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Karen Wrobbel Speaks on Christian Education in Latin America

newsroomadminSeptember 06, 2013

Associate Professor of Education and Associate Dean of Trinity College and Graduate School Dr. Karen Wrobbel shared about the importance of holistic Christian learning through three plenary addresses and two workshops in both Paraguay and Argentina this past May with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

On May 24–25, Wrobbel shared at the ACSI Educators Convention in Asunción, Paraguay, delivering three plenary addresses and two workshops to over 800 educators.

After leaving Paraguay, Wrobbel traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she gave four workshops at three different schools.

Wrobbel has been connected with ACSI for many years, as she taught at ACSI schools in Spain and Venezuela. She taught missionary kids and international students for over 20 years before joining Trinity faculty. Wrobbel said when she started at Trinity she was worried about losing the opportunity to educate abroad, but that was not the case.

“I had this whole international side to my career and to my life, and I was worried that I wouldn’t have the chance to continue it when I came to teach here in Illinois,” Wrobbel said. “Trinity has given me the opportunity to continue with ACSI, and I’ve been able to take what I’ve learned through my job here and share it abroad.”

Specifically, Wrobbel said, “Trinity has been a great example of what it means to integrate faith and learning,” an idea that she said is not taught as frequently in Latin American Christian schools.

Her three plenary addresses and two workshops addressed this topic, and were respectively entitled: Enseñando para que nuestros estudiantes practiquen la verdad (Teaching so our students practice the truth), La oración para que nuestros alumnos practiquen la verdad (Praying so our students practice the truth), Docentes para el siglo XXI: Compromisos para cristianos que quieren hacer un impacto duradero (Teaching for the 21st century: Commitments for Christians who want to make a lasting impact), Una educación verdaderamente cristiana: La integración (A true Christian education: Integration), and Para que aprendan todos: La diversidad en el aula (So that all may learn: Differentiation in the classroom).

The workshops and presentations were well received, and encouraged many Christian educators. Unlike many visitors, Wrobbel gave the addresses and workshops entirely in Spanish without a translator, which was also deeply appreciated by the attendees. She credits these achievements to God working through her and to God’s work at Trinity.

“The ACSI Latin America Director wrote to me and said he was happy to report that this opportunity greatly blessed the ACSI in Argentina and that doors are opening again for the ACSI in that country,” Wrobbel said.

Wrobbel also serves on the Latin America Accreditation Commission for ACSI, for the accreditation of schools in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, and Paraguay.

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