Transformational Education

Developing Ambassadors of Redemptive Change

Hosted by TeachBeyond at Faith Academy, Manila, Philippines
June 7-10, 2016


If you are seeking ways to grow in faith and impact your community through the transformational power of the Holy Spirit, this is the conference for you. In the mornings we will explore issues surrounding transformational education and intercultural adaptation to help you advance your personal and professional impact for Christ. Afternoons will start with interactive case studies followed by sessions in the learning track of your choice. We are committed to the transformation of the whole person, so in addition to interactive sessions, you’ll find opportunities for networking and relationship-building with fellow educators, as well as time for personal reflection.

Plenary Session Topics

Biblical Worldview Integration

In these sessions we will explore together what it means to live an integrated life guided by a Biblical worldview, a concept that is foundational to our understanding of Biblical transformation. We will move from the theoretical to the imminently practical as we discuss how an integrated life affects all our choices and interactions and seek to answer the question how does my life look different from those around me who don’t know Christ?

Transformational Impact

Transformation is a term in common usage today (and it is important to understand how is it used) in educational theory.  However, transformation as a Biblical construct is critical to our understanding of life change and its implications for practice in our roles and context.

Cultural Perspectives

In moving cross-culturally there are numerous challenges to be faced.  Often the cultural differences are frustrating and do not make sense.  Issues such as a sense of loss, increased stress, appropriate accommodation can be overwhelming. To what degree to we adapt? In addition, what does Scripture have to say about our own culture and our host culture?
Then with our busyness, we wonder if or how to mentor others so that life change occurs.  Or we may wonder what steps we can take to make a difference with those who live in the community around us.

Interactive Case Studies: Danger Zones & Scenarios

In these sessions, participants will work together in groups to address such issues as dealing with temptation, relating to authority, being overwhelmed and overworked, interacting with modern media & techonology, etc.
**Participants are welcome to bring their own case studies or scenarios for group input. (Please respect the confidentiality of others when putting these together.)

Afternoon Track Options

Choose to attend all the sessions in a particular track, or mix and match sessions to meet your individual learning priorities. Descriptors for each individual session will be made available at a later date.

Teaching Tools for Transformation

Teaching for transformation involves instruction that uses high impact teaching practices that transform students through the work of the Holy Spirit. We will look at effective instructional practices and then discuss how these practices can be used to promote Spirit led transformation in our students. These strategies and techniques can be used in a variety of classrooms and schools. Because many of our students are not native English speakers, each session will focus on how to foster English language acquisition in our classrooms.  We will explore the use of the WIDA standards as a tool to incorporate language goals into our lessons.
Sessions include: As We Plan, As We Assess, As We Engage, and As We Build Community.

Special Interests

Sessions in this track will cover a variety of special interest topics related to personal well-being and spiritual growth. These stand-alone sessions will cover topics such as ministering to third culture kids, developing a theology of suffering, and conflict resolution.

Educational Leadership

Finding yourself called into leadership is challenging in the best of circumstances. Leading in an intercultural environment adds to this challenge in many ways. These sessions, which serve as an introduction to the K-12 School Leadership course, will focus on principles of Biblical leadership and specific skills, competencies, and attitudes that facilitate leadership in intercultural environments. The first and last sessions are reserved for those enrolled in the K-12 School Leadership course and will set the stage for the upcoming on-line course work. The middle two sessions are open to anyone wishing to enhance their understanding of leadership in intercultural settings.
Sessions include: K-12 Leadership Program Introduction & Residential Course Work, Practicing Leadership in Intercultural Contexts, and Facilitating Change in Intercultural Settings.
K-12 Leadership Page

Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Engaging With One Another Engaging in Worship Engaging in Worship Engaging in Worship
9:00- 9:15 a.m. Stories of Transformation Stories of Transformation Stories of Transformation Stories of Transformation
9:20 – 10:30 a.m. Transformational Impact Transformation Impact Biblical & Worldview Integration Mentoring for Transformation!
10:30 – 10:50 a.m. Merienda/Financial Registration Check Merienda Merienda Merienda
10:50 – 12 noon Cultural Perspectives Cultural Perspectives Culture and Scripture How Do I Impact the Local Community?
12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Danger Zones & Scenarios Danger Zones & Scenarios Danger Zones & Scenarios Reflecting on My Call & Next Steps
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Learning Track Options
3:15 – 3:35 p.m. Merienda Merienda Merienda Merienda
3:35 – 4:45 Learning Track Options
4:45 – 5:00 Prayer Prayer Prayer Competency/Wellness Plan Response
5:45 Supper Supper Supper Supper
Arrival after 7 p.m. Informal visiting and reflection! Informal visiting and reflection! Informal visiting and reflection!
Arrival and Welcome!

