A Christian Worldview Conference for Educators
October 25, 2021
Covenant High School welcomes Covenant College for a day of Christian worldview training. Dr. Derek Halvorson will speak on reimagining Christian worldview as a story of redemption. Education professors Dr. Steve Kaufmann and Dr. Jack Beckman will present hands-on sessions training teachers on high school and lower school specific pedagogical strategies. This conference is for Christian teachers and homeschool parents.
A Worldview Story in Four Parts
Schedule for October 25, 2021
9:00-9:15 am – Opening prayer and worship
9:15-10:00 am – Plenary #1: Reimagining Worldview, Chapter One, with Dr. Derek Halvorson
10:00-10:15 am – Break
10:15-11:45 am – Breakout #1: K-6 grade teachers with Dr. Jack Beckman, 7-12 grade teachers with Dr. Kaufmann
11:45 am-12:30 pm – Lunch
12:30-1:15 pm – Plenary #2: Reimagining Worldview, Chapter Two, with Dr. Derek Halvorson
1:15-2:00 pm – Breakout #2
2:00-2:15 pm – Break
2:15-3:00 pm – Processing Time
3:00-3:45 pm – Panel/Q&A with Dr. Derek Halvorson, Dr. Steve Kaufmann, and Dr. Jack Beckman
3:45-4:00 pm – Closing Remarks
Dr. J. Derek Halvorson, President of Covenant College
Several years after graduating from Covenant College in 1993, Dr. Halvorson returned to academia to earn a master’s degree in history from the University of Arizona and a PhD in history from Loyola University Chicago. From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Halvorson served as director of constituent relations and then as regional director of development for Covenant College. He was president of Providence Christian College until 2012, when he was appointed president of Covenant College. Dr. Halvorson is their sixth president.
He and his wife, Wendy, have a son, Banks, and a daughter, Whitman.
Dr. Stephen Kaufmann, Professor of Education at Covenant College
Dr. Kaufmann received a bachelor’s degree in history from Covenant College, studied at Covenant Theological Seminary, and received a master’s in history and a PhD in education from the University of Iowa. Notably, Dr. Kaufmann planned and developed the master of education program at Covenant College. He also directed the faculty development program from 1995-1998. Furthermore, Dr. Kaufmann was elected as the first moderator of the faculty at Covenant. He has taught for Covenant’s Master of Education Program since 1991.
He and his wife, Mary, have seven children who are all alumni of Covenant College.
Dr. Jack E. Beckman, Professor of Education at Covenant College
Dr. Jack Beckman received a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University, a master’s degree from Covenant College, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University, then a PhD from Cambridge University. He has spent over 40 years in teaching, initially as an Early Childhood educator, then an educational leader, and finally as Professor of Elementary Education at Covenant College. He has worked with instructional pedagogy, curriculum development, and teacher professional learning on a variety of levels.
Dr. Beckman enjoys reading and he and his wife enjoy having students in their home for meals and conversation.