjoying the mental health topics. They are helping personally, and how I interact with my students. My favorite saying is "School does not define you but God defines you." I want my students to realize that even though school is a struggle for them, God has a plan for their lives.

Kevin S., Student Support Teacher

Christian Educators Summit
2020-05-18T23:38:19-04:00

Kevin S., Student Support Teacher

I am enjoying the mental health topics. They are helping personally, and how I interact with my students. My favorite saying is "School does not define you but God defines you." I want my students to realize that even though school is a struggle for them, God has a plan for their lives.
"The topics were EXACTLY what I needed. I am so glad to know I'm not the only who deals with the issues mentioned in the sessions."
Christian Educators Summit
2020-08-17T06:58:50-04:00
"The topics were EXACTLY what I needed. I am so glad to know I'm not the only who deals with the issues mentioned in the sessions."
"I really appreciate the practical ideas, grounded in Biblical truth, and the manner in which the speaker shared his heart and wisdom."
Christian Educators Summit
2020-08-17T07:00:13-04:00
"I really appreciate the practical ideas, grounded in Biblical truth, and the manner in which the speaker shared his heart and wisdom."
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Practical, Uplifting Sessions!

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.)

Live Sessions


Francis Chan

Friday, Oct. 22 @ 8:00pm EDT
summit kick-off: RISE UP renewed + Q&A

with Francis Chan, David Schmus, & Linda Kardamis

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.

Idea Swap

Friday, Oct. 22 @ 9:00pm EDT
IDEA SWAP FOR EDUCATORS

with YOU & your fellow educators

Teachers have the best ideas, so why not share them?! Join us on Zoom to seek and share solutions with fellow educators.  

Dave Stuart Jr.

Saturday, Oct. 23 @ 11:00am EDT
the will to learn: helping students genuinely care in a world that often doesn't

with Dave Stuart, Jr.

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.

Saturday, Oct. 23 @ 1:00pm EDT

Responding to challenges like Jesus would 

with David Schmus, Elizabeth Schmus, and Heather Kohnen

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.

Saturday, Oct. 23 @ 2:30pm EDT

classroom management success strategies

with Michele Holiday of Feed Their Needs

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

Saturday, Oct. 23 @ 4:00pm EDT

processing grief & disappointment

with Janice Tarleton of Sustainable Faith

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.

Saturday, Oct. 23 @ 7:00pm EDT

tactics: A Realistic Gameplan for Discussing Christian Convictions

with Greg Koukle, author of Tactics

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.

Saturday, Oct. 23 @ 8:30pm EST

SUMMIT WRAP-UP

with Linda Kardamis & David Schmus

Session description coming soon

Can't make it live? Grab the all-access pass instead and watch anytime, anywhere.
Find out more about the all-access pass.

Teaching is more than a job; it's our mission!

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.

On-Demand Sessions


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!

Crystal Kershaw

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MIND
overcoming anxiety as a teacher

with Crystal Kershaw of Fieldstone Counseling

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.

Kelly Jackson

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR METHODS
lesson planning the easy way

with Kelly Jackson of The Simply Organized Teacher

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.

Monique Duson

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MISSION
A BIBLICAL APPROACH TO RACIAL UNITY

with Monique Duson of Center for Biblical Unity

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.

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MISSION
Navigating Gender Identity with Truth & Love (Encore)

with Jonathan Holmes of Fieldstone Counseling

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.

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MISSION
The Power of Praying Moms and Teachers

with Sally Burke of Moms in Prayer

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.

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MISSION
Refresh your classroom with generosity

with Meghan Shahabi of Generous Classroom

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.

David Schmus

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MISSION
Teach with faith (not fear)

with David Schmus of CEAI

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.

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MISSION
Leading wisely when nothing makes sense 

with Ashley Ogal of We Teach Joy

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.

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR METHODS
centers & Stations- minus the stress 

with Laura Kebart of Language Arts Teachers

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.

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MIND
Finding renewal when you feel burnt out 

with Amber Harper of Burned In Teacher

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.

Bonnie Marlowe

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MIND
How to Make Time in the Word Meaningful (Even when You're Busy)

with Bonnie Hunter Marlowe of Teachers in the Word

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.

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MISSION
Teaching in the spirit

with Jason Wilson of Biola and April Reutter of Love Norwalk

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. 

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MISSION
Embracing Religious Freedom in Public Schools

with Eric Buehrer of Go Gateways

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.

Mike Hicks

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MISSION
How to Kick-Start a Faculty Fellowship Group

with Mike Hicks of Lift America

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.

Paula Phillips

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MIND
TEAching uplifted even in challenging times

with Paula Phillips of Right Road Kids

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.

CATEGORY: EXHIBITION SESSION
why genesis matters: Helping students stand strong on god's word

with Dave Bisbee of Genesis Apologetics

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.

Linda Kardamis

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR METHODS
classroom procedures that will save your sanity

with Linda Kardamis of Teach4theHeart

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.)

Heather Kohnen

CATEGORY: RENEW YOUR MINDSET
All filled up: Creating space in our lives for what matters most

with Heather Kohnen of CEAI

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.

Join us October 21-26.
Everything is online (no travel needed!)
All sessions are FREE.

Come away with solutions, inspiration, & hope!

Our Vision

At Christian Educators Association and Teach 4 the Heart, we share the same vision.

We believe that teaching is an important calling and that God has you right where you are for a reason.

Christian Educators Association International + Teach 4 the Heart

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!

YES, I'm Ready to Rise Up Renewed!

Find the clarity, hope & renewal you need to reach your students this year.

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FAQ

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Is the summit really free?

Yes! You can watch all the sessions for free anytime throughout the weekend of October 21-26. If you’d like to keep access after the weekend, you may purchase the all-access pass.

Can I find out more about the sessions?

We'll be releasing more details about the sessions as we finalize the schedule.

Can I get a certificate for PD credit?

Certificates of attendance will be available for all-access pass holders.

This summit has also been approved for 1.5 ACSI CEU’s (available to all-access pass holders).

Do I need any special equipment to participate?

Nope! Everything is online, and all you need is internet access. We’ll send you the links at the event gets closer.

What if I can't make it that weekend?

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.

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