CEDA Presents

CEDA 2022

Imago Dei

June 6-8, 2022 • Virtual + In-Person
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Theme

Imago Dei

God has given us a beautiful reflection of His glory through the diversity He has created in each of us. What the world often uses to divide us, God designed to unite us. Through our differences in race, age, ability, culture, gender and economic status, God simultaneously illustrates His love for diversity and His desire to bring us together as one body, set apart for His glory. Through our time together, we hope to better understand God’s intention for creating us each in the imago Dei and learn how to better prepare our students to fight for God’s design for diversity in a world determined to hijack it.

In-person & Virtual

2022 Symposium is a Hybrid Conference

Virtual

After the success of the 2020 & 2021 CEDA Symposium, we’re committed to expanding our community and making it affordable & accessible to those who are not able to travel to our symposium location. In order to do this well, we will offer a hybrid option to the 2022 CEDA Symposium. This option will follow the same schedule as the in-person event and hybrid participants will be placed in a family group similar to all participants. Since one of the overarching goals of this symposium is to create a place for learning and vulnerability along with relationship building, we will not be recording this symposium.

Baylor University BRIC

We’re excited to announce that Baylor University is hosting the CEDA Symposium 2022 this year. We will be meeting at the BRIC (Baylor Research and Innovation Center).

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What is the Christian Educators Diversity Symposium?

The CEDA Symposium is a forum of learning and discussion for educators who strive to push Christian education to reflect the diversity of the Body of Christ.

Dialogue

Be ready not only to learn but also to actively engage in discussions.

Fellowship

Creating unity amongst Christian educators is a primary goal of the symposium. We believe we can do the work better together.

Training

Our goal is to empower educators to enact tangible change.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Bryan Loritts

Bryan Loritts (D.Min., Liberty University) is the Teaching Pastor at The Summit Church. An award-winning author of seven books, Dr. Loritts has spent the bulk of his ministry serving and resourcing the multiethnic church. He co-founded Fellowship Memphis in 2003 and serves as the President of The Kainos Movement, an organization committed to seeing the multiethnic church become the new normal.

His ministry takes him across the globe annually, as he speaks at conferences, churches, and retreats. Bryan has been a featured speaker for Catalyst and the Global Leadership Summit.

Currently, he serves on the boards of Biola University, Pine Cove Christian Camps, and The First Tee.

He is the husband of Korie, and the father of Quentin, Myles, and Jade.

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is the author of the kids’ books Creative God, Colorful Us and God’s Very Good Idea, a Bible study on Hebrews 11, A Great Cloud of Witnesses, and a Bible study on Romans 8, If God Is For Us, as well as the books Sacred Endurance: Finding Grace and Strength for a Lasting Faith, Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts (2016),  Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015) and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (2014). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, True Woman, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She was also a commentator for World Radio (a sister platform for World Magazine). She has spoken at numerous conferences, churches, women’s retreats, colleges and seminaries, including True Woman, The Gospel Coalition Women’s conference, Southeastern Theological Seminary, and more. She spent seven years serving as the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. She is currently an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers.

Her greatest love besides God is her family. She is married to her best friend and love, Thern. They reside with their two children near Nashville, TN.

Dr. Jay Ferguson

Jay Ferguson is the Head of School of Grace Community School in Tyler. Grace Community School is the largest private school in East Texas, serving nearly 1000 students in grades kindergarten through 12 th. He has served in that position since June 2003. Grace’s mission is to assist Christian parents in educating, equipping, and encouraging their children to influence the world for Christ.

Jay has written extensively on Christian education and related issues. He has contributed to Building a Better School, published by Paideia Press, Mindshift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education, published by Purposeful Design, and Religious Liberty and Education, published by Rowman and Littlefield. He is currently co-editing Building a Better School II, focusing on board governance. He is a regular contributor to Christian School Education and the ACSI and CESA blogs. He also writes a weekly blog on spiritual, education, cultural, and parenting issues. He is an adjunct professor in school law and governance at Covenant College in Georgia, at Gordon College in

Massachusetts, and at Baylor University. He is a frequent speaker at national seminars and served on the adjunct faculties of the Van Lunen Center at Calvin College and at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

He was the Past Chair of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability, and is the current Chair of the Association of Christian Schools International. He has a heart for training heads of schools, leadership teams, and school boards.

Jay holds a Bachelors’ Degree from Baylor University, a Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law, and a Masters’ Degree in Educational Leadership from Covenant College. He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University.

He and his wife, Ashley, are members of Grace Community Church and have served over 20 years in small group and children’s ministries. He currently serves as an elder of Grace Community. He and Ashley have three teenage daughters, Emma, Annie, and Ellen. He has taught them to love Jesus and football, in that order, which he considers gifts to his future sons-in-law, Lord willing. 

