CCRTC Update # 12

  July 15, 2020

As summer is in full swing, we praise God for his faithful care over us. At CCRTC, the summer means increased activity on the part of faculty and staff in the areas of professional development and planning. Thanks for your prayerful and financial support. Enjoy your summer! For another update, please see Part 2 of our Summer Newsletter.

CCRTC Update # 11

  July 9, 2020

It may be summer, but there's still lots going on at CCRTC! Here's a peek at Part 1 of the Summer Newsletter: Thank you for keeping the College in your thoughts and prayers.

CCRTC Update # 10

  May 25, 2020

Saying “A Dieu”: Go with God! The Schedule of Dates in the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar lists May 22, 2020 as the graduation of the Class of 2020. Instead, at the invitation of the Executive Committee, students, staff, faculty members, and Board representatives found themselves attending the online year-end assembly in front of their favourite screen devices. It was a beautiful program tinged with the bittersweet reality of saying goodbye at a distance. Mr. Richard Feenstra, CCRTC Chairman...

CCRTC Update # 9

  May 19, 2020

GRADUATION WEEK . . . In one of the previous weekly updates, mention was made of CCRTC’s schedule of dates that has almost run its course for the 2019-2020 academic year. Indeed, this week marks its official end. Together with the “Class of ’20” we had looked forward to the culminating event on May 22 – the graduation. However, this is not to be the case this year. Instead, the building at 410 Crerar Drive is very quiet. No planning for a festive conclusion to three...

CCRTC Update # 8

  May 11, 2020

TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION - A NEW NORMAL? Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”?   Ecclesiastes 1:10 It is always dangerous to pull a text out of context, but the question posted by the author of Ecclesiastes is an interesting one, especially in these days that are often described as ‘unprecedented’ times. Most people do their work in a very different way than what was normal two months ago.   In the news we can often read...

CCRTC Update # 7

  May 4, 2020

THE END OF "REGULAR" CLASSES When we set the schedule of dates for the academic year 2019-2020 eleven months ago, April 30th was identified as the last day of classes for the Winter Semester. Our teacher-candidates (and faculty) may have looked at the academic calendar during the course of this school year to see how close we were getting to that last day. It is good to have goals – to press on towards the finish line. Teacher-candidates in their final year of teachers college anticipate ...

CCRTC Update # 6

  April 27, 2020

TIME... It is a time of chaos, a time of order, a time of despair, a time of hope, a time to question the future,  a time to reflect, a time to understand change, a time to see beauty, a time to make plans…. Chaos: Whoever thought such a tiny microbe could shut down the world? Order: Everyone (for the most part) is now living in their own country.  Despair:  When will life return to “normal”?  So many believe and trust in worldly ideals and luxuries which ...

CCRTC Update # 5

  April 20, 2020

10,000 REASONS With every new day and every new week there are so many reasons to praise the LORD! At CCRTC we are thankful – Thankful for a dedicated staff whose weekly virtual planning meetings have been so helpful to keep the administrative tasks on track. Thankful for a hardworking team of full-time and part-time faculty members. Thankful for continued financial support, especially now. Thankful for different ways of giving. Thankful for the Board and its Committees for carrying out their...

CCRTC Update # 4

  April 13, 2020

UNCHANGING TRUTH IN CHANGING TIMES  Much is new these days, but “there is nothing new under the sun”. Outside, the grass greens and white lilacs are budding, in line with Gen 8:22. Inside, at CCRTC, there’s a new wall-mounted hand sanitizer in the lobby. There is a novel way in which we teach, a different approach to selecting course material, a distinct format for preparing and submitting course assignments. Our front-desk experts give us fresh types of support, not in the...

CCRTC Update # 3

  April 6, 2020

LEARNING NEW WAYS  Being new to the Executive Committee of Covenant Canadian Reformed Teachers College (CCRTC).  I am trying hard to learn what the norms are in the role of Vice Chairman. There is so much to take in; faculty and administration are actively engaged in the instruction and operation of the College, many committees are working to keep the College operating each day again and the students are learning on-line and working towards wrapping up another academic year. For thirty...