CDL4:

Christian Deeper Learning Presents

What the World Needs Now

Professional Development + Virtual Gathering

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Christian Deeper Learning

What the World Needs Now

CDL4 for Your Whole School

This year, we are offering a dynamic two-part experience for your whole school staff.

Our brand-new virtual platform allows us to lower costs and expand capacity so that we can accommodate entire schools. CDL4 offers 3 Professional Development keynotes/packages for the price of 1, combined with a free ticket to the Virtual Gathering for each participant registered under a school.

We encourage you to Sign Up As A School. The likelihood of truly implementing deeper learning practices is greatly enhanced with whole school participation.
As a virtual experience, we’ve developed 3 separate Professional Development keynotes/packages to involve your whole school to engage with “What the World Needs Now.” CDL4 enables not only you, the early adopter, to participate but enables you to bring your whole school staff to experience and attend CDL. We’ve enlisted world-class education leaders to make CDL4 better than it’s ever been.

Can’t get your whole school involved? Don’t worry! Individual registration is also available.

Offerings

CDL 4 = Professional Development + Virtual Gathering.

Christian Deeper Learning 4 in 2 Parts

Professional Development

World-Class Professional Development for Your Whole School Staff. Transformation begins today.

Virtual Gathering

Join us for a virtual gathering to celebrate the learning, to share our good work and learn from one another.

Professional Development Keynotes/Packages

Christian Deeper Learning

For Your Whole School Staff

World-Class Training Right at Your School.

Each 4-hour PD keynote/package provides tools, models and structures to support deeper understanding and guide you in the process of implementing new strategies in your own school.

Buy the PD Package, then choose which option or options your school wishes to utilize from the PD Package and set a date for when your local PD will occur. Identify a teacher leader from your staff to help lead each option – and we will train them via webinar to facilitate your local PD experience.

Your staff is invited to talk with our speakers, join with others and share ideas at our February 19 Virtual Gathering.

Explore the PD Keynotes/Packages
3 World-Class PD Keynotes/Packages

What the World Needs Now

1 Affordable Price

Building Community Through Crew

Ron Berger, Chief Academic Officer of EL Education, returns to share one of the key culture building elements of EL Education, and the subject of his latest book, We Are Crew: A Teamwork Approach to School Culture.

Love One An “Other”: Civil, Equitable, Inclusive and Just Schooling

Vernita Mayfield, ASCD author and consultant, will share ideas to help develop cultural competence from her new book: Cultural Competency Now: 56 Exercises to Help Educators Understand and Challenge Bias, Racism, and Privilege.

Assessment and Feedback: Tools for Deeper Learning

Jon Eckert, Baylor Professor and Corwin Press author of Leading Together: Teachers and Principals Improving Student Outcomes, will develop our thinking on what constitutes quality assessment – the most requested topic from our last two conferences.

Celebrating the Learner

Virtual Gathering

Friday, February 19, 2021

Gathering to Celebrate the Learner.

The Virtual Gathering is a Continuation of the Professional Development.

On February 19th, 2021, all participants 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.

Explore the Virtual Gathering

Free tickets are included

in every PD Purchase

World-Class Keynotes

The experts behind the PD keynotes/packages will join us for the Virtual Gathering to deliver support to attendants of their PD session and answer questions from the audience.

Special Presentations

Students will be presenting us with inspiring showcases displaying their Deeper Learning work “for real people that forms the self and shapes the world.”

Networking & Collaboration

Gather with fellow Christian Deeper Learning educators to share work from your school and collaborate with other schools.

