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

Schools can watch for free October 20-25
or purchase a school license for lifetime access + PD credit

a FREE online conference for Christian Educators 

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


or purchase a school license for unlimited access + PD credit

How the Rise Up Summit Works:

OPTION 1: Attend for FREE!

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Register for FREE

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

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Join Us Live Oct 21-22

Live sessions start Friday night and continue throughout the day Saturday.

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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.

OPTION 2: Get the All-Access Pass

  • Attend the summit live & on-demand October 20-25
  • Keep access to session recordings after the event ends
  • Receive full rights to show sessions on inservice/PD days
  • Unlock individual online accounts for all faculty & staff so they can watch sessions on their own
  • Download PD certificates & earn PD credit (1.5 ACSI CEUs included)*

* ACSI CEUs have not yet officially been approved. Past summits have been approved for 1.5 ACSI CEU's and we anticipate this year's summit being approved as well. We will receive official approval as the event gets closer.

"The topics were EXACTLY what I needed. I am so glad to know I'm not the only who deals with these issues."

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.

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Educators can watch for free October 20-25

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  • Watch all sessions for FREE October 20-25
  • Connect with fellow educators
  • Get free resources & exclusive deals
"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!"
"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 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.
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!
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.
"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 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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Connect your teachers with these uplifting sessions!


Live Sessions 

Available October 21-22. Replays available inside the All-Access Pass.


October 21, 2022 at 8 PM EST
Summit Kick-Off: Rise Up with Enduring Hope in the Face of Cultural Challenges

with John Stonestreet of Colson Center and Peter Greer of Hope International

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.

Dave Stuart Jr.

October 22, 2022 at 11 AM EST
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.

October 22, 2022 at 1 PM EST
Disarming Discouragement & Encountering Hope Workshop

with David & Elizabeth Schmus and Heather Kohnen of CEAI

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.

Linda Kardamis

October 22, 2022 at 2:30 PM EST
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.

David Schmus

October 22, 2022 at 4 PM EST
Teach with Faith (not Fear): Navigating Religion in Public Schools

with David Schmus of CEAI

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.

October 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM EST

Summit Finale: Speaking Truth to Our Souls When Teaching Is Tough

with Ellie Holcomb singer/songwriter

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.

Idea Swap

October 22, 2022 at 8:30 PM EST

Teacher Idea Swap and prayer room

with You!

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


On-Demand Sessions

Watch your on-demand sessions October 20-25 according to your schedule. Keep lifetime access with the All-Access Pass.


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 author 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.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MINDSET

Responding to Controversial Issues with Compassion, Conviction, & Hope

with author/speaker 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.

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 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 MINDSET

Stop Being a Superhero: Preventing Teacher Burnout

with Pratia Jordan of Prayer and Pedagogy

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.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR METHODS

Building Belonging: Strategies for Engaging Students of All Abilities

with Tyler Harms of All Belong

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 of Liberty University

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

Teaching Reading Comprehension with Scripture (or Any Text)

with Laura Kebart of Language Arts Teachers

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.

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 METHODS

Saving Time with Grading, Lesson Planning, & Paperwork

with Linda Kardamis, Alexx Seipp, Jen Frey, and Sarah Humes of Teach4theHeart

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.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MISSION

Don’t Get Fired: Best Practices & Common Missteps in Public School Employment

with David Schmus, Finn Laursen and David Piccolo of Christian Educators

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.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR METHODS

Choosing Hopeful Literature in a Depressing Culture

with Janie B. Cheaney & Team of RedeemedReader.com

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.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MINDSET

Responding with Hope & the Love of Jesus

with Ashley Ogal of WeTeachJoy

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.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR LEADERSHIP

Marketing & Enrollment Strategies for Private Schools

with Sadie Elliot of the Herzog Foundation

"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 LEADERSHIP

Preparing Your School to Face Risks & Change

with Pete Marra of the Colson Center

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.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR LEADERSHIP

Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Building an Environment that Supports Healing & SuccesS

with Andrea Parson of Trauma-Sensitive School Leadership

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.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR LEADERSHIP

Christian Admins in Public Schools: How to Lead Well

with the Public School Principal Panel: Jessica Cabeen, Ben Bakenberg, Hayward Jean, and Dennis Cole

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.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR MISSION 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: HOPE IN OUR MISSION 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.

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR METHODS EXHIBITION SESSION
Using Your Unique Strengths to Create Moments of Meaningful Connection

with Joe Elliot of The Catalyst Collective

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!

CATEGORY: HOPE IN OUR METHODS EXHIBITION SESSION
Get a World-Class Graduate Degree Online with Liberty University

with Michelle B. Goodwin of Liberty University

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.

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!

Join us October 20-25.
Everything is online (no travel needed!)
All sessions are FREE.

Come away with solutions, inspiration, & hope!

FAQ

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Is the summit really free?

Yes! Educators can watch all the sessions for free anytime throughout the weekend of October 20-25.

If you’d like your teachers to keep access after the weekend as well as to have the ability to watch live as a staff  upgrade to the all-access pass.

What is included in the All-Access Pass?

The All-Access Pass includes both video and audio recordings for all summit sessions as well as PD certificates and additional bonus resources.

The individual all-access pass includes lifetime access for one teacher.

The school all-access pass includes lifetime access for all current & future faculty and staff at your school.

With a school all-access pass, individual teachers can watch sessions on their own and you can show sessions for inservice/PD days.

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 who watch at least 9 hours.

Can I find out more about the sessions?

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

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.

Do you accept Purchase Orders?

Yes! Simply email them to linda@teach4theheart.com, and we will get you set up.

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