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B.A., Guizhou University, P.R. China; M.A., Oral Roberts University; Ph.D., Mississippi State University
Born and raised in China, educated in both China and the U.S., Dr. Yin has been a teacher since she was 19 years old. She was born again in 1993 through hearing the gospel brought to her by western missionaries teaching English in China. Since then, her whole household has accepted the Lord (Acts 16:31).
Before joining CIU, she taught ESL/EFL from K-12 to university level in both China and the United States. She also taught Chinese language and courses in teacher education program. She is an advocate for ELLs at all age levels and her classroom is her mission field. Her passion is to train preservice teachers to become committed educators who will teach for the best interest of their students (K-12 & adults) and make positive impact on their students’ lives. Her research interests include ESL/EFL education, study abroad, second language acquisition, and teacher education. She is the winner of 2007 Hebert Handley Dissertation Award.
Some fun facts about Dr. Yin:
She has lived in 5 states and taught in 4 states in the U.S.; married to a wonderful Korean brother; two beautiful children; three languages in the household daily; loves reading and reading with her children and other people’s children.
Links to Dr. Yin’s selected publications:
Coming to America for Spiritual or Academic Growth? Experiences of International Students at One Christian School.
Translation (from English to Chinese): Life: God’s Way—A Short Course for Essential Christianity
http://www.stepuptolife.com/Media/pdf_LifeGodsWayChinese.pdf (for free downloading)
Perspectives of South Korean Undergraduate Exchange Students Attending a University in the Southern United States: http://fyesit.metapress.com/content/2762276j4110707h/
Pullout or Inclusion: A Longitudinal Study of Reading Achievement of English Language Learners in Grades 1 and 2: http://www.kean.edu/~coe/JSC-Fall09B.pdf
Preschool caregiver perceptions of the effect of gender on literacy skills: http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/27338174/preschool-caregiver-perceptions-effect-gender-literacy-skills
Two Delivery Models of Inclusive Practices for ELLs in a Midewest School District: http://www.minnewitesoljournal.org
B.A. English and Literature, Guizhou University, China; M.A. TESL, Oral Roberts University; Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Mississippi State University; lecturer of English language, editor & proofreader; translator & interpreter, Guizhou University; 1987-1993; tutor of Chinese language culture to adults and adopted children from China, 1991-2004; adjunct lecturer of TESL, Bronx Community College of City University of New York, 1996; K-12 certified teacher of Teaching English as a Second Language, Omaha Public Schools, 1996-2004; graduate research and teaching assistant, & lecturer, Mississippi State University, 2004-2007; university student teaching interns supervisor, University of South Carolina, 2008; resident faculty, director M.A. TESOL program, Columbia International University, 2008-present.
B.S., Toccoa Falls College; M.Ed., Bob Jones University; Ed.D., Columbia International University
Debbie Moore serves in the College of Education as the program director for the Master of Education program. In the last 27 years, she has held various positions within Christian education as teacher, guidance counselor, administrator, and dean. Her passion is to work with Christian educators to enhance their classroom skills that use biblical integration so as to increase the awareness of teaching with intentionality to develop spiritual formation in students. Originally from Pennsylvania, Debbie met her husband, David, at college and they have since lived in North Carolina and Georgia. They have two adult children, Lindsay and Erica. She loves spending time with her family, reading, walking, and drinking coffee.
Teacher, Trinity Christian School, 1986-1990; Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Neuse Christian Academy, 1990-2000; Dean, Principal, Gaston Christian School, 2000-2003; Teacher, Northside Christian School, 2003-04; Dean, Adjunct Faculty, Toccoa Falls College, 2004-2013; Professor, M.Ed. Program Director, Columbia International University, present.
B.A. Cornerstone University; B.S. Calvin College; M.S. Indiana University South Bend; Ed.D. Ball State University; Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Indiana School of Philanthropy.
