International Christian School Educators Gather at CIU

July 15, 2011

Delegates representing 16 countries and 20 states gathered on the campus of Columbia International University July 10-15 for the 41st annual International Institute for Christian School Educators (IICSE).

Each year Christian school administrators and teachers meet at "The Institute" for intensive seminars, prayer and fellowship.  

Opening the conference on Sunday evening, CIU Vice President for Christian School Education Mickey Bowdon expressed his enthusiasm for the Institute.  

“The most exciting part about the conference is that we have people from around the world expanding God’s Kingdom through Christian school education,” Bowdon said.

Dr. Milt Uecker, a professor in the CIU College of Education, shared in Bowdon’s excitement, but also sought to provide answers to some of the issues and struggles facing Christian education.  He challenged the delegates to think critically about their schools.

“We have a responsibility to be academically excellent and thoroughly transformational,” Uecker said.

Three keynote sessions were given by education consultant Dr. Dan Beerens.  Beerens reminded delegates, many of whom are still worn down from a long school year that they are called to faithfulness – not success as the world defines it.

Djaba Nyakotey, a delegate from Ghana, was grateful to attend the conference for the second time.  He is preparing to be an administrator of Dawhenya School, which is set to open in the fall. 

“I believe the conference will help me build philosophical foundations for the school and will give me both the vision and passion I need to lead teachers and students,” Nyakotey said.

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