May 2019 Update

1. The 2019 CEA Convention will be held on October 24 and 25, 2019 at the Century Center in South Bend, IN.

2. The 2019 CEA Housing Information is attached.

3. The CEA Book Club title for 2019 has been announced! Plan on reading “On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old” by Parker Palmer and then discussing it together at the 2019 CEA Convention.

4. We are thrilled to welcome back River City Improv on Thursday night. Come with your staff for a night of laughs. The show will be held in the main hall, where the Opening Worship is held. The admission is free!

5. Join us at 7:00 a.m. on Friday morning for the CEA 5K run/walk along the St. Joseph River.

6. Wow, are we exited to share with this tremendous professional development opportunity that is being provided at the 2019 CEA Convention! Kristyn Kamps (a former middle school teacher at Holland Christian School), now a national faculty member at PBL Works and Danae LeMoine, former principal at Doulos Discovery School (a Christian school in the Dominican Republic) are returning to CEA to provide teachers with high quality project based learning workshop. Both Kristyn and Danae are experienced presenters who are focused on empowering Christian educators with practical strategies for creating relevant learning experiences for students. Kristyn and Danae will be offering the introductory project based learning workshop. This training will meet during all four sessions on Thursday and both sessions on Friday. You must commit to all six sessions to be included in this workshop.

Introduction to PBL: In this workshop, we will learn about the basics of planning high quality projects that connect students to content in relevant ways while engaging their heads and hearts. There is NO ADDITIONAL COST for this workshop. Teachers simply pay their regular CEA dues and will be allowed to attend this PBL workshop with Kristyn and Danae. This is a great deal since attending comparable training can be very expensive.

I will need to know ahead of time who is taking advantage of the limited seating Introduction to PBL workshop which requires a commitment of all six CEA sessions. Email Brenda VanderPloeg ( and let me know how many seats I can save for you in the PBL workshop at the 2019 CEA Convention.

7. The dues for the 2019 CEA convention will be $90.00 per person.

We look forward to seeing YOU on October 24 and 25 at the Century Center in South Bend, IN.



From: Brenda VanderPloeg, Executive Secretary

Christian Educators Association

Phone: 616.669.3497


Date: MAY, 2019


This important housing/lodging information is being sent to you in preparation for our fall 2019 CEA Convention to be held in South Bend, Indiana on October 24 and 25. (More convention information and a request for dues will be sent to you in the fall.) EACH CEA MEMBER WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING HIS/HER OWN HOUSING/LODGING RESERVATIONS.

  • You must tell the hotels that you are with CEA to receive these rates.

  • Remember to reserve the correct dates. The actual CEA Convention is Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, 2019. You will most likely need lodging for Wednesday, October 23 and/or Thursday, October 24.

  • You will need a credit card number to make a reservation.

  • You will be dealing directly with the hotel/motel for ALL arrangements and will receive a confirmation directly from that hotel/motel.


Southbend DoubleTree Hotel

123 North St. Joseph Street

South Bend, IN 46601

Connected to the Century Center via a skywalk

Parking $10.00 per day.

Reservation Number: 574-234-2000

Rooms: $134.00

SpringHill Suites

5225 Edison Lakes Parkway

Mishawaka, IN 46545

5.2 miles East of the Century Center

Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet

Reservation Number: 574-271-0832

Rooms: $119.00

Courtyard by Marriott

121 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

South Bend, IN 46601

Across the street from the Century Center

Newly built

Free wifi

In and Out valet parking, $15.00 per day.

Reservation Number: 574-237-7777

Rooms: $129.00

Comfort Suites

60971 US 31 South

South Bend, IN 46614

5 miles South of the Century Center

Complementary Hot Breakfast

Reservation Number: 574-291-3100

Rooms: $90.00