Christian Deeper Learning 4

Speaker Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Friend

$ 500

Per Month
  • Free Registration Tickets
  • Logo on Sponsor Page
  • Logo in Slides
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall
  • List of Attendees
  • Verbal Mentions
  • Logo in 1 Newsletter/month
  • Logo on Non-sponsor pages
  • Logo in Every Newsletter
  • 1 Social Media Post/Month
  • 90 Second Promo Video
  • Logo in PD videos
  • Co-Presenting CDL Webinar
Become a Sponsor

Partner

$ 1000

Per Month
  • Free Registration Tickets
  • Logo on Sponsor Page
  • Logo in Slides
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall
  • List of Attendees
  • Verbal Mentions
  • Logo in 1 Newsletter/month
  • Logo on Non-sponsor pages
  • Logo in Every Newsletter
  • 1 Social Media Post/Month
  • 90 Second Promo Video
  • Logo in PD videos
  • Co-Presenting CDL Webinar
Become a Sponsor

SpeakerBest Value

$ 3000

Per Month
  • Free Registration Tickets
  • Logo on Sponsor Page
  • Logo in Slides
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall
  • List of Attendees
  • Verbal Mentions
  • Logo in 1 Newsletter/month
  • Logo on Non-sponsor pages
  • Logo in Every Newsletter
  • 1 Social Media Post/Month
  • 90 Second Promo Video
  • Logo in PD videos
  • Co-Presenting CDL Webinar
Become a Sponsor

Become a sponsor

Sponsorships are a vital part of helping advance the Deeper Learning emphasis in faith-based schools at CDL4. Sponsorship levels are available to promote your institution or organization.

Download Sponsorship Application FormSponsor Exhibitor Booth Request Form

Questions?

Call Tim Van Soelen at (712) 722-6228 or email [email protected]. Let’s discuss your goals and together we’ll identify the appropriate package to effectively deliver your message.

CDL4 Team

Co-Chairs

Co-Chair

Dan Beerens

Dan Beerens is an educational consultant, author, international speaker, and educational leader.

Dan Beerens is an educational consultant, author, international speaker, and educational leader. Before starting Dan Beerens Consulting in May 2010, he served as Vice President of Learning Services and Director of Instructional Improvement at Christian Schools International. Prior to that, he was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Holland Christian Schools. Dan has also worked as teacher and principal in urban and suburban public and Christian schools in Wisconsin and Illinois. He serves as a Senior Fellow at CACE (Center for the Advancement of Christian Education), represents Curriculum Trak sales and professional development and serves as co-chair of the annual Christian Deeper Learning conference. He blogs regularly for CACE and is the author of Evaluating Teachers for Professional Growth: Creating a Culture of Motivation and Learning (Corwin Press) and co-editor of the recent book MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education (ACSI).
Co-Chair

Steven Levy

Steven Levy is an independent educational consultant and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education.

After 28 years teaching in classrooms K-12, and 16 years as a school designer for EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) Steven Levy is now an independent educational consultant and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education. He guides teachers in designing service-based curriculum, engaging instructional practices, student owned assessments, and spiritual formation. He was recognized as the Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year, and honored by the Disney American Teacher Awards as the national Outstanding General Elementary Teacher.

Steven was the recipient of the Autodesk National Award for his impact on project-based learning, and received the John F. Kennedy Prize for the teaching of history. Steven and his fourth grade students were designated “Conservation Heroes” by the National Park Service for their study of the effects of a local bike path on the environment and the community. Steven has written various articles for educational journals, and his book, Starting From Scratch, details some of the projects and students he has worked with in his elementary classrooms.

Co-Chair

Krista Wallace

Krista Adams Wallace is an international Christian educator and consultant.

Krista Adams Wallace is an international Christian educator and consultant. Krista spent 19 years in the Dominican Republic working in missions and educational development. In 2002, Krista launched the Doulos Discovery School, an expeditionary learning PK-12 international Christian school in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. Doulos was the first international Christian school to implement expeditionary learning practices. In 2009, Krista led Doulos to become the first internationally accredited ACSI school in the Dominican Republic.

In 2016, Krista launched InspirED, an educational consulting nonprofit, with Steven Levy and Dan Beerens. This collaboration led to them to create the Christian Deeper Learning conference.

Krista lives with her husband, Chad, in Denver, CO and is the Director of Learning Innovation for Elevate USA. They have two grown daughters and serve on their local Young Life committee. Krista and Chad have an organic coffee farm in the Dominican Republic and enjoy finding new places to sell their coffee around the world.

