These are the important questions the Educational Planning Seminar is specifically designed to address. Unfortunately, these are often the issues that bring families home prematurely. A recent study on attrition indicated that issues related to the care and education of their children was the leading factor that caused families to leave their places of service. These issues will be critical for your family.
Parents will . . .
1) Understand the educational options available for their child after exploring learning styles and education methodologies.
2) Articulate their education mission statement for their child.
3) Explore the educational option that might be best for their child.
4) Develop an educational plan for their child.
5) Identify specific challenges and strategies for their child in reading, writing and second language acquisition.
5) Prepare for the cross-cultural transition process for their family.
6) Equip their child for the Third Culture Kid experience.
We recognize that both parents will not play the same day-to-day role in their children’s education. However, we believe both parents need to be informed about the issues related to education and to actively participate in making these decisions. Consequently, we urge both husband and wife to attend the seminar if at all possible. Previous participants have found it helpful for both parents to hear the information presented, to discuss their questions with an advisor, and to work together on developing the educational plans for their children.
Childcare is not provided during the seminar.
Each year on evaluations, parents report they gained so much from the seminar because they attended without their children. They were able to spend time focusing on their children’s education for a few days without interruption. Parents felt they got far more out of the seminar then they would have if their children attended. Consequently, we do not offer childcare at this program.