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Academics: Professional Development Opportunities

These opportunities can be structured to meet the specific needs of your staff. To explore the possibilities contact us


Workshop or conference sponsored by an organization with optional workshop credit.

Teaching as a Christian Practice

The Graduate Studies in Education has partnered with the Grand Rapids Christian Schools to bring David Smith's four day workshop on Teaching as a Christian Practice to Grand Rapids June 30 - July 3, 2014

Even when we are in principle committed to a Christian perspective on education, it can remain a challenge to see how faith affects everyday classroom processes of teaching and learning. This intensive 4-day workshop, already well received by groups of Christian teachers in several countries, will focus specifically on how Christian faith can inform our concrete teaching practices. Together we will explore what it might mean to approach Christian teaching and learning not merely as the conveying of Christian ideas, but as a shared Christian practice. Participants should emerge with a clear understanding of how thinking about the nature of Christian practices can illuminate the relationship between faith and teaching, and with concrete ideas for reinvigorating their own teaching in authentic Christian ways.

How to register

CEA Convention 2014

Oct. 23-24, 2014 in Holland, Michigan. Calvin's Graduate Studies in Education is partnering with the Christian Educators Association in offering a unique opportunity to earn SCECH's during the conference.



Content consistent with the mission and academic standard of the College yet structured cooperatively with a school or district to meet the specific needs of teachers.

Many are offered during the summer months but can be designed to meet your schools needs anytime of the year.

Summer Workshops

Intensive and practical, one week workshops sponsored by Calvin academic departments for in-service teachers and administrators. Receive graduate credit.

Sacred Space Pedagogy: Exploring the Power of Text, Action, and Objects in Christian Learning Practices (2) Hybrid  
July 14 – 16 online, July 23 – 25 on campus, Aug 14 online
– with Debra Buursma and Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk

This workshop, offered in conjunction with the Sacred Space Pedagogy Project* provides an opportunity for participants to deepen understandings of faith-infused learning practices. Through readings, discussion, intentional reflection, learning excursions & inquiry labs, participants will explore: (1) sacred learning spaces; (2) multiple perspectives on human embodiment; (3) semiotics (text, action, and object) power in learning and living; (4) hospitality; and (5) justice, injustice, and transformation. The workshop will be open to P-12 and higher education faculty. The workshop is designed as a hybrid course, with 3 OL instruction days bookending 21/2 days on campus.
* Sacred Space Pedagogy Project was made possible through the generous funding of the Kuyers Institute

How to register


How to create an account in the Secure Central Registry (SCR)


State Continuing Education Clock Hours(SCECHs) are State Board-approved in-service, workshop, training, or conference credits that are used for the renewal of selected certificates issued by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). SCECHs are calculated by the total number of contact or instructional hours. Thus, an 8-hour session would be eligible to receive 8 SCECH. Generic CEUs cannot be used toward renewal of a Michigan Teacher Certificate. Only State approved SCECH training counts toward certificate renewal. Only approved sponsors may apply directly to the Michigan Department of Education for approval to offer training and/or conferences for SCECHs.  Calvin College is an approved sponsor.