Conference

2017 TCSA Annual Conference - Abilene, Texas

Monday, July 31st


9:00 AM - TCSA Executive Meeting & Breakfast

TCSA Executive meeting and breakfast hosted by Harding University

11:00 AM - Registration

Registration Begins - Hunter Welcome Center

11:45 AM - Lunch

Welcome
- Dr. Phil Schubert, President, ACU

12:30 PM - General Opening Session

Welcome
- Tye Rogers, LCS President
Worship
- Mr. Charlie Parrish

Charlie Parrish has served as Band/Music Instructor at Lubbock Christian School for 28 years. He is both well known and respected amongst his peers across Texas for his passion to excel in music, passion for students, and his passion for his walk with Christ.

He was named LCU’s Music Alumnus of Year in 2015, as well as TAPPS Fine Art instructor for the year in 2014. LCHS bands have won 12 State Championships with Mr. Parrish as the director. He has been married to his wife Toni for 28 years and they have two children; Aaron and Anna Beth. Both children graduated from LCS and attended LCU. The Parrish’s also have one granddaughter, Judy Vera.

Mr. Parrish serves as a deacon and a song leader at South Plains Church of Christ. He is also involved with Blue Haven Youth Camp as a Camper, Counselor, Assistant Director, Teacher and currently is on the Board of Directors.
Keynote
- Mr. Michael Hardin: "Understanding the Heart, Soul, & Mind"

Dr. Michael Hardin has been married for 24 years to Dr. Jennifer Hardin, who serves as an assistant professor of education at Lubbock Christian University. He and Jennifer have two children, Karley, a junior at LCU, is married to Schuyler, and Jake is an LCU sophomore.

Dr. Michael Hardin graduated from Texas Tech University with a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2004. Dr. Hardin is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has served in the Lubbock community as a mental health professional for the last 22 years. Dr. Hardin has helped organize marriage retreats for the last 12 years. He has also served the Lubbock community by giving his time and energy to various boards (LCS School Board, Children’s Home of Lubbock, Hospice of Lubbock, Covenant Hospital Foundation, Abundant Life Ministries). Currently, he serves as an elder at Green Lawn church of Christ.

Dr. Hardin began his employment with Lubbock Christian University in the fall of 2004, and started serving as the Department Chair over Behavioral Sciences in 2007. In his tenure as Department Chair, he has established the Institute for Strong Families, and founded the Healthy Families Conference.

2:00 PM - Breakout Session 1

Mission Possible: STEM Challenges with Plastic Army Men
- Diana Bullock and Amy Hill; LCS
- Elementary
- Rm 115

Come and participate in a make-and-take session involving STEM challenges with plastic army men.
A Journey Worth Taking: The PLC Process in a Christian School
- Mara Ashley and Tere Hager; BCS
- Elementary, Administration
- Rm 112

This interactive session will help to define what a Professional Learning Community (PLC) is and provide the rationale for implementing one in the Christian School. There will be tips for moving forward in the process, and an explanation of the big ideas that drive the work of PLC.
Project Based Learning
- Shawn Hull; MCS
- Secondary
- Rm 113

Studying Newton’s three laws of motion? Learn how to use two-liter coke bottles to make a water powered rocket.
GRITty Strategies for Schools
- Brandon Tatum; OCA
- All Levels
- Rm 120

Grit, a buzzword in education today, but what is it? How do we incorporate this into the fabric of our classrooms and school culture? This will be a practical session offering specific initiatives you can implement into your classroom.
Using Children’s Literature to Encourage Growth Mindset in the Elementary Classroom*
- Dr. Jennifer Hardin, Ph.D.; LCU
- Elementary
- Rm 130

Integrate growth mindset into your classroom purposefully and naturally. Introduce children’s literature in which students are encouraged to explore growth mindset while listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and visual representing their learning.
*Session Repeats
Seesaw – A Digital Learning Portfolio
- Lyndsey Steffek; ACS
- Elementary
- Rm 121

In this session, explore Seesaw - an online digital portfolio. In this hands-on presentation, learn how to use Seesaw to assess your students, communicate with parents, app smash, and so much more! (Before the session please download the Seesaw app onto a device.)
Classroom Management/Discipline
- Byron Myers; MCS
- All Levels
- Rm 117

Learn to set healthy boundaries and expectations, and hold students to them.
The Why and How of Marriage Ministry in a School Community
- Owen and Lauren Mitchell; Marriage Dynamics Institute
- Rm 129

Schools are affected by the instability of student and faculty home life, yet most do not have a plan in place to give active support for marriage. What is the value of marriage ministry in a school community setting? How can the impact be maximized? And how does a school begin to address the diverse needs effectively? This is a practical session to help identify those needs and develop a personalized plan.

