Early Education Conference - Summerville, SC

February 8, 2020 8:30 AM–February 8, 2020 4:15 PM
Northwood Academy, 4020 2nd Ave., Summerville, SC 29486

2020 Early Education Conference 

Designed With A Purpose

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV


Northwood Academy
4020 2nd Ave.
Summerville, SC 29486


Conference Flyer

Conference Schedule

Keynote Speaker

Keynote - Designed for a Purpose: A Worldview Perspective on the Nature of Teachers and Boys and Girls by Dr. Milt Uecker

Teaching children from a biblical worldview begins with modeling one’s worldview. Young children learn through experience, observation and imitation. Children come to understand the nature of teachers, boys and girls (the nature of humankind) through the teacher’s understanding of what it means to be created in God’s image, loved by God and redeemed through Jesus Christ.  As teachers walk in the Truth they translate philosophy into concrete representations. What are the ways in which we demonstrate not only God’s design, but also his purpose for both the teacher and students (the essential question)?  Can we, like the apostle Paul, say to our students, “Children, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.”  (Philippians 3:17)

Dr. Milt Uecker serves as the director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education at Columbia International University. His prior professional experience includes associate professor at Regent University, teaching in an International School in Korea and administrating early childhood programs in both Texas and Virginia. He is the author of Distinctively Christian: A Christ-centered Approach to Early Childhood Spiritual Development.   



   7:30 AM Registration and Refreshments
   8:30 AM Welcome/Opening Keynote
   9:45 AM Break
 10:15 AM Breakout Session A
 11:30 PM Lunch (provided)
 12:15 PM Second Keynote
  1:45 PM Breakout Session B
  3:15 PM Closing Keynote


Member Non-member

Early Bird Rate
(through 1/18/20) 

$60 $90
Standard/Walk-in Rate (after 1/18/20) $75 $105

Lunch Options (included in the registration fee)

*Please choose one at the time of registration

Option 1:

Chicken Salad Croissant: Made from scratch with all-white meat, grapes, red onion, pecans, and mayo. Topped with romaine lettuce, tomato, mayo, provolone cheese and spicy Creole mustard on a croissant.

Option 2:

Newk’s Club Sandwich: Smoked ham and oven-roasted turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and lettuce with mayo and honey mustard on a croissant.

Option 3:

Gluten Free Simply Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast: Arcadian mixed greens, sweet grape tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots, aged cheddar cheese, and a grilled chicken breast.

Option 4: No lunch needed


You will receive 1 CEU (six clock hours) for your attendance at the conference. Be sure to submit an EE Conference CEU Claim Form following the event to start the claiming process.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Summerville
1657 N. Main St. 
Summerville, SC 29486
(800) 997-9138

Questions? Email the Early Education team

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