Distance Learning

Understanding the Distance Learning Resource Center (DLRC)

The Distance Learning Resource Center (DLRC) at Dalat International School serves local and expatriate families in Penang as well as the families of Christian workers throughout Asia by partnering with them to provide their children with an education for life.

Meet the DLRC Coordinator

The DLRC is staffed by Jonathan Steffen, who is also an AERC consultant.

Jonathan and his wife Kari are TCKs (Third Culture Kids) who grew up in the Philippines. His formative years were spent in a remote village in northern Luzon. He was a boarding student from elementary through high school.

Jonathan Steffen - DLRC Coordinator

Jonathan graduated from Faith Academy where he met Kari. They returned to the United States, were married, and began their careers. Jonathan taught Special Education for seven years in a large public high school in Indiana.

With a heart to serve and a passion for TCKs, Jonathan was asked to return to Asia with his wife and young son to work as an educational consultant to expatriate families.

Local Resources

The DLRC serves families who are homeschooling their children in Penang, Malaysia. The DLRC provides ways for these families to be integrated into the Dalat community through a variety of services and opportunities including the following:

  • full access to the Dalat library including online resources
  • full access to the DLRC resource library
  • option of enrolling in single classes taken on campus
  • option to participate in after-school clubs and athletic programs
  • academic testing services
  • homeschool/TCK consultation services at Dalat
  • college/career counseling services at Dalat
  • assistance with homeschool record keeping and transcripts

Regional Resources

The DLRC also serves Christian worker families throughout Asia as a member of the Asia Education Resource Consortium (AERC). This large network of schools, agencies, and educational consultants offers a variety of services and opportunities including:

  • qualified and experienced staff in major cities throughout Asia
  • resource centers with lending libraries for books and teaching materials
  • family education conferences (FEC) in various Asian cities
  • personal consultation by e-mail, visits, phone, and Internet messaging
  • testing services, including standardized tests and specialized individual tests
  • secure members-only Web site and members’ forum: asiaerc.org
  • AERC members who pay their dues through Dalat are also members of the DLRC

The DLRC and AERC provide critically needed educational services and support to expatriate families in Asia, particularly those who are using nontraditional educational methods such as homeschooling, national schools, or online schooling to educate their children where they live.

Contact the DLRC

DLRC Dalat International School, Tanjung Bunga 11200 Penang, Malaysia