About this Project

EduDeo asked Bob Koole, former curriculum coordinator for the Society of Christian Schools in BC, and Tena Siebenga-Valstar, a literacy expert from Alberta, to walk together with our Nicaraguan partner as they wrestled with how biblical worldview impacts the teaching of Language Arts.  Arriving a few days early, Bob & Tina had the opportunity to meet with ACECEN's leadership, visit a few schools, and even observe an ACECEN facilitator leading a teacher training session. 

Monday through Thursday, Oct. 3-6, were busy workshop days with both morning and afternoon sessions. Participants included key leaders, trainers and principals of ACECEN, as well as representatives from the local evangelical university.

Some of the topics discussed were:

-  Letting the Gospel’s Light Shine Through:

  • Exploring how faith shapes learning and teaching in literacy and
    language arts;
  • Principles about language and language use;
  • About students (and teachers);
  • About learning and teaching.

-  Components of Language Arts:  Beliefs, Listening, Speaking, Viewing, Writing, and Reading.

-  Learning Strategies for Reading and Writing across the Curriculum

-  Sharing and Discussing Task Products

-  Biblical Worldview in Social Studies and Science (basic intro - as requested by ACECEN leadership)

The sessions were very interactive and, with the help of some wonderful translators, everyone was able to deeply engage in the discussions.  They also worked together to complete a learning task that required the direct application of the materials discussed. 

Participants were encouraged to develop an action plan for improving language arts and literacy in a school. Such a plan would outline ideas and activities for engaging principals and teachers in the strengthening of language arts and literacy from a biblical worldview in their school.

Upon the workshop's completion, everyone involved felt it was a very positive experience and appreciated the opportunity to learn from and share with their colleagues.

The last day of the week was devoted to discussion with ACECEN’s leadership about how the workshop went and what topics they would like to explore in the future.  We look forward to further opportunities to walk alongside our Nicaraguan brothers and sisters in their call to provide quality, Christ-centred education in their communities!

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