ACSI Professional Development Forum 2016—Ft. Lauderdale

October 20, 2016 8:00 AM–October 21, 2016 1:30 PM
Calvary Christian Academy, 2401 W. Cypress Creek Rd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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"As Iron Sharpens Iron"

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17

The Florida ACSI Professional Development Forums are the place where Christian educators can grow professionally, collaborate with other great teachers, and be sharpened in their personal spiritual growth as well as their teaching profession.   

Schedule:   Download full program schedule

(Speaker resources/handouts available can be viewed by clicking on session titles below. If you do not see a handout link below for a session you are interested in attending, handouts will either be given out during the session or there will not be a handout.)

October 20, 2016 

8:00–9:00  Registration/Vendors

8:50–9:05  Praise and Worship  

9:00–10:30  Plenary Session I—Keynote Speaker Mrs. Cynthia Tobias, We Make A Difference

10:30–11:00 Break/Vendors 

11:00–12:15 Breakout Session I

12:15–2:00 Lunch/Poster Sessions/Vendors

2:00–3:15 Breakout Session II    

October 21, 2016

8:00–9:00 Registration/Vendors

8:50–9:05  Praise and Worship

9:00–10:30 Plenary Session II—Keynote Speaker Mr. Jay McTighe, The Big Ideas of Understanding by Design / Handout

10:30–11:00 Break/Vendors

11:00–12:15 Breakout Session III

12:15–1:30 Closing Address—Keynote Speaker Mrs. Cynthia Tobias, You Can't Make Me!  (But I Can Be Persuaded!)


Jay McTighe

Mr. Jay McTighe, Keynote Speaker, Noted Author and Educator

Jay McTighe

Mrs. Cynthia Tobias, Keynote Speaker, CEO/Founder of Apple St. Applied Learning Styles

Registration Rates (2016): 

        • Early Registration (May 20 to July 5): $109 (member); $272.50 (non-member)
        • Standard Registration (July 6 to Oct. 6):  $119 (member); $297.50 (non-member)
        • Walk-in Registration: (Oct. 7 to Event): $159 (member); $397.50 (non-member)

Member registration includes ConNEXUS Premium for one year!

On-Site Lunch Options (2016):

Attendees will have the option at the time of registration to purchase lunch on Thursday for $6.00.

October 20: Each lunch will include your choice of one of the following:

        • Herb Roasted Turkey Sandwich (served on a fresh hoagie roll), individual bag of potato chips, cookie, and bottled water
        • Grilled Chicken Salad (herb marinated grilled chicken, mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, herb balsamic vinaigrette), cookie, and bottled water
        • Choosing a lunch option above when registering is strongly encouraged. 

October 21:  Session ends at 1:30 p.m. with no lunch provided.

Local Restaurants:

The Grill (on campus), 2401 W Cypress Creek Rd., Ft. Lauderdale  954.315.7500 
Andrews Strip (Chipotle, Blaze Pizza, Voo-Doo BBQ, Jersey Mikes), NW Corner of Andrews and Cypress Creek Road
Moonlite Diner, 6201 N Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale  954.938.1116 
Sweet Tomatoes, 6245 N Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale  954.771.7111 
5 Guys Burgers and Fries, 6365 N Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale  954.617.1000
Longhorn Steakhouse, 6225 N Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale  954.267.0702
IHOP, 1395 S Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach  954.917.3463
Champs, 6401 N. Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale   954.491.9335
Chili's 6302 NW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale  954.776.6837


Marriott Fort Lauderdale North  
6650 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL  33309
Room rate:  $119 per night
Reservation cut off:  September 19, 2016
To reserve a room, call Marriott Reservations at 1.800.228.9290 and ask for the Association of Christian Schools International PD Forum room block. 

Sheraton Suites Fort Lauderdale at Cypress Creek
555 W Cypress Creek Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Room rate:  $109 per night  
Reservation cut off:  September 28, 2016
Reservations may be made online at or by phone at 1.888.627.8250 and ask for the Association of Christian Schools International room block. 

Courtyard by Marriott/Fort Lauderdale Cypress Creek
2440 W Cypress Creek Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL  33309
Room rate: $109 per night
Reservation cut off:  September 28, 2016
Reservations may be made online or by calling Marriott Reservations at 1.800.228.9290 and asking for the ACSI PD Forum room block.  



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