BJU Press

Workshops

General

  • The Sociological Apocalypse of the “Z” Generation New

    Presenter: Ben Schettler

    What’s happening in our culture and why is it happening so quickly? With attention to detail, sobering passion, and a splash of humor, Ben Schettler gives the historical context that shaped the thinking of the Z Generation. Most teachers are aware that the Z Generation students they teach don't think like they do. However it can be difficult to discern where this shift came from and why it is so substantial. Well-meaning teachers become frustrated because their students "just don't get it." This session prepares teachers with Bible answers and inspires them with hope, while making bold and sobering predictions about the biggest challenge the Z Generation will face.

  • Confusion and Chaos: What the “Z” Generation Does Not Know New

    Presenter: Ben Schettler

    Have you ever tried to put a puzzle together without all the pieces? The Z Generation struggles to know what is real, what is true, how to disagree, how to find the truth, and even who they are. Without these pieces of truth how can they put together the life God intended for them? These challenges are demonstrated with sobering statistics and funny anecdotes in Ben Schettler’s unique style. Teachers and administrators will deepen their understanding of the Z Generation and be inspired to help their students get a complete picture of the world.

  • What Makes Education Christian? Parts I & II

    Presenter: Dr. Bryan Smith

    Christian education is one of the most rewarding ministries available to believers. But our success in this ministry depends, in part, on our ability to establish and maintain a clear vision for the task. If teachers do not know what the essence of Christian education is, our successes will likely be occasional and accidental. In this session, we will consider what makes education Christian, what the main challenges to Christian education are, and how we can overcome these challenges.

  • Communication: A Key to Retention

    Presenter: Anita Sedivy

    During difficult economic times it is vital that we retain quality families in our schools. Communication from the classroom teacher plays an important role in the retention process. Teachers will be introduced to practical ways to spice up their weekly communication and practice creating personal electronic messages that can make a big difference to parents.

  • Helicopters and Snowflakes: Dealing with Today’s Parents

    Presenter: Pam Litzenberger

    Parents and students are very different from those we dealt with 20 and even 10 years ago. In this workshop, we will discuss several types of parental involvement; explore how and why parents are different than they were in the past; and talk about practical methods for handling difficult parental situations in your classroom – without losing your sanity!

  • Classroom Management: Rules or Relationships?

    Presenter: Rachel Santopietro

    “Welcome to my class! Now, here are the rules…” How’s that for developing a relationship with your students? But we need rules too! Learn how to manage your classroom in ways that build a learning community.

  • Helping Your Students Become More “Globally Minded” New

    Presenter: Ann Carruthers

    With our classrooms becoming more diverse and students being more aware of the world around them, teachers should look for opportunities to integrate cultural studies into their classroom teaching. This workshop will provide practical ways to explore the way people live in other parts of the world and to find ways to challenge students with the Great Commission, “Go ye into all the world.”

  • Helping Your Students Develop Critical-Thinking Skills New

    Presenter: Ann Carruthers

    This workshop will explore practical ways to integrate critical-thinking skills into everyday teaching. Help your students learn to dig deeper on their own and apply these skills to every aspect of their lives.

  • Developing a Special Education Program in Your School New

    Presenter: Dr. Esther White

    Developing special education program in your school is more feasible than you may think. Join us to learn the basics in creating a program to help students with learning disabilities and ADHD and how you can take steps to begin a program at your school. We will cover topics such as student eligibility, staffing, and tuition.

  • Accommodation or Modification? New

    Presenter: Dr. Esther White

    Help for students with special needs can be confusing. Come learn the basic terminology, critical parameters, and useful strategies for helping special learners.

  • New Teacher Survival Tips New

    Presenter: Dr. Kristin Bird

    This session will help teachers in their first years of teaching to be prepared for the many roles they must play in a school day. Regardless of subject or grade level, there are some key challenges teachers can overcome to make teaching more sustainable and joyful. Teachers will learn ways to make the classroom run smoothly, help students learn, and have fun doing it, even in the first few weeks of school.

