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a FREE online conference for Christian Educators in both private & public schools
October 17-19, 2024
Reduce Stress & Overwhelm Teach Effectively Reach Hearts for Christ
Reduce Stress & Overwhelm
Reach Hearts for Christ
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... Sound familiar?
But the amazing news is that God is at work IN the struggle and despite the opposition.
He is light in the darkness, and His heart is always for us. He will use the challenges to draw us closer to Him, and He promises that His strength will uphold us when we're at the end of our rope.
Discover anew the hope that is found in Christ as well as practical solutions to navigate specific challenges that occur when teaching in a confused world.
The 2023 Rise Up Summit has now officially ended, but you can still get lifetime access to all session!
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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 was completely free to attend October 19-24!
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.
Everything is online (no travel needed!).
Come away with solutions, inspiration, & hope!
"The topics were EXACTLY what I needed. I am so glad to know I'm not the only who deals with these issues."
Your amazing lineup of sessions designed to inspire you to teach with excellence and shine the light of Christ is in the works!
Check out this year's confirmed speakers & session topics below to get a taste for what was offered in 2023. Full session details can be found here.
"Thank you for acknowledging that the darkness is real, and also reminding us that God shines his light in and through us."
- Melissa, teacher
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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!
Loved the classroom management session. I remind myself daily God is with me on this journey even when I have several challenges within the classroom. He is my co-educator.
The summit is helping me to grasp hold of Biblical truths, apply them to my life, and to my students and the staff and families in my public school, and rise up to be the person God wants me to be - in my school and in my non-school life, to praise God through the trials and the struggles. I am blessed to be here!
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.
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 be continually encouraged by these sessions!
"I love this conference. It's the highlight of my autumn. You really want to make time for this uplifting and relevant conference."
- Diana, teacher
Live Sessions occured Thursday & Friday evening as well as throughout the day on Saturday.
On-Demand Sessions were available any time that fit your schedule Thursday, Oct 19 through Tuesday, Oct 24!
Check out the details for each LIVE session here:
As educators, we are seeing unprecedented levels of discord and conflict, and it often seems like our students have lost critical relationship skills. But God has given us the opportunity to shine light into the darkness. Join us in the Rise Up Kick-Off, as best-selling author Mark Batterson uncovers the hidden power in three common words to heal wounds and build healthier and happier relationships with our students, colleagues, and parents
Are you struggling with student apathy or a general lack of motivation? Join us as motivation expert Dave Stuart Jr. shares the key factors that affect student motivation and how we as teachers can inspire our students to not only do the work but genuinely care about it.
We all know that the best ideas come from fellow teachers, and hearing what's working for someone else can be invaluable! That's exactly what we'll do in this exciting Idea Swap Party. We'll share ideas, laugh together, enjoy fun giveaways, and more! It's sort of like a party in the teachers' lounge - but without the drama!
From a negative observation to an out-of-control class to an unhappy parent, when things go wrong it's easy to feel discouraged and dismayed. This often happens because we tie our worth to how successful our classroom is, but there's a better path. In this session, we will explore the importance of finding our worth in Christ rather than in the success of our teaching. Join us to discover how to cultivate a healthy and secure identity rooted in Christ. You'll also learn practical steps for applying these principles in your teaching and personal life.
Does the constant rush to finish your to-do list leave you frazzled? Could you use some practical strategies to help you save time and finding balance! In this session, get tips and tools for time management, prioritization, and streamlining tasks. Join us to get equipped with the skills you need to achieve a healthier work-life balance and thrive as an educator.
Teacher burnout hits all of us at some point in our careers, but what do we do when it does? In this transformative session, we’ll explore what it means to be an ambassador of Christ in education, and how this change of perspective is the best antidote to burnout. Join us as we put on an ambassador mindset, bask in God’s love and goodness, and reflect on what God has done and continues to do. You’ll leave inspired and equipped to combat burnout and fulfill your sacred calling as an educator.
As our culture continues to turn away from God, the world is getting darker, people are more confused, and the future feels uncertain. But rather than shrinking back in fear, God has called us to stand and shine. Join us in the exciting summit finale as we celebrate what God is doing and explore the incredible opportunity we have to shine for Christ & impact students with the light of His love.
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Below are the On-Demand sessions that were available from October 19-24th.