Learning Track Options K-12 Leadership Program Focus: Program introduction and Biblical leadership Practicing Leadership in Intercultural Contexts Facilitating Change in Intercultural Settings K-12 Leadership Program Focus: Leading in your school context
Teaching for Transformation: As we plan Teaching for Transformation: As we assess Teaching for Transformation: As we engage Teaching for Transformation: As we build community
TBA Caring for/Parenting TCKs: Helping Children Thrive on the Mission Field Self-Care: Resilliency on the Mission Field! Conflict Resolution


Char Bates, Ph.D.

TeachBeyond Global

Char has served in various leadership and teaching roles.  Primarily, she has given leadership in college and graduate level education (including Student Life, Dean, Vice President and Interim President).  Her experience also involves both residential and online teaching in North America and overseas. In addition, she has chaired and served on non-profit organizational boards and committees with Women Alive, Wycliffe Canada, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.  Currently, she is Director of Lifelong Learning for TeachBeyond.

Becky Hunsberger, M.Ed.

TeachBeyond Global

Becky has been active in Christian education since 1999, serving as a classroom teacher, mentor, department head, lead teacher, teacher-mentor, principal, accreditation team leader, and educational consultant in both US and international school contexts. She joined TeachBeyond in 2013 and currently serves as the Coordinator of Teacher Education Services. Becky holds a B.A. in English education and an M.Ed. in curriculum and development. She is passionate about helping teachers develop spiritually and professionally as they live out their calling to transformational education.

Leighton Helwig, M.Ed.

TeachBeyond Philippines

Leighton has a BS in Biology/Secondary Education and two Master’s degrees in Curriculum/Instruction and Educational Leadership. He taught middle school science and facilitated professional development and curriculum writing in a public school system in Illinois for 16 years before moving to the Philippines. Since then, Leighton has taught middle school science and served as the Middle School Assistant Principal at Faith Academy.  He currently serves as the Philippines’ National Director /SE Asia Regional Educational Specialist.  Leighton will be facilitating the Teaching Tools for Transformation track, and will be leading a session on Mentoring.

David Durance

TeachBeyond Asia

David was born in Calgary, Canada and grew up in Germany, England, and central Canada. He has served with TeachBeyond in Vietnam since 2011. He initially worked for Detech JSC as the Marketing Director and a business consultant. In 2012 he took on the role as National Director for TeachBeyond Vietnam and since 2014 has been the interim Asia Regional Director. He has seen how God is using the rapid growth of TeachBeyond’s ministries in Asia to transform lives for God’s glory. David is married and has four children ages 11, 8, 6, and 3.

Debbie Kramlich, Ph.D. Candidate


Debbie has been working in the field of education for the past 25 years.  As Director of Academic Development at Columbia International University she developed a network to assist struggling learners be successful in college. She moved to Europe in 1993 (Sweden and Germany) where she taught English in local schools, and wrote curriculum for school programs and English camps. Her dissertation focuses on the role of teachers in the transformative learning process. She serves as an educational consultant in teacher training, curriculum development and third culture kids. Currently she lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand with her husband and 6 of her 7 children. 

Glicerio (Jojo) Manzano, Jr. BSC,B.Th,D.Miss.


Jojo has served as missionary in Nepal with International Nepal Fellowship (1981-89) before serving with OMF International as General Secretary of Home Council (1989-2004) as Orientation Center Superintendent (1992-94). He is a graduate of Laidlaw College, Auckland, New Zealand; Australian College of Theology, Sydney, Australia; and, Asia Graduate School of Theology. Currently Jojo is the head of the Intercultural and Urban studies Department at Asian Theological Seminary as well as the Director of Intercultural Studies Program at Asia Graduate School of Theology. He is married to Rebecca (nee Bondad) with three adult sons: Joseph, Jonathan and Paolo.

Marah Pense, LPC


Marah is a professional counselor (licensed in Oklahoma) with her master’s degree in Christian counseling. She has been passionate about helping people experience the truth of God’s love and know their value and identity in Him since first visiting the Philippines in 2009. Since then, she has permanently moved to the Philippines under the covering of World Missions for Jesus. Her desire is to love, train, and empower those God has placed in her path to a place of success and fullness in Him. Marah serves as a family counselor for missionary kids and their families at Faith Academy.



Faith Academy, Philippines



$220 US (without housing, includes lunches and dinners)
$280 US (with dorm-style housing, includes breakfast)
+Plus transportation.

TeachBeyond members can apply for assistance available to help cover travel costs.

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