Workshop Speakers

Dr. Jennifer Pinkett Smith

Dr. Pinkett Smith has been an educator for over 18 years and has served as a middle school English teacher, Dean of Students, and is now an administrator. Her passion for cultivating the whole child, and seeing students grow into strong leaders and advocates for unity, speaks to the work she currently does in diversity, equity, and belonging.  Jennifer serves as the Director of Diversity at Wesleyan School, where she leads teachers in professional development, supports students, and families with the intent of creating and sustaining a community where all feel welcomed and valued. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Morris Brown College; a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University; a Specialist in Ed. Leadership and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.

Jennifer desires to create spaces where conversations around our unique differences help us all embrace the beauty of God’s creation and learn how to treat and love one another well.  Philippians 1:27 says: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.”

Dr. George Yancey

Dr. George Yancey is a Professor of Institute for Studies of Religion and Sociology at Baylor University. He has published several research articles on the topics of institutional racial diversity, racial identity, atheists, cultural progressives, academic bias and anti-Christian hostility.

Mariah Humphries

Mariah Humphries (M.T.S.) is a Mvskoke Nation citizen, writer, and educator for Be the Bridge and works at Baylor University. Through her experience navigating the tension between Native and White American culture, she brings Native awareness to non-Native spaces. With over 20 years of vocational ministry service, she is focused on theology, racial literacy, and reconciliation within the American Church.

Hope Harris

Hope Harris has over 25 years of experience as a community educator working with at-risk youth and marginalized populations. In her current role, she commits her time and energy to empower others to establish healthy relationships through dignity, respect, accountability, and boundaries.

Twelve years ago, Hope surrendered her life to Jesus Christ. As a result, she went on a journey to resolve her faith and sexuality. Since that time, she has embraced the biblical worldview of gender, sexuality, and marriage. She now speaks at churches, conferences, and Christian schools sharing her story and addressing issues surrounding faith, gender, sexuality, and marriage. She also spends time walking beside families and individuals who are impacted by sexual and relational brokenness.

Ronnie Brock

Ronnie Brock is the World Vision Senior Schools Advisor for the central region of the United States. He is passionate about empowering students with a greater understanding of a Biblical worldview when it comes to addressing the needs in developing communities. Before coming to World Vision Ronnie and his family lived and served on an orphanage in Ecuador for a number of years. He has seen the transformation that can happen for children, families, and communities as they get a foothold of opportunity as broken relationships are restored in their spiritual lives and societal context.

Ronnie lives on a ranch in Oklahoma with his wife Joan. When he is not reading or writing you will find him working cattle or flying planes. Ronnie is also the Lead Pastor at Impact580 Church where he leads a staff intent on helping those around them become fully devoted followers of Christ.

Reward Sibanda

Reward Sibanda is the World Vision Senior Advisor for Church and Community Relations and works directly with churches, schools, and community leaders around the United States. Prior to joining the team at World Vision, Reward served in Pastoral roles at both Pearl Street Church in San Antonio and Crossroads Church in Dallas TX.

Born to a family of 12 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, a country with the highest inflation rate in the world, Reward witnessed firsthand the devastating effects abject poverty can have on people and developing communities in countries all over the world. Having witnessed the communally transformative work of World Vision from an early age, Reward loves and lives to tell engaging stories about the redemptive power of love, kindness, and how God’s Kingdom has the power to free people from the grips of poverty and redeem the God-image inherent in them.

When he is not traveling the US and the World capturing and retelling incredible stories of human flourishing and transformation through World Vision’s work,  Reward can be found huddled over a good book in Dallas Texas, where he currently resides with his wife Pam. Reward also serves as the Associate Pastor at The Upperroom Church in Dallas and loves to teach, train and empower the body of Christ and the next generation to live lives of purpose and contribution.

Schedule

All times are Central Standard Time

Monday, June 6th, 2022

Time
Session
Speaker(s)

12:00—1:15PM

Lunch

  • Introductions
  • Family Groups

Hosted by Joshua Expeditions

1:30—2:30PM

Plenary 1: The Importance of Imago Dei as a Foundation Framework

Dr. Bryan Loritts

2:45—4:00PM

Workshop Rotation #1

4:15PM

Family Group debrief meeting and dinner together

  • Adaptive Challenge Framework Process
  • Family Group decides the location
  • The planning committee provides lists of local restaurants and activities

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

Time
Session
Speaker(s)

