JULY 22, 2023
FEEL LIKE YOU'RE RUNNING UPHILL?
BE REFRESHED FOR THE JOURNEY AT OUR SUMMER PARENTING & EDUCATION CONFERENCE!
CVCU is pleased to announce our Summer 2023 Parenting and Education Conference! Held at our CVCU campus in Eastlake, the conference includes breakout sessions with special guests, CVCU professors, and a variety of experts who will encourage and equip you for the road ahead.
JULY 22, 2023
CHULA VISTA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
1227 EASTLAKE PARKWAY
CHULA VISTA, CA 91915
RFRSH 2023 SPEAKERS
MARRIAGE & FAMILY COUNSELOR
PARENTING AND ATTACHMENT
Join us for a special session on parenting with our resident attachment specialist, CVCU Professor Brian Reiswig. Professor Reiswig holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Bethel Seminary and a BA in English Literature from UCSD. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Psychology at Liberty University. He is a member of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals and a Board-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has served as a guest lecturer at Bethel Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, and Teen Mania’s Honor Academy. Professor Reiswig’s field interests include Attachment Theory and Attachment-based Therapy, Addiction, the Psychology of Eating Disorders, and the Psychology of Personality. He and his wife Sarah lead the marriage ministry at Restoration Church, where he is also an elder.
MY FATHER'S WORLD CURRICULUM
David Hazell and his wife Marie are Christian entrepreneurs and cofounders of My Father’s World, a homeschool and Christian school curriculum company. In this session, parents and homeschool leaders will gain hands-on experience for using the My Father's World curriculum package. David is passionate about families serving Christ together and a strong believer in the value of collaborative education for all ages. David is the founder of God's Word for the Nations; is the author of God Speaks Numanggang, a children’s book about Bible translation; and is on the board of the Institute for Bible Translation. The Hazell family spent eight years in Russia where David served in Bible translation in Siberia and Moscow, helping coordinate Bible translations into more than 70 languages. Today David and Marie work together re-developing My Father's World curriculum for use in micro-schools, pod-schools, preschools, and ESL programs encouraging all families, while pursuing academic excellence, to see the world through God's eyes.
DR. LISA DUNNE
How does your child's personality affect his or her learning style? Join Dr. Lisa Dunne for a session designed to help you discover how to teach children in the unique methodology that helps them thrive. Dr. Lisa is a veteran educator, author, and speaker with 20 years of classroom experience. In addition to founding Chula Vista Christian University, the first mentor-based university system of the modern era, she has founded 25 Kindergarten to College homeschool academies across the nation to help pastors and parents break free of public school indoctrination. She holds a Ph.D. in human development, a Master's degree in communication, and a Master’s degree in human and organizational systems. She is passionate about the primacy of the local church and the intact family as the cornerstone of a healthy culture. Dr. Lisa is the author of six books, including Outsourced: Why America's Kids Need an Education Revolution. She hosts a weekly radio show, MindsetMatters, as well as a podcast, The Communication Architect. She and her British husband, Adrian, have been married 32 years and have two intelligent, compassionate homeschool grads who love Jesus, their parents, and serve regularly in the local church.
CVCU's SIGNATURE SOCRATIC METHOD
Why does CVCU use what we call our “signature Socratic method” of education? How is induction different from deduction, and which educational method teaches students not just want to think, but how to think? If you’d like to understand more about inquiry based learning, both in the college format, and in your homeschool program, join Professor Chico Jones and a panel of students as they talk about the benefits of this methodology.
Professor Chico Jones is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and has an M.A. in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He has taught Math, Christian Apologetics, Philosophy, Logic, and World Religions for over a decade. He also hosts a philosophy YouTube channel that focuses on logic, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion.
