4th Annual Christian Educators Diversity Symposium 2021
The 4th annual Christian Educators Diversity Symposium will focus on Theology to Philosophy to Practice: From Orthodoxy to Orthopraxy. Christian experts and practitioners will tackle areas of theory and practice including a deeper discussion on how our work impacts our schools and the larger community. Join us as we hope to build bridges, collaborate, and resolve some of the overarching questions affecting school communities today.
After the success of the 2020 CEDA Symposium, we’re committed to expanding our community and to make 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 2021 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.
Mount Paran Christian School
We’re excited to announce that Mount Paran Christian School is hosting the CEDA Symposium 2021 this year. Mount Paran Christian School is nestled in the shadow of historic Kennesaw Mountain with easy access to Barrett Parkway, Cobb Parkway, I-75, and I-575.
1275 Stanley Road, NW
Kennesaw, Georgia 30152
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.
He earned his B.S. in Biblical Studies from Calvary Bible College, his Masters Degree in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary and is working on his Ph.D. in Applied Theology with a North American Missions emphasis at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He has authored eight books; G.O.S.P.E.L., DNA: Foundations of the Faith*(both by Moody Publishers); Letters of the Revelation: To the One Who Conquers, To The One Who Conquers (Youth Study); Authentic Love (all through Lifeway Publishers); and Bound to Be Free: Escaping Performance to be Captured by Grace. He was blessed to co-author Enter The Ring: Fighting Together for a Gospel Saturated Marriage with his wife Elicia (both through NavPress). On October 22, 2019 his newest book, Intensional, published through NavPress released!
He and Elicia have been married for 17 years, and they have two daughters, Izabelle and Lola and one son, D.A. Jr. (aka Duce).
Dr. Bradberry also worked in the non-profit sector as the first, executive director of the Future Leaders Program (FLP), a college readiness program, which served nearly 300 public and private school students from Dallas ISD. Karen says that her FLP experience gave her a true glimpse into the headship experience, as she led and managed all programmatic aspects, from designing and implementing a culturally relevant and responsive curriculum to training teachers to building class schedules and overseeing bus pick-up and drop-off schedules. When asked about her passion for DEI work in education, Karen states,” Being able to take my FLP kiddos whom society loved to ‘minoritize, marginalize, and otherize’, place them in the safe, brave inclusive teaching and learning community we built for them, and watch them maximize all their potential and achieve so much success makes FLP the most rewarding learning experience I have ever had. These students (who’d been written off as “can’ts” or “won’ts”) are now administrators in higher ed, accountants, teachers, nurses, lawyers, etc., and knowing that inclusive teaching and learning communities have the power to achieve this level of excellence in education is exactly what fuels my passion for this work!”
Dr. Bradberry works with students and adults in local, regional, and national public and private schools, conferences, and institutes in her mission to share information, resources, strategies, and tools that build and sustain inclusive teaching and learning communities for all. A former co-chair of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference, she has served on NAIS’s Call to Action Committee and currently works as a faculty member with NAIS’s Diversity Leadership Institute, where she has taught courses on multicultural education, systems theory, cultural identifiers, and power, privilege. She also works with schools, educational organizations, conferences and institutes as a workshop presenter/trainer, consultant, and speaker on several other DEI-related topics, including, but not limited to bias and brain-based research, content area reading, the art of building community, intercultural conflict styles, allyship, culturally responsive pedagogy, and her own newly-designed inclusive teaching & learning framework, to name a few.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Linguistics from Texas A&M University; a Master of Education in Secondary Education from the University of North Texas; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Reading with a focus in Educational Leadership from Texas Woman’s University. In addition to holding Texas state certificates in English, Reading, Secondary Education, and Secondary Administration, Karen is now attending Harvard University, where she will earn a certificate in school management and leadership this summer.
