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Library receives Christian Educators Association International Archive

Written by Robert Sivigny, Special Collections Librarian

The Library Special Collections & Archives is pleased to announce that the Regent University Library has been designated as the official depository of the Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) archives. Dating back to the Association’s founding in 1953, CEAI members, comprising classroom teachers, administrators, and para-professionals, have felt a special call to encourage, equip, and empower educators according to Biblical principles and standards. CEAI regards itself as the only Christian professional association called to serve the world’s public schools, holding to the vision of “demonstrating God’s love and truth transforming our schools.”

The archive collection consists of the Association’s annual convention presentations and other workshops on audiotape and videotape, and an extensive backfile of their publication, Teachers of Vision.

Fifteen boxes of materials have been received thus far, primarily due to the efforts of California CEAI administrator Forrest Turpen, who speaks of the collection as unique. Says Turpen, “If I was a writer I would take the time to review and write a host of books from the ideas that are contained in the magazines and the convention presentations and other workshops we have recorded over time.” CEAI convention presenters include familiar names to the Regent scene: George Selig, Alan Arroyo, Bradley Jacob, Alice Curtis, and former University administrator and professor, Don Petry.

As more CEAI materials arrive in the coming months, the materials will be carefully inventoried and processed to facilitate research in Christian education issues in the public arena for years to come. More information about the Christian Educators Association International is available on their Web site at http://ceai.org.

Websites for Educators: Christian Educators Association International

Written by Sandra Yaegle, Head of Public Services

If you are serving in one of our nation’s public school systems, you will want to be aware of the Christian Educators Association International.

The organization describes its mission as follows: “CEAI is a non-profit religious association with a membership service center in Westlake, Ohio. CEAI membership consists of teachers, administrators, para-professionals including any person hired by a school district. In addition, we offer associate membership to parents, pastors, school board members, youth leaders and others concerned or interested in the education of our children.” According to the CEAI website, they are the only Christian association seeking to support Christians working in public schools.

The resources they provide include the magazine Teachers of Vision, an inspirational daily devotional, information and support regarding legal issues, plus numerous other services. They announce events, workshops, and seminars that may be of interest to their members.

Several members of the education faculty have been pivotal members of this association. Regent University Library is in the process of acquiring archival materials from the early days of CEAI. More information about this special collection will be forthcoming.