This Year’s 3rd and final Symposium will bring together innovative Christian Leaders for the purpose of dialogue and leadership for the K-12 Christian school movement.

The three year goal of these meetings has been to give vision and direction to the global Christian School movement. This will culminate in a pedagogical manifesto for Christian Education in the 21st Century to be completed in the summer of 2013.

We invite your participation and input: Register to become a delegate today!

This is not a typical conference that will teach and present to an audience of learners. This event is intended to be a dialogue that will bring together innovative Christian leaders with a vision to shape the future of Christian Education.

  • The delegates will be a group of educators who desire to move beyond the traditional approach to the classroom into utilizing digital technologies to meet 21st Century needs.
  • We are only looking for School Administrators and some Technology VP’s or high end Teachers who desire to engage in meaningful dialogue about the future.
  • We will only have room for 154 Delegates.
  • We will do a pre-conference on the Tuesday April 30th which will be more about the ‘nuts and bolts’ of Digital Learning Strategies and Methods.
  • In the final year of our three-year symposium schedule, we will be asking the delegates to contribute to the pedagogical manifesto through continued attendance, online participation and a declaration of support.
  • A very unique venue in Vancouver called the Morris J Wosk Centre For Dialogue thus creating a Symposium instead of a Conference and it will enhance the dialogue among the 154 delegates.
  • British Columbia is the most saturated educational jurisdiction in North America for Online Education (iNACOL 2009
    ) with several Christian Schools and Leaders who have a significant role in the Province.
  • Vancouver is becoming a global destination and an important North American portal to Asia. It is a world class location as demonstrated by the recent Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The primary mandate of the symposium will focus exclusively on K-12 Christian education for the following reasons:

  • Unlike many University and College programs K-12 schools and programs lack a succinct vision and plan for the future. Most K-12 schools are only now realizing the enormous challenges ahead in the disruptive digital world.
  • The Great Commission mandate to ‘make disciples of the nations’ is best accomplished through K-12 education on a global scale. Through technology and globalization new frontiers of education are now becoming possible worldwide.
  • The Symposium will be specific to the Christian School movement. Because it will focus primarily on pedagogy and technology the concepts could be applied to most other philosophical forms of education. Nevertheless this event is sponsored by Christian leaders for Christian leaders with the intent of shaping the future of Christian Education.
  • This date gives us a target to point towards. It will give a benchmark for Christian Schools and Associations to begin to implement change in meaningful bites.
  • This will be the year that the Kindergarten students who start school in 2013 will finish their Grade 12. 2013 will be the year we complete the pedagogical manifest for 21 Century Christian Education.
  • It is sufficiently far off enough to be well beyond our scope of vision without the help of God and it is sufficiently close enough to be directly affected by decisions we are making today.

Symposium Vidos

Watch the follow years 2013, 2012 and 2011.

Symposium III (2013)

Video from Symposium II is available for a number of sessions.

Pre-Conference Opening Session

Pre-Conference Session 1 - 21st Century Learning Skills: Fact or Myth Dr. Mitch Salerno

Pre-Conference Session 3 - Building a Culture of Innovation Dr. Rob Hall

Pre-Conference Session 4 - The Experts Students and Teachers Address the Year 2025 Adam Woelders and Dr. Mark Daley-moderators

Day 1 Introduction of the Symposium and of the delegates

Day 1 Session 2 - 21st Century Leadership Roles and Change Management - Steven Harris – Moderated by Mark Burgess

Day 1 Session 3 - The Carousel of Progress: Around or Ahead? - Dr. Mitchell Salerno - Moderated by Megan Strange

Day 2 Session 1 - Vision and Strategy of The Pedagogical Manifesto – Greg Bitgood

Day 2 Session 2 - 21st Century Leadership Roles and Change Management - Steven Harris – Moderated by Mark Burgess

Day 2 Session 3 - Re Assemble and Commission Tom Curry

Day 3 Session 1 - Vision and Strategy of The Pedagogical Manifesto Greg Bitgood

Day 3 Session 2 - Re Assemble and Commission Tom Curry

Day 3 Session 3 - Closing comments and Wrap up - Greg Bitgood and Mark Beadle

Symposium II (2012)

Video from Symposium II is available for a number of sessions.