8:00—8:30AM

Devotional

Matt Thomas

8:30—9:30AM

Plenary 2: The Importance of Imago Dei in our Cultural Climate

Trillia Newbell

9:45—10:30AM

Workshop Rotation #2

10:45AM

Family Group Time

11:30—12:15PM

Lunch

12:30—1:45PM

Workshop Rotation #3

2:00—3:15PM

Workshop Rotation #4

3:30—4:45PM

Family Group Time

5:00PM

Dinner

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

Time
Session
Speaker(s)

8:00—8:30AM

Devotional

Joel Hazard

8:30—9:30AM

Plenary 3: The Implications of Imago Dei in our Christian Schools

Jay Ferguson

9:45—11:00AM

Workshop Rotation #5

11:15—12:15PM

Lunch with Family Group

12:30—1:30PM

Student Symposium debrief to adults

1:30—2:00PM

Family Group meeting (last preparation before presentations)

2:15—3:15PM

Family Group presentations 

  • Action steps 
  • 2-3 items taken back to their school community  

3:30PM

Wrap-up

Schedule

Workshops

Workshop 1

Assessing Your School Climate

A vital part of a successful school environment is the climate and culture. Climate and culture are often intertwined, but they have very different meanings. Understanding the climate of your school will begin to positively change the culture of your community, make a lasting impact on student learning, and build relationships between colleagues, students/teachers, and families.
How do you begin the work? Where do you start? These may be some of the questions that you ponder when you are working to create a community of unity and belonging.

In this workshop, we will look at the difference between climate and culture and how one impacts the other, look at various ways to evaluate your school’s climate, and discuss resources that can help to improve your school climate.

Dr. Jennifer Pinkett Smith

Workshop 2

Moving Towards Mutual Responsibility

Dr. George Yancey

Workshop 3

The Impact of Untold Stories in Our History

Mariah Humphries

Workshop 4

Did God really say that?

Hope Harris

Workshop 5

Recognizing the Imago Dei in Service

Ronnie Brock and Reward Sibanda

COVID Policy

  • Masks required in buildings; disposable masks provided 
  • Synexis filtration system running in each classroom and portable filtration provided in other areas
  • Socially distanced workshops and keynotes
  • Hand sanitizing systems

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the registration cost include?

The price of registration will include a shuttle to and from the hotel daily, dinner on Sunday night, lunch on Monday and Tuesday, and your attendance at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

What are family groups?

Participants, both hybrid and in–person, will be placed in family groups based on registration demographics. They will remain in these family groups for the duration of the symposium with the goal of building community to learn together from each other. Upon arrival, at the symposium participants will receive their family group information and schedule. Their family group will determine the schedule and rotation of the workshops.

Will participants be able to choose their own schedule?

Participants will be paired in family groups and will follow the schedule of their family group, rotating through the workshops and plenaries together.

What is the deadline for registration?

In-person registration is limited to 80 participants due to Covid restrictions. Once we reach 80 participants, in-person registration will close. Hybrid registration will remain open through May 28th. 

Will the sessions be recorded?

Sessions will not be recorded. Since one of the overarching goals of this symposium is to create a place for learning and vulnerability along with relationship building, we will require attendance during the planned schedule for participation.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

We couldn’t do this without the generous support of our wonderful sponsors and partners.

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Team

Jenny Brady

Senior Director for Community Engagement, Legacy Christian

Jenny Brady has served in Christian schools for over 20 years, both as a teacher and administrator. Jenny’s unique perspective to the diversity discussion combines both her personal experience of growing up in Honduras and her professional experience of working within school systems to create more diverse and unified communities. Jenny currently serves as the Senior Director of Community Engagement at Legacy Christian Academy. She is also the co-founder of the Christian Educators Diversity Alliance, co-creator of the podcast GRAACE360, and is a speaker, teacher, author and trainer on diversity, equity and inclusion for schools across the country.

Joel Hazard

Head of Upper School, Fort Bend Christian Academy

Joel Hazard is in his fifteenth year as a Christian educator. He currently serves as the Head of Upper School at Fort Bend Christian Academy in Sugar Land, Texas. Joel is a member of the Profound Gentlemen organization, a community of male educators of color providing a profound impact for boys of color. Joel has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, as well as, a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership for Learning from Kennesaw State University. Joel has a heart and passion for school leadership and is a champion of diversity within the private school sector. His efforts focus on curriculum development, building a learning environment that is inclusive, racially literate, and socially and emotionally proficient in preparing students to thrive in the 21st century. Joel is married to his bride of fifteen years and has four children.

Yvonne Jones

Assistant Director of Student Success Center, ACSI

Yvonne Jones holds a bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and serves as the assistant director of the A.C.E. Student Success Center with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). For over twenty plus years Yvonne has tutored, mentored children at various stages and levels of life, and taught as a substitute teacher. Her heart to educate children through exposure broadens their educational base. One way of accomplishing this is by building relationships. The exchange of ideas, gifts, and talents allows us to celebrate our differences while acknowledging our commonness resulting in sharing the love of Christ while glorifying the Father.