One of Karen’s favorite quotes is from author James Baldwin who states: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
Two convictions drive Sarah's work: (1) exemplary education is a part of the calling of Jesus for His Body, the Church, and (2) God will be glorified and the gospel adorned when Christian schools serve with families in unison across our communities regardless of social, geographic, ethnic, or economic barriers.
Dr. Howard will be starting this fall as Assistant Professor of Ethics and Reconciliation at Lipscomb University and has most recently served as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Franklin Road Academy. Dr. Howard received his PhD in Ethics and Society from Vanderbilt University, his MA in Theology, Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a BA in Anthropology from UCLA. He has been married for 22 years and has two children in college.
Sunday, June 6th, 2021
Dinner hosted by Joshua Expeditions at Mt. Paran Christian School
- Dress comfy for dinner outdoors as we get to know each other
- Tours provided for anyone who wants to see the amazing campus of Mt. Paran Christian School
Monday, June 7th, 2021
Welcome and Devotional
Dr. Tim Wiens
Plenary on Theology
Pursuing Kingdom Ethnicity in a Divided World
The author of eight books, DA Horton will discuss the divisions in our world. He will break down the different groups we place ourselves in within the church – ethnic segregation, classism, sexism, and theological tribes so that we can seek true reconciliation in Christ.
Lunch EARLY due to need to leave for Center early
Plenary on Philosophy
Critical Race Theory in Evangelicalism
Christians have winsomely engaged the ideas of the world since Paul’s encounter at Mars Hill in Acts 17—today is no different. Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a contemporary concept that is vexing Evangelicalism. Participants will be equipped to lead a more productive conversation about the pitfalls of CRT at their schools by having a working definition of the theory, knowing its origins, understanding the contours of the debate within Evangelicalism, and being equipped to analyze its tenants.
Dr. Walter Strickland
Center for Civil and Human Rights
Provide shuttle for return to Mt. Paran but also give restaurant list of places in downtown.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
Dr. Katie Wiens
Plenary on Practice
Setting Up Your Practice for Success
Through an interactive discussion with experts and participants, we will learn together about best practices, successes and failures. Understanding that “one size doesn’t fit all” we will acknowledge that context and school culture affects each community’s needs differently. Listen from student perspectives and lean into the conversation with applicable takeaways for your school environment.
Students report back to adults
Support for Economically Diverse Students
As your school considers the depth of economic diversity available, many aspects of inclusion need to be assessed. From uniforms to school activities to workload, join Dr. Bradberry as she discusses what it looks like to create a school community where every student feels as though they belong with the economic diversity they bring.
Dr. Karen Bradberry
The Untold Stories in Your Classroom
From history to English, from math to Bible, Sarah will help you diversify your heroes, authors, voices and characters in order to create an environment where students are seen and heard. If your school is very diverse or if you have little diversity, this is an equally important component of teaching as it allows all students to envision people beyond their current understandings.
Interpreting the Data
Data helps us strategically plan as it gives quantitative information to the qualitative stories being told. Work together with Joel Hazard to interpret what the data surrounding DEI says and how it impacts your community.
A Biblical Approach to Teaching Politics
Politics has increasingly become a substitute for religious faith and the primary identity of many Americans. We will discuss strategies for helping students understand their primary identity as adopted heirs of God’s Kingdom so that they can embrace their role as ambassadors to the government of man.
Building and Retaining Diverse Talent
Finding diverse talent is an ongoing challenge for Christian schools. When that talent must also embody a commitment to biblical principles and values, the challenge becomes even more formidable. If a school manages to find the talent, the work is not done – they must then successfully retain them. In this workshop, you will gain insight and learn practical strategies for helping you hire and retain diverse leaders, faculty, and staff who advance your school’s mission.
Dr. Aaron Howard
- 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.
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta NW/Kennesaw
Cheryl Pattee, Director of Sales
1 King Bed $109.00
2 Queen Beds $114.00
This rate does include a hot cooked to order breakfast and not To-Go Bags.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
We couldn’t do this without the generous support of our wonderful sponsors and partners.
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.”
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).