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Sessions

This year's LEC programming is focusing on four specific areas

1) Spiritual Nurture

2) Sessions Addressing Mental Health

3) Digital Impact & Stewardship

4) Race Relationships - Beyond Imagination

We have brought in presenters on these four specific areas with the intention of the presentations being broad in nature to reach a wider variety of educators. Please read the session descriptions so you can best determine which sessions specifically fit your needs.

Schedule is still subject to change

Limitless 1 - Spiritual Nurture

Dr. Tim Ahlman, Christ Greenfield Lutheran Church, Gilbert, AZ

Ephesians 3:20-21 displays Paul's limitless mindset. How was Paul's mindset so limitless, even while writing a letter from prison? He knew Jesus. He deeply knew what the crucified and risen one was capable of doing. Tim's first of two sessions will invite you to drink deeply from the well of God's goodness in Christ Jesus. Jesus is able to do far more abundantly than anything we ask or think, according to His power at work in us!

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sessions addressing mental health

Dr. Danny Brassell

Bringing Joy Back Into Education

Educators (teachers, administrators and staff) did not enter education for the pay or daily accolades from society; they are in it because they care about kids. The standardized testing craze and pandemic have terrified students, overwhelmed parents and led many great educators to quit. Come join Danny as he reminds you of your importance as an educator in the every day development of children. He’ll remind you how to laugh, sing, dance and play in order to bring the joy back into education.

Dr. Kim Marxhausen

Building Limitless Emotional Muscle

Now, more than ever, our children need emotional strength. Children learn emotional health from experiences with loving adults. A classroom that shares God's word is a perfect workout center for building emotional muscle. Together, let's look at how our emotions impact learning, learn some techniques, and make a plan to integrate these tools into our everyday teaching. Along the way, we will find God's grace.

Karen Merritt

In this World...Take Heart: Understanding and Attending to Mental Health
Jesus was abundantly clear in His message about challenges and troubles in this world. If we truly believe what He says, why do we still struggle? During tough times we must make intentional adjustments to self-care in order to mitigate stress. Join us as we work to understand the impact mental health has on day-to-day living, and learn tools to help with intentional self-care. We also will discover ways to work with our co-workers, students, and families in order to support and attend to the overall social, emotional, spiritual, and educational health of all those in our lives.

Kimberly Malloy

Curiosity Start Here-How Curiosity Can Help Heal Trauma

How often have you heard people say, in not such a nice way, “What is wrong with that person”?  I believe the better question is “I wonder what that person has experienced”? 

Many of us have a history of trauma but all of us have recently experienced or are still experiencing trauma from this last couple years at one level or another.  The trauma, the tension, isolation, division, etc.,  have caused many of us to react in a way we may not have experienced before which  can lead to guilt and shame towards others or ourselves.  A trauma response looks different in everyone. 

In this session we will look at what defines trauma, (individually & collectively), the impact it has on our body, mind and spirit and how to recognize and address our own triggers, our emotional hooks and help self-regulate ourself so we can help others. We will look at how the body stores trauma and how our predicting brain keeps us safe or does it? The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) and PCE (Positive Childhood Experience) will be briefly explained to understand the correlation between childhood trauma and its impact on adult physical and mental/emotional health. 

Lastly, we will look at how family and the community play a big role in healing trauma we see and what we don’t see and how resiliency is built in ourselves and in community. My goal is to have you walk away with a greater understanding of trauma and have tools to help us heal one another.

This class is for all.

Katey McPherson

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Turning Distress Into Success: How To Reach, Teach, and Support IGEN Students

Youth mental health as well as digital citizenship and wellness continues to be an important and crucial conversation amongst parents, educators, administrators, and community members. 

As the epidemic of anxiety, depression, and self-harm continues to rise, it is crucial that we as trusted adults are indeed "trusted" and competent in our support of students and understand how a family's preparation to monitor and supervise digital devices is a protective factor to the wellness of our youth.

Please join us as we explore ways to increase the trust, safety, and competency of parents and faith leaders on this pressing safety issue and define ways to speak to kids that gain trust and mileage in our relationships with them.