Administrative

  • Get Out Front and Take the Lead: Practical Ways to Lead Amidst the Waves of Technology New

    Presenter: Dr. Jenny Klipp

    Technology is no longer a novelty—it is an expectation in the educational world.; It can seem nearly impossible to keep up with the waves of equipment, tools, and ideas, let alone apply and implement them in your setting. Come gather practical ideas for using technology in your setting, establishing manageable afterschool technology clubs on a low budget, and making technology work for you effectively even if you are limited in what you have.

  • Handling Organizational Conflict

    Presenter: Dr. Dan Nelson

    Ever face conflict in a Christian school? In the workshop we will recognize basic levels, causes, and effects of conflict; analyze several models of conflict resolution; and apply biblical principles to conflict resolution.

  • If People Only Knew: Drawing on God’s Grace for Daily Challenges New

    Presenter: Dr. Dan Nelson

    A collaborative look at the challenges and burdens unique to Christian school administrators (and teachers) and practical advice on how to maintain energy and enthusiasm by accessing God’s refreshing, all-sufficient grace.

  • When the Sun Won’t Stand Still: Practical Ideas for Ministering to People and Managing Papers

    Presenter: Dr. Jenny Klipp

    Twenty-four hours in a day hardly seems enough for an administrator. The paperwork seems to have no end, and the people who are here to serve often seem to suffer at the hand of unending administrative deadlines and expectations. This session is a collection of practical ideas for organizing, leading, and ministering as a leader.

  • Building a Capacity for Change in Your Christian School

    Presenter: Dr. Brian Carruthers

    The effective administrator understands that there is always room for improvement in the way things are done in the typical Christian school. Convincing others that change is necessary, however, isn’t always the easiest task. This workshop explores ways to build a capacity for change in the Christian school so that your stakeholders are embracing change instead of resisting it.

  • Strategic Planning for the Christian School New

    Presenter: Dr. Brian Carruthers

    Is your school fulfilling its goals and objectives? Does your school have goals and objectives? What is your ministry's mission statement? Where do you see your school five years from now? These questions and others will be addressed as this workshop discusses strategic planning for the Christian school.

  • Continuing the Conversation (non-CEU)

    Presenter: Dr. Dan Nelson

    This informal discussion gives administrators an opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and personal experiences. Come chat with us about a number of important issues facing today’s educators.

Preschool

  • Right from the Start: Philosophy of Early Education (K3–K4)

    Presenter: Becky Custer

    The beginning years are critical. We are laying a vital foundation and how we do this will shape each student’s approach to future learning. In this session, we will learn what we can do to stimulate and encourage the love of learning in these formative years and to teach preschool right from the start!

  • Methods of Early Learning Instruction (K3–K4)

    Presenter: Jennifer Toulson

    Circle Time should be the format for your class’s group learning; and Learning Centers, the basis for their individual/small group learning and play. Come and find out the components of an effective circle time and learning-center time. How do you keep control? How do you organize them each day? How do you implement learning centers into your classroom? These questions and more will be explored in this workshop so that your circle time and learning-center time will be anticipated by you and your students every day!

  • Watch Me Grow! Understanding and Cultivating Preschoolers’ Developmental Skills (K3–K4)

    Presenter: Becky Custer

    Learn practical ways to instruct and inspire early learners to grow academically, socially, and spiritually. Explore the most productive methods for Circle Time and Learning Centers so that preschoolers can thrive in their classroom environment.

  • Pathways for Preschool (K3)

    Presenter: Jennifer Toulson

    Come and discover the exciting parts and pieces to the Pathways for Preschool program. Come and see what fun is in store for your two- and three-year-old boys and girls! Tips for implementing and storing materials will also be given. Watch a classroom come to life, observe a circle time, and survey the preschool classroom to visualize the total K3 experience.

  • Footsteps for Fours (K4)

    Presenter: Becky Custer

    Footsteps for Fourshas LOTS of parts and pieces to make a full year of learning fun and meaningful! Come see what is available and learn how to implement and store the material. Watch a classroom come to life, observe a circle time, and survey the preschool classroom to visualize the total K4 experience.

