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AB Administrator Board Conference 2017

NOTE: Change in location—The 2017 Administrator Board Conference will be in Banff, AB at the Banff Park Lodge. This will be an important time of inspiration, professional development, and collegiality. There will be times of inspiration with guest speakers and professional development with workshops, as well as opportunities for networking and fellowship.

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Feature Speakers and Topics

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Date: November 24–25, 2017

Registration Deadline: November 3, 2017

Theme: Serving the Greater Good—Christian Schooling for the Benefit of all Canadians

Keynote Speaker: Deani Van Pelt

Dr. Deani Neven Van Pelt is Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute and Senior Fellow at Cardus, where she specializes in education policy. She was formerly an associate professor of education and Director of Teacher Education at Redeemer University College, where she taught education law. Prior to that she taught math and business subjects at both private and public high schools, and homeschooled during some of her three children’s elementary school years. Her master’s thesis was on Charlotte Mason’s design for education, an area in which she and international colleagues have received government grants for continued research, and her doctoral work was on parental choice in education, a topic which continues to captivate her interest. She earned a B.Commerce at McMaster, B.Ed. at University of Toronto, and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario. 


Setting the Stage: Overview of the Independent and Religious School Sector in Canada today

Using recent data and analysis on the independent school sector in each province in Canada, this session asks whether there is demand and opportunity for non-government forms, particularly religious forms, of K-12 education in Canada today.

What do We Know About Religious School Graduates?

Drawing on the findings of some of the most reliable studies to date on the academic, cultural, and religious outcomes of graduates of religious and Christian schools and comparing the outcomes to graduates of other school sectors, this session will address aspects of the important question of the effectiveness and impact of Christian education in Canada.

What is Christian Education Anyway? What Might it Look Like in the 21st Century?

This session will reflect on the aims and approaches to independent, religious and Christian education as described by several key educationalists over time. It will examine what is distinct about Christian education in our times, and probe whether stability or change is needed or even possible.

Policy Overview: Challenges and Possibilities

Independent and religious schools in Canada (and in similar democracies) function under a wide variety of regulatory and policy arrangements. This final session will highlight key policy options in place in various provinces and American states and discuss whether they constrain or enable freedom, autonomy and accountability in the independent and religious school sector. Implications for administrators and governors of independent schools will be explored.

Feature Workshop Speakers and Topics: 

Workshop Session 1

Dr. Wes Thiessen—Islam and Muslims in Alberta: An Introduction to Muslim History, Thought and Modern Practice

Ken de Wyn and Roger Grant—What Does Branding Mean for Christian Schools?

John Jagersma—Independent Schools in Alberta: Current Challenges and Opportunities

Workshop Session 2

Dr. Wes Thiessen—Jesus Meets Muhammad: A Christian Response to Islam

Julius Siebenga—Building Our Brands: Christian school leaders share their stories of brand development and impact 

Derrick Mohamed—The Board's Most Important Relationship

Workshop Session 3

Phil Hills—The New Intolerance, its Root in the Information Age, and the New Role of Teachers

Marty Moore—Defending School Freedom: Strategic Thinking and Proactive Steps

Harold Hoffmann—The Way Out is the Way Back—Conversations with the Desert Fathers

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November 24th, 2017 8:30 AM   through   November 25th, 2017 12:00 PM
Banff Park Lodge
222 Linx Street
Banff, AB T1L 1K5

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Phone: 403.948.2332
ACSI Member $ 245.00
New/Potential Admin $ 150.00
Spouse $ 215.00
Non Member $ 285.00
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