International Christian Educator Conferenceā€”Asia

November 23, 2016–November 26, 2016


ACSI invites you to join the International Christian Educator Conference (ICEC) at the International Christian School in Hong Kong. This conference provides a focused time of professional development, networking, and fellowship for international school educators. Join us to be challenged and inspired by keynote speakers, preconference courses, workshops, and job-alike sessions.

Conference Theme: Teaching with Wisdom

He is the one we proclaim, admonishing, and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28).
Paul's words proclaim, admonish, teach, and with wisdom speak of how we teach but this verse also includes a future outcome for our students: maturity in Christ. Christian educators know that He, Jesus, is in and around, above and below every subject area. As we teach we are proclaiming Him. He is the one who holds all together—whether the sciences or the arts, whether history or mathematics. Our teaching, no matter the subject area or level, should move our students toward wonder, toward joy, toward maturity in Christ, and finally into our student's calling as difference makers. This kind of teaching takes wisdom. Wisdom is an ancient idea and speaks of the ages, of maturity, and a high level of carefulness that we educators must practice. Ours is holy work. We educators come together at ICEC to grow in our craft, to humbly learn from each other, and to take steps toward wisdom.

Conference Location

ICEC will be held on the campus of the International Christian School of Hong Kong. Take some time to visit the school website.

Conference Keynote Speakers

AXIS Team: The mission of AXIS is to empower the next generation to think clearly and critically about what they believe and to take ownership of their faith. Dhugie Adams and Gary Alan Taylor will share with us some relevant and exciting information applicable to future generations and their faith.

Cynthia Tobias: Cynthia is a popular speaker and author whose insights, humor, and practical strategies have encouraged and motivated educators, parents, business people, and students to focus on strengths to achieve success. 

Mike Potter: Mike is the head of school at Tyndale Christian School located in Adelaide, Australia and the author of We Have a Voice

Stewart Stemple, The Central Group, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, International Human Resources, Executive Recruitment and Development: Stewart is an MK who graduated from Dalat International School in Malaysia and has gone on to be a successful and dynamic leader in the business world, which he views as his ministry. His passion is inspiring people to grow in all areas of their life and working with companies to create a culture where people can perform at their very best. 

Dr. Michael Lindsay: Dr. Lindsay serves as the eighth president of Gordon College. President Lindsay earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, graduate degrees from Princeton Seminary and Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University. Prior to his appointment as president of Gordon, Dr. Lindsay served on the faculty of Rice University. He is the author of two dozen scholarly publications, including Faith in the Halls of Power and View from the Top.

Contact the conference coordinator for more information.

Conference Pricing

Conference price includes meals and snacks at the conference site-breakfast and lunch for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, two snack breaks on Thursday and Friday, and one snack break on Saturday. Price does not include airfare, hotel, evening dinners, airport transportation to and from the hotel, public transportation to and from the conference or preconference courses. 

Member Full-Conference Registration

Early rate: $300 per person until July 31, 2016
Standard rate: $325 per person, August 1, 2016 to October 24, 2016

Nonmember Full-Conference Registration
Early rate: $400 per person until July 31, 2016
Standard rate: $425 per person, August 1, 2016 to October 24, 2016

Day Rate
This rate is available to purchase for a single conference day.
Member school rate: $125 for 1 day, $250 for 2 days
Nonmember school rate: $175 for 1 day, $350 for 2 days

23 November Preconference ONLY: starting at $55—cost of the preconference course, includes breakfast, lunch, and snack.


ICEC Asia 2016 will feature a mobile app for your conference planning. Stay tuned for details. 

Conference Schedule

ICEC will begin on Wednesday, November 23 with a series of optional preconference courses from 9:00 AM to 16:00 PM. The full conference will begin at 8:00 AM on Thursday,  November 24 ending at 16:00 PM on Saturday, November 26, 2016. 

Download the conference schedule.

Download the printable conference workshop schedule.