  • Teacher = Classroom CEO: From Schedules to Management for the Early Educator (K3–K4)

    Presenter: Becky Custer

    Effective classroom management creates an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. Create appropriate preschool procedures, strategies, and instructional techniques to help guide learning activities and manage student behavior.

  • Music and Puppets: Supplemental Teaching Tools to Enhance and Stimulate Learning (K3–Grade 2)

    Presenter: Becky Custer

    Music, a powerful motivator, can also be one of the joys of learning as well. Introducing puppets to early learners allow their minds to create, explore, and flourish. There is no better way to create fun, memorable learning experiences than by incorporating appropriate melodies and exciting puppet friends into the classroom!

  • Highly Explosive! Handle With Care: How the Bible Can Impact the Classroom. (K3–K4) New

    Presenter: Becky Custer

    God’s Word contains light to direct, food to support, and comfort to cheer.  It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Discover multiple ways to use Scriptures in the classroom and ignite hearts for God.

  • Continuing the Conversation (K3–K4, non-CEU)

    Presenters: Becky Custer

    This informal discussion about K3 and K4 gives teachers an opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and personal experiences. Come chat with us about a number of important issues facing today’s educators.

  • Continuing the Conversation (K5, non-CEU)

    Presenters: Dottie Buckley

    This informal discussion about K5 gives teachers an opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and personal experiences. Come chat with us about a number of important issues facing today’s educators.

Elementary

  • Heritage Studies (K5–Grade 6)

    Presenter: Dr. Dennae White

    The Heritage Studies workshop presents a variety of ways to teach social studies effectively by using innovative methods. The participants will actively take part in a Heritage Studies lesson by sharing in a group discussion; assessing other participants by using a rubric; finding information on an electronic device; and debating ideas and then presenting their ideas to the class. Workshop participants will observe and model teaching methods that they will be able to implement in their classrooms.

  • Writing, Spelling, and Grammar (Grades 2–5)

    Presenter: Marnie Batterman

    In this workshop the advantages of cursive handwriting and the benefits of studying spelling by a proven method will be briefly discussed. BJU Press Writing & Grammar will be introduced with the stages of the writing process discussed in depth. This process will be modeled on the third-grade level, but it is applicable to all elementary-grades. The entire writing process and ways to organize the various stages of the writing process will be discussed. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to view and discuss examples of writing projects written by a third-grade class and then have the opportunity to work cooperatively to model the writing process. Handout will include a planning chart and Grade 3 samples.

  • Strategies for Effective Reading Instruction (Grades 1–6)

    Presenter: Dottie Buckley

    This workshop will focus on the components of effective reading instruction in the elementary classroom. Using BJU Press reading materials as the basis, Dottie will not only share teaching strategies that will ensure success for all students in the critical area of reading for comprehension but will also provide suggestions for enhancing instruction beyond the basal readers.

  • Using All Your Colors: Language Arts (K5–Grade 1)

    Presenter: Katie Klipp

    This workshop will discuss the philosophy behind and practical teaching application for BJU Press Phonics, Reading, Spelling, and Handwriting for K5–Grade 1. Participants will learn and practice additional methods, discover helpful ideas, and learn about time-saving techniques to make the language-arts section of their day more efficient, more effective, and enticingly more “colorful.”

  • Elementary Bible—More than Just Another Subject (Grades 1–6)

    Presenter: Janelle Moore

    Are you going to teach Bible using the BJU curriculum for the first time, or do you want to enhance your Bible lessons? Let’s begin with the basics and then share ideas about things we include to encourage our students to love Bible class! Our students need to see that Bible is not just a subject but a way of life to be integrated into our entire day!

  • Interactive Science for the Elementary Teacher (K5–Grade 6)

    Presenter: Dr. Dennae White

    This workshop will focus on practical ways to teach BJU Press Science, using the variety of hands-on activities that are available. It will include an overview of the science curriculum and demonstrations of interactive activities. The workshop will also show how technology can be used in science lessons. Teachers will collaborate to create a hypothetical two-week timeline for a given chapter, including analysis of the available activities, experiments, and graded work. Groups will share and be evaluated on their conclusions and rationale.

