2019 Spain Family Education Conference

5-8 December 2019

This conference is still open to adults, teens and children. However, there are no more slots available for individual educational assessments.

This conference focuses on children’s education for English-speaking families who are living and serving cross-culturally:

  • Seminars for parents will assist you in making informed education decisions for your family.
  • Resources for educating children and individual consultations with experienced educators and counselors will be available.
  • Educational assessments in English will be offered for children. 
  • Quality programs for children and teens will include activities for building relational and academic skills.
 

Conference Location

Casa Diocesana

Pasaje de los Almendrales Nr. 2 – 4

29013 Malaga, Spain

Tel: 952 25 06 00

https://www.casadiocesanamalaga.com/

 

When to Arrive and Depart

The conference begins on Thursday, December 5 with a get-acquainted session at 6:30 pm and supper at 8 pm (20.00). Plan to arrive no later than 5:30 if you are staying at the venue. A snack will be available at 5:30 pm. The conference will end on Sunday evening and will include dinner for those who are staying at the center. Plan to depart on Monday morning. 

A group achievement testing session will be offered on Thursday, 5 December, beginning at 09:00. If you wish to have your children participate, please plan to arrive on Wednesday evening or by 8:45 am on Thursday. 

The Conference Center is 15 minutes from the Malaga airport. Approximate taxi fare is 35 Euros.

 

Adult Program

This year’s adult program staff includes a wide array of international educators with experience in many kinds of schooling options. Conference staff members have hundreds of years of combined experience in education, many of those years served in cross-cultural settings. Because of their passion to see your family thrive, these volunteers have raised funds and offered their time to come and serve your family.

The adult program includes plenary sessions and practical workshops on making sound education decisions, teaching your children, and growing together as a family.

·         Education planning

·         Helps for special needs learners

·         Understanding Third Culture Kids

·         Success in using local schools·         Practical Helps for Homeschool Parents·         University preparation

·         Help with specific academic subjects

·         Helping your Children Grow Emotionally and Spiritually

·         And many more

Our speakers for the conference include…

 

 Dr. Karen Wrobbel is Professor of Education and Director of the Division of Education at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, USA. Previously, she served in Spain, Venezuela and Costa Rica for more than 20 years in international Christian education as a teacher, administrator, school board member, and children’s education coordinator for her agency. Currently, Karen and her husband, Paul, live in a suburb of Chicago. They have two adult daughters, two sons-in-love, and eight grandchildren. Further information is available at https://undergrad.tiu.edu/person/Wrobbel/Karen/

Kathy Kuhl equips parents to teach children with learning challenges. She speaks internationally and advises individual families on homeschooling—providing resources, encouragement, and insight. She wrote Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, a handbook for anyone helping children with challenges, including ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, and/or autism. Her books are based on her homeschooling, researching, and interviewing parents homeschooling children with learning disabilities. She also wrote Encouraging Your Child and Staying Sane as You Homeschool. Kathy will offer several workshops and individual consultations. Further info is available at http://www.learndifferently.com.

 

Programs for Children and Teens

Babies to teens will have age-appropriate programs with activities led by experienced caregivers and educators and designed to reach all learning styles.

Infants/Toddlers:

Infants and Toddlers will receive loving care from a team of childcare workers and Preschoolers will have their own program of crafts, stories and physical activities.

Ages 5-12:

The program theme for children ages 5-12 this year is Space. Activities will promote group skills in addition to academic content. Music, physical activities and crafts will round out a fun-filled weekend! This program is appropriate for children who are fluent in English.

Teens:

We love teens at SHARE! Come join us for awesome fellowship, inspirational worship, and creative, hilarious activities. In addition, our speakers have prepared topics just for you.

Academic Assessment Program

Reading Assessment (Grades K-2)

Sponsoring Agency: $25; Non-sponsoring agency: $35; Others $50

This test provides information on the development of the concepts and skills your child needs to become a successful reader.  Phonemic and phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension are all part of this assessment.

