Helping teachers shine for Christ in a confused and uncertain world

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  • All sessions will be FREE to watch October 19-24. 
  • Comment your key take-aways on each session's page after viewing. Let us know after 10 sessions to score a Rise Up gift bundle. 

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  • Help your friends hear about Rise UP! Share the sign-up page with all your teacher friends so they, too, can shine the light of Christ in this dark world!
  • To get recordings of all the sessions, PD certificates, and more, grab the all-access pass here.


Some amazing sessions are being planned for you! Check back here for more details as they become available.

In the meantime, you can view the most up-to-date list of summit speakers on the registration page here.

> Live Sessions

Join us LIVE for the following sessions at the times indicated:

at 8:00 pm EST

3 Powerful Words to Build Relationships & Shine for christ ⭐️
with Mark Batterson, Linda Kardamis & David Schmus

at 8:00 pm EST

Motivating Students to Care about Learning
with Dave Stuart Jr.

at 9:00 pm EST

Idea Swap Party 🎉 
with door prizes & discussion!

at 11:00 am EST

The Discouragement Antidote: Finding Our Worth in Christ ⭐️
with Jill Miller

at 1:00 pm EST

Strategies to Save Time & Find Balance ⭐️
with Linda Kardamis

at 2:30 pm EST

Beating Teacher Burnout  ⭐️
with Elizabeth Schmus &  Heather Kohnen 

at 4:00 pm EST

Rise Up & Shine 
with Linda Kardamis & David Schmus

⭐️ The Discussion Room will be open for 30 minutes after the EVERY LIVE session.

> On-Demand Sessions

Watch these sessions on-demand throughout the summit weekend:

Light for Your Heart:
Reducing Stress & Overwhelm

How to Rise Above a Toxic Work Environment
with Kasey Bell

Finding Strength in God when Teaching is Tough
with Jesica Glover

Connecting with God through Immanuel Journaling
with Lori Adams

Overcoming Anxiety: Examining Its Roots and Shoots and Ways to Make It Leave
with Crystal Kershaw

How to Experience God's Gift of Rest
with Raphael Haeuser

Light in Your Classroom:
Teaching Effectively

Smart Classroom Management Strategies for Today's Classroom
with Michael Linsin

8 Easy Way to Turn Boring Worksheets into Engaging Activities
with Linda Kardamis

Empower and Engage Students with Digital Choice Boards
with Kasey Bell

How to Personalize Instruction without Needing Extra Time
with Dave Bedell

The Breakdown of Classroom Discipline: How We Got Here & What to Do Now
with Daniel Buck

Lesson Planning the easy way
with Kelly Jackson

Teaching in an AI World: Benefits, Challenges & How to Use AI Wisely
with Vicki Davis

Online Dual Enrollment: A Path to Academic Excellence
with Colorado Christian University

Light to the World:
Reaching Hearts

Standing on the Front Lines: Legal Answers for Christian Educators
with David Schmus & Tyson Langhofer of Alliance Defending Freedom

Kingdom Classrooms: Unlocking Your God-Given Teacher Superpower
with Michele Holiday

Transgender to Transformed: a Testimony of Hope & Healing
with Laura Perry

How to Improve Student Performance by Supporting Their Faith
with Eric Buehrer

Unlocking Hearts & Minds: Strategies for Reaching Unreachable Students
with Dr. Rebecca Bowman, Morgan Preston, and Mike Hicks

A Relational Response to Racism
with Susan Quindag

Beyond Biblical Integration: Immersing Students in a Biblical Worldview
with Dr. Roger Erdvig

How to Unearth the true meaning of difficult scripture passages
with Jeff Piepho

Be Sure to Visit!

Exhibition Hall

Download free resources & check out special deals from summit speakers

Discussion Room

Discuss what you're learning on Zoom
(open after live sessions)

Prayer Room

Let us pray for you about  requests that are near and dear to your heart


Visit the bookstore to view & purchase books written by our summit speakers

Summit Notes

Download and print the summit notes to organize your thoughts and insights


Music is powerful! Please enjoy this Spotify playlist of encouraging songs

Introduce Yourself 

Please introduce yourself and let us know where you're from & what you teach.

This is also a great place to share insights, ask questions, and connect!

Click Sign in to begin (you can sign in as a Guest).

Summit Merch!

Proclaim Christ's commission on your life
(even if you're in a public school) with this year's Summit merch!  

