Educational Planning Seminar

Educational Planning Seminar

This Interaction International seminar is a “must” for parents who will homeschool or use national schools to educate their children.  The seminar is also a great learning opportunity for families investigating educational options where they plan to serve.
Moving cross-culturally adds layers of nuance to educating your children.  You need to know what questions to ask about your child’s education.  You need to have a well-defined plan for each child.  However, it’s better to move with at a backup plan, too.
The Education Planning seminar will help you formulate a plan for each of your children.  Beyond that, you will leave with a broader knowledge of the issues you will face when educating your children in another culture and the confidence to do it well.
“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.”"
This seminar will help parents answer questions such as:
  • What educational option is best for our children? Will it work for all our children?
  • How can we use the national schools successfully?
  • How can we help our children learn a second language?
  • How can we develop a workable educational plan for our family that fits our goals, values, and ministry?
  • How do we choose a homeschooling curriculum?
  • How do we get started in homeschooling?
  • How do we teach specific skills such as reading and writing?
  • How can we prepare our children for the transitions they will make in leaving this culture and entering a new one?

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.



Due to Covid-19, our October program has been cancelled. Contact us if you’d like information about the 2021 program schedule

Phone: 630.653.8780


“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.”"

Seminar Objectives Include the following:

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.

Why Both Parents Should Attend the Seminar

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.”"