ACSI Early Education Conference—Apopka
January 27, 2018 8:00 AM–January 27, 2018 4:30 PM
First Baptist Church of Apopka/Highland Christian Academy, 441 S. Highland Ave., Apopka, FL 32703
Nurturing Relationships Marked by Love and Boundaries
Are you looking for an opportunity to renew your professional and spiritual growth? As Christian early educators, we understand the importance of nurturing all children and loving them right where they are so that trust is built between the child and teacher allowing for dynamic growth and development in each student. Our conference theme, Nurturing Relationships Marked by Love and Boundaries, will direct the conference sessions to focus on modeling Jesus' love to our students while creating healthy boundaries in the classroom. Join early educators and develop a deeper understanding of ways to provide an engaging early education classroom environment that will allow children to feel safe, loved, and accepted.
|Dr. Barbara Sorrels, Author and Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education
Dr. Barbara Sorrels is Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education and the author of the award-winning book, Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 40 years serving as a teacher, program director and university professor. She holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood from the University of Maryland; a master's in education from Southwestern Seminary and a doctorate in early childhood from Oklahoma State University. She is passionate about helping parents, child welfare agencies, schools and childcare centers understand vulnerable children and the impact of trauma on healthy growth and development.
|Friday, January 26, 2018|
|9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.||Directors' Early Education Conference|
|Saturday, January 27, 2018|
|8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.||Early Education Conference|
First Baptist Church of Apopka, 441 S. Highland Ave., Apopka, FL 32703
|Director's Day||ACSI Member School||Nonmember School|
|Early Registration (by January 11, 2018 )||$65.00||$105.00|
|Standard Registration (by January 22, 2018)||$75.00||$115.00|
|Walk-In Rate (January 23–26, 2018)||$85.00||$125.00|
|EE Conference||ACSI Member School||Nonmember School|
|Early Registration (by January 11, 2018)||$55.00||$95.00|
|Standard Registration (by January 22, 2018)||$65.00||$105.00|
|Walk-In Rate (January 23–27, 2018)||$75.00||$115.00|
Reminder: Member schools must have staff added to your school roster in ConNEXUS in order to register for the conference. Please contact the ACSI FL regional office if you require assistance.
ACSI ConNEXUS Premium
Access to ConNEXUS Premium is complimentary to all delegates from ACSI member schools who register for a 2017–18 EE conference. It will be available from the time of registration through October 31, 2018. Contact the FL regional office for more information.
Regional Office Contact Information
Hampton Inn & Suites, Orlando/North, Altamonte Springs
161 Douglas Ave.
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
($119—Double Queen; $129—King Suite)
407.331.0220 (Group Code ACS for special EE Conference rates)
Make reservations online. [A block of rooms has been reserved for January 25, 2018–January 28, 2018. The special room rate will be available until December 25 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.]
Professional development (PD) opportunities are nearly universal in the experiences of U.S. educators, both in public school settings and in Christian schools. The question of which PD strategies are most effective has become more critical in recent years, as schools face increasing internal and external pressures to improve student outcomes and optimize instructional expenditures. As a result, many school leaders are seeking to identify PD opportunities with high return on investment (ROI) in terms of student learning and achievement.
In an effort to address this issue systematically, a comprehensive literature synthesis was commissioned by ACSI (Swaner 2016). The synthesis, which surveyed over 500 scholarly articles and resources over the past 20 years, asked the question, “What are best practices in PD for Christian school teachers and leaders?” While little research was found specific to Christian education, what was available corroborated much of the broader literature on PD in K–12 schools. A set of characteristics of effective PD were identified in the literature, as well as a range of practices for which there exists research on their effectiveness. The synthesis also reviewed the evidence for the importance of cultures of continuous improvement to the effectiveness of any PD efforts.
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