Grace Lee

Director of Diversity, Eagle's Landing Christian Academy

Grace Lee has a variety of experiences serving students of all ages. She is the first Director of Diversity at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, GA and has been in this role for three years. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy. Since then, Grace has worked with college students in undergraduate admissions, taught 600 elementary students in South Korea as a Fulbright grantee and Korean American, was a preschool and middle school, and now serves in a leadership role at ELCA. Outside of education, she is also the first Executive Director for Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission (KKOOM). KKOOM means “Dream” in Korean, and the organization improves the lives of at-risk youth in Korean children’s homes through scholarships and outreach. Her strengths with diversity initiatives are event programming and creating a safe and inclusive space for all students to feel seen and heard through the Diversity Council.

David Mawhinney

Dean of Faculty, Director of the Trinity Institute for Leadership and Social Justice, Boston Trinity Academy

David Mawhinney is Dean of Faculty and Director of the Trinity Institute for Leadership and Social Justice at Boston Trinity Academy. Boston Trinity has been ranked as the most diverse independent school in Massachusetts for the last several years, reflecting the mission of the school which is to provide an academically demanding education to students from all backgrounds in a Christ-centered community. Although born and raised in London, England, David holds a BA in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. His particular academic interest is Chinese history and he lived and worked in China for four years. In his capacity as the Director of the Trinity Institute, David oversees the school's social justice programs, both curricular and extra-curricular. The Trinity Institute promotes student leadership in its programs and David works with student leaders as they grow into their callings to love their neighbors in the Greater Boston community and beyond.

Kathleen McCook

Managing Director of Murray Arts Center and Web Content/SEO Manager, Mount Paran Christian School

Dr. Jennifer Pinkett Smith

Director of Diversity at Wesleyan School

Jennifer has been an educator for over 18 years and has served as a middle school English teacher and currently as an administrator. Her passion for cultivating the whole child, and seeing students grow into strong leaders and advocates for unity, speaks to the work she currently does in diversity, equity and belonging. Jennifer currently serves as the Director of Diversity at Wesleyan School, where she leads teachers in professional development and supports students and families with the intent of creating and sustaining a community where all feel welcomed and valued. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Morris Brown College; a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University; a Specialist in Ed. Leadership and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.
Jennifer desires to create spaces where conversations around our unique differences helps us all embrace the beauty of God’s creation and learn how to treat and love one another well. Philippians 1:27 says: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.”

David Robinson

Director of Equity and Inclusion, Grace Community School

David Robinson serves as the Director of Equity and Inclusion for Grace Community School in Tyler, Texas. David has his B.S. in Bible/Biblical Studies from Clarks Summit University and has over 15 years of experience working in Christian education. This has helped shape his passion for cultivating an environment in which all students have access to a Christ-centered education, while feeling appreciated and celebrated. David is a co-founder of the Christian Educators Diversity Alliance. The organization’s work centers around helping Christian schools develop a more diverse and inclusive environment. David is also a member of Profound Gentleman, a community that provides support to male educators of color around the country. Along with David’s equity and inclusion work, he continues to invest in young people through the world of athletics as a basketball coach.

Catina Taliaferro

Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Paran Christian School

Catina Taliaferro currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and leads the schools' CommUNITY taskforce at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Georgia. She has been married to Emmett Taliaferro for 24 years and has two children. Catina has a degree in Business Management and a minor in Administration from Hampton University. Within her roles, Catina has the pleasure of working closely with staff, parents, and students to provide educational opportunities centered around diversity and inclusion. At Mount Paran Christian School, inclusion means accepting and appreciating one another regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, and physical abilities. With the belief that God created diversity, Catina feels that racial reconciliation is integral to being united in Christ.

Ivan Johnson

Director of Diversity and Intercultural Engagement at Brookhill School

Mr. Johnson joined Brook Hill in 2014 as a Math teacher and coach. Since then he has also served as our Director of Diversity and Intercultural Engagement and began serving as the Middle School Assistant Principal in 2019.
Mr. Johnson graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.S. in Mathematics. He went on to earn a Master of Counseling from Dallas Baptist University.
Since information is everywhere, Mr. Johnson believes education should produce life-long learners who are intuitive and creative. For him, academic knowledge isn’t enough; education should also point students to Christ and deepen their faith in Him.
Mr. Johnson and his wife of 27 years, Marcia have six children. They have a grown daughter, Pilar, who resides in Frisco; Joshua, who lives in Dallas; Rachel, a junior at the University of Texas at Tyler; Jacob, who lives in Dallas; Jared (Class of 2019) and Joseph (Class of 2021).

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