Teachers Week

Jul 30, 2019 to Aug 02, 2019
Held each August, Teachers Week provides an opportunity for new and experienced teachers to participate in workshops and work sessions designed to increase their effectiveness in the classroom.


Teachers Week includes content for new and experienced teachers. Content-focused workshops and work sessions discuss history, science, math, literature, spelling, Bible, and more.



The Age of the iChristian: Finding Our Way Through the Maze of Technology
John Coblentz


Sketch of a Servant Teacher
Travis Zook


The Influence of the Spiritually-Disciplined Teacher
Arlyn Nisly

Also offering:

45 Breakouts in 2018

  • Phonics: Learning to Read - Glenda Miller & Ruth Anna Kuhns
  • An Effective Grammar Class - Anita Weaver
  • Administrator's Toolbox - Lyle Musser
  • Habits of an Effective Teacher - Melvin Lehman
  • Success in the Individualized Classroom - Janet Vance
  • and many more


  • New Teacher Orientation - Esther Bean, Howard Bean

Ready to teach? Effective teaching requires preparation, and this workshop is intended to help prepare you for your first year in the classroom. It will include such topics as motivation, a typical lesson, and the learning process. We recommend that new teachers also take the pertinent breakout sessions in conjunction with this workshop: Classroom Management (K-2) and Discipline: Preventive and Corrective.

  • From "Yuck!" to "Wow!" Growing Microbes for Science Class - John Mark Kuhns  Limited to 20 participants.

The lowly bacterium often inspires responses of disgust and fear, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Microbes offer an amazing opportunity to learn and teach biology hands-on. In this workshop, we will explore how to collect, grow, stain, and examine bacteria. This will be taught from a high school teacher’s perspective, but the work session is open to anyone who is interested in developing microscope skills or in learning more about these fascinating organisms.

  • Caffeinated Creative Writing - Deana Swanson

Too often, we expect to flip a switch and to have our students suddenly be creative. There are many fun, effective, and easy ways to draw out the creativity in our students, and we as teachers can present these in such a way that our students will actually be excited and motivated to write. If students are eager and inspired to write, it becomes a true expression of creativity and not an assignment -- even for the young gentlemen in your classes.  Bring along a pen, some colored pencils, and a composition notebook; and get ready for some fun! 

  • Wonders of the Human Body - Anthony Hurst

The complexity of the human body is a wonder, for, indeed, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. After looking at numerous wonders of the body, we will specifically study the anatomy and physiology of the digestive, circulatory, and nervous (auditory and visual only) systems.

  • Art Class with a Touch of History - Jeff Swanson   Limited to 28 participants. Supply fee of $20

In this workshop, we plan to present activities which can be used as stand-alone art projects or projects which any teacher could incorporate into a history curriculum as well. We will be using a variety of media including drawing, painting, pastels, and sand paper. Yes, you read sand paper. Projects will include cave drawings, ancient scrolls, Lewis and Clark journal sketches, and medieval illuminated letters.

  • Creative Hands - Sharon Yoder (Note: This workshop is filled to capacity.)

Grab a piece of paper, crease some folds, add a few snips with a pair of scissors, and watch your students fully engaged in the learning process! This hands-on workshop will incorporate a variety of booklet designs and samples that will ignite your students’ creativity and motivate stronger learning outcomes.

  • Religious Issues in American History - Jonas Sauder

American history is fraught with religious issues. We’ll look at Puritanism, relations with the American Indians, the Great Awakenings, abolition, the social gospel, Fundamentalism/liberalism, religious fervor supporting wars—and more. We’ll see how churches in general and the Anabaptists in particular responded. Resource material and teaching ideas will be shared. We’ll consider how teachers can engage students as they study these topics together.

  • Storytelling Techniques for Teachers - Leroy Hershberger

How a teacher makes a student feel stays long after the teacher's words are forgotten. Let the persistence of emotional memory work for your students. Remember that a good teacher is also a good student, so inspire imagination, lead with your life, and embody the lesson. We will also explore the concept that the heart's desire becomes its destiny. How can the teacher direct and cultivate sub-rational yearning?

  • Middle School Music: Nurturing a Love for Music - Kyle Lehman

Teaching children to sing can be both frustrating and rewarding. This workshop will focus on maximizing the rewarding part of teaching music. We will discuss students who struggle with pitch and practice some troubleshooting methods. We will also discuss how to get a group of students to be program-ready. We will focus on middle school voices.

  • Teaching Children from Difficult Beginnings - Becky Sue Kreider

In part 1, we will explore how trauma alters brain development and chemistry, with a focus on foster and adopted children. In part 2, we will discuss how teachers can help these children grow in their ability to cope with life and learn all they can in our classrooms. On day 3, we will look at planning a special ed classroom including planning a schedule, deciding on curriculum, integrating students into a homeroom, and communicating with parents and other teachers. Please bring curricula along that you have found helpful.

Please note: Registration is closed for Teachers Week 2018.