As teachers, we're often stressed and overwhelmed with all that's asked of us. BUT, as Christian teachers, we know God promises to be with us every day in our classrooms! We don't have to EVER take on all the burdens of teaching alone; we can trust that the God of the universe is lifting us up! Join us as Jesica draws our hearts back to Him and reminds us of the real hope we have as we learn to trust our faithful God.
Have feelings of anxiety become your status quo? So many of us are there, but with God's help, we don't have to be! If you've been struggling to experience the peace God promises His followers, you won't want to miss this session. Join us as Crystal helps us examine the common causes of anxiety, and shares scriptural insights and practical tips to help you overcome it.
A toxic work environment can infect every area of your life if you let it! But God hasn't abandoned you in this situation. He has a plan for growing you and using you to shine His light (remember, it can shine all the brighter in the dark). Join us in this session for practical help and encouragement as you seek to interact wisely. You'll also learn how to guard your heart and mind in the midst of an unhealthy work situation so bitterness and frustration don't become your norm.
As educators who seek to evaluate and improve our teaching, we can easily fall into the trap of cultivating an inner voice that focuses on self-evaluation and self-improvement. As a result, we often get stuck feeling inferior and not good enough. In this practical, step-by-step workshop, you’ll discover Immanuel Journaling, a simple method to leave behind the monologue with self and engage in a dialogue with God, leaving you connected to your loving Father who sees you, empathizes with you, and helps you.
Teachers and students are frequently overworked and stressed, but that is not God's intention for us. While God desires us to work hard, He also designed us to rest. In fact, in God's economy, rest is not a privilege or reward for hard work but rather an act of faith and dependence on Him. Join us in this session to discover how to develop healthy limits, patterns of rest, and a balanced lifestyle - and teach your students to do the same.
ChatGPT and other AI tools are true game-changers, bringing additional challenges to the classroom but also a world of new opportunities. If you're scared, uncertain, confused, or curious about AI, join us as expert Vicki Davis helps us consider how we can approach AI from a Biblical perspective. You'll learn exactly what AI is, how ChatGPT works, and some amazing benefits for teachers and students. We'll then tackle the challenge of academic honesty and discuss how pedagogy may need to change as AI becomes more and more common.
While classroom management has always been a challenge, lately students' behaviors seem to be spinning out of control, plunging educators into confusion and frustration. However, classroom management expert Michael Linsin shares that the solutions aren't actually as complicated as we might think. Join us to discover straightforward strategies to rein in the chaos and create an environment where students can focus and learn.
Give your students choices in their learning through interactive learning menus and choice boards. In this session, we will explore examples of learning menus and choice boards, talk about instructional design techniques, explore how to differentiate, as well as provide tips and tricks. You'll also walk away with tons of free templates!
Are your students bored with practice worksheets? What if you could take your existing worksheets and turn them into more engaging practice activities? Now you can! Join us to learn eight simple transformations that are so simple and easy that you can start using them tomorrow.
Do you wish you had more time to reteach students who are struggling? Or could allow advanced students to work at a more accelerated rate? Dave Bedell has created a system that allows you to do both without needing any extra prep time or instructional time. Come discover this incredible system that frees you to meet each of your students right where they are and provides personalized instruction that keeps them all engaged and growing.
Too many teachers are struggling under the breakdown of school discipline, but the solutions aren’t always obvious. How do we balance the need for accountability and consequences with the call for grace and forgiveness? Join educator and author Daniel Buck for a compelling discussion about the breakdown of school discipline, restorative justice, teacher safety, and much more. You’ll come away with practical strategies you can implement to create a respectful culture in your own classroom, regardless of your school’s approach to discipline.
Is lesson planning taking way too long or feeling way too difficult? In this practical session, you'll discover a simple system to create effective lesson plans - without the stress and without it taking forever!
Join us for an enlightening session on CCU Academy's online dual enrollment program. Discover how this transformative program can accelerate your student's academic journey, providing them with early exposure to affordable, college-level courses and the opportunity to earn valuable credits while still in high school. Learn about the benefits of this flexible and affordable educational pathway and how it can serve as a powerful springboard toward their future academic success. Don't miss this chance to explore the limitless possibilities that await your students through CCU Academy's dual enrollment program!
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.
Any Christian school worth its salt desires to instill a Biblical worldview in its students. But do we even know what that means, much less how to actually do it? In this session, you'll learn how to go beyond simple Biblical integration to truly immerse your students in a Biblical worldview, helping them embrace Biblical thinking, rather than turn away from it.
