I travelled home from an out of town event yesterday evening and reflected on the good things that happen when you leave your familiar surroundings. It’s both good to break out of routine, and then eventually return back to it refreshed with perspective and renewed clarity. This is about to happen for most of the LCES staff who will switch roles and become students themselves this Thursday and Friday as they attend a convention.
“A Life of Grace & Adventure” is the theme for this event which will have 800+ educators descend on Redeemer University College’s campus for the annual fall educator convention. Edifide, whose tag line is “for those with faith in education” organizes this event. Bookended by keynote speakers, those who attend self-select options for five workshop sessions on topics, resources, and opportunities related to JK-12 education. Plenty of relationship building and reacquainting goes on in between sessions as teachers look to reaffirm the “what,” “why,” and “how” of what is their vocational calling; to faithfully guide and instruct our students.
Provincially, we live in changing times. This will be the last convention organized in this fashion. Three organizations that presently serve Christian education in Ontario as unique and distinct organizations are poised to become one new organization by summer 2018. The interests of teachers (Edifide), administrators (OCSAA), and schools (OACS) will all be united under a new name and vision. Our staff and board are actively praying for God’s guidance in this important step believing it is bold step in to the future.
Please pray for the teachers, presenters, and organizers at the convention this week. We trust that by God’s grace the experiences they take in will bless their daily work of teaching and guiding God’s children here at LCES.