PRINCIPLE APPROACH EXPERT
THE PRINCIPLE APPROACH CURRICULUM
Tanya and her husband George met while serving in the military and now pastor Relentless Church San Diego. In the US Navy, Tanya worked 10 years as a chef and instructor, training almost 4000 culinary students and motivating them toward self-improvement. That same passion for education and her love for children inspired her to pursue a career in teaching. She earned a degree in social work and child development from Point Loma Nazarene University, and then went on to spend 30 years in education and curriculum development. As she witnessed the decline in education, she felt the leading of God to open a biblically sound Christian school, Courage Christian Academy. She discovered The Principle Approach and then spent several months under the tutelage of PA teaching director Dr. Max Lyons. She is currently in her final season of training as a Principle Approach master teacher. In this session, Tanya will train parents in the use of the Principle Approach, its solid biblical foundation, and its critical-thinking focused methodology. Tanya and George have been married for 33 years and have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
CVCU ELEMENTARY DIRECTOR
Join us for support in educating our special needs students with CVCU Academy Elementary Lead Mentor Ebey Sorenson. Ebey holds a Bachelors Degree in History and earned a Master's of Education and a Multiple-Subjects Teaching Credential (Elementary) along with an Elementary Mathematics Teaching Certificate from UCSD. She has worked with children as a camp counselor, Art Instructor, swim instructor, student teacher, and Autism Behavioral Intervention Specialist. The Sorensons have seen the fruit of intentional family discipleship through homeschooling their children.
CVCU EARLY LEARNERS DIRECTOR
EARLY LEARNERS: Effective Models for Teaching and Reaching Preschoolers
Join CVCU Early Learner Lead Mentor Caitlin Nelson for a workshop on the vital foundations our youngest learners need to succeed. Caitlin graduated with her Bachelors of nursing from Northeastern University in Boston in 2009 and worked in various hospital and outpatient settings. She has been homeschooling her children since 2019 and her greatest passion is to raise tiny disciples of Jesus. Caitlin is a devoted wife to her husband Aaron and a full time mother to her three young children: Israel, Zion, and Shiloh. She and her family spent 3.5 years in India as missionaries. While serving they church planted, started and ran a discipleship school, hosted short term mission trips and partnered with doctors and to put on medical camps in the villages. She is currently serving alongside her husband who is the camp director at Indian Hills Christian Camp.
PSP SUPPORT PROVIDER
Record-keeping worries? Don’t stress, you can do this! Join Diana Kluwin as she discusses stress-free ways to maintain records, how to keep a portfolio to show the uniqueness of your student, and how different ages require different records. Diana Kluwin is a retired figure skating coach, a Certified Instructor with The Institute for Excellence in Writing©, and a homeschool mentor with 17 years of experience in home-based education. She is the Founder and Head of Willow Ridge Academy, a Christ-centered, freedom loving, and family supporting private homeschool group. She assists families in exiting government schools, maintaining school records, and supporting parental freedom. Diana facilitates a weekly co-op in Del Mar and guides families through their curriculum choices. She lives with her husband, TJ, a retired Navy Senior Chief, and their youngest child, Lillian (2023 homeschool graduate) in San Diego, CA. Her son, Tyler, graduated in 2015 and lives in San Jose, CA.
HOMESCHOOL PARENT SUPPORT
EL INICIO: EDUCACION EN CASA
GETTING STARTED: HOMESCHOOLING 101
If you’ve been thinking about homeschooling, join us for this Spanish session with Emilia Mireles on how to get started! Emilia was born in Mexico City. She studied accounting in Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores Monterrey, and finance at Lancaster University. In 2002 she married Samuel Míreles and came to live to the US. Her real passion came to be when she starting working with kids and youth. Today she serves with her husband in the ministry of finance at Shadow Mountain, teaching principles on handling money God’s way. She also serves in a ministry called school for parents, helping them realize there’s an urge to teach families how to connect with their sons and daughters and how to be affective in their teachings.
ADDITIONAL BREAKOUT SESSIONS
ACADEMY DIRECTORS' MEETING
This invitation-only meeting is a best-practice sharing and equipping session for our national homeschool academy directors. Available in person and via Zoom, this session is designed to help you strategize for the year ahead, whether you've been with us for less than a year or more than a decade. Thank you for joining the rescue mission for the next generation!
HOW TO START AN ACADEMIC OUTREACH AT YOUR CHURCH
Learn how our founder Dr. Lisa Dunne is using the homeschool academy model she started for her own children 20 years ago to revolutionize education across the nation! If you're a pastor or church leader, join us for this session to learn how you can launch your own plug-and-play academy outreach in just four weeks!
MEET THE CVCU TEAM
In this special afternoon session, interested parents will be invited to a roundtable discussion with some of our CVCU professors to learn more about CVCU's mentor-driven methodology. Join us for this special opportunity to learn more about CVCU's four-year degree programs in engineering, computer science, psychology, political science, pre-medicine, communications, entrepreneurship, and more.