AHEA Convention 2016

The 30th Anniversary Convention (April 2016)
just keeps getting bigger and better!

We now have three keynote speakers: Andrew Pudewa (founder & director of Institute for Excellence in Writing), Linda Lacour Hobar (author of the Mystery of History), and John Carpay (founder and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms).

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Creation Weekend 2015

The AHEA board wants you to know about the Creation Science Association of Alberta's Creation Weekend where the inventor of the MRI, Dr. Raymond Damadian will be speaking.

Creation Weekend 2015

Friday, October 23 & Saturday, 24

Venue: Mill Woods Assembly

2225 – 66 Street

Edmonton, Alberta

Keynote speaker: Dr. Raymond Damadian, inventor of the MRI

All sessions are free of charge. You do not need to register to attend.

Friday, October 23

7:30 PM – Dr. Damadian will speak on “The Story of MRI: To God be ALL the Glory”

Saturday, October 24

9:30 AM – Complimentary Continental Breakfast

10:00 AM – CSAA President Margaret Helder will speak on “Design: Wonders Upon Wonders”

1:30 PM – Vance Nelson, founder of Untold Secrets of Planet Earth, will speak on “Dire Dragons: the Missing Link in Dinosaur History”

7:30 PM – Keynote Address with Dr. Damadian “Medical Research, Technology and Christian Faith: You Can’t Get There Without Him!”

Sponsored by:

Creation Association of Alberta

Please pray for the Bott Family

AHEA asks for prayer for the Bott Family who lost 3 daughters in an accident recently.

Alberta Family Remembers 3 Daughters

They are a home schooling family, so we ask for you to pray for them today and in the days and weeks to come.

The funeral for the girls will be in Red Deer on Friday, October 23, 2015.

Potential Changes, and a Chance to Review

To all AHEA members and Alberta home educators:

With the recent change in our provincial government, all Albertans await possible legislative change on several fronts.
One of those may be in education.

For example, Education Minister Dave Eggen and his team are reviewing the Education Act (passed in 2012 but never declared law).
This review, and a similar review of the regulations that fall under the Education Act, may bring only slight modifications or may bring significant change.
AHEA representatives have a meeting scheduled with Minister Eggen in early October and we hope to get more information then.

In the meantime, another change to be expected is in communication with the team at Alberta Education.
Some of the bureaucrats within Alberta Education are new in their positions and so we - home educators and those who are the administrators of home education at schools and school boards - have new challenges ahead in communicating ‘what home education is all about’.

Since we can’t assume that interpretation and enforcement of regulations will be the same as it has in the past, it would be wise for all home educators and administrators to revisit what is required so that there is no opening for bureaucratic censure.
In other words, home educators already know that we do a terrific job in providing education to our children and we should do the same terrific job in our organization and paperwork.

For Alberta home educators, this starts with the paragraph at the end of the form that we all sign: the Notification Form.
That paragraph details what is required in an Education Program Plan.
It would be wise for all home educating families to make sure their plans contain all of the elements required.

Here’s that paragraph:

If portions of the student program will enable the student to achieve the outcomes contained in the Schedule included in the Home Education Regulation, please attach according to this Form the required written description of the Home Education Program for a student who is following the Schedule of Learning Outcomes for Students Receiving Home Education Programs That Do Not Follow the Alberta Programs of Study:

  1. Describe in the home education program plan, the instructional method to be used, the activities planned for the program and how the instructional method and the activities will enable the student to achieve the learning outcomes contained in the Schedule.
  2. Identify the resource materials, if different from provincially authorized materials, to be used for instruction.
  3. Describe the methods and nature of the evaluation to be used to assess the student’s progress, the number of evaluations and how the evaluation addresses the learning outcomes in Question 1.
  4. Describe the associate board or associate private school facilities and services that the parent wishes to use.

Home educators provide a wonderful education for their children.
Examples of that are abundant and obvious and those who are interested in a better education for their children are attracted by our examples.
If we are also examples of organized planning then we make it easier for all to avoid any further bureaucratic intrusions.

Paul van den Bosch
Alberta Home Education Association

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