ACSI Professional Development: Call to Present

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Call for Proposals: ACSI Professional Development Forums 2019 - Innovate

"And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship; to make designs for working in gold and in silver and inbronze,and in the cutting of stones for settings and in the carving of wood, so as to perform in every inventive work.  He also has put in his heart to teach..."   Exodus 35:31-34 (NASB)  

Christian education must effectively prepare students to impact and influence a world they have yet to know. To do that well, teachers need to stimulate and develop their students' creativity, critical thinking skills, and communication skills, all within a flexible, collaborative learning environment. The goal of innovation in Christian schools is to create a dynamic and excellent education for students, which is aligned with the way they are created - in God's image, uniquely fashioned to fulfill His plans and purposes in their lives.

The demands of this education require us to consider how we teach, learn, and lead. The ACSI PD Forum 2019 will challenge Christian educators to stretch their creativity and wrestle with the implications of their teaching practices and spiritual influence, particularly in relation to diversity, inclusion, student engagement, and their classroom learning environment.

Keynote proposals for the 2019 PD Forum should inspire educators toward innovation and answer one or more of the following: What does it mean to innovate? What can education look like when it's infused with innovation? Why does innovation matter in the classroom?

Break-out session proposals for the 2019 PD Forum must align with innovative pedagogy or innovative leadership and must fall within the following strands: Classroom Environment, Biblical Integration/Spiritual Formation/Bible CEU, Teaching Practices, or Administrative Leadership. (See descriptions below)

ACSI will give priority to proposals in 3-session, continuous learning tracks that will engage attendees in deeper learning or active learning. Additionally, it is desired that proposals allow for attendees to complete the track with clear direction for implementation and application. This could mean the development of a template, action plan, or product/project by the end of the track.

 STRANDS for Breakout Sessions (all proposals must fall into one of these strands)


Tracks should answer one or more of these essential questions:

* How can classroom configuration impact the 21st-century learning environment? (Examples: use of stations and work centers, independent, small group, and large group instruction space, formal and informal learning space, features of shared space that promote social and emotional well-being)?

*How do we create or improve our early learning environment to foster curiosity and wonder?

* How can the integration of technology enhance the classroom environment and enrich student learning in areas of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration?

* How do we best include and dignify all kinds of learners through the use of space and management?

* How do we use line and color to enrich our learning environment?

* How do we know if we have too much clutter - what SHOULD go up on the walls of a classroom?

* How do we develop rules, regulations, and protocols that provide a safe, nurturing learning environment that works with 21st-century learners?

* How do we most effectively communicate with students and families?


Tracks should answer one or more of these essential questions:

* How do we integrate Biblical worldview to influence social and emotional development for young learners?

* How can technology be used to engage students effectively in biblical worldview integration and spiritual formation?

* How can teachers assist students in thinking holistically about their worldview and spiritual formation?

* How can teachers and leaders create a scope and sequence for biblical worldview integration that aligns with other content-learning standards?

* How does biblical worldview integration and spiritual formation with believing and unbelieving students, or international students with no frame of reference to Christianity, look different?

* How do we incorporate challenging 21st-century social issues into our integration and spiritual formation-helping students think biblically about the many social issues facing their generation?* How can strategic spiritual formation strategies impact the community at large?

Bible CEU Track (To qualify as Bible CEUs, sessions must cover these distinctives):

* Themes, topics, and books from the Bible-timeless truths with 21st-century applications

* Exposition and teaching of books of the Bible or Bible passages

INNOVATIVE TEACHING PRACTICES (Technology/Assessment/Instruction)

Tracks should answer one or more of these essential questions:

* How do we increase student engagement through technology?

* How can early educators lead and foster inquiry learning for young learners?

* How do we improve teaching and learning through innovative use of data?

* How can we use assessments and/or grading to help students take charge of their learning?

* How can classroom teachers use proficiency-based models to stimulate learning?

* How do we implement technology standards for 21st-century teaching and learning?

* How does brain research inform teaching and learning?

* How can differentiated instructional practices be practically implemented to individualize instruction?

* How can teaching and learning impact and influence diversity and inclusion initiatives?

* How can teachers most effectively collaborate across content areas and/or grade-levels to impact student learning?

* How do teachers effectively implement project-based learning or other innovative initiatives?

* How can teachers connect students to a global world through innovation?

* How can teachers implement innovative ideas and solutions in particular content areas?


Tracks should answer one or more of these essential questions:

* How can leaders implement new and innovative models of faculty development that lead to greater ownership and professional career satisfaction?

* How do leaders strategically influence and shape a healthy and innovative school culture?* What are the latest trends in education and educational leadership?

* How do leaders implement new and innovative proficiencies and competencies in education?

* How do leaders capitalize on technology for leading instruction, operations or advancement?

* How can leaders prepare for the cultural, legislative, and/or legal landscape ahead?

* How do leaders effectively implement innovative change and encourage their staff through the change process?* How can innovation bring new insights into faculty salaries and benefits?

* How can innovation impact funding sources and provide additional resources to their school?