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Lancaster, PA Professional Development



Join us in Lancaster, PA for a Leaders' Summit on Thursday, a Pre-Conference Thursday evening and the Conference on Friday. 


EE Leaders' Summit

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2023, 8:30am-3:30pm Eastern Time

Location: Double Tree Resort, Lancaster, PA

Cost: ACSI member rate: $85 ($115 starting 9/18/23)

         Non-member rate: $115

Join Christian school leaders as we engage with expert led sessions designed specifically for leadership training and encouragement. Earn 6 clock hours of training in four sessions:

Session 1 - Reigniting the Passion for Leadership

Session 2 - Leading Programs to Flourish Through Engagement

Session 3 - Blessed or Stressed - A Look at the Well-Being of the Leader

Session 4 - Communication - The Key to a Successful Team

Lunch is included with registration with a Fresh Salad and Homemade Soup Buffet.  

Preview the Schedule 2023 Leaders' Summit


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Date: Thursday, October 12, 2023  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET

Location: Double Tree Resort, Lancaster, PA

Cost: ACSI member rate: $30

          Non-member rate: $50

Protecting Yourself and Your Students through Situational Awareness and Defensive Techniques

Join Certified Defense Instructor, Susie Delo, who earned her black belt in Krav Maga and began the ministry of You Matter to share her passion for motivating others in mental and physical self-defense so they can conquer past, current, and future trauma. This self-defense class introduces techniques, moves, and weapons (everyday items) you can use to protect yourself and others. Learn how to handle the body’s natural reactions to stress and build confidence through Mental Defense. Learn steps to avoid becoming a target and discover simple but effective techniques for defending yourself and teaching your students to do the same. This pre-conference session qualifies for 2 hours of Health & Safety training.

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Make plans to stay overnight at the Double Tree Resort. Use this link for a special room rate for conference attendees. 

The Double Tree's special conference rate of $122 per room for up to 5 people is extended to September 22nd!


Professional Development Conference

Date: Friday, October 13, 2023, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM ET

Location: Double Tree Resort, Lancaster, PA

Cost:  ACSI member rate: $85 ($115 starting 9/18/23)

          Non-member rate: $115

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 motivates 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 Sessions 2023 Lancaster Conf Breakout Sessions 

Earn up to 6 clock hours of CEUs at the conference. Pre-selection of breakout sessions will help us to save you a seat. The pre-selection form can be found in the confirmation after registering. 

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Lunch is not included, however, purchase of your choice of a lunch meal catered by the hotel is available during registration.

Pre-purchased lunch choices include: 

  • Sweet Thai Chili Chicken Wrap
  • Sliced Roast Beef Wrap
  • Chicken Caesar Wrap
  • Vegetable Wrap 
Catered lunches include: Chips, Fruit, Cookie, Choice of Deviled Egg Potato Salad or Lancaster County Macaroni Salad, and Soda or Water.  Cost for catered meal is $24


Conference Schedule


7:30 – 8:00 Registration opens
8:00 – 10:00 Session 1
10:00 – 10:10 Break
10:10 – 11:10 Session 2 - Breakout
11:10 – 11:20 Break
11:20 – 12:20 Session 3 - Breakout
12:20 – 1:05 LUNCH
1:05 – 2:05 Session 4 - Breakout
2:05– 2:15 Break
2:15– 3:30 Session 5


Questions? Contact ACSI Early Education at

Joy RobertsJoy 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 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.