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a FREE online conference for Christian Educators in both private & public schools
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October 21-22, 2022
On-Demand October 20-25, 2022
He’s right there with you, working in your classroom, working in your students, and working in YOU.
You see, God never said the Christian life would be easy. In fact, Scripture promises just the opposite - trials, challenges, griefs, and opposition will abound. Sound familiar?
But the amazing news is that God is at work IN the struggle and despite the opposition.
His plans are never thwarted, and His heart is always for us. He will use the challenges & struggles to draw us closer to Him, and He promises that when we're at the end of our rope, His strength will uphold us & His grace will see us through.
Join us to discover anew the encouragement & hope that is found in Christ as well as practical solutions to navigate specific teaching challenges.
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"The Summit really encouraged me, especially in such a hard year. It gave me inspiration & Biblically sound information that I can use in my classroom & also to look after my well-being.
- Nikki, teacher
The event is completely free to attend October 20-25! Just click the button below to reserve your spot:
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.
Jessica Cabeen, Ben Bakeberg, David Piccolo, and Hayward Jean
Christian Admins in Public Schools: How to Lead Well
Please note that all speakers & sessions are tentative & subject to change.
"The topics were EXACTLY what I needed. I am so glad to know I'm not the only who deals with these issues."
Join us for an exciting weekend of spiritual encouragement, practical ideas, fellowship, and inspiration!
Kevin S., Student Support Teacher
We are working to create an amazing lineup of sessions to inspire you with the hope that is found only in Christ!
(Please note that session topics and times are evolving and may be subject to change.)
No one has to tell you that teaching these days is hard, and it can be easy to feel disillusioned or even cynical. In this exciting summit kick-off, John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center, and Peter Greer, CEO of Hope International, join David Schmus & Linda Kardamis to discuss how we as educators can find enduring hope in Christ, even in the midst of so many cultural challenges.
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.
Do you ever wonder how life and teaching would feel if you weren’t limited by challenges like discouragement, fear, disappointment, or inadequacy? Join us for a live interactive experience, deeply rooted in Scripture, that will help you banish discouragement and walk in hope.
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.
Where are the legal lines drawn for public school educators? Can we tell our students about our faith? How do recent Supreme Court rulings affect our religious freedoms? Learn the key federal law that sets those boundaries and how it applies in specific situations in the classroom so you have clarity on what you can (and cannot) do to influence students for good. You’ll leave with your questions answered and ready to step into your teaching with confidence.
Join us for the exciting summit finale with David Schmus and Linda Kardamis, along with an interview with singer-songwriter 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. Listen as Ellie shares 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.
Teachers have the best ideas, so why not share them!? Join us live to seek out and share solutions with fellow educators.
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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 are some of the amazing on-demand sessions available at Rise Up Summit for free October 20-25. Watch these sessions according to when it works with your schedule.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Too often we find ourselves trying to be a superhero, thinking somehow we can keep going, serve everyone, get everything done without getting the rest and refreshment that we need. Join us as we discuss the need to establish patterns of work and rest, bear each others' burdens, and see Jesus as the Superhero, not ourselves.
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.
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.
Want to increase students' reading comprehension without needing a multitude of texts from different levels? Language expert Laura Kebart shares how you can use any single text (including Scripture in Christian schools) to both address reading struggles and also challenge advanced students.
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?
If grading, paperwork, and lesson planning are taking up way too much of your time, you won't want to miss this session. Join us as the Teach 4 the Heart team shares a variety of ideas to streamline and save time in these areas that need our attention but shouldn't be taking over our lives.
Avoidable missteps can often land well-meaning Christian educators in unfortunate circumstances in our public schools. Let a panel of experts from Christian Educators help you remain long-term in your calling and be a blessing to your school. We will answer the most critical questions we receive from our members, helping you to avoid pitfalls, learn best practices, and thrive as an ambassador for Christ where He has placed you.
