After a one-year postponement, we are pleased to announce the 9th Kuyers Institute conference on Christian teaching and learning, to be held October 6-7 at the Prince Conference Center, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The conference will be co-hosted by INCHE (International Network for Christian Higher Education).

The already rapid pace of change in the educational environment has accelerated in recent years, fueled by factors as varied as the foregrounding of health and safety, sudden shifts to online learning, political polarization among parents and students, challenges to civil discourse, shifting demographics, ambiguous student identities, and increased needs for student and faculty support. How can Christian educators, themselves burdened by present challenges, constructively respond? How might we retain a focus on investigating intentionally Christian educational processes in an unstable environment?

Schedule

The conference schedule is now available! Click here to download it. Please note that there may still be minor changes to the schedule, check here for updates.

Registration

Registration is now open! Register for the conference at EventBrite (click here). Note: You don't need to have a PayPal account to register through EventBrite. After you click "Place Order" at the bottom of the registration form, it will give you the option to "Pay with Debit or Credit Card." If you prefer a downloadable registration form, find it here.

Registration fees include attendance at all sessions, conference materials, Thursday and Friday evening dinner and reception, Friday and Saturday lunch, and all breaks during the conference.

Please note that overnight accommodations are NOT included as part of the registration fee.

Refund policy: Canceled registrations will be refunded, less a $15 fee, if received by the Kuyers Institute before September 26, 2022.

Lodging

Prince Conference Center

A limited number of rooms have been reserved in a block at the Prince Conference Center for conference attendees. This block will be available until September 21, 2022. To reserve a room:

  1. Go to princecc.com
  2. Click on Reserve a Room
  3. Under the banner, click on Rate Option
  4. Enter code INCHE in the Promotional Group Window and click Apply
  5. Dates/Rates and Room Types available will show up
  6. Select Dates and Room Types
  7. Click Book It

Please note that the Prince Center no longer has an airport shuttle. You can get around in Grand Rapids with the following:

  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • Taxi: find info here
  • City bus: Click here for a Google map and instructions for getting from the airport to the Prince Conference Center.
Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton Garden Inn is located approximately one mile south of the Prince Conference Center. A limited number of rooms have been reserved in a block at a reduced conference rate of $149 per night. Click here before Thursday, September 22 to reserve a room from within the block. Find more information about the hotel's amenities here.The Hilton Garden Inn does not have an airport shuttle, see the options above for ground transportation.

Holiday Inn Airport

A limited number of rooms have been reserved in a block at a reduced rate of $124 for one king bed rooms and $129 for two queen bed rooms. Use this link before September 22 to reserve a room from within the block. The Holiday Inn airport has an airport shuttle for its guests. To access it, call the hotel's front desk at 616-285-7600 when you land and are in the baggage claim. It takes us 5 minutes to get there. From baggage claim, go out of Exit #2 and cross over one lane of traffic to where the commercial vehicles line up to pick up guests. Find more information about the hotel's amenities here.

Plenary Speakers


Character Matters: Can Virtue Be Taught? And If Yes, How?


Dr. Jan Hábl is a happy husband and father of two children. He is professor of pedagogy at University of Hradec Králové (Czech Republic). He has written a number of books and articles including Even if No One is Looking: Foundational Questions of Ethical Education (Wipf & Stock, 2018), On Being Human(e) (Wipf & Stock, 2017), and Character Formation: A Forgotten Theme of Comenius's Didactics (2011).


Why You Need a Diversity Playbook


Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige is the executive associate to the president for diversity and inclusion and also holds an appointment of professor of sociology at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Loyd-Paige joined the department of sociology and social work at Calvin College in 1985 having finished her graduate course work at Purdue University. Loyd-Paige served as chair of the department of sociology and social work from 1999-2001; the dean for multicultural affairs from 2006–2015; was appointed as interim executive associate to the president for diversity and inclusion in 2013; and began a regular appointment as the executive associate to the president in 2015.


Panel
Educational Change: The Press and The Pause

Panelists: Dr. Hábl, Dr. Loyd-Paige, and Dr. Marlene Wall

Dr. Marlene Wall is President of LCC International University in Klaipėda, Lithuania, a multicultural university with students from 29 countries. She has conducted professional development workshops in the United States, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Lebanon. Dr. Wall is a board member with the International Network for Christian Higher Education (INCHE). One of her passions is LCC’s continuing outreach to students from multiple nations including Ukraine, Russia, Syria, Iraq, and other refugee-sending nations.