Achievement Testing (Grades 3-12)  

Sponsoring Agency: $45; Non-sponsoring agency: $65; Others: $100

These tests offer assessment in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Group Achievement testing for grades 3-8 will be on Dec. 5 and will begin at 8:30.  We will take a lunch break and finish in the afternoon. Testing for grades 9-12 will be Dec 5 beginning at 8:30 and should finish by lunchtime.

Note:  SHARE recommends testing every other year, but these tests are appropriate for families requiring or desiring annual testing.

Occupational Therapy Evaluation (Ages birth – adult)

(US Price $250) Sponsoring Agency: $120; Non-sponsoring agency: $150; Others: $200

 This testing may be helpful in determining the causes underlying developmental delays, behavioral and sensory issues, difficulties with focusing and attending, illegible handwriting and dyspraxia, as well as other coping challenges. Using a parent interview, clinical observations and formal testing, the therapist will examine a variety of foundational skills needed for normal growth and development. 

Dyslexia Screening (ages 7 and up)

(US Price $850)  Sponsoring Agency: $120; Non-sponsoring agency: $150; Others: $200

This screening is appropriate for a child experiencing significant struggles in learning and showing signs of dyslexia (http://dyslexiamylife.org/signs_dsy.html).  Space is limited for this testing.

RWD – Reading/Writing Delay Screening (ages 6-14)

(US Price $850) Sponsoring Agency: $120; Non-sponsoring agency: $150; Others: $200

This test is helpful in determining what might be the cause of a language delay, and is particularly useful for bilingual children.

Speech Evaluation (only if enough requests are received)

(US Price $250) Sponsoring agency: $120; Non-sponsoring agency: $150; Others: $200

This assessment evaluates milestones of speech development in children, articulation of speech sounds, and voice impairments and stuttering.

Language Evaluation (only if enough requests are received)

(US Price $250) Sponsoring agency: $120; Non-sponsoring agency: $150; Others: $200

This assessment evaluates milestones of language development in children, including receptive and expressive language skills, language processing skills (word association, listening and following directions), as well as pragmatic and social aspects of communication.

PEA – PsychoEducational Assessment (ages 5 and up) 

(US Price $2250) Sponsoring agency: $200; Non-sponsoring agency: $300; Others: $500

If a child is experiencing significant struggles in areas that affect his/her education, extended testing will be available. The results of this assessment may show indications of learning disabilities. Space is limited for this testing.

*Testing fees may be paid via a link sent to you once the specific assessments are confirmed.

Conference Registration Fees (to be paid as you register)

Sponsoring Agency members receive a 20% discount. If you are unsure whether your agency is a sponsor of SHARE Education Services, write to info@shareeducation.org. You will need your agency’s code to get the discount when you register. If you need financial assistance to pay the registration fees, contact us at info@shareeducation.org and make a request, including your family name and company/agency.

Adults:   Individual $100

Married couple $150

Children (ages 0-12):  $35

Teens: (ages 13-19):  $50

Conference Center Housing and Meal Fees

SHARE will send an invoice for your housing costs after you register. You may pay online.

The rooms at Casa Diocesana are not set up particularly well for families. Most rooms have two single beds or one large bed. They are willing to add an extra bed to a few rooms. If you have several children, you may need to consider having some of them stay in the room next door. (Having said that, the venue is considered to be very safe.) For local families, lunch may be purchased.

Exchange rates may vary at time of conference. There may be a small daily tax added as well.

Per Person in a Double Room 

Half board 36 Euros + 2.5 Euros for 1 snack break = 38.50 Euros ($43)

Full Board 42.50 Euros + 5 Euros for 2 snack breaks =  47.50 Euros ($53)

 

Per Person in a Single Room

Half Board 43 Euros + 2.5 Euros for 1 snack break = 42.50 Euros ($47)

Full Board 48.5 Euros + 5 Euros for 2 snack breaks =  53.50 Euros ($60)

 

Child Rates (ages 2-9)

Half Board 23.50 Euros + 2.5 Euros for 1 snack break = 26 Euros ($29)

Full Board 23 Euros + 5 Euros for 2 snack breaks = 28 Euros ($31)

 

NOTE: SHARE Education Services is not able to provide letters of invitation for persons needing visas into Spain.

 

Please address all questions regarding the conference to info@shareeducation.org. We are happy to help you!