Day 2 - Introduction of the Symposium & of the Delegates (Session 1)

Day 2 - Tom Vander Ark- "Blended Universe - The Christian School in the Year 2025" (Session 2)

Day 2 - Mark Beade - "The Christian School in 2025" (Session 3)

Day 2 - Barrett Mosbacker - "2025 Here I Come, Will I be Ready?" (Session 4)

Day 3 - Stephen Harris - "Vision, Leadership, Action" (Session 1)

Day 3 - Dr. Dan Egeler - "An Overview of the Challenges & Opportunities in Christian Schooling Around the World" (Session 2)

Day 3 - Greg Bitgod & Dr. Mark Beadle (Facilitated by Sam Barfell) - "Open Session" (Session 3)



Symposium I (2011)

Video from Symposium I is available for a number of sessions.

Symposium Keynote Videos & Downloads

Introduction of the Symposium and of the Delegates

Greg Bitgood - "Education in the Midst of a Digital World"

Michael Horn - "Disruptive Innovation - Should it Change Your School?"

Dr. Brian Simmons - "Technology and Leadership: Becoming 21st Century Educators"

Dr. Mark Beadle - "The Christian School in 2025 - What do Current Trends and Predictions Tell Us?"

Stephen Harris - "The Christian Classroom in 2025 - A Case Study from the Sydney Center for Innovation in Learning"

Saturday Session - "Open session with a few short presenters with questions and dialogue"


Symposium Pre-Conference Videos & Downloads

Stephen Harris - Infrastructure, Tools, and Architecture for the 21st Century School

Dr. Mark Beadle - Enhancing Your Classrooms by Integrating Online Tools

Mark Burgess - A Model for 21st Century Pedagogy: The Learning Matrix

Dr. Mark Daley - Engaging Students through Distance Education

HCOS Panel - Creating Innovative Online Courses and Programs

Stephen Collis and Gord Holden - Exploring Education in Virtual World Experiences

Panel Composed of Stephen Harris, Dr. Mark Beadle, Dr. Mark Daley, Dr. Barrett Mosback

Year 3 Additions for Recommended Reading

Getting SmartSix technologies that soon could be in your classrooms
Looking into educational technology's crystal ball for the fourth time, the annual Horizon Report for K-12 education has listed six emerging technologies that schools are likely to adopt in the near future. Read More!

What Schools Will Look Like In The Year 2020
What does the school of the future look like? We’ve chatted with, at this point, hundreds of teachers online and they pretty much all agree that the school of the future will have no walls, be highly tech-infused, and available to more people than ever before. Read More!




Year 2 Additions for Recommended Reading

Getting SmartGetting Smart by Tom Vander Ark
In our digital age, students have dramatically new learning needs and must be prepared for the idea economy of the future.In Getting Smart, well-known global education expert Tom Vander Ark examines the facets of educational innovation in the United States and abroad. Vander Ark makes a convincing case for a blend of online and onsite learning, shares inspiring stories of schools and programs that effectively offer “personal digital learning” opportunities, and discusses what we need to do to remake our schools into “smart schools.”

How Digital Learning is Boosting Achievement
The potential of personalized learning technology—as evidenced in the military, gaming, corporate training, and informal learning—suggest the potential going forward is much greater that what we’ve seen to date. When technology is used to extend, personalize and transform learning, it makes a world of difference. Digital learning will boost the percentage of US students that graduate ready for college and careers. Internationally, the digital learning revolution offers the first opportunity in history to extend quality secondary to every young person on the planet. Author: Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

Guide to the Future School
Read how learning environments are changing, three trends that define teaching and learning, and trends that will shape the future of curriculum.

24 Articles Getting Smart About Blended Learning | Getting Smart
Here you will find articles and posts authored by Tom Vander Ark such as "Teaching Online: 10 Questions to Pick the Right Platform", "6 Ways Digital Learning is Changing Teaching", "10 Things School Leaders Should Do to Boost Blended Learning" and much more!

Technology, Faith, and Practice by Dan Beerens
"Technology? Social Media? Have you examined your beliefs about these topics as a Christian and as an educator? We have we the kind of dialogue together that we need around this topic?"   Click here to read the full article by Dan Beerens covering "Spiritual Implications", "Technology and Faith Formation Concerns", and "Pedagogical Directions".

American RadioWords Podcast: The State of Online Education - John Bourne, Executive Director, The Sloan Consortium
Online coursework was once considered an experimental alternative to on-ground classes, but it’s quickly becoming a part of the mainstream. Online courses make it possible for colleges and universities to stay within their shrinking budgets, and for busy working adults to go to school anywhere, anytime. As of last fall, about a third of all American college students were enrolled in at least one course online. Listen to the podcast.

