The 11th annual faculty seminar organized by the Western Prelacy took place on Monday–October 12 at the Ferrahian Armenian School in Encino.
The thirteen Armenian Prelacy schools were joined by representatives form six other non-Prelacy schools to bring the number of faculty members to over 300. The non-Prelacy Armenian schools participating were Merdinian–Arshag Dikranian–A & M Hovsepian–Tavtian-Mariamian–Armenian Sisters Academy and Fresno’s Community Armenian School.
The Board of Regents of the Western Prelacy Schools–Educational Committee and the principals of the schools prepared the agenda for the seminar.
The opening of the seminar was conducted by the chair of the Educational Committee–Garo Mirigian–who stressed the importance of meetings such as this one–which work to increase cooperation between schools and improve the standards of education.
After a few words and the blessings of Reverend Father Krikor Chiftjian–the meeting got underway.
The one day meeting was conducted in Ferrahian’s–Avedissian and Dikranian Halls and several issues were discussed. Speakers were Garo Mirigian–Sonia Kujakian–Michael Kalb–Joanne Fred–Clay Waygart–Nazarte Apanian–Maida Babumian–Ara Kazanjian–Arax Zavzavatjian–The Reverend Father–Nicola Trumbo and Carmen Der Garabedian.
Issues discussed were classroom behavior–bilingual teaching–and the study of the Armenian language and History.
Several subjects such as science and mathematics were not discussed in full which left some of the teachers unsatisfied. Theses subjects and issues related to them have to be taken into consideration more fully in order for a meeting such as the one which took place on Monday to become more complete.
Asbarez spoke to Educational Committee member Ida Karaian. Karaian said that at this year’s seminar Armenian studies and issues related to the teaching of the Armenian language became the focal point of the meetings. Karaian stressed the importance of Armenian language for children in order to provide a foundation for further education and development. Issues of behavior at school and the teaching of music are also very important and were stressed during the meetings. related to the teaching of the Armenian language became the focal point of the meetings. Karaian stressed the importance of Armenian language for children in order to provide a foundation for further education and development. Issues of behavior at school and the teaching of music are also very important and were stressed during the meetings.
The same day the principals of the Armenian schools met once again to discuss the issues they thought were most important and needed to be addressed immediately.