For many educators, time away from busy classrooms, noisy hallways, and pedagogy-centred-chatter is a critical part of summer break—for the mind and for the soul. But using July and August to invest in some new learning communities isn’t a bad idea either. With May drawing quickly to a close, now is a good time for Christian teachers and administrators to consider some of the exciting professional development opportunities happening this summer at the Summer Institute, the Leadership Academy, and the Christian Teacher’s Academy.
Each July, The Summer Institute invites teachers from a diverse mix of schools to exchange ideas, address the challenges of teaching, and discuss the inspiring possibilities that exist within education. Participants in this collaborative learning experience can take part in workshops offered through Redeemer University College, the Association of Christian Schools International, Edifide, and the Ontario Christian School Administrators Association.
Seminars at the Summer Institute this year will focus on a wide range of relevant topics for Christian school leaders and educators, like worldview development, technology-based reading programs, understanding learning disabilities in the classroom and more. Workshops will be engaging for educators interested in everything from Google Apps for Education, the role of meaningful play in a Kindergarten classroom, and the assistive technology software tools available to special education teachers.
Principals able to travel outside of Canada might consider participating in Leadership Academy 2015, a conference held from July 9th to July 12th in Colorado Springs. Organized through the Association of Christian Schools International, Leadership Academy invites leaders to revisit long held ideas about their profession, ask questions and participate in lively, thought provoking roundtable discussions. Keynote speaker Dr. John Dickson will bring a fresh perspective to the importance of humility, and the essential role it plays in developing effective, authentic leaders in Christian schools.
“Some of the world’s most inspiring and influential players have been people of immense humility,” says Dickson. “By embracing this virtue, we will transform for good the unique contributions we each make to the world.”
Christian educators can also still register for the 2015 Christian Teacher’s Academy, happening at Hamilton District Christian High School from August 24th to the 28th. Now entering its third year, the Academy is designed to immerse teachers in a week-long odyssey in Project Based Learning (PBL). Participants will have the chance to take part in three distinct “Odyssey” learning experiences. New to the Academy this year is “Odyssey 301- Deeper Learning,” a session designed to give learning leaders and leadership teams the chance to design a cohesive strategic plan for their school community as it adopts a project based learning model for education.
If you’re passionate about the purpose and future of education as a teacher or a principle, perhaps these opportunities, designed to deepen learning, will be a blessing to you this summer.
Do you know of any other great opportunities for Christian educators? Post them below so everyone can know about them!
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