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.
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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
statistics) 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.
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
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)
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 Three Leading Delegates
Dr. 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.
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.
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.
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.