  • Math: More than Memorization (K5–Grade 6)

    Presenter: Cindy Dickinson

    Memorizing facts is important in mathematics, but it is not the end-all. This workshop will focus on the fact that successful math students go beyond memorization and can really understand math. This is accomplished through a variety of ways, including the use of manipulatives. In this hands on session, participants will be given ways to help their students become mathematical thinkers not just fact memorizers.

  • History: God’s Language to His People (K5–Grade 6) New

    Presenter: Dr. Dennae White

    History can be dull and boring. However, God chose to tell the history of His people with a story. We can do the same by engaging students in the excitement of learning about people, places, and events from the past. Whether it is in early elementary to learn about their community or middle school to learn about the history of the world, there are great resources and helps for all!

  • Science: Keeping the Curiosity Alive (K5–Grade 6) New

    Presenter: Dr. Dennae White

    All young children are eager to explore the world around them. But how do we keep that curiosity flowing as they get older? Come learn some helpful hints about interactive science from kindergarten to middle school. We will talk about inexpensive supplies, easy set-ups, and great resources!

  • Making Sense of Sensory-Processing Difficulties and Disorders (K3–Grade 2)

    Presenter: Anita Sedivy

    Educators are seeing a rise in the number of children with sensory-processing difficulties. This session will introduce preschool and elementary teachers to helpful teaching practices and strategies to meet the needs of young learners struggling with sensory challenges.

  • Cliques, Clowns, Toughies, and Tattletales (K5–Grade 4) New

    Presenter: Katie Klipp

    Doesn't it seem like just when you think you've mastered dealing with a certain type of difficult student, a new breed arrives to challenge your strategies? Sometimes it seems that teachers have to spend more time in character training than in actual academic instruction! If that is the case, teachers need to step back and look at how to manage these types of students in an effective way. What DO you say to a class clown, a perpetual tattler, a disinterested kid, or a competitive bragger? Come help yourself understand them in a new light and then gather new and creative ways to include them, reach them, and teach them— all while managing your own loss for words.

  • Strategies for Effective Classroom Organization and Management (K5–Grade 4) New

    Presenter: Janelle Moore

    Does it seem that there is not enough time to teach because of other necessary tasks throughout the day? Is classroom organization just not your thing? Come and learn some practical ways to better or organize your classroom, your schedule, and your day to be better able to serve your students.

  • Ideas for Behavior Management in the Classroom (Grades K5–Grade 4) New

    Presenter: Janelle Moore

    Do you sincerely hope to still be in charge by Christmas break? Do you struggle with the daily organization of behavioral incentives and creative ways to encourage good behavior? Let’s share ideas on how we can better help our students learn good classroom citizenship.

  • Empowering Learners for Academic Success (Grades 1–6) New

    Presenter: Marlene Reed

    Learning and academic success do not occur accidentally. All learners need tools to help them experience academic success. Teachers are the key to providing the tools. This workshop explores the various tools to facilitate academic success for struggling learners. In addition, participants will complete a plan for providing learners specific learning tools to promote academic success. The completed plan will give participants a head start on strategic changes that they want to make in the upcoming school year.

  • Continuing the Conversation (Grades 1–2, non-CEU)

    Presenters: Katie Klipp

    This informal discussion about Grades 1–2 gives teachers an opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and personal experiences. Come chat with us about a number of important issues facing today’s educators.

  • Continuing the Conversation (Grade 3, non-CEU)

    Presenters: Cindy Dickinson

    This informal discussion about Grade 3 gives teachers an opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and personal experiences. Come chat with us about a number of important issues facing today’s educators.

  • Continuing the Conversation (Grade 4, non-CEU)

    Presenters: Janelle Moore

    This informal discussion about Grade 4 gives teachers an opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and personal experiences. Come chat with us about a number of important issues facing today’s educators.

  • Continuing the Conversation (Grades 5–6, non-CEU)

    Presenters: Dr. Dennae White

    This informal discussion about Grades 5–6 gives teachers an opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and personal experiences. Come chat with us about a number of important issues facing today’s educators.

