Early Education Conferences
You Were Designed to Flourish!
ACSI Virtual Early Education Conferences are designed with sessions to equip individuals who lead and teach children from birth to age 8. Choose a date that fits your schedule and earn up to 6 clock hours/1 CEU!
A Message from Dr. Penn
Designed to Flourish - Responding to Children's Needs
To reach their full potential, young children need Christian early educators who understand their unique stage of development and the principles involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate learning environments and experiences. Join Dr. Penn as we explore the spiritual, physical, emotional, social and cognitive factors of growth and development of young children. Gain insight as this keynote explores standards aligned lesson plans based on the needs and interests of young children including those who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse.
Closing keynote: Let’s Grow! A Look at the Role of Professional Development in Holistic Child Development
Let's identify environmental factors that promote development of the whole child, especially as it pertains to professional development. Recognize the importance of being the living curriculum in order to meet needs of children and families. Be challenged to review developmentally appropriate curriculum practices and perform a self-evaluation of your professional developmental progress to plan your future opportunities.
We will hear from inspirational keynote speaker, Dr. Althea Penn, who has over 30 years of experience in organization leadership and serves as an educational consultant and professional development specialist. Dr. Penn has earned two Master’s degrees in Education Administration, a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, certification as an Early Childhood Educator, and the National Administrator Credential. She has served as a teacher, children’s ministry director, and principal. Dr. Penn has authored several books, including “Christian Education Mandate,” “Firmly Rooted: Cultivating Faith Development in the Next Generation,” and “Equipping and Empowering Early Educators.”
Designed to Flourish - Crucial Words to Enrich Relationships
Come connect and engage with early education leaders! All of us face stressful situations in relationships from time to time. Learn how to communicate effectively and work through problematic conversations to enhance relationships within your circles of influence. As an early education leader, you will engage and collaborate with peers and leave the summit with a plan to implement strategies with your early education team. Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Review the Summit Schedule and plan for your day to flourish and network with early ed leaders like you!
We will hear from Mike Epp who oversees the global work of ACSI in which Christian schools are thriving in over 100 countries. He lived overseas for many years as a head of an international bilingual Christian school in Brazil. From his cross-cultural experiences and his training, Mike has developed a passion for helping Christian educators resolve interpersonal conflict and preserve unity so that they can remain effective in Kingdom service. He has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Education and is a certified Crucial Conversations trainer with Vital Smarts. Mike has been very happily married to his wife Cindy for 43 years and has two married adult children and importantly, three granddaughters.
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What have educators said about ACSI Early Education Conferences?
"I have been reminded that I must take care of myself before I can minister to and teach the children in my class. I must be a healthy shepherd for my flock. I want to help my children grow, learn, and flourish!"
"All the speakers we heard from were great! Thank you for creating conferences such as these to help us as educators grow and learn!”
"I thoroughly ENJOYED the speakers today and I cannot wait to take back the things I learned today to my classroom on Monday!! Thank you so very much! This is not my first year teaching, but my first year of our school starting a 3 year old preschool and what an exciting conference to help me see and implement learning with the Biblical views!"