ICEC Africa


International Christian Educator Conference—Africa

Coming in Spring 2017!


                   Information below is from ICEC Africa 2014

                  Rift Valley Academy, Kijabe, Kenya

Please join us in Kijabe, Kenya on the campus of Rift Valley Academy, for ICEC Africa 2014! This conference is specially designed to provide professional development and spiritual encouragement for international school teachers and leaders. Networking and fellowship with like-minded educators will also be a key feature of the conference. Featured speakers are David Costillo, Biola University, co-researcher on “The Spiritual Lives of Teachers” and Dr. Randy Richards, co-author of “Misreading the Scripture with Western Eyes.”

Kenya ICEC Special: Each attendee will gain access to ConNEXUS Premium!!  You don’t want to miss out on this special event!!

Registration is closed. Please see the ICEC Africa Schedule.



Member Registration:

Early Bird (until 31 Jan 2014): $250

Standard (from 1 Feb 2014 through 1 Mar 2014): $260

Late (from 2 Mar 2014 through 1 Apr 2014): $285

Non-Member Registration:

Early Bird (until 31 Jan 2014): $365

Standard (until 1 Feb 2014 through 1 Mar 2014): $375

Late (from 2 Mar 2014 through 1 Apr 2014): $400

Early Registration: December– January 31st
Standard Registration: February 1st–March 1st
Late Registration: March 2nd–April 1st

Registration includes:

  • 4-day conference attendance from April 10th through April 13th
  • Internet access throughout Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya
  • Access to exclusive conference housing rates at Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya, which include breakfast. Housing for the nights 10–12 April, 2014: $60.00 total per person can be reserved and purchased through the registration page.
  • Encouragement, professional development, and life-giving fellowship as a part of ACSI’s purpose to support international administrators throughout the world
  • Each attendee will gain access to ConNEXUS Premium

Preconference Options

Preconferences will be held during the day on April 10th. Each preconference will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for preconferences is available during your online event registration.


Walk through Grammar!

Presented by Dr. Jan Dormer, Messiah College

Join Dr. Jan Dormer in a lively and fun “walk through” of grammar points that are problematic for English learners. Jan grew up in Brazil, and has taught extensively in Indonesia and Kenya, and draws on these experiences to particularly address English grammar issues that are relevant in MK school settings. If you have ever found yourself resorting to the explanation “it just sounds better this way” in response to a grammar question, this session is for you! We will engage in kinesthetic grammar learning and will collaborate to discover ways in which our increased grammar awareness can positively impact our teaching of English learners. You will know real explanations of key grammar points and helpful techniques and strategies for the development of strong English language skills — no matter what subject you teach!

Messiah College Credit: Those who attend the preconference session and the three workshops given by Dr. Jan Dormer can apply these sessions towards the Messiah College 3-credit graduate course: EDME 520: Applied Linguistics: Grammar and Phonology in TESOL. Following the ICEC conference sessions, course participants will complete additional coursework online, completing the course by July 12. For further information about this option, email Dr. Jan Dormer. To register for the course, go to the Messiah College Graduate Studies website.

Price (CEU Only): $45.00

Price (CEU + 3 Graduate Credits): $795.00


Connecting Truth: An authentic Christ-centered approach to Biblical integration.

Presented by Chris Browne, Head of the Bible Department at Wheaton Academy, Managing Partner of

Are you tired of approaches to Biblical integration that feel artificial and leave both you and your students feeling frustrated? Do you feel equipped with the principles for equipping students to authentically integrate their lives outside of your classroom? How do we avoid artificial or inauthentic integration across academic disciplines and align our classrooms for maximized transformational learning? This workshop will equip elementary, middle and high school teachers across disciplines with simple, Christ-centered principles for authentic integration and practical application.

Price: $90.00

Price includes: CEU credit, Connecting Truth Participant Workbook, and additional resources for your school.

* Special Offer: Participating schools who register by the Early-Bird registration deadline will have the opportunity to for their school to participate in the Global Student Spiritual Formation and Worldview Assessment prior to the conference. Participants will receive their results during the pre-conference workshop and will have the opportunity to move their learning from the theoretical to the practical during an additional workshop and have the opportunity to receive specific consulting and recommendations for their school. The Global Student Spiritual Formation and Worldview Assessment is the largest study of its kind and is currently being used by more than 4,000 students on 6 Continents.

This is an excellent opportunity for your whole Bible Department to collaborate with each other and learn about best practices regarding integration and spiritual formation from other schools around the globe. Learn more about The Connecting Truth and Beyond the Walls experiences and see what other schools are saying by visiting:  Contact the presenter for more details.


