November Prairie Update
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Thanks so much for the thoughts, prayers and kind gestures after Doug’s passing. We are all still trying to figure out how to continue “Living the Story” without Doug by our side, but walking this path with a wide and supportive community is helpful and a blessing.
New PCCE Staff Member
I am very pleased to introduce our newest PCCE staff member: Hugo VanderHoek. Hugo has a wealth of experience as both a teacher and leader in Alberta and BC Christian schools and has a passion for seeing Christian schools thrive. Hugo currently is the principal at Providence Christian Schools where his position is not quite full-time, so he has some space to add the PCCE responsibilities. His main role at PCCE will be to serve as a support and consultant for our independent schools who have some specific and unique needs. Contact information: email@example.com; cell/text: 403 849 0743
2018 Teachers' Convention
Approximately 340 educators and support staff gathered for our annual Teachers’ Convention at Gateway Christian School in Red Deer. We enjoyed keynote speaker, Carlos Whittaker, who was able make us laugh while encouraging us to reflect on our own lives and what we do with all the moments we are given. Workshops were also appreciated by participants. As always, the singing was a highlight and, in particular, the Friday morning “Worship Huddle” - have a LISTEN (Thanks to Drayton Christian for the video)
Next year's convention will be October 24-25, 2019 in Edmonton.
Teaching for Transformation 101
For the 2 days prior to Teachers’ Convention 40 teachers from 15 schools immersed themselves in Teaching for Transformation. They engaged in a wide variety of learning experiences while articulating their Deep Hope for their students and beginning to design a Storyline for their classrooms. Part 2 will be held in early 2019.
Senior Leadership Enrichment Seminar
Along with our colleagues in BC, we hosted the first Senior Leadership Enrichment Seminar for about 15 Executive Directors and Superintendents. We met for a jam-packed 24 hours of learning, encouraging, working and eating together. Our speaker was
One aspect of our Playbook is updating our communications platform.
Follow @Prairiecentre on Twitter for updates on events and worthwhile articles.
We have a new website at www.pcce.ca. Our goal is to use this space for collegial conversations, sharing of resources & best practices and as a repository of helpful resources. All teachers, school-based leaders, administrative staff and board members have access to the “members only” section. While we are still working on the “usability” we encourage you to log in and verify/update your information. As more features become available, we will let you know. You should have received your login information on
New Teacher Book Gifts
At Teachers’ Convention, we had books for all new teachers or new to PCCE teachers.
If you did not get yours, please let the PCCE Office know.
Great Classroom Hints and Tips!
If you use Google Classroom, you may want to follow @alicekeeler on Twitter. Tons of practical hints and tips!
Looking for a learning adventure this summer?
Our sister organization in Australia is hosting an international Teachers’ Conference
EduDeo is planning a teacher trip to Zambia in July (exact dates TBD). More details will be given as they become available.
Our colleagues in BC are inviting PCCE educators to join them on a Study Tour to Israel. A brochure with more details is found HERE. Deadline for application has been extended to December 1, 2018.
The Leadership Cohort Executive
The Leadership Cohort Executive met on October 31, 2018.
Van Lunen Program Applications
Principal Development Institute
Although the deadline is tomorrow!! (November 2, 1018) Christian Schools International “Principal Development Institute” is accepting applications. Florida in January!!
Redesigning the Bible Program
If your school community is interested in redesigning your Bible program, we have developed a comprehensive professional learning program to lead you through the process. Contact the PCCE Office for more details.
April 13, 2019
PCCE AGM Calgary, AB
April 25-26, 2019
Senior Leadership Enrichment Seminar
May 9-10, 2019
PCCE Leadership Cohort Conference
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