3:15 PM - Breakout Session 2

God Made Personality*
- Dr. Michael Hardin; LCU
- All Levels
- Rm 114

Christian education aims at the creation of a complete human being manifesting all the potentials designed by God. These days we often observe that the ‘cognitive aspects of personality is more emphasized than the affective aspect. These qualities develop in the context of the world we live in. Today we live in a rapidly changing and shrinking world and consequently it calls for teachers to stand firm with a broad, deep, and thorough understanding of life. Students learn, engage relationship, and are motivated to action in many ways; understanding personality can be a tool in having greater influence. This session will help educators to be introspective about how they have been created by God, while also giving insight about the students who sit in their classroom.
*Session Repeats
Transforming Secondary Schools through Professional Learning Communities and Collaborative Teams
- Carrie Hunter, Dr. Rachel Montesdeoca, Carol Johnson, and Mel Witcher; BCS
- Secondary, Administration
- Rm 112

This session will define collaborative teaming within a Professional Learning Community (PLC), and provide examples of educators working collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students we serve.
Integrating Art into the Classroom
- Terah Clifton and Kim Flatt; MCS
- Elementary, Secondary
- Rm 115

Join us for hands-on art activities that will be beneficial to elementary, as well secondary teachers.
Rock or Sand: Why Leadership Training is Important
- Grey Powell; OCA
- Secondary
- Rm 117

Rock or Sand? Why leadership training is so important in helping create students that honor God, love others and contribute to making the world a better place.
ELA Teaching with Technology
- Glenda Kitten, Crissta Morrison, and Melanie Whiting; LCS
- Secondary
- Rm 120

Are you on the lookout for creative ways to integrate technology into the classroom? Do you already use technology and are willing to share your experience? This session will explore the various websites and programs we use on our campus to increase student engagement and to maximize time spent in the classroom, and we hope you will share your technology experience, too.
What? Who Me?
- Kay Robbins; ACS
- All Levels
- Rm 129

Dealing with students who struggle with attention issues and all of the complex challenges that accompany these children can be quite overwhelming. This session will explore how these students think, see the world, and explore some techniques to help both teacher and student cope in the classroom.
Everything I Needed to Know I Learned (TEACHING) Kindergarten
- Laura Powell; Sharon Owen; FWC
- Elementary
- Rm 130

Our favorite tips and tricks for efficient classroom management and effective instruction. Emphasis will be on productive planning, proactive parent communication and developmentally appropriate practices for young learners.
Accreditation and AdvancED
- Kelly Moore; NCSA
- Administration
- Rm 113

Looming Accreditation visit? Come hear from those schools that have recently been through the process.

4:15 PM - Breakout Session 3

Digital Data Room
- Brandon Tatum; OCA
- Secondary
- Rm 127

Why is there so much focus on data, and how can it be used effectively? This is a session focusing on how to use data, and how one school transitioned from paper data to digital data.
Understanding the Social Media Generation
- Kevin Wallum; MCS
- All Levels
- Rm 121

Are today’s teenagers the same as in previous generations? As teachers, we need to understand life through their eyes in order to really connect with them. This session will be a glimpse into the world of the modern teen. Be prepared to discover just how much the times have changed.
Differentiating in the Early Grades
- Sherry Gumm; ACS
- Elementary
- Rm 117

Yes. It can be done! Take home tips for differentiating in the younger grades. Come listen, learn, and share to expand your skills on how to help these younger learners extend their knowledge, without being a vacuum of your time!
Flexible Seating: Ready, Set...Choose Your Spot!
- Stephanie Arnold and Cindy Ingram; MCS
- Elementary
- Rm 115

When “coffee shop meets classroom”, an amazing transformation takes place! Come join us as we look at the “why and how” of flexible seating together. We’ll also share our experience of implementing this concept in our own rooms!
Streams in the Desert: Stepping into the Tent
- Beth Ann Fisher; ACS
- All Levels
- Rm 112

Spiritual formation and secret humility
Pornography Prevention Plan
- Eric Tooley, MA, CPSAS, LPC-Intern; Noble Choices
- All Levels
- Rm 129

What do you teach young people (and adults) to avoid falling into the trap of pornography? Here are seven reasons and 16 actions that help people avoid pornography. Each comes from scripture that surprisingly has a lot to offer about this modern issue.
Teach, Reteach, and Communicate Using Your Own Website
- Sara Stennett; LCS
- Rm 120

