Over 51 Ontario Conference teachers and administrators joined roughly 6,000 educational professionals at the North American Division (NAD) Teachers’ Convention, held August 6-9 in Chicago, Illinois. Themed “Encounter Jesus, Experience Excellence,” this convention offered attendees from Canada, the U.S., Bermuda and Guam-Micronesia professional development and spiritual support in a collegial setting.
The convention had a distinctly spiritual tone, with inspiring messages from Sam Leonor, La Sierra University chaplain, who did the morning devotions, and keynote speaker Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, speaker/director for the Jesus101 Biblical Institute.
Donald McIntyre, Ontario Conference Education director praised both speakers, particularly Leonor, saying, “He was excellent—practical and comical. He [presented] scriptural passages in a way that made them come alive!”
Besides devotions and keynote meetings, the convention included hundreds of breakout sessions covering music education, special needs, how to foster attitudes of thankfulness in the classroom, autism and much more.
The Canadian contingent totalled around 200, our educators representing Canada with their red t-shirts and Canadian flags in the opening session. On the final day, SDACC and Ontario Conference educators took the stage during the Thursday morning devotional session, with Betty Bayer, SDACC Director of Education doing the welcome and intro and Crawford teacher Beverly Mae Solijon offering the closing prayer. Coincidentally, attendees were also blessed that morning by a concert by Wintley Phipps, Kingsway College alum.
For Adventist Ontario educators, this convention was a special treat, as it is the largest professional development conference in the NAD and has been offered only once every six years since 2000. McIntyre summed up, “All the teachers I’ve spoken to had a positive review of the quality of the sessions presented. They appreciated the smooth running of the seminars and were well-satisfied that they got the optimum information they were looking for to enhance their work. They also appreciated the worship services. Overall, it was very good.”
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