Our nation is in the midst of a profound spiritual and philosophical conflict, and Christian educators are often caught in the middle. Conflicts about race, gender, pronouns, bathrooms, and participation in athletics are often fought primarily in our schools. Do you have legal questions about what you can or can’t say or do in response? Are you concerned about losing your job if you stand up for your beliefs as a Christian? Come get your questions answered and be equipped to stand by attorneys on the front lines of protecting our rights on these issues.
As Christians, we are called to both truth and love, but sometimes that's easier said than done, especially with sensitive topics like transgenderism. Hearing from someone who has personal experience with the transgender lifestyle can help us have a better understanding of truth along with a heart of compassion as we seek to meet our students where they are.
Join us as Laura Perry Smalts shares her testimony of how God drew her to himself, called her out of transgenderism, and has provided incredible healing in her life. She'll also share insights and advice for interacting with wisdom, truth, and love.
Every day we encounter students who are disengaged and difficult to connect with. How can we reach them and build the relationships needed to help them grow? In this session, you’ll learn practical strategies to create a safe and supportive learning environment centered around relationship, trust, and communication. You’ll also discover the importance of setting high expectations for all students and empowering them to surpass their own limitations. Leave better equipped to connect and empower every student, unlocking the hidden potential of even the hardest to reach students in your classroom.
As educators, we sometimes feel helpless and wonder if we’re actually making a difference. If you want to grow your impact, this session is for you! The Kingdom Classrooms framework empowers teachers to stand in the gap and make a difference by activating your teacher superpower—the power and authority of the Holy Spirit flowing through you. Join us for this practical session where you’ll gain valuable tools to help you impact students, transform your classroom environment, and shape your school culture for His glory.
Did you know that research clearly demonstrates that religious belief improves student academic performance as well as social and emotional learning outcomes? Despite this, many public school districts discourage religious expression, often in illegal ways. Come learn how to appropriately encourage your students to express their faith. You’ll also discover the related academic benefits and experience a training tool that is encouraging public school districts across the country to become faith-welcoming environments. Leave with confidence about what you can and can’t do as a Christian educator.
Do you ever feel unprepared to respond to difficult questions about God or the Scriptures? Or perhaps you have your own questions that you’d like to address. In this session, Pastor Jeff Piepho shares a simple system that helps anyone analyze Scripture and interpret it correctly. Discover how you can use this system to aid your own personal study, answer students’ questions, or teach students how to rightly consider Scripture for themselves.
Race and racism can be daunting topics for Christian educators in both public and Christian schools. In this session, Dr. Susan Quindag offers a refreshing and Biblical approach that is focused on relationships. Discover how a relationship mindset can help us better understand each other and create profound connectedness, meaningful growth, and heartfelt action.
Encounter new strategies & mindset shifts that will help you diminish stress, teach more effectively, and shine for Christ in your classroom!
Get lifetime access to all the sessions from our 2023 Rise Up Summit!
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.
Thank you for breaking down the 3 different identities: traditional, modern and gospel. When we look through these “glasses” it makes it easier to understand what are students are going through and how we can redirect their thinking to how God views us.
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!
As someone who is new to a school leadership position, I found this talk very encouraging.
Good reminders- I liked the quote “to change what they think, you need to change what they experience”
This session encouraged me to look to God for hope instead of complaining in the midst of my struggle and pain.
“Self-care has a place in our renewal…[but] prayer is what refuels our soul.”
Love the model of Christ’s intentional times of withdrawing to seek true, intentional, ordinary [daily], and prayerful rest.
Thank you so much for this session! It has challenged my thinking and scope!
“You were at your limit when you started teaching. You can’t do this without Him” -David Platt
Thank you for shouting this out! It was so perfect. We can’t do it without Him. period. What a great session.
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.
The Rise Up summit is comprised of two types of sessions which can be viewed during overlapping windows:
All-access pass holders may continue to watch after the summit ends. Get more information about the all-access pass here.
Certificates of attendance will be available for all-access pass holders ONLY.
ACSI Teachers: The summit has been approved for 9 ACSI CEU’s following 9 hours of combined session attendance. In order to verify attendance at your 9 viewed sessions, certificates of attendance and ACSI CEUs will only be awarded to all-access 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.
Kevin S., Student Support Teacher