Educators Conference 2016


The Education Department at Covenant College is pleased to announce that DYNAMICS OF DIVERSITY: AN EDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVE is the topic for this year’s Educators Conference.


What ethnic and cultural value systems predispose students to become achievers or non-achievers?


How can an understanding of the hidden forces behind ethnic and cultural conflict in school and society help teachers and administrators become more compassionate and effective in addressing students' academic and behavioral needs, especially among diverse student populations?


Please join us as Dr. Carl Ellis, our main speaker, along with Ben Sciacca and Brian Goessling of Restoration Academy in Birmingham, AL, lead us in exploring this timely issue.

Carl Ellis
Dr. Carl Ellis


The Educators Conference is to be held on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


The cost to register is $75  prior to the registration deadline of February 19 and rises to $100 thereafter. The fee is nonrefundable after the registration deadline. The fees includes conference attendance, lunch, and refreshments.


Register for the Educators Conference >


The annual Career Summit coincides with the Educators Conference. For those administrators coming to meet our teacher candidates, please consider attending the Educators Conference in the morning and early afternoon of Thursday, March 3, then plan to spend the balance of the afternoon plus the evening and the next day with our teacher candidates. We are offering a new and restructured Career Summit schedule this year where administrators will have opportunity to present their schools to our teacher candidates as well as to individually interview candidates.


Visit the 2016 Career Summit information page >


More About Our Guest Speakers:

In 1969, CARL ELLIS began his ministry as a Senior Campus Minister with the Tom Skinner Associates in New York. From 1979 to 1989, Carl served as the Assistant pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, MD, served on the faculty at Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and as a seminar instructor for Prison Fellowship where he developed and taught “in-prison” and “in-community” seminars for inmates and community volunteers. Between 1986 and 2009, Carl served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (C.U.T.S.) and as Dean of Intercultural Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He continues to serve at C.U.T.S. and is also on the faculty at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas. Carl is also currently the Associate Pastor for Cultural Apologetics at New City Fellowship, Chattanooga, TN.


Dr. Ellis studied under Francis Schaeffer at LÁbri in Hermoz sur Olon’, Switzerland, completed his Master of Theology degree at Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a D.Phil. from Oxford Graduate School.


Dr. Ellis has published three books: Free At Last? The Gospel in the African American ExperienceGoing Global Beyond the Boundaries, and Understanding the Black Muslims (with Steven Tsoukalas). 


BEN SCIACCA is executive director and BRIAN GOESSLING is principal of Restoration Academy in Birmingham, AL. Ben and Brian have both earned their Master of Education degrees from Covenant College. Restoration Academy is a K-12 Christian School in Birmingham, Alabama, called to a unique mission to meet the needs of a predominantly urban and at-risk student body.


The country with the largest Muslim population in the world is home to Covenant alumni who are passionate about Christian education.

"I love being an elementary education major and having the close-knit community of elementary education majors. Covenant’s education department excels at providing opportunities for students to be in the classrooms throughout the entire degree program, even as early on as first semester of your freshman year in Intro to Teaching. I have really enjoyed spending time down at a school in Chattanooga this semester to give me hands-on experience to relate to what I am learning in my coursework."
 - education major Grace Ann Arnold '18
Jonathan describes Covenant's master of education program and what sets it apart.