ACSI Professional Development: Call to Present

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Call for Proposals: Early Education Conference 2017–2018

Share your experience and knowledge through a breakout session that includes research-based and practical take-away ideas, active engagement and incorporates a biblical worldview. Breakout sessions are informative, research-based, and highly interactive, offering participants the opportunity to engage with material through collaborative learning. Participants further their understanding while developing new solutions and strategies for their own practice. 

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Call for Proposals: ACSI Professional Development Forum 2018 - Educating for the Common Good

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10, ESV). 

How do we educate students to walk in the good works awaiting them? How do we teach in a way that achieves academic objectives and forms our students spiritually? How do we prepare them to engage a post-Christian culture? How do we integrate academic rigor with a heart that knows and seeks?

These questions explore the space around teaching and learning that does more than transmit knowledge. This is education that forms our affections and anchors the work of our hands to a deeply rooted love. Plato said that "the object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful." While this is a noble and good education, a deeper affection for beauty is rooted in knowing and loving the source of beauty - Christ. This is an education that imbues students with a love for the beautiful that reaches beyond the surface.

Achieving this formation in students is the noble and good struggle of Christian educators. It is an education that must aim at a different end, an education for students as individuals, but not wholly for them alone. Ultimately, a Christian education is for others - the common good of the communities in which we live and serve. Our students are equipped for good works, work already laid out for them to accomplish, and we must view the preparation journey differently. We must see our students as they are - wholly and uniquely - and our role is to prepare them to walk in the good works awaiting their hands, hearts and minds.

Proposal Guidelines

Christian education prepares students' hands, hearts and minds for the work they are called to fulfill, shaping students who carry beauty into the world. To achieve this aim, we must develop both their cognitive ability to accomplish work for the good of those around them, and their heart to love and serve others. The demands of this education require us to consider the implications in how we teach, learn, and lead. The ACSI PD Forum 2018 will wrestle with questions and implications related to deeper teaching and learning within Christian schools in the areas of: instruction, leadership, service, community, teaching practices, assessment, and student learning and spiritual formation.  

Proposals for sessions presented at the 2018 PD Forum will align to the areas of instruction, leadership, service, community, teaching practices, assessment, and student learning and spiritual formation with special consideration given to those addressing the questions (or related questions) asked in each area. ACSI is highly interested in 3–session tracks in these areas which will engage attendees in deeper learning or active learning practices and will result in attendees developing a product/project by the end of the track.

Instruction  

    • How do we rigorously equip students for the works they are called to do?  
    • How can instructional practices enrich the application of biblical worldview? 
    • How do we create deep, meaningful learning experiences that prepare students spiritually and academically?  
    • What pedagogies are particularly well-suited to the application of biblical worldview?

Leadership

    • What are the missional implications of educating students for the common good?  
    • How do Christian schools articulate their return on investment within their community?  
    • What value does education for the common good bring to the community?  
    • How do leaders effectively transform their school into one that is focused outward (on the common good)? 

Service  

    • What motivates Christian schools to do community service? 
    • Is service in a Christian school a check box or a response to the call of God?
    • How then should it be integrated and implemented within the school and community?  
    • What is the relationship between service and the curriculum of a Christian school?

Community  

    • How can the Christian school intentionally be a light in the local community?
    • What is the role of the Christian school in the local community?  
    • How does a school cultivate a culture of continuous learning and spiritual formation? 
    • How do we engage parents and families as the Christian school community? 
    • How can the Christian school impact the community view of Christians through their service to the community?  
    • What does it look like to see a Christian school contribute to the common good of a community?  

Teaching Practices  

    • How does the form of our practice shape our students' knowledge of truth/understanding of God?
    • How do we organize learning spaces and develop school and classroom aesthetics that encourage student development?
    • What policies and procedures can be established in the classroom to model and uphold truth and integrity? 
    • How do we foster interpersonal relationships and a general culture that reflect God's love?

Assessment  

    • What is the role of assessment in teaching and learning?
    • How can assessment be used to help students recognize and develop their strengths and gifting?
    • What is the role of assessment in spiritual formation and/or worldview development?

Student Learning and Spiritual Formation  

    • What does it mean to view my student as an image-bearer?
    • How can Christian schools help prepare all students for the good works before them?
    • As a Christian educator, what is my responsibility to know the culture of my students?
    • How do I form positive relationships with challenging students?

  

All proposals must be submitted on or before May 15, 2018.  Presenters of accepted proposals will be notified by July 1, 2018.