The fall conventions of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) found Corban education faculty presenting seminars in Anchorage, Portland and Seattle. In addition, over 44 students attended the Portland conference as part of their requirements to receive certification from ACSI.
Associate Professor of Education Clair Casterline attended the Anchorage convention in September, along with about 200 other teachers from the southern Alaska area. He presented a social studies seminar entitled “Dusty Dates and Petrified People” and one in literacy entitled “Motivating the Reluctant Reader.”
At the Portland convention, with thousands in attendance, three education faculty members gave seminars. Dr. Matt Lucas presented “Teaching Twain: Nineteenth Century Issues in a Twenty-first Century Classroom.” Dr Claudia Green’s seminar was entitled “What’s Your Classroom Management Style?” and offered an opportunity for teachers to evaluate their management models from a biblical perspective. Dr. Roy Bunch presented “Managing Multiple Novel Groups” for those teaching students who are reading various books in small groups.
Drs. Lucas, Green, and Bunch traveled to the Seattle ACSI Convention in mid-October to present their topics again. Dr. Barbara Smith joined them in presenting her seminar, “This Isn’t Your Grandpa’s Math Class!”
All senior education students and many juniors attended the conference in Portland on at least one of the two days. The ACSI standard certificate they receive as graduates from the education program requires their attendance at ACSI either as a junior or senior. Students attended the general session and their choice of two seminars.
One of the students, senior Tammy Benelli, said she was glad for the opportunity to go. She appreciated the professional atmosphere among the number of Christian teachers who were there. A seminar she attended on the need for teachers in international schools was particularly meaningful for her. “It helped focus me in—again—on my desire to teach children overseas,” she said. “There’s a real need for teachers over there, both in schools for missionary kids and secular schools.”