Daily use of your own website can simplify your teaching, reteaching, and communication with parents. Learn how quickly creating your own website using an internet based platform enables you to add, delete, or modify the information as needed during the school day, or even during a lesson; providing students and parents instant access to notes, rubrics, worksheets, and more. Discover how using your own website to teach your daily lessons gives your students the resource they need to become self-sufficient and independent.
Virtual World, Real kids #Gen Z
- Russ Horn; President, CoNetrix
- Rm 130

Our students are being raised in an Internet connected, media saturated, device attached, virtual world – but how does this impact their education, relationships, and faith? During this session, we will looks at some of the current technology used by our youth, examine potential issues, and discuss ways we can interact, teach, and help lead our students in this new digital age.

6:30 PM - Dinner

Award Ceremony

Teacher of the Year Award, Vaugh Luster Leadership Award, Dwain Hart Student Scholarship
Worship
- Mr. Charlie Parish

Charlie Parrish has served as Band/Music Instructor at Lubbock Christian School for 28 years. He is both well known and respected amongst his peers across Texas for his passion to excel in music, passion for students, and his passion for his walk with Christ.

He was named LCU’s Music Alumnus of Year in 2015, as well as TAPPS Fine Art instructor for the year in 2014. LCHS bands have won 12 State Championships with Mr. Parrish as the director. He has been married to his wife Toni for 28 years and they have two children; Aaron and Anna Beth. Both children graduated from LCS and attended LCU. The Parrish’s also have one granddaughter, Judy Vera.

Mr. Parrish serves as a deacon and a song leader at South Plains Church of Christ. He is also involved with Blue Haven Youth Camp as a Camper, Counselor, Assistant Director, Teacher and currently is on the Board of Directors.
Keynote
- Dr. Michael Hardin: “Educating the Heart”

Dr. Michael Hardin has been married for 24 years to Dr. Jennifer Hardin, who serves as an assistant professor of education at Lubbock Christian University. He and Jennifer have two children, Karley, a junior at LCU, is married to Schuyler, and Jake is an LCU sophomore.

Dr. Michael Hardin graduated from Texas Tech University with a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2004. Dr. Hardin is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has served in the Lubbock community as a mental health professional for the last 22 years. Dr. Hardin has helped organize marriage retreats for the last 12 years. He has also served the Lubbock community by giving his time and energy to various boards (LCS School Board, Children’s Home of Lubbock, Hospice of Lubbock, Covenant Hospital Foundation, Abundant Life Ministries). Currently, he serves as an elder at Green Lawn church of Christ.

Dr. Hardin began his employment with Lubbock Christian University in the fall of 2004, and started serving as the Department Chair over Behavioral Sciences in 2007. In his tenure as Department Chair, he has established the Institute for Strong Families, and founded the Healthy Families Conference.

Tuesday, August 1st


8:30 AM - General Session

Worship
- Mr. Charlie Parrish

Charlie Parrish has served as Band/Music Instructor at Lubbock Christian School for 28 years. He is both well known and respected amongst his peers across Texas for his passion to excel in music, passion for students, and his passion for his walk with Christ.

He was named LCU’s Music Alumnus of Year in 2015, as well as TAPPS Fine Art instructor for the year in 2014. LCHS bands have won 12 State Championships with Mr. Parrish as the director. He has been married to his wife Toni for 28 years and they have two children; Aaron and Anna Beth. Both children graduated from LCS and attended LCU. The Parrish’s also have one granddaughter, Judy Vera.

Mr. Parrish serves as a deacon and a song leader at South Plains Church of Christ. He is also involved with Blue Haven Youth Camp as a Camper, Counselor, Assistant Director, Teacher and currently is on the Board of Directors.
Keynote Speaker
- Dr. Michael Hardin: “A Hunger and Thirst For Righteousness: What Christian Educators have to Offer”

Dr. Michael Hardin has been married for 24 years to Dr. Jennifer Hardin, who serves as an assistant professor of education at Lubbock Christian University. He and Jennifer have two children, Karley, a junior at LCU, is married to Schuyler, and Jake is an LCU sophomore.

Dr. Michael Hardin graduated from Texas Tech University with a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2004. Dr. Hardin is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has served in the Lubbock community as a mental health professional for the last 22 years. Dr. Hardin has helped organize marriage retreats for the last 12 years. He has also served the Lubbock community by giving his time and energy to various boards (LCS School Board, Children’s Home of Lubbock, Hospice of Lubbock, Covenant Hospital Foundation, Abundant Life Ministries). Currently, he serves as an elder at Green Lawn church of Christ.