Specific strategies and tools will include identifying how to raise your awareness of stress and distress, what to do if you see it occurring for your child, and ways to mitigate and intervene so that children feel that they have a sense of control of their own lives. 

In addition, tactical strategies will be given as to how to equip your home so that YOU are leading technology instead of technology leading YOU!

Limitless 3 - Digital impact & stewardship

Dr. Danny Brassell

A Baker’s Dozen of Lessons Learned from the Teaching Trenches

It takes a special person to be a teacher. Every day presents new challenges, and our attitudes and expectations shape our success. Join Danny as he shares a fast-paced, humorous and motivational keynote designed to show you how you make a difference in the lives of your students. From teaching preschoolers to rocket scientists, Danny shares his own trials and tribulations in the classroom as well as why he loves to teach. You’ll learn his secret to good teaching and leave feeling invigorated.

Dr. Ben Boche & Dr. Jake Hollatz

Digital Citizenship at Church, School and Home

It may never be more important for students to be able to sift through the ever-changing landscape of today’s digital information. Social media, news media, webpages: they all provide something for the use, but what is it, who should it used, and for what purpose? Go beyond technology skills and dive deep into digital citizenship that you can teach students and families in a variety of setting, so that they might use the information  at their fingertips for God’s glory in their lives and those around them.

Dr. Kim Marxhausen

Nose to Nose vs. Nose to Screen?

The children in our classrooms live in a world populated by screens. Does spending time on tablets and phones harm young children? What are they missing? And how should an Early Childhood program respond? We will dive into these questions and look for ways to assist children in building proficient brains and durable self-regulation skills. The goal is to understand the impact of screens and to learn some practical ways to help children in the screen generation reach God's potential for them. 

Dr. Joel Oesch

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Virtually Human

This is not a "10-ways-you-can-successfully-integrate-technology-into-your-curriculum" kind of talk. This session will examine tidal changes--changes that are difficult to spot but profoundly shape our environment everyday. Dr. Oesch will address how and why we like our newest technological gadgets and what transactions we are making when we accept such techs uncritically. All along, his talk will return us to the critical questions that often get lost in the pressure to solve all pedagogical questions with "the newest innovation." Questions like: "Why do we teach?" "What type of student do I want to form?" "What makes us human?" Warning: He's pretty sure the coming robot apocalypse will kill us all.

Katey Mc Pherson

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As the world evolves with the use of technology, so does the landscape of childhood. Subject matter experts and researchers are quick to point out that we don’t have enough data to say what causes what when it comes to children and the impact of screen time, but we do know that technology and the advent of the smartphone and other mobile devices has changed the way children are accessing information and interacting with each other and people they meet on the Internet.

 

This workshop is designed for educators and community members who are interested in taking a deep dive into how vast the digital divide between trusted adults and children is, and how we can all step into it in order to mitigate painful and stressful experiences for our students and children.

 

This course will take a keen look at the following:

 

  • How protective factors must be in place to mitigate stress and distress online and in person

 

  • How students interact online and why they behave in ways that are inappropriate or atypical

 

  • How the developing brain uses social media and video games to socialize and stay relevant

 

  • Why the developing brain cannot handle the medium we have given them

 

  • How attachment theory must be understood before disciplining a child for misuse

 

  • Policies and procedures that must be in place before giving students access to school issued devices

 

  • Why using the internet is sometimes an adverse childhood experience that dramatically affects a child’s psyche

 

  • How administrators, policy makers, law enforcement and parents can work in tandem to cultivate digital wellness and restorative justice practices that align with the developing brain

Limitless 4 - Spiritual Nurture

Dr. Tim Ahlman, Christ Greenfield Lutheran Church, Gilbert, AZ

Ephesians 3:20-21 displays Paul's limitless mindset. How was Paul's mindset so limitless, even while writing a letter from prison? He knew Jesus. He deeply knew what the crucified and risen one was capable of doing. In the second of Tim's sessions you will continue to be invited to drink deeply from the well of God's goodness in Christ Jesus. Jesus is able to do far more abundantly than anything we ask or think, according to His power at work in us!

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race RELATIONSHIPS - BEYOND IMAGINATION

Dr. John Arthur Nunes