Connect@ the ACSI Professional Development Forum 2016

Colleagues talking

We are created to connect. We connect ideas to build frameworks of knowledge. We connect with people in every facet of our lives. We connect through Christ—in whom we live and move and have our being. These connections span who we are, what we do, and how we do it. For Christian educators these connections are so significant to our calling we must consistently nourish and feed them. Connect@ PD Forums this fall and grow through connection. 

IDEAS | COLLEAGUES | CHRIST || PD FORUM 2016

This Just In...
Connect with Your Colleagues This Fall

Carving out time to connect face-to-face with colleagues can be challenging—especially during the school year. But doing so at an ACSI district meeting is well worthwhile because of the encouragement, practical takeaways, and timely information you'll receive related to Christian schooling. Attend a meeting near you this fall. Here's what a few of your colleagues said about last year's event...

What Do Parents Want in a Christian School?

It's the marketing question every school leader has to ask: How do you attract students by sending the right message about your school to the right audience? To answer that question ACSI commissioned faith-based research firm Barna Group to conduct a comprehensive study this past school year, and the major findings (and implications) will be discussed at your fall district meeting.

Biblical Integration Training Coming This Fall

As Christian educators serving in Christian schools, one key characteristic that differentiates us from our public-school peers is that we have the opportunity—and the calling—to present a biblical worldview when we teach. Doing that effectively during every lesson can prove challenging, so ACSI has made a renewed commitment to ensure that breakout sessions at every 2016 Professional Development Forum include biblical integration.

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Featured Resources
48.1 Raising Daniels in a Secular Babylon

Our children are growing up in an increasingly post-Christian and secular society, where the public views people of faith as irrelevant. What does it mean that we live in a secular society, and how should we and our children engage with this secular culture?

Classroom Discipleship

Christian educators realize that the ultimate goal for their students is not to be like them, but to be like Christ.

Stone the Christian!

Let's train our children vigorously to be able to withstand the post-Christian attacks that will come their way. Let's prepare them for the rigors of life in their twenties. Let's bathe the whole process in prayer and petition to our God.

Upcoming Worldwide Events
Professional Development Forum 2016
Sep 22, 2016 - Nov 23, 2016

Over the past five years, we've given you the opportunity to talk back to us about your needs. Just as effective teachers assess and respond to the needs of their students, ACSI is modifying how we deliver professional development in response to you. As a result of your feedback, in the fall of 2016 you'll experience a new professional development opportunity through the ACSI Professional Development Forum.

International School Job Fair
Nov 1, 2016 - Nov 9, 2016

An annual U.S. event that connects international school representatives and sending agencies with potential hires.

International Christian Educator Conference—Asia
Nov 23, 2016 - Nov 26, 2016

A high-quality professional development conference for teachers, administrators, and staff serving in international Christian schools around the world.

Online Community Discussions 
Teachers Mentoring Teachers    
I just had a meeting with two of my very experienced teachers. They are interested in starting a teacher mentoring program with two ideas in mind. One is to mentor teachers who are new to our school and the other is to professionally mentor teachers who are new to our profession. I am seeking assistance from anyone who has an established mentoring program.     
Maternity Leave Policy
I need to create a maternity leave policy for my school. Is anyone willing to share their policy?    
School/Church Relations  
I am at a Christian School that is attached to a church. I was looking for ideas to help build the relationship. Sometimes there feels like an us vs. them mentality. I would like to build the fellowship between the church and the school. I have some ideas but I am looking to see if people have tried things that have worked.