Transformational Teacher Training
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We believe that providing quality education requires teachers to:

• Value their profession as an opportunity to minister to students and view each child as an image bearer of Christ

• Understand the Biblical worldview/Develop and implement a personal Christian Philosophy

• Integrate Biblical truth into all aspects of the curriculum and school life using the current syllabus

• Take a holistic approach to instructional and discipline practices

Therefore, we offer a certificate program for qualified Primary and Secondary teachers working in Christian schools to learn how to apply Biblical truth to all aspects of school life. Completing all three modules will provide a solid foundation in understanding and applying a Biblical worldview to curricular content, which will improve the quality of education provided by Christian schools.

MODULE 1: THE BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW (offered in the school holidays before Term 1)

• What is a worldview? What are the fundamental beliefs of a Christian?

• What is a Biblical worldview and how does it compare to other religious or cultural worldviews?

• How might a Biblical worldview affect how a Christian teacher approaches his/her profession?

• Comparing a Biblical worldview to the Traditional African worldview

MODULE 2: DEVELOPING A PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND A BIBLICAL CURRICULUM (offered in the holidays before Term 2)

• What is Christian Education?

• How does teaching from a Biblical worldview help formulate a personal philosophy of education

• What is the relationship between the content of the curriculum and Biblical truth and how do we develop and integrate meaningful biblical truths into each subject area?

• What does it mean to take a holistic approach to teaching?

MODULE 3: METHODOLOGY: IMPLEMENTING A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW (offered in the holidays before Term 3)

• Practically speaking, how can Biblical truth be integrated into the government curriculum?

• How can teachers choose and implement a variety of effective teaching methods in line with a Christian philosophy of education and suited to a biblically based curriculum?

• How can my instructional practice encourage students to become critical Christian thinkers who not only master the content in the government curriculum but use their knowledge in loving, intelligent service to God and others?

PSI – Path to schools Improvement

The Vision

Authentic Christian Schools across Africa, whatever their resources, committed to Biblical Truth, continuous improvement, and transformed communities.

The Mission

School leaders are professionally enabled to engage in a continuous school improvement process that is internationally benchmarked to appropriate and attainable standards resulting in authentic Christian schools.

The Need

In August 2012, a gathering of more than 140 Christian school leaders from more than 30 African nations, called The ACSI Africa Round Table 2, was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The leaders at this event produced a united conference statement identifying 10 strategic catalysts for transformative action in the Christian schooling movement across Africa on local, regional, and continental levels. One of these catalysts was a call to develop a tool that would state educational best practice standards, create a system for accountability and provide a means to assess whole school improvements. As a result of the school improvement catalysts identified at the ART2 by its constituents, the ACSI Africa director, Samson Makhado, tasked ACSI Global with the responsibility of developing a protocol addressing this need. These Christian school leaders want excellence in every aspect of their ministry. They desire a continent-wide, contextualized, Christian school improvement process that will be recognized across Africa as setting standards of excellence in education; that Christian schools are the “schools of choice.” In the ART2 declaration, seven of the action points together could be summed up as, “We must have a transformation in our schooling and clear understanding of what defines an authentic Christian school. We need standards.”

The Assumptions

Training is necessary to assure understanding of the standards. PSI assumes that many school leaders have not had the training, or higher levels of education that has exposed them to education standards or best practices nor that these foundational aspects are grounded in biblical truth. Continuous school improvement motivated by a deep desire for excellence (and not merely to appease the inspector) is NOT an inherent value. PSI inculcates a deep value for school improvement laid on a biblical foundation for the pursuit of excellence at whatever point of resources the school has available. Despite the desire and good intentions of many “Christian” schools, the distinctives of what truly constitutes “Christian Education,” Christian Philosophy of Education, Biblical Worldview Integration are also NOT inherent in schools that have not been equipped for Christian education. PSI assumes that most educators will teach in the same model as they observed teachers before them. Most Christian teachers and school leaders have not learned how to integrate their faith into every subject and aspect of teaching, learning and school culture for deep systemic school transformation. PSI assumes that group learning is significantly more effective than learning alone. In the PSI program, school leaders learn together, grow together, share problems and ideas together, and build each other up! Christian schools should not be in competition. PSI assumes the significant outcome of sustained development of the national association of Christian schools. Overall, the association will be strengthened as more and more schools in a country go through this process.

The Process

Leaders from five to ten schools are assigned to a learning group, known as a cohort, for the duration of the PSI process of approximately two years. The cohort will meet for five sessions, each session spaced about four to six months apart. Each session will last three to five days. Each session will build upon the prior session, leading to the completion of the PSI process. The program begins with the biblical foundation for school improvement followed by presentation of the standards, accompanied with training for understanding. Guided authentic dialogue and transparent self-assessment is followed by standards implementation assignments and further reassessment at each of the following sessions

Your Prayer

We are trusting for the twelve candidate trainers who are being trained to become the PSI Certified Trainers (CTs). Also pray for the 30 schools that are starting their PSI journey this early August, 2019.

School Boards and Governance

When it comes to schools of excellence and high quality Christian education, the issue of effective school leadership and governance is paramount. ACSI Uganda desire to partners with your school in ensuring that your school board is well trained and thoroughly equip for its roles. In order for a school board to become efficient, effective and efficacious training for gaining more knowledge and skills is inevitable.

Transformation Leadership Course (TLC)

Leadership is at the heart of Christ and that is why he appointed Peter before he went back to Heaven. Our leadership training models Christ and challenges you as a school leader to lead for Christ. Christ has called you to imitate him so that both your staff and student can imitate you. Grow your Christ – like leadership character through our training.