Dr. Hardin began his employment with Lubbock Christian University in the fall of 2004, and started serving as the Department Chair over Behavioral Sciences in 2007. In his tenure as Department Chair, he has established the Institute for Strong Families, and founded the Healthy Families Conference.

9:45 AM - Breakout Session 4

Pre-K Teachers
- BIBLE 112
Kindergarten Teachers
- BIBLE 128
First Grade Teachers
- BIBLE 117
Second Grade Teachers
- BIBLE 120
Third Grade Teachers
- BIBLE 121
Fourth Grade Teachers
- BIBLE 129
Fifth Grade Teachers
- BIBLE 130
Secondary Math
- BIBLE 114
Secondary Science
- BIBLE 115
Secondary History
- BIBLE 127
Secondary ELA
- HWC Conf.
Fine Arts
- HWC NWC
Foreign Language
- HWC SWC
Administrators
- HWC NEC
Librarians
- HWC SEC
PE & Technology
- HWC AUD

10:45 AM - Breakout Session 5

Guiding a Student’s First Year
- Lauren Blasingame, Laura Ice, and BevAnn McCorkle; ACS
- Elementary
- Rm 115

As guides, we will explore ways to lay a positive foundation for a rewarding and enjoyable first year in the classroom while helping students and families chart a successful Christ-centered beginning.
Is Your Marriage Spiritually, Emotionally and Physically Healthy?
- Owen and Lauren Mitchell; Marriage Dynamics Institute
- Rm 121

We’re surrounded with information and opportunity to make the most of our personal health in these areas, but what about our most important interpersonal relationship? Or does marriage default to auto-pilot in the busyness of life? We cannot be an effective role model if our lives are not balanced, and marriage is foundational. Come join the conversation about making the most of our marriages in every area.
God Made Personality*
- Dr. Michael Hardin, LCU
- All Levels
- Rm 130

Christian education aims at the creation of a complete human being manifesting all the potentials designed by God. These days we often observe that the ‘cognitive aspects of personality is more emphasized than the affective aspect. These qualities develop in the context of the world we live in. Today we live in a rapidly changing and shrinking world and consequently it calls for teachers to stand firm with a broad, deep, and thorough understanding of life. Students learn, engage relationship, and are motivated to action in many ways; understanding personality can be a tool in having greater influence. This session will help educators to be introspective about how they have been created by God, while also giving insight about the students who sit in their classroom.
*Session Repeats
Using Children’s Literature to Encourage Growth Mindset in the Elementary Classroom*
- Dr. Jennifer Hardin, Ph.D.; LCU
- Elementary
- Rm 129
Integrate growth mindset into your classroom purposefully and naturally. Introduce children’s literature in which students are encouraged to explore growth mindset while listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and visual representing their learning.
*Session Repeats
Response Classrooms: Creating A Culture of School-Vision
- Jennifer Crisp; ACS
- All Levels
- Rm 120

How can schools move beyond instructional strategies to create a culture of differentiation? Use theories of change and leadership to guide teachers to embrace differentiation that responds to diverse learners’ needs. Leave this session inspired and challenged to initiate responsive classrooms that challenge all students.
Keeping Your Administration Engaged in the Business of Education
- Jay Burcham and Jeff Morris; BCS
- Administration
- Rm 127

This session will outline a multi-year system of engaging your administration in a process of challenging them to constantly identify risks for remediation, best practices for implementation, quality initiatives for implementation, quality assessments for measurement, and personal engagement for ownership. All of this is done through a team approach that produces measureable results and cross functional accountability.
Citizens, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs...Oh My!
- Judy Hardy and Kristin Coulter, MCS
- Secondary
- Rm 112

Experience engaging, student-centered strategies, such as historical dilemmas, structured discussion, and effective use of multimedia, that promote a high level of participation. Learn strategies and classroom management tools to amplify the relevancy of social studies through stimulating activities. Walk away with strategies, ideas, and resources to transform, engage, and energize your students.
Authenticity Reigns
- Mark Dean and Caren Dixon; MCS
- Secondary
- Rm 113

Learn about implementing authentic materials in the Foreign Language classroom.
Engaging Students with Health Professions through a Student Led Organization
- Gracie Greer; WCS
- Secondary/Admin.
- Rm 117

Starting a Health Professions organization at our campus has exposed students to new possibilities for careers in the Healthcare/Health Science Industry. We will discuss how to get a program started and share how we involved our health care community with our school and students.