Preconference Course Options

Tim Thompson, ACSI Associate Director for International Schools: REACH 2.1
REACH 2.1 is the most recent revision of the REACH protocol that was introduced in 2008. This course will look at the revised accreditation process from start to finish. There are some significant changes in REACH 2.1 which will be highlighted. Standards and indicators have been adjusted, manuals have been rewritten, the process has been revised to be more collaborative, there's more emphasis on analysis of data and a totally new set of supporting documents have been developed, including templates. There is a new survey/feedback requirement and a new student assessment requirement. The whole process from application through implementation of the school improvement plan is better structured and better organized. Plus, beginning in January of 2017, ACSI will introduce an ePlatform for REACH-both for schools and teams.

Chris Browne, Wheaton Press, President: Connecting Truth and Equipping K–12 Teachers with the Keys for Authentic Christ-centered Integration
Are you tired of approaches to Biblical integration that feels artificial and leave you, your teachers and your students feeling frustrated? Do you feel equipped with the principles for equipping students to authentically integrate their lives outside of your classroom? How do we avoid artificial or inauthentic integration across academic disciplines and align our classrooms for maximized transformational learning? This workshop will equip administrators, curriculum directors and classroom teachers with simple, Christ-centered principles for authentic integration and practical application.

Dr. Jan Dormer, Messiah College, Associate Professor of TESOL: Teaching English Language Learners in the Regular Classroom, Moving from Lose-Lose to Win-Win!
This preconference session is for regular classroom and content teachers (K-12) who have English language learners (ELLs) in their classrooms. Often, having students in class who are struggling with the English language is viewed as a losing situation. The teacher is unprepared to deal with ELLs, and is frustrated. If the teacher does try to help the ELLs, the regular students may lose instruction time. Most significantly the ELLs lose...either because obvious language gaps are not being addressed, or sometimes because their well-developed conversational ability masks their continued need for the development of academic language. How can this losing environment change to a winning one? This session will first outline some foundational concepts of second language acquisition. Then, it will address the two needs that ELLs have in content classrooms:

  1. To further their English language learning, and
  2. To learn academic content.

Overall guidelines and principles will be shared for developing lessons that can meet both of these needs, while at the same time enriching the classroom experience and learning potential for all students. Some well-known approaches to meeting the needs of ELLs in regular classrooms will be discussed, such as sheltered instruction and the SIOP model, and universal design. Participants will work in subject-area small groups to apply their learning, and will leave the session with concrete steps for addressing the needs of the ELLs in their classrooms.Notes:

  1. This session is recommended as a prerequisite to the subject-area workshops on meeting the needs of ELLs, which will take place during the conference.
  2. This session is highly recommended for ESL teachers as well, as it will provide content which they could then use for the professional development of teachers at their schools.   

Steve and Jenny Florisson, Boarding Training, Australia, CEOs and Traniners: Excellence in International Christian Boarding-CANCELLED
Boarding parents play an eternally significant role in the lives of young people. It is a calling to a very special vocation, entrusted with the care, development and spiritual nurture of precious young people in a home environment. The role is both demanding and rewarding and requires caring, professional practice with specific knowledge and skills. Being a boarding parent in a cross-cultural context adds another layer of complexity. This six-hour pre-conference course will explore the standards and support processes of excellent boarding practice that is professional, ethical and accountable. Presenters Steve and Jenny Florisson have been involved in the student boarding industry in Australia for over thirty years and have developed an accredited training course for boarding parents at Certificate IV and Diploma levels in the Australian Qualifications Framework. The Certificate IV course is being delivered in International Christian boarding schools. Attending this workshop will challenge and inform your practice as you contribute and interact with people from many different Christian student boarding situations.

Topics in the course include:

  • Current boarding trends and industry standards
  • Protection for young people
  • Care for young people
  • Facilitating behavioural change
  • Holistic intentional development for young people in boarding  

International Chaplain Summit: 2—Youth Ministry in the School Context
The ACSI International Chaplain Summit 2 is a specialized gathering for those individuals who are tasked with overseeing a sizable element of the spiritual life in the Christian school. Chaplains, Spiritual Life Directors, Campus Pastors will receive spiritual encouragement and practical ideas for their important task. Whether you have a Chaplain's office on campus, or you are the lead Bible teacher that has been asked to set up a weekly Chapel program, the Summit is for you.  