Dr. Brian Simmons is a professor in the College of Education and Director of the Ed.D. and Ed.S. programs. He is a lifetime educator and has served as a teacher, Superintendent of two Christian schools, university Vice President, adjunct professor and association President. Dr. Simmons' life mission states, "Brian Simmons exists as a visionary builder to further the kingdom of God through education, teaching and influencing others." His primary goal in life is to be a faithful steward of all the Master has entrusted to his care. He and his wife, Bonnie have four adult children: Jared, Drew, Lindi and Aubrey. Jared is married to Mary Claire, and Drew is married to Stefanie.
Mathematics teacher, Elkhart Christian Academy, 1982-1989; Superintendent, Elkhart Christian Academy, 1989-1996; Superintendent, Heritage Christian School (Indianapolis), 1996-2005; Adjunct Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2000-present; Vice President for University Relations, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2006-2009; President, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), 2009-2013, Resident Faculty and Ed.D/Ed.S. Program Director, Columbia International University, 2013-present.
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Columbia International University
Ph.D., Trinity International University; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.A., Trevecca Nazarene
Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn is the founder of Rainbows of Hope and Crisis Care Training International, both global ministries of WEC International to children in crisis. She is a child advocate, trauma trainer, and author/editor of a number of handbooks focused on interviews for children in crisis, and has served in Liberia and Kenya with WEC International. She holds a Ph.D. in education from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL., a MA in Christian education from Asbury Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Trevecca Nazarene. Dr. Kilbourn has taught crisis care training seminars and/or conducted research in many countries across Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. Truly she is one of the most respected pioneers of the children-in-crisis movement.
Ph.D. Leadership, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; B.R.E. Pre-Seminary, Baptist Bible College; Th.M. Old Testament, Grace Theological Seminary
Dr. Mark Eckel is Professor of Leadership, Education, and Discipleship for Capital Bible Seminary. Indianapolis, Indiana is his home. For 30 years Mark has served the Christian education community as a high school teacher, college professor, and international speaker. Mark’s responsibilities have included daily instruction, curriculum development, mentoring teachers, and conference speaking on Christian education issues in hundreds of venues.In 1995 Cedarville University selected Mark as the Delta Chi Teacher of the Year. In 2010 Lenawee Christian School honored Mark with its Heart for Leadership Award.
Mark’s original curricula Let God Be God: The Nature and Characteristics of God and Timeless Truth: An Apologetic for the Reliability, Authenticity, and Authority of Scripture have served the Christian school movement around the world. In 2006 Mark consulted with Chuck Colson to produce a curriculum for high school students called Rewired. Since then he has produced both online and print curricula for various ministries. Mark’s book The Whole Truth: Classroom Strategies for Biblical Integration has helped thousands of Christian school teachers practice biblical integration in their classrooms. While in the Educational Ministries Department at Moody Bible Institute, Mark developed and wrote the course “Faith and Learning” instituted in 2004. In 2011 Dr. Eckel designed the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IDS) for Crossroads Bible College.
Intégrité has recently published four of Mark’s scholarly journal articles: one on faculty evaluation in higher education, another on adult learning, a third about Hebrew ideals of education, and the most recent on the impetus death provides for learning. Mark has also contributed a chapter to Four Perspectives on Your Child’s Education (Broadman & Holman, 2009).In the summer of 2010 Dr. Eckel presented two papers.At the C.S. Lewis Conference at Taylor University Mark delivered a paper entitled, “Devils in My Heart: Chesterton’s View of Human Nature through Father Brown.”At the International Institute for Christian Studies Dr. Eckel spoke on “And the Nations Will Say: Apologetic Testimony from an Unlikely Source.” Summer and Fall of 2011 Mark spoke at Indiana Wesleyan University’s “Faith in the Science Classroom,” Biblical Leadership at Columbia International University, two courses for the M.A., Ph.D. programs at Lancaster Bible College/Graduate School on theological foundations, and day long Christian school events in Arizona and Colorado. In the summer of 2011 Mark’s children–Tyler and Chelsea–helped their dad write three, 4,000 word essays on Stephen Crane, Jane Austen, and the Romantic poets. Mark writes book and movie reviews, essays, and audio-blogs for Moody Radio. He is continuing work on a Christian critique of Gothic horror novels such as Frankenstein.
