Connect@ the ACSI Professional Development Forum 2016

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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

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Connect with Ideas, Colleagues, and Christ: PD Forum 2016

As you begin the school year, you hold a vision for your students’ growth and learning—a hope that each hour of instruction, from kindergarten through high school, will contribute to achieving that vision. But how do you move from your best hopes to the confidence that the instruction your students receive each day is leading toward the goal?

Cast Your Vision for the Future!

What if you could help shape the future of the Christian school movement? At the upcoming Global Christian School Leadership Summit, you and your peers will have the opportunity to do just that! Learn more about this inspiring vision-casting event for Christian school leaders, happening February 1–3, 2017, in Orlando.

Membership: A worthwhile investment

It’s every Christian school leader’s challenge: strengthening your school while wisely stewarding finances. As you evaluate your school’s needs in light of your budget this year, consider what two of your peers have to say about why renewing their schools’ ACSI membership is a wise decision all around. Keep your school strong in 2016/2017 and renew your membership! You'll receive a discounted rate if you renew by September 30, so act today.

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Global Christian School Leadership Summit

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February 1–3, 2017

Join together with fellow Christian school leaders (Early Education, Elementary, Secondary, and Higher Education) from around the world to cast a unified vision for the years ahead.

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Featured Resources
48.2 Christian School Parents, Be Encouraged!

Researchers and God’s Word have long recognized that schools are powerful environments that shape one’s worldview. Deckard and Smithwick’s research (2002) suggests a strong correlation between a biblical Christian worldview and the type of school a student attends. The implication is that students tend to adopt the worldview of the teachers who teach them, which God’s Word also states in Luke 6:40.

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?

Relevant Professional Development Guided by Student Data

Teacher professional development is meaningful only when it is relevant to the needs of students. The purpose of developing professionally as a teacher is to better serve students, and the best way to do that is to understand what their needs and strengths are and then focus on how to best move them forward.

Upcoming Worldwide Events
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 
"One time" annual field trip form inquiry
Our school is instituting a program where we will be involved in many outdoor education opportunities. The idea of using a field trip permission slip for every outing will be cumbersome. Does anyone use an annual field trip/medical release form that could encompass the entire school year?    
National Honor Society Standards  
We are registered with the National Honor Society. We have been using a GPA average of 86 or better for student qualification (with the other requirements). However, the idea of raising the minimum standard to a GPA of 92 or higher has been discussed. Any feedback on pros and cons of doing this. This idea come about by the thought that maybe too many of our students are qualifying.
Makerspaces/Inventor Stations
Hi! I was wondering if anyone has started a makerspace program? If so, what types of stations do you offer? What are the logistics (length of time/when do you offer it)? Is it based on a reward system or are all students able to participate? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.