Middle School

  • Innovative Strategies for Integrating Language Arts (Grades 5–8)

    Presenter: Dr. Dennae White

    This workshop will focus on strategies for teaching reading skills, literature, grammar, and writing to fifth through eighth graders. Traditional and unconventional models will be considered, using the BJU Press English and literature textbooks as examples. Teachers will learn the benefits of peer groups for combining writing, grammar, and reading instruction and practice. The workshop will also demonstrate ways to incorporate technology effectively in the middle school English classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to work collaboratively and will be evaluated on their conclusions.

  • Teaching Math in the Middle School Classroom (Grades 5–8)

    Presenter: Pam Litzenberger

    How do I keep my students focused, interested, and learning—all the while teaching the “dreaded” math?  This workshop will present ideas not only from my experience teaching middle school for 30 years but also how to use BJU Press materials in a variety of ways to accomplish your goals while keeping students learning and enjoying math.   Materials that will be discussed include textbooks, activity manuals, testing materials, eTextbooks, and the interactive whiteboard.

Secondary

  • Teaching Bible: Laying the Foundation for Biblical Worldview Shaping in the Other Academic Disciplines (Grades 7–12)

    Presenter: Kevin Collins

    If the Bible is the basis for our thinking in every area, then Bible class should be the foundation for all other academic disciplines. All of the other academic disciplines should be applying biblical worldview by rebuilding the disciplines according to Christian assumptions. Bible class should be supplying the biblical worldview so that students are equipped with those Christian assumptions. Refine the aim of your Bible class so that it is not disconnected from the rest of your curriculum. Then learn how to effectively create daily lesson plans to align with that aim.

  • Secondary Social Studies: Teaching to Transform (Grades 7–12)

    Presenter: Dr. Brian Collins

    This workshop will help you change your students’ lives though teaching BJU Press secondary social studies. How do you engage students’ interest, challenge them to think about social studies from a Christian worldview, and spark a desire to learn? In this session we will look in detail at BJU Press teacher editions and student activity manuals. These tools can help you create engaging, distinctively Christian learning opportunities for your students.

  • Secondary Literature (Grades 7–12)

    Presenter: Barb Rooks

    Beyond rigorous academics and the fostering of critical thinking, what makes the BJU Press Literature program especially valuable for Christian educators? It teaches students to evaluate literature, and therefore life, from a biblical worldview. Using poetry and a short story to illustrate, this workshop will model strategies that enhance evaluation from a biblical viewpoint. Additionally, participants will see how to apply scriptural principles germane to the literature being taught.

  • English: Tailoring to Make Everything “Fit” (Grades 7–12)

    Presenter: Barb Rooks

    The bell rings to end class. Who among English teachers has not felt the frustration of finishing a class period only partway through the lesson plan? With four different major areas to cover—literature, grammar, writing, and vocabulary—English Language Arts demands constant adjustment to successfully choose and achieve your objectives. Yet there is no easy answer: A one-size-fits-all solution will not work. Instead, you as a teacher must work within guidelines to create a syllabus custom-made for the needs of your particular students. You must become a classroom tailor, purposefully and knowledgeably limiting, emphasizing and shaping the material’s various components for the perfect fit.

  • Science (Grades 7–12)

    Presenter: Rachel Santopietro

    This workshop will present practical methods for teaching science and will explore the philosophy behind BJU Press secondary science materials. Participants will get a new vision of how to instruct and inspire students when this curriculum is used.

  • Insights on Common Issues in Teaching Mathematics (Grades 7–12)

    Presenter: Gene Bucholtz

    Common challenges in teaching mathematics are covered, including integrating a biblical worldview, teaching for understanding with an analytical approach, teaching integers with understanding, use of calculators, student assessment and placement, minimizing cheating, teaching students how to deal with difficult problems, teaching word problems, expectations, late work, and integration of technology. Elementary teachers can relate and benefit from this workshop, but it will be presented from a secondary perspective.