Providence Center for Urban Leadership Development (PCULD) in Denver, CO has asked Mark to be scholar-in-residence for the 2012-13 fellowship year. Dr. Eckel will coordinate curriculum and teach in the program dedicated to developing Christian city leaders.
Dr. Eckel is a featured speaker and writer on faith-learning integration, worldview, culture, film critique, apologetics, education, curriculum development, instructional methodologies, and Christian school philosophy.Mark is an ordained minister with a Th.M. in Old Testament and a Ph.D. in Leadership.
Mark’s wife Robin is a second grade Christian school teacher. They have two grown children: Tyler and Chelsea.
Besides family and friends, NFL football, Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee, Syracuse Lacrosse, books, movies, and maple sugar candy (among many good things in God’s creation) bring a smile to Mark’s face.
This course will introduce students to a variety of legal principles. Particular consideration will be given to Christian schools, although the class will also cover legal issues involved in public education. The class will also examine school law issues from a philosophical and theoretical framework. The goal will be to assist students to understand the rationale supporting various school law legal principles.
Develop the capacity to think, communicate and model biblical excellence in educational leadership positions. You’ll learn to clearly represent Christ-centered perspectives in the broader society by impacting students, their families, faculty, and staff with competencies specifically defined for Kingdom growth. Summer cohort groups will sharpen your skills, but courses are also provided online and in summer intensives.
B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University); B.S., Calvin College; M.A., Glassboro State College (now Rowan University); Ed.D., Liberty University
Kevin D. Washburn, (Ed.D.), is Executive Director of Clerestory Learning, an organization serving schools and learning communities for instructional excellence by equipping teachers through programs and services that offer effective instructional solutions based on educational implications from diverse
scientific research fields, including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and brain development. He is also Owner/Co-Founder of Make Way for Books, an online children’s bookseller dedicated to being a reliable source of quality literature that fosters a love of reading.
With degrees in Elementary Education and English, Dr. Washburn enjoyed 20+ years in education as a classroom teacher, substitute teacher, remedial reading teacher, school administrator, and Assistant Curriculum Director for an international educational publisher. While serving as a school’s Director of
Curriculum & Professional Development, Dr. Washburn led the development of an elementary science curriculum, now published by an international educational publisher, and the development of an instructional reading program and its professional development components, now used in dozens of
schools across the U.S. and Canada and being implemented by new schools each year.
Dr. Washburn earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and has since created the Architecture of Learning instructional design model and its professional development courses, authored the book, The Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain, and created the Writer’s Stylus
instructional writing program and its professional development course. He enjoys traveling and developing relationships with fellow educators as a professional development instructor, conference workshop leader, keynote speaker, graduate professor, and as an educational consultant. He has extensively researched and synthesized various topics—creativity, critical thinking, instructional design, neuroscience, and writing—believing they can profoundly influence the quality of education.
Titles of his previous presentations include: The Thinking/Creating Mind: Engaging the Mind to Deepen Learning; Transforming Substance Into Significance: Teaching Writing in the Texting Age; Designing Teaching & Constructing Learning: Instructional Design for the Learning Brain; Getting to the Core: Letting Learning Influence Teaching; To the Depths: Teaching to Spark Creativity & Ignite Learning; Educating in the Midst of a Revolution; Coaching: Teaching’s New (or Coming) Metaphor; Equipping, Building, Creating, and Maintaining: Pursuing Wisdom in Our Schools & Classrooms; and Reframing Teaching to Target Thinking. Dr. Washburn remains an active member of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society, Learning & the Brain Society, and is a contributor to The SmartBlogs: Education Blog, The Edurati Review, and The Ecology of Education, along with maintaining his own Clerestory Learning Blog, The Window.
Believing “there may be nothing more powerful you can give another person than your belief in his potential,” Dr. Washburn’s teaching and learning credentials now include certified running coach. He enjoys marathon training, a good cup of chai, spending time with his lovely wife Julia, and provoking an
occasional melodic outburst from their miniature dachshund Ernest. He lives and works in Alabama.