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From Our CEO

It’s been some time since we’ve brought you an eNews, and a lot of things have happened! I suggest you grab a cuppa and have a good read of what’s been happening on the CEN front.

Of particular note is the success that our ITEC conference was. As over 1000 people gathered together with a common purpose, to re-imagine Christian education, God did something really special. I believe he opened hearts and minds. Even months after this wonderful event, I am personally receiving stories from schools and individuals that they have been transformed by this experience. While I continue to marvel, this is not what research would suggest is possible. Research suggests that transformation is not best experienced in a conference. However, from many accounts, ITEC19 lead to something pretty significant. Here’s one example that I received recently from a member school:

The conference has been truly transformational for our staff!

Our Director of Teaching and Learning and I recently met with teaching staff, as part of our Professional Learning Conversations and were overwhelmed at the way that staff articulated the value of the Conference to them. There was no question that ITEC challenged staff to re-imagine practice, leading to innovation, initiative, re-engagement and re-energising! This has affected non-teaching staff in the same way!

Click here to check out some photos from ITEC.

Staff have also been impacted significantly by the release of the Transformation by Design: Crafting Formational Learning resource. They have been re-engaging in pedagogy and it is having an impact on our classroom practice and student outcomes.

Recently we were delighted to announce that CEN is joining with other Christian school groups to participate in a Cardus research project, specific to Australia. Our board has committed to engage over the next two years with this essential research that will give us a clearer picture of the effectiveness of the distinctive type of schooling that we provide.

Click here to read further about this project.

May God bless you in this final term for 2019.


Michelle Dempsey

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