What The World Needs Now

Christian Deeper Learning Conference

February 19, 2021
February 19, 2021

2021 virtual conference

2-Part event

Part one: A four hour professional development package recorded by our keynote speakers you can use on-site with your faculty anytime before (or after) the virtual conference on February 19th, 2021. 

Part two: the Christian Deeper Learning virtual gathering will be on February 19th, where we will come together to worship, share our good work, learn from one another, and experience what has been a highlight at our last two conferences: a student presentation of learning.

This year, we are offering an affordable rate for your whole faculty to experience the Christian Deeper Learning Conference.  We encourage you to SIGN UP AS A WHOLE STAFF. The likelihood of truly implementing deeper learning practices is greatly enhanced with whole school participation. Individual registration will also be made available.

Look for more details and registration information soon!

Keynote Presentations

CREW and Community

Ron Berger
Ron Berger

Chief Academic Officer EL Education and author of We Are Crew: A Teamwork Approach to School Culture

Assessing Deeper Learning

Jon Eckert
Dr. Jon Eckert

Professor of Educational Leadership at Baylor University and author of Leading Together: Teachers and Principals Improving Student Outcomes

Why Deeper Learning?

An honest conversation with educators

What does it mean to approach learning as participation in “God’s Story?” Learning in God’s Story is not primarily about content but about experience. Our participation is not only about what we think but also about our deepest hopes for ourselves and the world in light of God’s Story. So then, does our Christian faith go beyond phrases like the “integration of faith and learning” or “teaching from a Christian worldview” to teaching in a way where our faith informs our pedagogy?

As we reflect on our practices, we may see gaps between our faith and our methods. If we are honest, we may have nagging feelings that we are not moving toward that ultimate mission through fully aligning our faith/beliefs and how we educate:

  • Does the way I organize my class (curriculum, instruction, assessment, and culture) honor my students as image bearers of our Creator?
  • Are my students really engaged in the work I assign, or are we both going through the motions of what we imagine school is “supposed to be?”
  • Have I made compromises in my practices? Am I focusing too much on individual student success and keeping parents/admin happy, doing it “the way it has always been done?” Is there a way I can better model the creativity and innovation of Jesus?
  • What can I do to explicitly and implicitly focus my classroom on loving God and our neighbors?

Deeper Learning in Christian schools

Deeper Learning in Christian schools seeks to help educators with these three foundations:

  1. A celebration of the learner: what it means to be created in God’s image.
  2. A mindfulness towards learning design: how curriculum, instruction and assessment inspire inward and outward engagement.
  3. A responsiveness to culture: how to embody our mission in every aspect of school life and how to live it out in God’s world.

(Source: Deeper Learning in Christian Schools: Playing our Part in God’s Story)

Who We Are

CREW and Community

Dan Beerens
Dan Beerens
Co-Chair

Diversity and Equity

Steven Levy
Steven Levy
Co-Chair

Assessing Deeper Learning

Krista Wallace
Krista Wallace
Co-Chair
Tim Van Soelen
Tim Van Soelen
Sara Espinoza
Sara Espinoza

Be a Sponsor

Sponsorships are a vital part of helping advance the Deeper Learning emphasis in faith-based schools through this conference. Sponsorship levels are available to promote your institution or organization.
Call Tim Van Soelen at (712) 722-6228 or email tim.vansoelen@cace.org. Let’s discuss your goals and together we’ll identify the appropriate package to effectively deliver your message.

Sponsorship Application