Helping teachers shine for Christ in a confused and uncertain world

Discussion Room

When you're learning so much, you want to discuss it! Join us in these live Zoom discussions to ask questions and process insights. 

Open for 30 Minutes after each of these live sessions:

✅ RISE UP KICKOFF: 3 Powerful Words To Build Relationships & Shine For Christ
      Session runs: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET
      Discussion room open: 9:00 - 9:30 pm ET

✅ The Discouragement Antidote: Finding Our Worth In Christ
      Session runs: 11:00 am - 12:00pm ET
      Discussion room open: 12:00 - 12:30 pm ET

Strategies To Save Time & Find Balance
Session runs: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
      Discussion room open: 2:00 - 2:30 pm ET

 Beating Teacher Burnout
Session runs: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET
      Discussion room open: 3:30 - 4:00 pm ET

The conversation will focus mainly on the most recent session, but you are also welcome to bring up questions or discussion points from other sessions as well.

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  • Heather Rogers says:

    Grateful for the discussion time – I’ve always been a bit nervous to attend one of these sessions, but I’m glad I did.

  • DJ says:

    These were all great ideas. I will definitely be giving my students a refresher on expectations this week. The nice thing is I have my students take part in making the expectation at the beginning of the year so that they have buy in.

  • Cheryl Talsma says:

    This was a LOT of info in the comparably short session time, but many resources were also shared to continue the work on classroom management. Although I’ve taught a few years, there is always something to review, rework, replan since our kids are different each year; each individual kiddo and the personality of the classroom as a whole.
    Additionally, classroom management skills weren’t so much taught during my own university training, but they sure are necessary for a well-running community in the classroom!

  • Krystal Landeros says:

    My sister teachers 1st grade and uses a clip up/clip down system. I honestly don’t know how I feel about allowing students to clip back up after really bad behavior. Some take advantage of that system to be terrible most of the day and then earn some clip ups near the end of the day. I suppose after teaching 30 years I’m just a bit more old school- do the crime-pay the time out. Any thoughts?

  • June Leasure says:

    I have found that the “plan” doesn’t work for many teachers because they don’t enforce the plan. If the plan is to move the child’s “clothes pin” from green to yellow at an offense, the teacher consistently says, “The next time I am moving the clothes pin!” The child never knows when it will actually be moved. At the beginning of each school year, I felt more like a policeman than a teacher, but the emotional investment in consistency paid off!

    • Cheryl Talsma says:

      This is a good point, June. Kids push until they find the extent to our boundaries. I think they do this to see how much we realy care. I know when my fourth graders return to school Monday after a week-long break, they will want to know where they are again. I feel more equipped after this session to help them see where they are and know I care. It will, also, be an exhausting day, but well worth it in the long run! Keep up the good work in your classroom, June!

  • Tobi Leidy says:

    Really enjoyed this session with Dave Stuart! So thankful for the encouragement!

  • June says:

    Thanks to Dave Stuart. As a 48 year educator with 29 of them as a school psychologist, I found myself blowing the cobwebs off of some practices that I’ve neglected to use and to share. I will say that I am a strong believer, as is research-based, in self-monitoring for students. I have had success with very young students and older students–including master’s level learners.

  • Marcus says:

    Hi, I’m a teacher from Singapore, a city-state (not part of China!) in Southeast Asia living between the East and the West. This is the first Rise Up Summit I’ve joined.

    I’m really blessed by the kick off session and have received much insights.

    We are also increasingly facing cultural mood shifts in our schools, where students identify themselves with the new sexual norms and expressive individualism. This is driven by their loss of identity and meaning. As Christian teachers, we have a mission to point them to the gospel that offer true hope and meaning and identity.

    Thank you for the great encouragement! Looking forward to the other sessions in the summit!

  • Lisa says:

    So thankful for this conference. The first live session and already encouraged. Informative perspectives regarding identity and Gnosticism from John Stonestreet. And from Peter Greer God has each of us where we are for a purpose – His purpose and opting out of His plan isn’t an option for me.

  • Sarah says:

    WOW! These sessions were so insightful. I took 3 pages worth of notes and there are so many mindset shifts and prayers to apply moving forward.

  • Michelle Heidemann says:

    Tonight was so encouraging. The changing thought processes of students is certainly challenging. It is changing the way we teach and the way we interact. There’s something about the acknowledgment of the degeneration of thought that encourages me to stay in the classroom. Thank you for the discussions.
    Michelle Heidemann

  • Brenda Schlomach says:

    The kick-off session was encouraging just seeing that people smarter than I am are seeing the overwhelming culture changes that I’m seeing and are also concerned about it.

  • susan says:

    Hello, Loved session.
    Art teacher and skills for living teacher in PA

  • Kristen Byars says:

    So thankful the Lord led me to this Summit! SO much to digest and apply. Thank you!!!!

  • Kara says:

    Todays first session was awesome. I am so thankful for the internet being able to connect like minded people for the ultimately advancing the Gospel of Christ. I take it very seriously to be able to stay informed about protecting our children and their rights in our country and allow the freedom of religion across the board.