The Philosophy of Education – Christian Responses and Application

Presented by Dr. Dale Linton, Asst. Professor Spring Arbor University

      This preconference workshop partially fulfills the Christian Philosophy of Education Requirement of ACSI. All faculty and administrators at ACSI accredited schools are required to complete the Philosophy of Education in-service program within two years of employment. Completing that requirement involves reading several books and writing a response or application paper – submitted to your school leadership. This preconference workshop replaces the video/CD requirement or watching the seminars on ConNEXUS Premium.

What is unique about this Christian Philosophy of Education workshop is that it has been approved by Spring Arbor University for 1 graduate semester hour of credit. The workshop goes beyond the Christian responses to questions of educational philosophy to a focus on the Biblical foundation of our belief that the Scriptures are True and have an essential place in the education we provide. For graduate credit, one workshop session during the conference may be required in addition to the preconference session.

Graduate Credit Available: Yes, 1 credit hour from Spring Arbor University. SOE is offering a scholarship for individuals participating in the workshop and pursuing graduate credit.  The cost for one graduate credit is $75.00   Participants must possess a valid Bachelor’s degree and complete the requirements by May 31, 2014

Price (CEU Only): $45.00

Price (CEU + 1 Graduate Credit): $120.00


Breaking the Silence about Child Abuse: Practical Tools for Both Prevention and Response

Presented by  John Leverington of CSPN

Hearing Every Story, Providing Every Protection The first and most important action we can take to prevent child abuse in our schools is to start talking about it.  The Child Safety and Protection Network is a collaborative network of mission agencies, international Christian schools and faith based NGOs intentionally and strategically addressing the issues of child protection.  This session will:

- Share data and examples documenting the reality of child abuse in Christian organizations and international schools
– Describe the Best Practice Standards for preventing and responding to abuse
– Provide practical principles to reduce the risk of abuse
– Inform you about how your school can become a member of the CS&PN and the resources it provides

The Child Safety and Protection Network is a group of over 50 International Schools and Organizations that have developed Best Practice Standards, prevention seminars, and response team training, and provides consultation with International Schools regarding policy, response, and counseling follow up.  John Leverington is a licensed professional counselor and Director of Olive Tree Counseling Center.  He has done child safety training and lead response teams worldwide.

Price will be $80.


 Speaker Biographies

Dr. Randy RichardsDr. Randy Richards

Dr. Randy Richards loves training students for ministry, both domestically and internationally.  He has been teaching since 1986, originally at a state university and then abroad at an Indonesian seminary.  Upon returning to the States, Dr. Richards has served at two Christian universities before joining Palm Beach Atlantic University as the Dean of the School of Ministry in 2006.

His wife Stacia has joyfully accompanied him from jungles of Indonesia to rice fields in Arkansas to beautiful South Florida.  They have two fine sons.  Josh (Ph.D. 2012, University of St Andrews, Scotland) is a university professor in English.  Jacob (Ph.D. 2014, College of Medicine, University of Florida) is a medical researcher.

Dr. Richards has authored or co-authored five books and dozens of articles.  Recently, he has published Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, with Brandon O’Brien (InterVarsity, 2012), “Reading, Writing, and the Production and Transmission of Manuscripts” in The Background of the New Testament: An Examination of the Context of Early Christianity (Baker, 2013), “Will the Real Author Please Stand Up? The Author in Greco-Roman Letter Writing” in Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics (B&H, 2012), “Pauline Prescripts and Greco-Roman Epistolary Convention” in Christian Origins and Classical Culture: Social and Literary Contexts for the New Testament (Brill, 2012), and a dozen articles in The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Baker, 2013).

This year, he is finishing a new textbook, Rediscovering Jesus, and another popular book, Paul Behaving Badly, both with InterVarsity Press.  He is also completing chapters in two other books.

Dr. Richards is a popular lecturer, speaker and preacher, recently in places as diverse as Wycliffe Hall (Oxford), Kathmandu, and Kenya.  He was a Senior Scholar at the IRLBR Summer Summit at Tyndale House (Cambride) in 2013.  He regularly conducts missionary training workshops, and currently serves as a Teaching Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in West Palm Beach.

Topic: Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes


David Costillo David Costillo

David Costillo, M.A. (Talbot School of Theology) serves as both Recruiting and Community Relations Coordinator for Biola University’s School of Education and as a Spiritual Director with The Leadership Institute, a ministry that develops Christian leaders for the next generation who listen and respond to God’s voice, embody His character, and extend His kingdom. David and his wife, Jennifer, both graduates of ACSI schools in Southern California, came to the Lord because of their ACSI teachers.

Topic: Spiritual Life of Teachers

Workshop Proposals

Workshop proposals for ICEC Africa are now being accepted. The deadline to submit workshop proposals for consideration is February 10, 2014. Approved and declined workshops will be notified of their status in February 28, 2014. Please email completed proposals to the ACSI ICEC Coordinator.

