CSI Bible Instruction Symposium

Teaching the Word. Making an impact.

February 13–15, 2019 in Washington, DC

About the Symposium

February 13 – 15, 2019
Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC

Christian Schools International is hosting its second annual Bible Instruction Symposium in Washington, DC, this coming February. This exclusive professional development opportunity is limited to 30 different CSI member school teachers from 30 different schools around the world.

The Symposium will focus on ways Christian school teachers can advance and improve Bible instruction for their students. In addition, attendees have an opportunity to visit the Museum of the Bible and experience a new way of understanding the cultural and historical importance of the Bible.

Christian Schools International has a long history of providing highly respected and exceptional Bible curriculum. The Symposium will continue to enhance the ways CSI supports our member schools in Bible education.

Museum of the Bible

Museum of the Bible is an innovative and global educational institution that aims to provide an unparalleled experience by creating one of the world’s most technologically advanced museums. The museum, which is in Washington, DC, only three blocks from the US Capitol Building, is housed in a 430,000-square-foot building and recently opened in November 2017.

Museum of the Bible also focuses on Bible engagement through a scholar’s initiative, traveling exhibits, and a Bible curriculum.

To learn more, visit museumofthebible.org.


Conference Center and Accommodations:
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
400 E St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Museum of the Bible: 409 3rd St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Symposium Agenda

February 13, 2019

  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Welcome Reception, Hyatt Rooftop Restaurant

February 14, 2019 (Hyatt Place)

  • 6:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.
    • Breakfast
      (Hyatt Place Gallery Kitchen)
  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    • Opening Welcome, Worship and Devotions
      (Hyatt Place Conference Space)
  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
    • General Session
      Heidi Dean, Curriculum and Instruction Bible Specialist, Christian Schools International
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • 11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
    • Break
  • 11:40 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Catered Lunch
  • 2:05 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Elementary School Work Session
      Middle School Work Session
      High School Work Session
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    • Museum of the Bible Elementary School Learning Lab
      Museum of the Bible Middle School Learning Lab
      Museum of the Bible High School Learning Lab
      (Museum of the Bible)
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

February 15, 2019 (Museum of the Bible)

  • 6:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
    • Breakfast
      (Hyatt Place Gallery Kitchen)
  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    • Enter Museum of the Bible via Main Entrance
  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    • Opening Welcome, Worship, and Devotions
      (Scholar’s Initiative)
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
  • 10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    • Break
      (Milk + Honey Café)
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Grade Level Guided Tour of the Museum of the Bible
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Lunch
      (Manna Restaurant)
  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • Elementary School Group Discussion
      Middle School Group Discussion
      High School Group Discussion
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • General Session—Wrap Up and Closing
      (Scholar’s Initiative)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the objective of the Symposium?

The CSI Bible Instruction Symposium was formed to champion and advance Bible instruction in Christian schools. CSI desires to serve our member schools by providing high-quality professional development opportunities to teachers of Bible to guide best practices in daily instruction.

What are the dates of the Symposium?

The Symposium will take place February 13–15, 2019.

Where will the Symposium take place?

The Symposium will take place at the Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall and Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. Holding the Symposium near the Museum of the Bible will add to the experience by allowing teachers to experience the cultural and historical understanding of the Bible in an amazing immersive environment.

Who can apply?

The application process is open to all teachers of Bible, grades K–12, who have 4 years or more of teaching experience. CSI will select 10 elementary teachers, 10 middle school teachers, and 10 high school teachers to attend the Symposium.

What are the application requirements?

All interested teachers must complete the application form which, in addition to basic information, asks for three references and a completed essay question.

What is the registration fee?

The registration fee is $350 for each participant selected to attend.

What does the registration cost include?

The registration fee includes flight reimbursement (up to $500), lodging at Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall, and most meals.

What will the grade level sessions focus on?

The grade level sessions will focus on topics pertinent to quality Bible instruction. For this year the themes for the different grade levels are as follows: elementary—Bible Literacy for all Children, Middle school—Teaching the Bible through Enactment, Movement, and Drama, High School—Teaching the Hard Stories of the Bible.

Who are the Symposium speakers?

  • Dr. June Hetzel, Dean of Education, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
  • Rev. Dr. Travis West, Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI
  • Rev. Dr. Pam Bush, Associate Director of Student Care, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI
  • Dr. Robert Keeley, Professor of Education, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Jill Battle, First-grade Teacher, Eastern Christian Elementary School, Midland Park, NJ
  • Colin Ward, Junior High Teacher, Covenant Christian School, Leduc, AB
  • David Grills, Bible Instructor, Hamilton District Christian High School, Ancaster, ON

What is your contact information?

Rachael Heyboer
Director of Product Development
Email: rheyboer@csionline.org
Call: 800.635.8288, ext. 240

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible, providing teachers an opportunity to experience the cultural and historical understanding of the Bible through the Museum of the Bible, and continuing to lead our member schools in excellent Bible instruction.

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