The demographic profiles of today’s seminaries and Bible institutes, and the ministries in which their graduates serve, increasingly include ethnically indigenous populations. SIL Americas Area can help these pastoral training institutions consider ways that new and modified training courses can enable them to take advantage of the opportunities of ethnic diversity. Together through partnership, we can develop curriculum solutions to better equip today’s students for the world in which they will be ministering.
Basic Criteria for Partnership with SIL Americas Area Seminary Services:
- The core values, vision, mission and educational philosophy of the host organization and its administrators must support development of new or modified curriculum strategies which are designed to be relevant for ethnically indigenous students and the indigenous populations among which many of them could serve.
- The host organization has reason to believe that a sufficient portion of its student body could significantly benefit from the kinds of training we offer, and that a sufficient number of students would sign up for the training that it would make providing the course financially sustainable.
- The host institution agrees to provide at least one of its own staff members to manage all communications and logistics for the training, before, during and after each course.
- The host institution agrees that at least one of its staff members will be assigned to participate in the course with a view toward eventually taking full responsibility for teaching the course. (The number of training cycles until the local staff member would take full responsibility for the course would depend on the nature of the course material, the background of the staff member(s) being mentored, and the frequency with which the course is being taught.) The staff member(s) should be selected on the basis of their personal desire to be both a teacher and practitioner of the material to be taught. For courses that involve a large quantity of new material, it is typically expected that the staff member’s incremental development process would include the following stages through which he would be guided by a course mentor:
b. Assistant teacher.
c. Co-teacher together with his course mentor.
d. Full teacher observed and occasionally assisted by his course mentor.
e. Independent teacher.
f. Optionally the staff member could go on to become a Master Teacher and Curriculum Developer of the course material.
- The host institution will provide sufficient funding so that SIL’s on-site service is financially feasible, or will work with SIL to collaboratively develop the necessary funding.
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