Early Education Conference —Summerville, SC

February 23, 2019 8:30 a.m.–February 23, 2019 4:15 p.m.
Northwood Academy, 4020 2nd Ave., Summerville, SC 29486

Building a Firm Foundation

"... rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2:7 NIV

Renew your professional and spiritual growth at the ACSI Early Education conference. Join us for a keynote speaker who will inspire, equip, and encourage while earning professional development clock hours/CEUs for attending. 

Pricing (per delegate, lunch included) Member Non-member
Early Registration (through 2/1/19) $58 $88
Standard Registration  $68 $98

Lunch Options (choose one)

  • Turkey Sub on wheat, chips, cookie, drink

  • Roast Beef Sub on white, chips, cookie, drink

  • Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken (GF), chips, drink

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Annie Gallagher, founder of Transformed PD, will present Intentionally Impacting Spiritual Formation in Early Education. Dr. Gallagher is a follower of Jesus Christ, professional development coach, instructional program consultant, teacher, wife, and mother who currently lives in Kentucky. She has coached Christian educators in the US and internationally in how to authentically plan and teach Christ-centered instruction, so students see God revealed across all learning.

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