Sir Ken Robinson - Leading a Learning Revolution
At the Learning Without Frontiers Conference in London UK, Sir Ken Robinson reflects on what has been heard and discussed with previous speakers and offers a call to action for the delegates to look at the future with a new determination based upon the challenges that future generations face and where our education systems will need to nurture the creative innovators upon which our future well-being will be placed. Click here to watch YouTube video.

21 Things That Will be Obsolete in 2020
Inspired by Sandy Speicher’s vision of the designed school day of the future, reader Shelly Blake-Plock shared his own predictions of that ideal day. How close are we to this? The post was written in December 2009, and Blake-Plock says he’s seeing some of these already beginning to come to fruition.

How Online Education Is Changing the Way We Learn [INFOGRAPHIC]
Over the past decade or so, the Internet has become a huge source of information and education. From the first online classes to the present day, more and more students are finding new life and career education opportunities online. Click here to check out an infographic about how the world of online learning has changed and grown over the years.

Online Learning: Disruptive Innovation In Progress
Instead of focusing on whether online learning is good or bad, stakeholders should consider the policy structures that shape its outcomes (By Michael B. Horn). Click here for more information.



Year 1 Recommended Reading

bookDisrupting Class by Clayton Christensen, Curtis Johnson, and Michael Horn
In his long-awaited new book, Clayton M. Christensen and coauthors Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson take one of the most important issues of our time- education- and apply Christensen's now-famous theories of ‘disruptive’ change using a wide range of real-life examples. Whether you're a school administrator, government official, business leader, parent, teacher, or entrepreneur, you'll discover surprising new ideas, outside-the-box strategies, and straight-A success stories.

What will it take for technology to revolutionize education?
School-technology specialist Patrick Ledesma suggests that it will take "more freedom, more choice, more inspiration, more vision, and less fear" for technology to be adopted and used in such a way that changes education.

The British Columbia Premier’s Technology Report on a “Vision for 21st Century Learning”
This document has been worked on for the last 10 years by British Columbia leaders in various fields of 21st Century industries.

The 2011 Horizon Report is a collaboration between The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. The report helps us look ahead five years to better understand the game changing technology events on the near and far horizon. Begin thinking about the implications for e-learning of electronic books, mobile learning, game based education, gesture based computing, and learning analytics.

Blogs and Podcasts to follow:

  • The Christian School Journal – Excellence in K-12 Christian Education, Published by Dr. Barrett Mosbacker.
  • The Christian Educator Podcast – Providing inspiration for discipleship-based Christian Education, Published by Greg Bitgood.
  • HappySteve – One of the most dynamic 21st Century Christian teachers in the world. Steve Collins works with Steven Harris at the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning.

Other Notable Articles:

Year Three Leading Delegates

Dr. Mitchell SalernoDr. Mitchell Salerno
Dr. Mitchell Salerno is the Assistant Superintendent at The Master's Academy  in Oviedo, Florida. Dr. Salerno is currently leading iConnecTMA, Florida's first high school iPad 1:1 program. iConnecTMA is an ambitious endeavor, seeking to teach students to be adaptable, to collaborate, to innovate, to create, to be productive, and to work with technology in an ethical manner. Beyond technology, Dr. Salerno is passionate about innovating the learning environment to meet students' needs, both developmentally and environmentally. He is the co-founder and president of the Christian Coalition for Educational Innovation (CCEI) and has worked with schools to develop interim and dual enrollment programs.

Stephen HarrisStephen Harris
Director of the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL) which is providing professional development into new 21st century systems and pedagogy. He is also the Principal of Northern Beaches Christian School, one of the most technologically-blended schools on the planet.

Mark BeadleDr. Mark Beadle
Founder, CEO, and Head of School for SevenStar Academy, which is presently bringing online solutions to over 300 Christian schools throughout the United States and the world.  Last year they helped 6000 students advance their academic careers. He enjoys helping Christian schools be pro-active.


Greg BitgoodGreg Bitgood
Superintendent of Heritage Christian Schools, which provides both campus and online programs that reached over 5000 combined students last year. He is the author of “Discipling This Generation for a Digital World” and an international consultant for online and blended technological solutions for Christian schools.