Ongoing, localized and personalized professional development is essential to the flourishing of teachers. ACSIWC provides structured events to help meet the development goals of Christian schools and their teachers. Each year we host Teacher Conventions which local committees help plan. These conventions feature both keynote presentations and workshops which are intended to match the professional goals of our schools. The distinctive element of each convention is the Christ-centered foundation of all learning experiences for teachers. Every educational topic is presented through the lens of the Biblical narrative. Conventions inform, equip and ultimately inspire.
Theme: Biblically Equipped and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15 (NIV) ]
Our schools exist to develop the whole child–mind, body and spirit. Of the three, the development of their spirit is the most challenging. It is a complex task that includes all aspects of school life. It also requires an understanding of how spiritual formation occurs and how to create school cultures that excel in this area. Most importantly, the educators that work with the children need to be on a path of continual spiritual improvement. At this year’s conference delegates will have opportunity to learn about best practices in their fields with an eye on developing the whole child. Specific focus will be given to the spiritual formation, both of the educators and of their students.
Keynote Speakers: Randy Carter, Straight Talk Ministries and Phil Hills, ACSIWC
Youth ministry is not merely a stepping stone for Randy Carter. It is his passion and his life’s work. Randy is the founder of Straight Talk Ministries, the vehicle through which he has served the local church as a youth evangelist, speaker, ministry strategy specialist and consultant since 1994. His mission is to assist churches and schools in learning how to transform junior and senior high school students into passionate followers of Jesus who are prepared to lead the church into the future and change their world.
Phil Hills is in his thirteenth year as Executive Director of ACSI Western Canada. During the early years of his career in education, he worked as a teacher in the public system of BC. Later he served as a principal of a Christian school in Chilliwack, BC. Phil believes passionately in the transforming power of Christ-saturated education and has devoted his life to equipping people to become the most effective educators in the world. Phil is married to his wife of 32 years, Karen, and has a growing extended family featuring 2 married children, 2 single adults and 2 wonderful grandchildren.