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La Mirada EE Conference


Friendzy Message EE Events West 22-23

Join us in La Mirada, CA where Joy Roberts and Julie Widman from Friendzy will help us explore relationships and belonging. Let’s cultivate resilience as we grow in relationship building as an early education community.

EE Leaders' Summit

Date: Fri., Sept 30, 2022, 8:30am-3:30pm Pacific Time

Location: Biola University


  • ACSI member rate through 9/16/22: $79 ($89 starting 9/17/22)
  • Non-member rate: $109

Strength-Based Leadership 

God has designed and hardwired us for connection and community. The last two and a half years have been long, difficult and isolating. Now more than ever, educators need to have a supportive community where we feel seen, known and to belong in order to flourish in the 2022-2023 school year. Our day of professional learning will include strategies on how to build connections for your team to form deeper, stronger relationships that point us to Jesus and help us live out our God-given purpose. Unity and love for each other is how the world will know and believe the message of Jesus (Jn 13:35). In Christ, as God’s people, we are the way our students, families, and community will know the reality of who Jesus is. 

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Early Education Conference

Date: Sat., Oct 1, 2022, 8:00am-4:00pm Pacific Time

Location: Biola University


  • ACSI member rate through 9/16/22: $79 ($89 starting 9/17/22)
  • Non-member rate: $109

Building Belonging

Belonging is a central message of Christ. To belong is to feel secure. Without belonging, we are alone. We know students crave feeling accepted and valued and they need strong connections with their families, teachers and peers. Research confirms caring relationships with educators motivate students to engage in the learning process. Belonging is our primary human need. Beyond food and shelter, nothing promotes human flourishing like having people and a place of belonging. In Christ, we can find true belonging: True belonging is being fully known and being fully loved. We long to belong, and so do our students. 

Preview the breakout choices Biola Conference Breakout Sessions 2022 to learn about your session options before arriving at the conference. 

Meet the Conference Presenters!

*The first 25 schools to register their staff will be entered into a drawing for a free registration next year.*

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Registration for each event includes lunch and earning of up to 6 clock hours / 1 CEUs.

Learn more about each event's schedule:

     Leaders' Summit Full Schedule       

     La Mirada Early Educator Full Schedule

Questions? Contact ACSI Early Education at

Freindzy Team

Joy RobertsJoy Roberts

Joy Roberts is the co-founder of Friendzy, curriculum designer, speaker, teacher, and social-emotional learning advocate. She believes every student deserves a chance to succeed. At a young age Joy experienced childhood trauma. Joy understands firsthand that our greatest wounds come from people and our greatest healing comes from healthy relationships. God has designed and hardwired us for connection and community. This has fueled her entrepreneurial spirit to launch a resource into schools that equips students to navigate the social and emotional challenges they have faced and will encounter.  Joy lives in Portland, OR with her husband and is completing her Masters in Biblical Theology. 


Julie WidmanJulie Widman

Julie Widman, co-founder of Friendzy, found herself drawn to looking at the whole child and the impact a hearing handicap had on their education while in graduate school. Through graduate school, she researched how different learning styles impacted educational growth in hearing-impaired students. A decade ago, Julie began to recognize another disability in children. Coping skills and relational strategies were needed for not only her own children to successfully navigate their feelings and social situations, but social-emotional competence was often missing in their peers as well.  Julie lives in Tualatin, Oregon with her husband and two tweens.