2020 California Leadership Conference: Fish Camp

February 5, 2020–February 7, 2020
Tenaya Lodge, 1122 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA

We invite you to enhance your effectiveness as a Christian school leader by joining us at the ACSI California Leadership Conference from Wednesday, February 5th through Friday, February 7th, 2020 at the beautiful  Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in  Fish Camp, California. Experts in the field - including Dr. Gene Frost, Dr. D Bruce Lockerbie, and Rex Miller - who have faced challenges and difficulties similar to the ones you face regularly, will provide keynote presentations, workshops, and other training opportunities that will equip you with strategies to overcome obstacles and fulfill the Christ-centered missions of your schools. Sessions will be relevant to those serving in schools that range from EE through grade 12. Separate EE breakout sessions will be led by Dr. Suzie Mohler.

In addition to great professional development, there will be plenty of opportunities for you and your team to take in the beautiful surroundings. Come ready to enjoy various outdoor activities or take a short trip to one of the most picturesque places on the planet, Yosemite Valley. You may also want to simply enjoy the lodge, cozy up by the fire, and relax. No matter your preference, we encourage you to join us for three outstanding days of leadership development, fellowship with like-minded Christian school leaders, and encouragement during your busy school year. This is an investment in yourself and your team that will pay important dividends. 

This year's speakers:

 Dr. Gene Frost

Dr. D. Bruce Lockerbie

Rex Miller

‘School Culture’: The Forgotten Success Factor

The Paradigm for Progress

Crossing the Chasm: The Leadership of Adventure


SCHEDULE (subject to change) 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5                                                                                         

1:00  -   5:30 p.m.          Golf Tournament sponsored by Beyond K-12 Technology

4:00  -    5:45 p.m.          Registration & Exhibits                                                                                   

5:45  -    6:45 p.m.          Dinner – Conference Begins                                                                          

7:00  -  8:30 p.m.        Opening Statements & Dr. Larry Taylor Introduction

                                   GENERAL SESSION 1 – D. Bruce Lockerbie

                                  A Paradigm for Progress: Remain Constant… and Change!

8:30  -  9:30 p.m.          Ice Cream Social – Visit Exhibits                                                            


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6                                                                                      

7:00  -    8:00 a.m.          Breakfast                           

8:15  -    9:30 a.m.          Devotions with Dr. Larry Taylor

                                       GENERAL SESSION 2 – Dr. Gene Frost                                             

                                       Who Moved the Cheese Again?           

9:30  - 10:00 a.m.          Visit Exhibits                                                                                                   

10:00  - 11:00 a.m.          GENERAL SESSION 3 – Dr. Gene Frost

                                       From Good to Great: It’s All About People

                                         Early Education Session A – Dr. Suzie Mohler

11:00  - 11:30 a.m.          Visit Exhibits

11:30  - 12:30 p.m.          GENERAL SESSION 4 – Dr. Gene Frost

                                       Why Should Parents Pay Your Tuition?

                                        Early Education Session B – Dr. Suzie Mohler

12:30  -    1:30 p.m.          Lunch

1:45  -    2:45 p.m.          BREAKOUT SESSIONS                  

2:45  -    6:00 p.m.          Free Time

6:00  -    7:00 p.m.          Dinner

7:00  -    8:30 p.m.         GENERAL SESSION 5 – Dr. Gene Frost

                                     “School Culture” - The Forgotten Success Factor

8:30  -    9:30 p.m.          Cider & Cookies – Last Chance to Visit Exhibits


       FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7                                                                                        

6:30  -    7:00 a.m.    Prepare for Departure

7:00  -    8:00 a.m.    Breakfast

8:15  -   9:15 a.m.    GENERAL SESSION 6 – Rex Miller

                                Whole: What Schools and Teachers Need for Students to Thrive

9:15  -    9:30 a.m.    Break                                                                              

9:30  - 10:30 a.m.   GENERAL SESSION 7 – Rex Miller

                              Crossing the Chasm: The Leadership of Adventure           

10:30  - 10:45 a.m.    Break

10:45  - 11:45 a.m.   GENERAL SESSION 8 – Rex Miller

                                Moving from Gutenberg to Google: How Digital Immigrants Lead Digital                                        Natives

11:45  - 12:15 p.m.    Check Out

12:15  -    1:15 p.m.    Lunch & Farewell

Conference Cost

The cost for the conference includes 2 nights lodging, 6 meals, and event registration.

Member Pricing: 

$669 Single occupancy - per person

$532 Double occupancy - per person

$485 Triple occupancy - per person

Non-member pricing: 

$769 Single occupancy - per person

$632 Double occupancy - per person

Golf Tournament 

Golf Tournament Flyer

Additional Resources

Directions to Tenaya Lodge

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