Dr. James Drexler, Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Covenant College: How Firm is Your Foundation?
Worldview determines pedagogy. The decisions you and your school make about curriculum, classroom management, assessments, athletics, discipline, budgets, hiring, marketing, professional development—and everything else that happens in schools—are made in light of some perspective or framework. Christian educators profess certain clear beliefs about Jesus, salvation, the Christian life, and education, but can easily put into practice pedagogical habits that are contrary to what is professed. Stated differently, there is a big difference between a Christian teacher and a teacher who happens to be a Christian.

This pre-conference session will assist Christian educators to understand and implement a consistent and coherent biblical worldview, a firm foundation in Jesus Christ and his eternal Word. Among the topics explored: biblical worldview, biblical foundations for Christian schooling, how a Christian educator is different, examples of how a biblical worldview can be woven into the fabric of a Christian school (and what happens when that doesn't happen) in areas like classroom management, leadership, our understanding of knowledge, the goals and purposes of education, and more.

Dr. John McCracken, Professor of Teacher Education, Indiana Wesleyan University: Developing Word Knowledge—A Better Alternative to Traditional Spelling, Vocabulary, and Phonics Instruction
This course explores word recognition and spelling skills K–12—with a K–8 emphasis. Based on extensive observations and experiences in real classrooms it combines discussions of theory and practical assessment tools and techniques with ready-to-use word study, spelling, vocabulary, and phonics activities presented in a developmental sequence from Preliterate through the Derivational Constancy stage. It shows students how to work with picture and word sorting, how to use word banks at the beginning phases, and how to incorporate word study into reading and writing.

Dr. Tim Heaton, Professor of Education, Cedarville University: Charting the Course Within Your Classroom to Improve Student Learning
This course will explore evidence-based practices to improve student learning within your classroom. Instructional strategies and tools will be discussed to maximize opportunities for all students to succeed. Topics include formative assessment practices, behavior assessments and behavior plans, differentiated instruction and technology integration to name a few. This session will prove beneficial for all teachers!

Scott Hayden, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, International Community School: Conflict, Allergies, and Motor Oil: Transforming Disagreements into Dynamos
Learn how to respond to everyday conflict in ways that build relationships and promote God's glory. We will explore four biblical principles that *guide individuals and institutions through all kinds of disagreements, from classroom to board room. Learn how to:

  • reorient yourself to what matters 
  • take responsibility for your contribution to a conflict
  • gently help others do the same
  • reach mutually agreeable resolutions

*based on the teaching materials of Peacemaker Ministries (

CLOSED-Workshop Options and Proposals

Thank you to everyone who submitted workshop proposals. We are now full and not accepting submissions.

Visa Information

Each conference delegate is responsible to determine whether or not they require a visa to enter Hong Kong.
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Housing Information

Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Sha Tin, 1 On Ping Street, Shatin, N. T. Hong Kong
Royal Park Hotel, 8 Pak Hok Ting Street, Shatin, Hong Kong
Regal Riverside Hotel, 34-36 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Shatin, Hong Kong

Pricing and reservation link for hotels will be available on the registration site.

Exhibitor/Sponsor Information

Exhibitor and Ad/Sponsor opportunities are available for ICEC Hong Kong 2016. Please email the conference coordinator for information.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Conference registration fees will be refunded, less the following fees:
1. Cancellations prior to September 1 will receive a full refund.
2. Cancellations prior to October 31 will be charged 25% of the registration price paid.
3. There will be no registration reimbursement after October 31.

Child Safety Protection Network

The Child Safety Protection Network ITT (CSPN) is a three-day event offering intensive training for how to respond to child abuse reports according to CSPN Best Practice Standards. Agencies and schools sending representatives should be a member of the CSPN and are advised to send 2–4 people to the same ITT event.

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