a FREE online conference for Christian Educators – Join us Live October 21-22 | On-Demand October 20-25, 2022

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

Join us Live October 21-22, 2022
On-Demand October 20-25, 2022

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 21-22

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 20-25

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!

Linda Kardamis

Linda Kardamis

Teach 4 the Heart

Classroom Management Plan that Fosters Respect

David Schmus

David Schmus

Christian Educators

Summit Host

David Platt

Radical

Serving Jesus in Your Classroom Mission Field

Sean McDowell

Sean McDowell

Responding to Controversial Issues with Compassion, Conviction, & Hope

Ellie Holcomb

Singer/Songwriter

Fighting Words: Speaking Truth to Our Souls When Teaching Is Tough

Jasmine Holmes

author of Mother to Son

Insights for Educators on Race, Identity, the Gospel & Hope

Jonathan Holmes

Fieldstone Counseling

Gender Identity, Anxiety, and Depression: Reshaping Identity Issues with the Gospel

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Cool Cat Teacher

Walking in Hope When Life is Hard

Clint Elliot

CEAI

Overcoming Self-Censorship Amidst a Cancel Culture

Janie B. Cheaney and Team

Redeemed Reader

Choosing Good Literature for Students

Sarah Trussell

Teach Beyond

Building Positive Relationships with Students, Colleagues & Parents

Tyler Harms

All Belong

Building Belonging: Strategies for Engaging Students of All Abilities

Tyler Staton

Bridgetown Church

The Forgotten Power of Intercessory Prayer

Dr. Sandra Battige

Liberty University

Prioritizing Your Time when There's Not Enough to Go Around

David Schmus, Elizabeth Schmus, and Heather Kohnen

Christian Educators

Who is God? Who am I?

Dave Stuart Jr.

Dave Stuart Jr.

Dave Stuart Jr.com

Motivating Students to Put Effort into Learning

Dr. Bunnie Claxton

Liberty University

Critical Thinking Skills to Help Students Navigate Our Confused Culture

Laura Kebart

Language Arts Teachers

Teaching Reading Comprehension with Scripture (or Any Text)

Sadie Elliot and Darrell Jones

Herzog Foundation

Marketing & Enrollment Strategies for Private Schools

Tim Wong

International Schools Consortium

Using Education to Reach the Unreached Around the World

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.
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 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."
"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."
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!
"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!"
"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!

We are working to create an amazing lineup of sessions to inspire you to teach with the hope that is found only in Christ!

Here are a few of the sessions we've finalized. Many more will be announced soon!

(Please note that session topics and times are evolving and may be subject to change.)

Live Sessions


Linda Kardamis

Date and Time TBA
Classroom management that fosters respect

with Linda Kardamis of Teach 4 the Heart

Have you found your classroom derailed by misbehavior, chaos, and disrespect? It's time to create a classroom management plan that actually works! Join us to discover how to create a plan that fosters respect, helps students focus, and results in a smooth-running classroom.

Dave Stuart Jr.

Date and Time TBA
MOTIVATING STUDENTS TO PUT EFFORT INTO LEARNING

with Dave Stuart Jr.

It's hard to help students learn when they don't really care to. But fun activities and candy bribes will never solve this problem because true motivation stems from what students believe in their hearts. In this session, Dave Stuart, Jr. will unpack how we can help students internalize the belief that wise, strategic effort pays off. Because when students believe that they can succeed, they'll be much more motivated to keep trying.

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 are some of the amazing sessions you can expect at Rise Up Summit 2022 as we seek to teach with the hope that is found only in Christ!

Many more will be announced soon!

(Please note that session topics are evolving and may be subject to change.)

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MISSION
Serving Jesus in Your Classroom Mission Field

with David Platt of Radical

In all the busyness of teaching, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that God has placed us right where we are for a reason. Join us as David Platt, author of Radical, inspires us to teach on mission - reaching those people whom God has placed in our path, and clinging to the hope that is to be found only in Christ.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MISSION
Insights for Educators on Race, Identity, the Gospel & Hope

with Jasmine Holmes

As Christian teachers, we stand emphatically against racism. But trying to understand complex racial issues can still be confusing. In this session, Jasmine Holmes, teacher and author of Mother to Son: Letters to a Black Boy on Identity & Hope, provides valuable insights, helping us view race and identity through the lens of the Gospel and exploring how we can exhibit care, grace, and love in our classrooms and conversations.

