Florida/Caribbean Fall District Meeting—Miami
November 3, 2017 8:30 AM–November 3, 2017 12:00 PM
Northwest Christian Academy, 951 NW 136th St., Miami, FL 33168
As you plan the start of the school year, please don't forget to schedule time to attend the district administrator meeting. Once again this year, the district meetings should be full of pertinent information, great discussion starters, and wonderful fellowship. We hope you will come and bring some or all of your administrative team.
We will be engaging in a number of key school and leadership issues such as:
- Title IIA Update
- Continued Cultural Shifts and Implications
- Implications from Barna Research
- Step Up Florida Updates
The district meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. (Continental Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.) and will end promptly at 12:00 p.m. Lunch will be on your own. We encourage you to plan to eat locally with other administrators for your own personal growth, encouragement, and connection.
If you have any questions, please email the Florida Regional Office or call 727.734.7096. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming meeting!
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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