Organizers

Organizer

Harry Blyleven

Executive Director and Coach for The Christian Teacher Academy

Harry is the Executive Director and a coach for The Christian Teacher Academy. He recently completed a Masters of Education investigating the role of Technology in Project Based Learning by creating a series of how-to videos providing tools for teachers. For many years, Harry has been working with teachers in Professional Development as they discover Protocols, Project Based Learning, and various technologies.

Along with his work at The Academy, Harry teaches computer technology and business at Hamilton District Christian High. His students’ projects include a community vegetable garden (grade 9 math and business), making robots that help people (grade 11 computer science), and the programming of video games as students discover why they take so long to make (grade 11 and 12 computer science). The energy and support from HDCH, attending various Buck Institute workshops, and being a part of the Education Leadership Academy at High Tech High continue to shape Harry’s work and use of PBL.

Organizer

Sara Espinoza

School Designer with “Teaching for Transformation”

With 20+ years of experience in both public and private education, Sara has gleaned from some of the best. She has has taught in two languages, four countries, eight grade levels, and ten content areas, and she has had the opportunity to closely observe and influence instructional practices in over fifty schools.

Having moved back to Texas, with the support of her husband and three school-aged children, Sara has remained committed to work that empowers others and builds community. She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership, has served as a school board member, and spent eleven years as an instructional coach before taking her current job as a School Designer with “Teaching for Transformation.” She also currently serves as a Learning Leader with EduDeo Ministries in Nicaragua.

Organizer

Jeremy Horlings

Associate Executive Director for the Prairie Centre for Christian Education

Jeremy Horlings is the Associate Executive Director for the Prairie Centre for Christian Education. Jeremy has his master's in educational leadership and has been a teacher, vice principal and principal over the course of his 17 years in education. He currently resides in Red Deer, Alberta with his wife and 4 children.
Organizer

David Michel

Head of School at White Rock Christian Academy

For the past seven years, David Michel has worked as head of school at White Rock Christian Academy. David has local understanding and international experience as the founding head of school of Sekolah Pelita Harapan (SPH) International – Kemang Village. The school is located in the southern part of Jakarta city, and is one of several campuses that provide independent Christian education for both National Indonesian and Expatriate students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. In just over five years, David grew this IB World school from 100 to over 600 students.

Prior to working in Indonesia, he worked for thirty-four years in public schools as an administrator in School District No. 35 (Langley), which including two years as Director of Schools, eight years as Principal of Langley Secondary School, and five and a half years as Principal of R.E. Mountain Secondary, an IB World School. His experience as former Chair of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Committee provided WRCA leadership as the school worked to become a World IB Continuum school. WRCA is the only Christian School in North America offering a complete K-G12 program for all students. Today he holds many leadership roles in various organizations and has an expansive network of local and international contacts.

David’s vision for students at WRCA is based on cultivating a culture rooted in Christian values, and he strongly believes ‘all students deserve a quality education’. He is committed to the belief that WRCA must reflect an emphasis on student learning where all decisions are based on developing a graduate prepared to meet many future challenges. As a committed Christian, he is excited about being part of a well-established and well-respected independent Christian school with strong Christian values, and his own beliefs are consistent with the core purpose and values of White Rock Christian Academy.

Organizer

Bill Van Dyk

Director of Big Picture Learning at NorthPointe Christian School

Bill Van Dyk has been in Christian education for the last 44 years. For the last five years he has been the Director of Big Picture Learning at NorthPointe Christian school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously Bill served as administrator of a Zeeland Christian school. While in that role he had the privilege of working with other staff to start a middle school program, inclusive education, Spanish immersion, and Mandarin immersion.

Bill is in education because he loves God, loves kids, and loves learning.

Organizer

Tim Van Soelen

Director of CACE and Professor of Education at Dordt University

Tim is the Executive Director of the Center for Advancement of Christian Education and a professor of education at Dordt University, teaching courses in Educational Leadership, Philosophy of Education, and Research Methods to graduate and undergraduate education majors. Prior to his time at Dordt, he served as the head of school at Calvin Christian School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as an assistant principal for Redlands Christian School in Redlands, California, and a middle school math and technology teacher in Redlands.