Thank you to all attendees, speakers and vendors for making this year’s convention a success.

 “Purpose, Power, Potential Fall Conference”

Date: October 28-30, 2015
Keynote Speakers: Andy Crouch and Karen Swallow PriorConventionSignUpButton

Redeemer University College
777 Garner Road East
Ancaster, ON

Convention Fees:
Edifide Members: n/c (membership includes Convention registration)
Faculty of Education Students: $30.00
Librarians: $90.00
Educational Assistants: $95.00
Non Members & Guests: Thursday – $155.00 / Friday $105.00

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3.01      Incorporating Community Experts
Bringing experts from the community into your classroom can provide your students with a deeper learning experience, a greater motivation to develop high quality presentations of their learning, and an additional element of authenticity to the learning in your projects and assessments. It can also be intimidating to share your learning environment with other adults and a challenge to locate and connect with the right people for your particular learning goals. This workshop will strategies for locating and suggestions and ideas for incorporating experts into your classroom learning effectively. Participants are encouraged to bring along a copy of at least one overview of a student project or unit that they would like to enhance through the inclusion of an outside expert or knowledgeable community person.  
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BIO: Andy Crouch

Andy is the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, published in October 2013. His book Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling won Christianity Today’s 2009 Book Award for Christianity and Culture and was named one of the best books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach and Leadership. In December 2012 he became executive editor of Christianity Today. He was also executive producer of This Is Our City, a multi-year project featuring documentary video, reporting, and essays about Christians seeking the flourishing of their cities.

To learn more about Andy Click here.


BIO: Karen Swallow Prior

Karen Swallow Prior, Professor of English, earned her Ph. D. and M. A. at the State University of New York at Buffalo and her B. A. at Daemen College.

Her scholarly work has appeared in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern EraThe ShandeanThe Scriblerian and various literary encyclopedias.

Prior received the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013, was named Faculty of the Year by the Multicultural Enrichment Center in 2010, received the Sigma Tau Delta (LU chapter) Teacher of the Year Award, and was the 2003 recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.  She is a member of the graduate faculty and teaches British literature primarily, with a specialty in eighteenth century British literature, which she loves for its emphasis on philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, community, and the “middle way.”

Her books include Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson 2014) and a literary and spiritual memoir, Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press 2012).  She is a contributing writer for Christianity TodayThe AtlanticIn Touch, and Think Christian.  Her writing has also appeared at CommentRelevantBooks and CultureFieldnotesThe Well, and Salvo.  She has spoken at numerous writing conferences including the Festival of Faith and Writing and the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference.

Prior is a member of Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States.  She lives in rural Virginia with her husband along with sundry dogs, horses, and chickens.