Current POSTPONED Going Deeper: Nurturing Growth in International Students

POSTPONED Going Deeper: Nurturing Growth in International Students

Professional Development

Due to the rapidly changing situation worldwide with respect to the Covid-19 virus, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the SCSBC Business & Development Conference scheduled for April 6-7, 2020 and the Mosaic International Education Conference scheduled for April 6, 2020 to a later date, possibly later this spring, but likely in the fall. Please keep visiting this page for updates. Praying that you all stay safe and healthy!

International Program Directors/Coordinators, Homestay & ELL Program staff, School Administrators: 

You are invited to join other Christian educators to take a deeper look at the complex needs of International Students. Through workshops and networking opportunities, we hope that you will gain insight and be inspired to nurture growth in all areas of your International Students’ lives, especially those who may be experiencing obstacles to learning. This event is an opportunity to consider how your school’s International Program is an important part of the greater mission and vision of your school.

Monday, April 6, 2020, at Harrison Hot Springs Resort – in conjunction with the SCSBC Business & Development Conference – you can choose to attend some of both conferences!

Register Here

SCSBC member school ($125 + GST): $131.25 CAD
SCSBC member school PLUS Dinner: $196.25 CAD
Non-member school ($200 + GST): $210.00 CAD
Non-member school PLUS Dinner: $275.00 CAD
Also registered for Business & Development Conference: No Charge


8:00 – 9:00   Breakfast & sign in
9:00 – 9:30   Opening devotions & worship
9:30 – 10:45   Giving out of an Overflow – Jolene Dykstra
10:45 – 11:15   Break
11:15 – 12:30   Best Practices for Supporting Students with Diverse Abilities – Susan Priebe
12:30 – 1:30   Lunch
1:30 – 2:45   Supporting International Students with Mental Health Concerns – Dr. Cheryl Conant
2:45 – 3:00   Break
3:00 – 4:15   Networking discussions
5:30 – 6:30   Reception in Miami Room (optional)
6:30 – 7:30   Dinner (optional, additional fee)


Giving out of an Overflow: The importance of Abiding in Him before, during and after teaching others
As leaders, we often find ourselves in positions of serving, helping, giving, and if our only fuel is coffee and prayers on the fly it’s really easy to burn out and dry up! The Father is our deep, nourishing well and by being intentional in our times in his presence, He fills up and not only meets our needs, but gives us more than we can ask or imagine that overflows onto and into those we’re serving. This session will suggest ways to abide more deeply with the Father, and with personal examples and experiences show its importance!

Best Practice in Teaching Language Learners with Diverse Abilities
This session will explore best practice in scaffolding academic language learners with diverse learning needs. Issues surrounding identification, assessment and accommodation are addressed. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is proposed as a practical means to encourage inclusion for all students and to reduce stigma.

Supporting International Students with Mental Health Concerns
Dr Conant will review common mental health concerns that may arise among international students, what to watch for, and when to seek additional supports.  She will explain how Child and Youth Mental Health services work in the province and what other resources are available to youth.  For the remaining time she will lead a discussion around cultural factors in addressing mental health issues with students and their families.

Workshop Speakers

Jolene Dykstra – ELIC
Jolene Dykstra is an educator with a BA in Elementary and Special Education (Dordt University), and an MA in TESOL (Azusa Pacific University). She has worked with ELIC for over 11 years, (5 in China, 2 in the DPRK, and the past 4 in Canadian office in Langley, BC), and has been involved in teaching, mobilizing, and training other language teachers. She has taught and lead teams in multiple countries on three continents including Saipan, China, the DPRK, Iraq, Egypt, and Morocco.

Susan Priebe – ESLI
Susan Priebe has an MA in Educational Studies – Special Education.  Susan began her career in 1985 as an Elementary School teacher with a specialization in French and Learning Disabilities. After completing her TESOL certificate, Susan began teaching English for Academic Purposes at ESLI in 2000. Susan is currently the Director of ESLI and teaches LING 309: Disabilities and Learning English at Trinity Western University.

Dr. Cheryl Conant – CYMH
Dr Cheryl Conant has been a Registered Psychologist since 1992 and has worked in community child and youth mental health services with the BC Government since 1997.  She supervised Child and Youth Mental Health Team outpatient clinics for 15 years and is now a Practice Development Consultant supporting the work of 16 CYMH teams in the Lower Mainland.  Areas of special interest are trauma-informed and attachment-based interventions, and promoting wellness and compassion satisfaction in professionals.  She is also a foster parent.

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