Christian Schools National Policy Forum – 2020
25th May 2020 @ 9:00 am - 27th May 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Christian Schools National Policy Forum will be held 25th to 26th May, 2020 with Symposium on 27th May 2020 at the Hyatt Hotel, Canberra. Dinner will be back at Parliament House.
We will be launching the first findings of the Cardus study. Special presentations will be made by Ray Pennings (Executive Vice President, Cardus) and Dr Alert Cheng (Assistant Professor, University Arkansas, Cardus Senior Fellow).
Ray Pennings co-founded Cardus in 2000 and currently serves as Executive Vice President. Ray has vast experience in Canadian industrial relations and public policy discussions at all levels of government. Ray is a respected voice in Canadian politics, contributing as a commentator, pundit and critic in many of Canada’s leading news outlets and as an advisor and strategist on political campaign teams.
Dr Albert Cheng is an assistant professor at the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, where he received his PhD in education policy. He teaches courses on the history and philosophy of education as well as education policy analysis. He is known for his research on character formation, school choice policy, faith-based schooling, and home schooling. He also serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Christianity and Education. In addition to being a Cardus Senior Fellow, he is a research affiliate with Charassein.
Symposium – 27 May, 2020
The Symposium day, following the NPF, will focus on Sustainability and see the launch of the second Cross-Curriculum Priority (CCP) document. The Australian Curriculum and Melbourne Declaration identify three key areas that need to be addressed for the benefit of both individuals and Australia as a whole: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures (CSA Doc released 2019), Sustainability, and Australia’s engagement with Asia.
The Sustainability priority provides the opportunity for students to develop an appreciation of the necessity of acting for a more sustainable future and so address the ongoing capacity of Earth to maintain all life and meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.
In conjunction with Christian Heritage College, CSA will produce a GBS (2.0) Companion document which presents this Cross-Curriculum Priority from a Biblical Worldview. This will be in keeping with the move by CSA to adopt a position of “profess”. This has been framed as “…being good stewards of the environment.” The project will be led by Richard Leo, Lecturer in Education and Humanities at Christian Heritage College.