“The single biggest stressor for my wife and I in serving overseas has been the issues and decisions regarding our children’s education. This conference has given us the understanding and skills we needed to make and carry out educational decisions that fit our family and work. "
“The Educational Planning Seminar transformed the way we look at our children’s education. No longer are we at the mercy of whatever educational opportunities happen to be around where we live. Instead, we now have a plan and the tools to flex that plan for our kids.”"
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.
“I wish everyone preparing for overseas ministry could have access to the God-given wisdom that this team of educators possesses. They helped me to ask good questions and think through important issues regarding my kids education for now and for the future.”"
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.
“Thank you for the most valuable, practical, get your money’s worth seminar I’ve attended. You really dealt with the issues that were causing me concern. Although they don’t know it yet, my children will reap the benefits of this seminar for years to come.”"