  • Empowering Learners for Academic Success (Grades 7–12) New

    Presenter: Marlene Reed

    Learning and academic success do not occur accidentally. All learners need tools to help them experience academic success. Teachers are the key to providing the tools. This workshop explores the various tools to facilitate academic success for struggling learners. In addition, participants will complete a plan for providing learners specific learning tools to promote academic success. The completed plan will give participants a head start on strategic changes that they want to make in upcoming school year.

  • Continuing the Conversation (Grades 7–8, non-CEU)

    Presenters: Pam Litzenberger

    This informal discussion about Grades 7–8 gives teachers an opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and personal experiences. Come chat with us about a number of important issues facing today’s educators.

  • Continuing the Conversation—English and Literature (Grades 9–12, non-CEU)

    Presenter: Barb Rooks

    This informal discussion about Grades 9–12 gives teachers an opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and personal experiences. Come chat with us about a number of important issues facing today’s educators.

  • Continuing the Conversation—Secondary Math and Science (Grades 9–12, non-CEU)

    Presenter: Rachel Santopietro

    This informal discussion about Grades 9–12 gives teachers an opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and personal experiences. Come chat with us about a number of important issues facing today’s educators.

  • Continuing the Conversation—Secondary History and Bible (Grades 9–12, non-CEU)

    Presenter: Dr. Bryan Smith

    This informal discussion about Grades 9–12 gives teachers an opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and personal experiences. Come chat with us about a number of important issues facing today’s educators.

Technology

  • Making MIMIO Meaningful: Interactive Solutions Simplified (All) New

    Presenter: Greg Fuller

    Interactive whiteboard technology can be intimidating at times for many teachers. This workshop will demonstrate how teachers can make using this technology an everyday routine in their classroom. We will look at three levels of usage so each teacher can be confident in using MIMIO (or other brands) interactive technology to make their teaching more meaningful to their students.

  • Teacher Tools Online (Grades 1–12)

    Presenter: Cindy Dickinson

    Teacher Tools Online (TTO) is a great tool provided by BJU Press to make your life easier. This workshop will describe the many resources included in TTO and provide suggestions for their use.

  • Is the Bang Worth the Buck? Choosing the Right Technology for Your Educational Goals (All) New

    Presenter: Mike Santopietro

    Apps. Games. Devices. Online tutorials. The list goes on. Technology can be flashy, but integrating new technology into teaching and learning takes time and often money—and your supply of each is limited. In this session, we’ll explore some tips for evaluating technology in light of your goals.

Tours

  • Preschool Learning Center Tour (K3–K5, non-CEU)

    Guide: Anita Sedivy

    Every day for a preschooler is a new adventure, filled with learning and excitement.  Come join us as we tour the Preschool Learning Center. Get a glimpse into classrooms while you learn about the facilities and programs available.

  • Elementary School (Grades 1–6, non-CEU)

    Guides: Dr. Jenny Klipp and Katie Klipp

    What could be better than gathering ideas first hand?  Come join us as we tour the Bob Jones Academy elementary main building (Grades 1–6).  Not only will you get to see the facilities and hear about the programs but you will also get a glimpse into classrooms on each grade level and learn more about what a day at BJA looks like.

  • Middle School (Grades 7–8, non-CEU)

    Guide: Jeff Foster

    This tour will focus on viewing the BJA Middle School facilities and will include a time to ask general questions about the BJA mission and philosophy and specific questions about middle-school student life, programs, and activities.

  • High School (Grades 9–12, non-CEU)

    Guide: Dr. Esther White

    This tour will focus on viewing the BJA High School facilities and will include a time to ask questions about the BJA philosophy and programs.

  • Printing Division (All, non-CEU)

    Guide: TBA

    This tour will allow you to explore the second largest printing facility in South Carolina.  You will have the opportunity to observe the entire printing process, from the equipment used to print, cut, and bind the materials to storing, packing, and shipping the BJU Press materials to their intended owners.

  • Content Development (All, non-CEU)

    Guide: TBA

    This tour will give you the opportunity to observe the content-development process from beginning to end. You will see the writers, designers, and other team members who play a vital role in developing the BJU Press Preschool through Grade 12 materials.