Curriculum Development & Instructional Practice for K-8 Track

Sessions & Descriptions

Session #1

What sets you apart and Writing Your Faith Story – Parents are seeking an alternative to public school education. What sets you apart and are you leaning into your Christ centered roots enough? In this session we’ll help your organization put that front and center. We’ll also  refresh our own faith stories and learn a strategy for teachers and students to share their faith with others.

Session #2

Work Smarter, Not Harder Part 1: Leveraging AI to use with your staff and in turn helping them use it to develop activities and lessons for their students. 

Presenter: Dr. Brad Mitchell, HS Principal from Timothy Christian School

Session #3

Work Smarter, Not Harder Part 2: How to teach your staff to gather great data through the use of high and low tech procedures. Learn how to gather formative data in a variety of ways including Plickers, “My favorite no”, Socrative, and more.

Session #4

Going From Good to Great: Learn a protocol and methods to move your staff from good to great, proficient to distinguished, or whatever the “next” level is for your staff’s instructional practice.

Session #5

God’s design through “Agape Sticks” We will use a method that is perfect for educators to share God’s design for our world and how we go wrong in our broken world. The best part is it’s done through arrows and stick figures!

Session #6

BLESS: 5 Everyday Ways to Love Your Neighbor and Change the World. Based on the book by the same title by Dave and Jon Ferguson, we will walk through how a school community can come together around this method of service and outreach.

Session #7

Reaching the Diverse Learner


Justin Horne, PS-8th Principal | Timothy Christian School, Elmhurst, IL

Justin Horne is the PS-8th grade principal at Timothy Christian Schools in Elmhurst, Illinois. He has been an educator for 20 years. First as a 4th and 5th grade teacher and then an elementary principal. By God’s grace he’s been part of schools that have all won US Department of Education Blue Ribbons. Justin has Elementary Education and Psychology degrees from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters of Education from Loyola University Chicago. He earned his National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in 2009 and has spoken at various conferences.