CCU/CAGS Education Seminar: Faith, Freedom and Public Schools

Faith Freedom in Public SchoolsColorado Christian University’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) would like to invite you to what promises to be an informative and interesting seminar about teaching Judeo Christian values in our public schools. The CAGS Education Summit entitled, “Faith, Freedom and Public Schools” will be Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. MDT at the CCU Music Center at 9200 West Ellsworth Avenue in Lakewood, Colorado (9-12 session is for teachers; 1:00-2:30 session) is for parents, grandparents and concerned citizens).

This Christianity in public schools seminar is not only for teachers and other educators; any concerned citizen who believes Christianity and the Bible should be preserved in our public schools is encouraged to attend.

Faith, Freedom and Public Schools Education Seminar

Teachers who attend the three-hour session on August 4 will learn how to support Judeo Christian values in the classroom regardless of the subject matter taught. Practical (and legal) ways of teaching the Bible and Christian history will be explored, and these key principles will be addressed by the seminar presenter:

  • State laws that protect the use of the Bible in the classroom
  • Academic standards that expect students to have a background in Christianity and the Bible
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s clarification on students’ religious liberties and that teachers are allowed to teach them
  • Court support of teaching students the religious aspects of Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving

Parents and concerned citizens will hear Eric Buehrer speak on topics such as:

  • How to help your child think like a Christian while sitting in a classroom
  • How to encourage your child to develop and exhibit good character
  • How to teach your child to discern what they learn
  • How to address teachers (and administrators) in a gracious manners when a topic of concern presents itself

The presentation geared toward parents and grandparents will cover these additional topics:

  • Ways to determine if you should remove your child from a classroom activity
  • Your child’s religious liberties while in the classroom

Seminar Presenter and General Information

The seminar presenter is Eric Buehrer, a nationally-known authority on religion and public schools. Mr. Buehrer is the founder of Gateways to Better Education, and over 35,000 of his educational tools have been used by educators and parents across the country. Gateways to Better Education, founded in 1991, is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help public schools teach how the Bible and Christianity have contributed to the world. You can read Gateways to Better Education’s mission statement and a bio of Eric Bruehrer to learn a bit more about this wonderful organization.

Did you know that a recent study indicated that almost 90% of young people who left their church began questioning their faith and Christianity during their middle and high school years? Are you concerned about how your child or children will be affected by what they learn (or don’t learn) in their school? Are you a CCU student in the education department who would like to learn more about Christianity in the public school system? The CCU/CAGS education seminar Faith, Freedom and Public Schools is just what you’re looking for to get some answers to those questions. Christianity in public schools has been a topic of debate for decades, so come join the discussion by participating in CAGS education seminar August 4, 2012.

Teachers may register online for the 9:00 a.m. session, which costs $40  ($25 for CCU alumni). Parents, grandparents and others may register online for the 1:00-2:30 p.m. session. The cost is any amount you’d like to donate. Please see our Music Performances Schedule for directions to the CCU Music Center. The contacts at CCU for this seminar are Judy Baker, who can be reached at jbaker@ccu.edu or by calling (303) 963-3035. Holly Ward can be reached by calling (303) 963-3035 or email hward@ccu.edu. Judy Baker can provide information about earning CEU credit for attending this seminar.

Also, please contact CCU for information about Colorado teacher certification or to get information about admissions into an education degree program such as the Alternative Teacher Licensing Program, a  one -year program for non-licensed teachers currently teaching in a Colorado school system. This amazing program allows students to become licensed teachers while working as an unlicensed teacher in the state of Colorado.

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