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2019 Edvance Educators Annual Gathering

October 24th – October 25th, 2019

@Redeemer University College, Ancaster, ON

In Luke’s gospel, Jesus speaks of the Kingdom of God like a great banquet that is thrown not for the religious elite but for those who have often been on the margins. He says, “compel them to come, so that my house will be full.” This is the “imperative of love”—a desire of belonging for all.

Edvance Christian Schools Association invites you to come together at our October Annual Gathering! In response to helpful feedback, Edvance is hosting two separate events:

  • Thursday, October 24: The Educators Convention with school registration options for affiliates
  • Friday, October 25: Edvance Specialist Conferences (individual registrations discounted for Thursday attendees)

Event Catalogue

Click here for the full event catalogue.

Registration coming soon!

Educators Convention

Relationships matter in schools. Edvance Christian Schools Association, in partnership with Christian Schools Canada, is committed not only to fostering relational health but also to researching our relational strengths and gaps.

Dr. Rob Loe from Relational Schools Foundation will share with us the results of our landmark study in relationships in Canadian Christian schools, revealing to us the landscape of relational health in schools both locally and globally and offering us insight that can deepen our commitment to the imperative of love.

Dr. Loe is the Founder and Director of Relational Schools. Having studied Education at Cambridge University, he pursued areas of specialism such as schooling and exclusion, the family and community dimensions of social exclusion and school improvement and effectiveness. A former teacher and senior leader, Robert now researches, writes, and speaks on the importance of fostering positive relationships between key stakeholders in schools. In October of 2018, Rob was invited to become the new CEO of Relationships Foundation, the original charity that founded and incubated the schools’ project but also works across a range of public and private sector contexts internationally.

As in years past, we will have a wide array of workshops during the breakout sessions.Click here for a copy of the Edvance Educators Annual Gathering 2019 booklet.

We are excited to partner with Cardus to celebrate excellence in Christian education, highlighting the shortlist and winners of the Rozema Awards. Following our last keynote session, all conferees are invited to celebrate together at our stand-up cocktail reception.

Edvance Specialist Conferences

With separate registrations, the Specialist Conferences will allow schools and attendees to selectively dive more deeply into a topic or area of their interest, spending the full day in one of the conference topics below. The conferences are led by recognized experts in the specialist field.

1. Beyond Special Education: Supporting Diverse Learners in the Classroom (formerly the Special Education Conference)

for K-12 educators, student support specialists

with Becky Tubergen and Betsy Winkle from All Belong (formerly the CLC Network)

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2. What Now? Digging Deeper into the Relational Schools Research Results

for schools participating in the research only

with Dr. Rob Loe, Founder and Director of Relational Schools

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3. People of God's Story: How does the Bible and our Worldview Shape our Approach to Christian Education?

for everyone

with Justin Cook, (Edvance)

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4. Space for Sexuality: Creating a Culture of Caring for all Students

for everyone

with Darren Spyksma (Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia)

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5. Inquiry-Based and Christ-Centred: The Kindergarten Program within a Christian Context

for JK-SK educators

with Dean Younger (Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board, HWCDSB), Colleen Horzelenberg (HWCDSB), Amy Matheson (HWCDSB), Natalie Chrisante (HWCDSB)

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6. Faith and Technology at Home and Overseas

for everyone

with Derek C. Schuurman, (Calvin University), Victor Norman (Calvin University), Carla Alblas (Providence Christian School, Dundas), Ryan Geleyse (EduDeo Ministries)

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7. DO Sweat the Small Stuff

for junior, intermediate, high school teachers and leaders

with Steven Levy (EL Education and Center for the Advancement of Christian Education)

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8. Teaching for Truth and Reconciliation

for everyone

with Dr. Phil Teeuwsen (Redeemer University College)

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9. Where Does my Curriculum Come From? Building a School-Wide Curricular Framework

for everyone

Dan Beerens (DB Consulting, Curriculum Trak), Audrey McGregor (Trinity Christian School, Burlington)

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Wishing you had more time as a staff or with those who share your position from other schools?

If you’re a principal or a facilitator of a group like athletic coordinators, French specialists, guidance counsellors, etc., ask us about reserving space for the day with only hospitality costs. Be part of the larger group for breaks and meals and set your own agenda with your staff or group.

Or join an already confirmed collaborative space:

Space and Time for Designing Christian Deeper Learning

We know that it is difficult to find the space and time to design learning. Kevin Huinink, host of the Christian Deeper Learning workshop hosted by NACE (now Cairn Christian School) and Harry Blyleven, executive director of The Christian Teacher Academy invite you to join them in a collaborative space for designing projects and Christian deeper learning. Perhaps you’ve attended a Christian Deeper Learning workshop or the Christian Teacher Academy in the past; this workshop will refresh your energy and ability to implement what you’ve experienced there. Register on your own, or tap a colleague on the shoulder that you’d like to collaborate with, and use the time for your own learning prep. Coaching will be available, and Harry and Kevin will help facilitate collaborative protocols to improve our designs together during the day.

Registration opening soon!

We are grateful to the following organizations for their generous support of the Edvance Educators Annual Gathering. Their support helps make this event affordable. Be sure to visit them at the event!


Be sure to visit the Edvance Hospitality Suite to pick up two complimentary books. Thanks to Book Depot and Book Outlet for their generous support!

Thank you to the Christian School Foundation Canada for their sponsorship of the Ontario provincial report produced by the Relational Schools Project, as well as the Rozema Awards and the Rozema Awards Reception.

Thank you to CARDUS and the John Rozema Award for Teacher Excellence for their sponsorship of the Thursday afternoon Rozema Awards Cocktail Reception

Thank you to EduDeo Ministries for their sponsorship that will allow each school represented at the Faith and Technology at Home and Overseas conference on Friday to take home their own Raspberry Pi kit.


Thank you to Curriculum Trak for their sponsorship of Friday’s workshop “Where Does My Curriculum Come From? Building a School-Wide Curricular Framework” with Dan Beerens and Audrey McGregor.


Edifide has been a pioneer in the planning, quality, and impact of our annual Ontario gathering of Christian educators. We thank them for their ongoing partnership and support of Christian education!

Thank you to Fossie Consulting for their ongoing support of Christian schools and of this annual gathering.

Thank you to World Renew for their continued support of Christian education in eastern Canada.