Rise Up has partnered with Hope Outfitters to bring you a cozy shirt that can point your students, colleagues, and admin toward Christ... and PERFECTLY compliments this year's theme verse:

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5

PLUS they're giving all Rise Up teachers an EXCLUSIVE deal.

Upgrade to the
All-Access Pass

All sessions are free to watch the weekend of the summit (Oct 19-24).

But if you upgrade today to the all-access pass, you never lose access and can watch all 20+ sessions at your own pace - wherever & whenever you like.

Give Feedback, Win Prizes!

Every thoughtful comment on a session page is an entry!

After each session you watch (live or on-demand), share your biggest takeaway in that session's comment section to win some incredible prizes! Then:

There are two ways to win:
1) Attend every live session you can to see if your name is called! Each time you watch a live or on-demand session & leave your biggest takeaway in the comments, you receive an additional entry.
Live session hosts will draw names from among every session's comments to choose the winners of some exciting prizes. Winners will be announced live, so make sure you're present to hear how to claim your prize!

2) Let us know when you've watched & commented on at least 10 sessions by October 25th! After you've watched and commented on 10 live and/or on-demand sessions click the button below to fill out a form letting us know. You'll receive a special prize pack after the summit ends (it's a $35 value!).


Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

When can I watch?

Our on-demand sessions that will release on Thursday, October 19 and will be available to watch throughout the weekend.

Mark your calendar to join us for special LIVE sessions Thursday & Friday evening as well as throughout the day Saturday.

Everything is FREE throughout this extended weekend so make sure to share it with as many of your teacher friends as possible!

But if you'd like to keep access and watch on your own schedule afterwards, consider upgrading to the all-access pass (be aware that the price increases to $47 during the Summit and again to $97 after the Summit closes).

How can I get reminders?

We'll email you throughout the weekend at the email address you used to sign up.

I upgraded to the all-access pass. Where can I find that?

Head to and login in the upper right corner to view your account. (If it doesn't show up right away, you'll find it under My Courses tab at the top.)
Email if you're having any problems accessing your purcase.

Can I get certificates for PD credit?

Certificates of attendance will be available for all-access pass holders. You can upgrade to the all-access pass here.

If you teach in an ACSI or AACS school, you'll be happy to know that we are an approved PD provider for both organizations. This means you should have no trouble receiving PD credit for attending this summit.

Do I need any special equipment?

No! Everything is online, and all you need is internet access. We’ll send you the links at the event gets closer.

Other questions?

Email us at, and we'll be happy to assist you.

What teachers are saying:

Read feedback shared by fellow attendees on some of their favorite sessions last year!

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!

Amy R. sharing about "Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Building an Environment that Supports Healing & Success" by Andrea Parson

Thank you for the Scriptures shared. Thank you for acknowledging that the darkness is real, and also for reminding us that God shines his light in and through us. He will light our path daily when we seek Him. I will try harder to find the moments of joy in my days. I want to be the person in Jeremiah 17:7-8.

Melissa G. shared about " Responding with Hope & the Love of Jesus" by Ashley Ogal

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.

Farrah M. sharing about " Teaching Reading Comprehension with Any Text (Including Scripture)" by Laura Kebart

I would never have thought about teaching abroad. Very interesting information and a great way to spread the Gospel.

Kim sharing about "5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Teaching Abroad" by TeachBeyond

Thank you so much for this session! It has challenged my thinking and scope!

Elaine F. speaking about "Insights for Educators on Race, Identity, the Gospel & Hope" by Jasmine Holmes

I love the fact of us being heirs and God using us to disperse what He wants to do in the world through our prayers!

Sheila B. takeaway from "The Forgotten Power of Intercessory Prayer" by Tyler Staton

Schedule by role, not responsibility - Invest in relationships - Tell your time where to go
Thank you so much for the session!!

Tricia sharing about "Prioritizing Your Time when There’s Not Enough to Go Around" by Sandra Battige

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.

Emma B. sharing about "Serving Jesus in Your Classroom Mission Field" by David Platt

Such good information to remind us of our purpose (reflecting God’s Goodness and pointing to Him) and to encourage. The three word: Surrender, Abide and Rest are good to consider as we seek. Thanks.

Tricia sharing about "Serving Jesus in Your Classroom Mission Field" with David Platt

Love others by listening….

Rachel M. Sharing her takeaway from "Responding to Controversial Issues with Compassion, Conviction, & Hope" by Sean McDowell

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