BC North PD Day 2018

In keeping with our mission to enable Christian educators to effectively prepare students for life, ACSI offers professional development days specifically designed to benefit teachers and administrators within our member schools. It is also a good opportunity to meet with colleagues and continue to build a support network for your school.

Date: February 23, 2018

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​Registration Deadline: February 9, 2018

Theme: A Christian Worldview of First Peoples Perspectives

Keynote Speaker: Ray Aldred

Reverend Ray Aldred is ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada.  He is status Cree from Treaty 8.  Born in Northern Alberta, he now resides with his wife in Richmond, BC, Canada.  Ray is the Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at Vancouver School of Theology. He is former Director for the First Nations Alliance Churches of Canada, now committee member, where he worked to encourage pastors ministering to aboriginal people.  He is the chairperson of Indigenous Pathways and the North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies.  He is the former co-chairperson of the Native Ministries Council for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Ray also has had the privilege of addressing several college conferences and meetings related to cross-cultural ministry.  Ray’s passion is to help as many as possible hear the gospel in their heart language. 

Keynote Speaker: Matthew Etherington

Matthew achieved his Ph.D. in the philosophy of education from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, while completing doctoral research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). He is presently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada. Matthew is the Director of the "Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives (IIIP). His primary interests are in epistemological inclusion in education, Aboriginal pedagogy, outcomes, assessment and philosophy. Matthew has published three books, Changing Careers to Become a Teacher: A Study of Mature Age Preservice Teachers in Career Transition and Foundations of Education: A Christian Vision (editor and author); and What Teachers Need to Know: Topics of Inclusion (editor and author). He writes on a diversity of topics in education and spirituality using a philosophical lens for analysis.


Historically, in British Columbia, classroom resources made few references to Aboriginal people, and those were often strikingly superficial.  The revised BC curriculum requires teachers to incorporate Aboriginal perspectives into all parts of the curriculum in a meaningful and authentic manner. This presents significant challenges to all teachers throughout the province, but is particularly complex for teachers in Christian schools who are concerned that a focus on First Peoples perspectives will undermine their capacity to teach from a Christian worldview.  This series of workshops will provide a thoughtful analysis of Aboriginal educational principles, introducing participants to both a cultural as well as a pedagogical perspective on First Peoples education - all within a Christian context. 


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February 23rd, 2018 9:00 AM   through   3:00 PM
Westside Academy
3791 Highway 16 West
Prince George, BC V2N 5P8

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Phone: 403.948.2332
Per Delegate $ 30.00

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