Vicki Davis

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MINDSET
Walking in Hope When Life is Hard

with Vicki Davis of The Cool Cat Teacher

Whether they happen in or out of the classroom, trials are never easy - but, oh, how God can work in through them! In this hopeful session, Vicki Davis shares how God showed up and showed Himself strong as she dealt with a debilitating broken foot. Discover how you, too, can walk in hope every day of your life and rest in God's goodness, even in the midst of trials.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MINDSET
Overcoming self-censorship amidst a cancel culture

with Clint Elliot of A Cornerstone Law Group

In our current cancel-culture environment, many Christian educators end up self-censoring their own speech and actions. But when we fail to speak truth, our students’ learning is diminished, and we start to feel disillusioned and dispirited. In this session, we’ll examine recent research about why this is happening and discuss an empowered path forward to overcome self-censorship through faithful living.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR METHODS
Critical Thinking Skills to Help Students Navigate Our Confused Culture

with Dr. Bunnie Claxton of Liberty University

From social media to school hallways, students are bombarded with ideas and arguments that they rarely stop to analyze because the information is disguised or misleading. As a result, students believe false ideas which may hurt themselves and others. In this session, Dr. Claxton will teach a framework to help students think critically and discern truth for themselves in both public and private schools.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MISSION
Building Positive Relationships with Students, Colleagues & Parents

with Sarah Trussell of TeachBeyond

Having good relationships is vital if we hope to make a difference in our students' lives, but that doesn't mean it's easy. In this session, Sarah Trussell from TeachBeyond will provide guidance on how to develop positive relationships not only with students but also with colleagues and parents.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MINDSET
Fighting Words: Speaking Truth to Our Souls When Teaching Is Tough

with Ellie Holcomb

Whether the basic "busy and tired" of teaching has you overwhelmed or you're facing a season when things feel especially dark, this session will speak hope to your soul. Singer-songwriter Ellie Holcomb joins us to discuss how God's Word is an anchor, a balm, and a light in the darkness. Discover how we can use His words to fight back the lies we too often believe and find hope in Him, no matter what we face.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MISSION

Gender Identity, Anxiety, and Depression: Reshaping Identity Issues with the Gospel

with Jonathan Holmes of Fieldstone Counseling

At the core of many of the issues facing both teens and adults is a question of identity. From confusion about gender or sexual identity to struggles with anxiety, depression, and self-worth, how we view ourselves is at the core. Join us to discover the differences between a traditional view of identity and a modern one, and how a Gospel identity transcends and transforms both views, enabling us to overcome with our identity fixed in Christ.

Linda Kardamis

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR METHODS

Classroom Management that Fosters Respect

with Linda Kardamis of Teach4theHeart

Have you found your classroom derailed by misbehavior, chaos, and disrespect? It's time to create a classroom management plan that actually works! Join us to discover how to create a plan that fosters respect, helps students focus, and results in a smooth-running classroom.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MISSION

Building Belonging: Strategies for Engaging Students of All Abilities

with Tyler Harms

Too many students are simply not engaged at school, but with some intentional planning, you can change that in your classroom. Discover practical strategies to keep your students engaged and create a classroom community where students feel they belong.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MINDSET

Prioritizing Your Time when There's Not Enough to Go Around

with Dr. Sandra Battige

Do you ever feel like you're living at warp speed twenty-four/seven? In this session, you'll learn how to prioritize your time and integrate spiritual disciplines throughout your day so you can walk in peace and experience true rest, despite the busyness.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR METHODS

Marketing & Enrollment Strategies for Private Schools

with Sadie Elliot and Darrell Jones

"How can we increase enrollment?" If this question has been on your mind, this session with the Herzog Foundation will provide clarity, ideas, and next steps to improve your school's marketing, increase quality prospects, and, Lord willing, see your enrollment increase.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MINDSET

The Forgotten Power of Intercessory Prayer

with Tyler Staton of Bridgetown Church

Prayer is the subject of Jesus’ most audacious promises this side of grace, but prayer is also the subject of doubt and disappointment for so many believers. What if something as simple as prayer, properly understood and practiced, can not only become the source of intimacy in our personal lives but also create renewal and revival in our schools?

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MINDSET

Responding to Controversial Issues with Compassion, Conviction, & Hope

with Dr. Sean McDowell

So much of our cultural discourse has devolved into shouting past each other. How can we engage with students, parents, and colleagues on important controversial issues in ways that both speak the truth and demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus? Join author and Christian apologist Sean McDowell as he equips & inspires us to be a light in our schools through conversations we may have previously thought impossible.

CATEGORY: EXHIBITION SESSION
Using Education to Reach the Unreached Around the World

with Tim Wong of International Schools Consortium

More and more of the world is closing its doors to Christians, and countries like China and the UAE are limiting the number of Christians able to work and serve in them. But in spite of these closed doors, teachers and educators can still get into these largely unreached areas. Come and learn how education continues to be the key that opens even the greatest barriers and helps fulfill God's call to bring the gospel to the lost around the world.

CATEGORY: EXHIBITION SESSION
5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Teaching Abroad

with Heather Brown of TeachBeyond

Have you ever thought about teaching internationally? In this session, the Director of Mobilization at TeachBeyond will walk through self-coaching questions to help you discern if God is calling you to a new opportunity, perhaps teaching abroad. You’ll consider how God has been leading you up to this point and explore possible next steps to pursue serving with TeachBeyond.

Join us October 20-25.
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 20 - 25!

YES, I'm Ready to Rise Up!

Find the clarity, hope & solutions you need to fulfill your calling!

Registration is FREE! Just enter your name & email address below.

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 20-25. 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.

ACSI Teachers: In the past, this summit has been approved for 1.5 ACSI CEU’s. We plan to seek approval for the same CEU's this year. ACSI CEUs are awarded 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.

Other questions?

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