Educators Convention 2013 will take place on

October 24-25, 2013

Re-Imagining Education

October 24 and 25, 2013   Redeemer University College

Edifide wishes to invite its members and guests to a time of worship, fellowship, visioning and professional conversations about our vocation and practice as Christian educators.

This year, we invite you to dream and wonder about the future of Christian education.  In the 21st century, it seems good and proper to wonder about the role of school and it classrooms as we seek to shape the young people entrusted to our care.  There are those who would say that schools and its bricks and mortar are done especially in light of technology and the internet.  There are those who would say that teachers are obsolete because students can find out anything at their fingertips.    There are those who wonder whether the Christian educational movement has run its course.  So this year at our convention, we have chosen the theme:

Re-Imagining Education

With our inspiration coming from Acts 2: 17-21.

“‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.

 

As with the prophet Joel, we are wondering how Christian schools can re-imagine with their students and their support communities how to love, serve and honour our God in our educational enterprise.  We are wondering what it means to serve the common good and to be educational institutions that un-wrap the gifts of our students.

We say that we believe our students are made in the image of God, how does that change the ways in which we measure, assess and evaluate learning?  We say that we are part of the Biblical narrative, why do we exist as Christian schools and how do we become part of the story of God’s unfolding of his kingdom?  We say we wish to be thriving communities of learning, why do many of us still focus on content, be the sage on the stage rather than empowering our students to become agents of their own learning?  We say we want to be places of wisdom, how do we create opportunities to ask essential questions or focus on enduring understandings so that our students are learning worthwhile things and not just facts to be regurgitated?  We say that we wish to be places of learning for the head, heart and hands, how do we create classrooms of authentic projects and service learning?  We say that we wish to honour all types of learning and so where is the place of the arts:  music, painting, drama, poetry and technical?  How do we arrange our classrooms and schools with time to ensure the full integration these important aspects of ourselves?  We say that we want to enable and empower our students, how do we give them voice and choice?

We have engaged Marilyn Chandler McEntyre as the keynote speaker.  She is a poet, author and environmentalist who has written numerous books.  We have asked her to focus her presentations on her book, Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies.  We are most excited for the developments of this convention as they resonate with educational focus on words, story-telling, creativity; project based learning and authentic assessment.

 

Keynote-Speakers-2013

Past Conventions:

Educators Convention 2012

Educators Convention 2011