ICEC Africa Workshop Proposal Form


Delegates will be housed in the Rift Valley Academy dorms for the duration of the conference. Shared bathrooms will be easily accessible on each hall. Housing is available for the nights 10, 11, and 12 April. Additional nights before and after the conference are available in the registration process for $25 per evening, RVA will include one meal in this rate.

Housing at RVA can be purchased as a single package only. If you would like to be roomed with a particular individual please send your request to ACSI ICEC Coordinator.

Housing for the nights 10–12 April, 2014: $60.00 total per person

Delegates who would like to stay additional nights before or after the conference at a local Kijabe or Nairobi guesthouse should make their own arrangements.


All meals during the conference will be provided by Rift Valley Academy. Meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner, banquet, and snacks throughout the day. Delegates may purchase a meal package. Meals cannot be prorated.

Meal Package for 10–13 April, 2014: $85.00 total per person


Delegates may reserve a ride in the ICEC Africa registration  for a cost of $40 round trip. Please arrange your flight into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, formerly called Embakasi Airport and Nairobi International Airport.

Arrival:   Please fly in prior to 4pm on the day you arrive in order to take transportation directly to the school. If your flight arrives after 4pm, you may need to make arrangements at a local Kijabe or Nairobi guesthouse for the evening. Due to the safety precautions of avoiding evening driving, the conference transportation will pick you up at the guesthouse the next morning. Delegates should make their own arrangements at a local Kijabe or Nairobi guesthouse and send a copy of your reservation to the event coordinator.

Need to stay overnight at a guest house near the airport? The following 3 guest houses offer airport pick up and have a good working relationship with Rift Valley Academy.  Please send your reservation confirmation to event coordinator.

  1. Methodist guest house (bed and breakfast)
  2. Mennonite guest house (bed and breakfast)
  3. Hampton House (no food service, but rooms have a kitchen)

Optional Excursions

Sightseeing and tourist excursions will be available for delegates on Sunday, April 13. Sign-up and payment for excursions will take place during ICEC Kenya.

Tea Farm- visit to a traditional tea farm, “tea talk” on the tea trade in Kenya,  which will include a short optional walk in indigenous forest.  Price will include transport to/from RVA and gourmet lunch at tea farm.  A relaxing and peaceful option.  ($40, departs after morning worship service, returns at about 3 PM)

Shopping- take advantage of Nairobi’s wide range of goods and services- visit Village Market, eat lunch at food court, stock up for your next few months. This excursion also includes a tour of nearby Rosslyn Academy, another Christian international school in the Nairobi area.  ($20 covers transport only, departs after morning worship service, returns about 3 PM)

Other possible excursions may include a trip to Crescent Island or Naivasha– see the Rift Valley, go on a walking safari, maybe ride a boat to hippo-watch.  Please check back for more updates.


Visa Information

Each delegate is responsible to determine whether or not they need a visa to enter Kenya, and is individually responsible to attain any needed visa for ICEC Africa. U.S. citizens require a passport and visa for entry into Kenya. Visas may be obtained in advance, although airport visas are available for U.S. citizens. Travelers who opt to obtain an airport visa should expect delays upon arrival.  Effective July 1, 2011, the fee is $50 for single-entry visas and $100 for multiple entry visas for each applicant, regardless of age and whether obtained in advance or at the airport. Evidence of yellow fever immunization may be requested, and some travelers have been turned around at immigration for not having sufficient proof of immunization. You will need the following information for Rift Valley Academy for your visa form:

Rift Valley Academy
PO Box 80
Kijabe 00220, Kenya
Phone: +254-713000700


To request a letter of invitation for the event, please contact the ICEC Coordinator with the following information.

1. Is your school accepting all responsibility for your costs?
2. Full Name on Passport:
3. Passport #:
4. Date of Issue:
5. Date of Expiration:
6. Country of Citizenship:
7. Confirm school name:


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for ICECAfrica 2014. Please email the Conference Director for information if you are interested in ICEC Africa sponsorship or advertising.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If registration is cancelled, conference charges will be refunded, minus the following fees:

  1. Cancellations through March 1 will be charged $25.
  2. Cancellations after March 23 will be charged $100.
  3. There will be no registration reimbursement after April 6, 2014.


Join us to be challenged and inspired by keynote speakers, workshops, job alike sessions, and more. More information about conference schedule, speakers, workshop proposals, details about housing accommodations, and online registration will be available soon. We hope to see you this spring in Kenya!

Questions? Contact the Event Coordinator for more information.


Extend your stay in Kenya

In addition to the ACSI International Christian Educator Conference, Kenya’s 2014 CSPN Conference and Investigative Team Training will be held April 7-11, 2014. This is not an ACSI affiliated conference. For more information check out 2014 Kenya CSPN