Being a Christian principal or administrator in a public school is one of the most challenging callings in our culture today, yet holds incredible potential to extend justice and introduce students, faculty, parents, and entire communities to the culture and values of the Kingdom of God. Come learn from a panel of experienced public school principals who have successfully infused school culture with God’s love and wisdom while respecting the legal requirements of their roles.
As teachers, we know it’s vital for students to not only read well but to enjoy reading. But sometimes finding the right books for students can be difficult. In this session, the ladies of Redeemed Reader will teach us how to identify quality literature and use it to grow a love of reading in our students. We’ll also discuss how books can prompt worldview conversations and how to avoid books that could bring harm to the minds and hearts of our students.
Whether in the classroom or in school leadership, God gives us opportunities to influence those around us and to be excellent for the Kingdom. Join us as Ashley Ogal shares tools to help us be hopeful educators, responding like Jesus (even when we might not feel like it) and speaking to families in different ways because of the love God has given us.
"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.
Learn about the risks facing schools today, ranging from big tech, government mandates, and teacher shortages. You'll gain practical tools to help you identify and plan for mitigating risks. Best practices for Business Continuity Planning will also be shared to help you prepare your school and leaders to be risk aware. Additionally, you will learn where and how to find opportunities for innovation along the way.
Accepting students and responding compassionately to their needs leads them to greater success in academics and life. Come learn specific strategies and authentic examples of trauma-informed healing practices that will help transform your school to better serve your students.
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.
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.
With limited time in the classroom and lots of material to cover, it can be challenging to make the connections you desire to have with your students. In this session, you will learn how you can create intentional moments that drive a deeper connection with and among your students. Author, speaker and founder of the Catalyst Collective, Joe Elliott, will walk you through the 5 strategies that helped his team discover and leverage their strengths in order to spark a fresh movement of teen mentoring in Austin, Texas. Get ready to be inspired by real stories of impact that remind you why you chose to become a teacher in the first place!
Want a graduate degree but don't have time to commute to campus each week? We understand! We have solutions! Learn about Liberty University's online programs with flexible offerings to help you meet your educational goals! This session will provide you with an overview of Liberty’s programs that can help you prepare for a career in teaching, school administration, school counseling, curriculum development, higher education administration, and more.
Get access to all these sessions when you sign up for free!
The highlight of my school year - the best teacher conference I have ever attended!
The summit has provided a tremendous amount of Bible based, valuable tools we can take back to our classrooms. The speakers were fabulous and the prayers so encouraging.
I loved how the summit was online and we could interact with the speakers and others from around the world. It helped me see our similar struggles and be able to share encouragement through struggles and rewards I've had with others
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CONFERENCE RUNS October 20-25.
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 20 - 25!
I watched this session after an exhausting day with some kids who are really hurting. I loved the practical tips for how to help them, and I’m actually feeling somewhat inspired to try some of these!
I loved the variety of questions posed and the depth of thought that they provoke. It is great to have a bank of questions to keep the conversations fresh, but still rich.
I love the thought of using the website to draw the families to the school. Websites are so important to have that first touch with families so this is an awesome piece of advice!
As someone who is new to a school leadership position, I found this talk very encouraging.
Love others by listening….
As a first year out-of-field teacher, I have STRUGGLED this year, but hearing the reminder that it is not my strength that will get me through, but God’s, it was so helpful.
I would never have thought about teaching abroad. Very interesting information and a great way to spread the Gospel.
Guilty!!! My greatest problem every week is trying to do everything now, now, now! I will take these ideas and try to begin prioritizing the things I need to do which will include personal, self-care time for myself. I see “great” teachers quit every year because they are just worn out. I don’t want to be this teacher. Thank you for the encouragement.
Good reminders- I liked the quote “to change what they think, you need to change what they experience”
Standing on biblical foundations and knowing what the fine print says especially when it comes to legal issues that may arise with your school.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
We'll be releasing more details about the sessions as we finalize the schedule.
Certificates of attendance will be available for all-access pass holders.
ACSI Teachers: The summit has been approved for 1.5 ACSI CEU’s following 9 hours of combined session attendance. ACSI CEUs are awarded to all-access pass holders.
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.