ATFE Biennial 2005 in Toronto - Update

If you haven’t done so already, mark your calendars for the upcoming Biennial, Wednesday Jan 19 to Sunday Jan 23, 2005. The ATFE steering committee has been at work laying out the design and the content for our gathering. The feedback we’ve received from previous biennials has encouraged future meetings to stay “in house” regarding the key addresses. Our upcoming biennial will feature current research in Field Education, along with our usual offerings of workshop, colloquy, seminar presentations, and immersion experiences that are designed to aid you with your work in field education and contextual education.

TIMING. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19th with opening worship and introductions starting at 3:00 p.m. (please note this time change from the previous Newsletter). The Biennial will conclude Saturday, January 22nd at the end of the day after a closing banquet together. Most choose to stay over on Saturday night to take advantage of cheaper airfares. On Sunday morning the new steering committee is scheduled to meet with the outgoing committee. Stay and worship Sunday morning at one of the many churches in downtown Toronto or stay and take in a few sights before heading out. There is a shuttle bus to and from the airport that leaves every half an hour from the front door of our hotel. An Internet link to the Delta Chelsea Hotel is on the ATFE web page.

NEVER BEEN TO A BIENNIAL BEFORE? The biennial in 2005 is focusing on the gathered wisdom, research, new resources, and experience of our Association. There will be sessions for “New Field Educators” for any who are newly appointed faculty, or are one or two years into a new position in field education. New Field Educators are also invited to attend a supper on the Wednesday night, January 18, where you have a chance to meet some of the ATFE steering committee as well as network with colleagues who are new to field education.

FURTHER INFORMATION. You will receive a brochure booklet in the mail in early September of 2004 outlining the schedule, events, registration materials, and hotel booking information. These same details will be appearing on the web site as they are confirmed. You’ll be notified by email when they are, or simply check the web site throughout the spring and summer for updates.

An excellent web site for links to information about Toronto is at A good way to explore the city is to simply hop on a streetcar.

ABOUT THE HOTEL. The Delta Chelsea is located in downtown Toronto at the corner of Bay and Gerard. There are pool and health club facilities available to guests for free. For the truly adventurous, there is also a water slide. Groceries, a pharmacy, restaurants, quick meals, and stores are all within a five to ten minute walk from the hotel. It is right on the subway line and although we’re in the heart of the city, it is a safe place for everyone walking during the day and into the evening hours after dark.



This is a view of Toronto looking north from the CN tower. The shadow of the tower can be seen in the photo.


Another view from the CN tower.



This photo is of the Eaton Center - a large shopping plaza 5-10 minutes walk south of the hotel.