The three sections of Education Services are headed up by Diane Kraines, Informal Education, Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, Higher Education, and Joe Neff, School Services. Collaboration between the three areas under one Education Services umbrella has helped address the growing and varied needs of education globally.
Education Services increasingly focused on development of leaders and members in 2018. Informal education training, a leadership conference in April, increased involvement by Teacher Education Services in new member orientation, and several new online learning courses for lifelong learning are samples of collaborative Educational Services support for all aspects of transformational education.
In 2018, Informal Education saw more than 100 volunteers trained to serve at 25 English Camps with over 900 campers in Germany, Moldova, Portugal, Brazil, the Philippines, Belarus, and Central Asia. The volunteers were blessed to see campers decide to follow Jesus. At our LinGo Conference in Serbia, camp leaders attended a day-long leadership development and other workshops to help them to lead camps even better.
Language Learning Centers are introducing English learning and the gospel in Ecuador, Serbia, Central Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. In Brasilia, an English Language Center serves over 70 students that works with churches to provide English Camps. This is, one example of Language Centers and English Camps working together for transformational education.
Higher Education continues to develop a university in Southeast Asia and to create partnerships with other universities. These partnerships will provide professional development for our members, interns for camps, and education-degree students for teaching internships.
School Services supports schools and teachers with a range of consultative programs, from simple phone calls to extensive site visits and professional-development opportunities. Team members personally visited 29 countries and assisted in providing professional development programs in countries such as Tanzania, Albania, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.
OnPractice, an online publication, goes to about 500 subscribers in three languages and provides insights on transformational education. The online K-12 School Leadership Program completed its first cohort in 2018 and continues to grow and support transformational education in places such as the Dominican Republic and Southeast Asia.