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ACSI Early Education Conference—Summerville

February 23, 2018–February 24, 2018
Northwood Academy, 104 Charger Drive, Summerville, South Carolina 29486


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.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Barbara Sorrels
Author and Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education 

Dr. Barbara Sorrels

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.

2018 Schedule

Friday: Director's Day  
Registration 8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Session 1 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Break  10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Session 2 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Lunch 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Session 3 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Session 4  2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. 
Saturday Conference (Total of 6 clock hours)
Session 1 Keynote 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Break 9:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
Session 2 9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m. 
Session 3 11:00 p.m.–12:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Session 4 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Session 5 2:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m. 

Download the Schedule and Speaker Handouts

Conference Journal and Schedule
Creating a Life-Giving Classroom EZZO Handout.pdf 
Developing a Culture of Purposeful, Professional Development for Christian Early Educator Handout.pdf
Directors_Day_Conf_Dr_Barbara_Sorrels_Session1_Trauma_Informed_Education Handout.pdf
Directors_Day_Conf_Dr_Barbara_Sorrels_Session2_Foundations_of_Learning Handout.pdf
EE_Conference_Dr_Barbara_Sorrels_Keynote1_Reaching_and_Teaching Handout.pdf
EE_Conference_Dr_Barbara_Sorrels_Session6_Power_of_Relationships Handout.pdf
Meet Me at the Carpet for Circle Time Handout.pdf
Neuroscience of the LIFE Message Outline  Ezzo Handout.pdf
What is your Class management Plan Handout.pdf


Northwood Academy, 104 Charger Drive, Summerville, South Carolina 29486


Director's Day ACSI Member School Nonmember School
Early Registration (by January 26) $50.00 $70.00
Standard Registration (by February 16) $60.00 $80.00
After on-line registration closes $70.00 $90.00
Special Pricing for Directors 
Director's Day and EE Conference (by January 26) $75 $95
EE Conference
Early Registration (by January 26) $50.00 $70.00
Standard Registration (by February 16) $60.00 $80.00
After on-line registration closes $70.00 $90.00

Refund Policy: There are no refunds for the events. Substitutions are allowed. 


Reminder: Member schools must have staff added to your school roster in ConNEXUS in order to register for the conference. Please contact the ACSI SE regional office if you require assistance.


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 SE regional office for more information.

Regional Office Contact Information


Phone:  770.985.5840

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