International Christian Educator Conference—Asia
November 21, 2018–November 24, 2018
The Hilton Petaling Jaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ACSI invites you to join the International Christian Educator Conference (ICEC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 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.
"Let Us Consider..." - Hebrews 10:24
International Christian Educator Conference (ICEC) is a gathering of likeminded Christian educators and leaders who come together to consider... to reflect deeply upon... how to spur one another on in their love and their practices in the context of international Christian education. Join us at ICEC and let us consider together.
Hilton Petaling Jaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Conference Keynote Speakers
Gary Alan Taylor and Evan Barber | 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. They accomplish this not by outsourcing parents, but by resourcing them to disciple and transfer legacy to their children as they face life's questions and challenges. They also support faith leaders in churches and schools by providing content and facilitators who effectively introduce and address life's tough topics.
Dr. John Dickson | Author and Speaker
John's story is eclectic. Starting out as a professional singer-songwriter, he now works as an author, speaker, historian, senior pastor, and media presenter. He has published 15 books, two of which have become television documentaries, with a third due for release in March 2018. He teaches a course on the Historical Jesus at the University of Sydney, Australia, and researches the origins of Christianity in the Roman empire. For 2017-18 he is also a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at Oxford University in the UK. In all that he does, whether in the media or the church, creative or academic, he strives to be a public advocate for the Christian faith in secularising times. Having lost his father in an air disaster at 9, John is mindful of the sorrows and doubts of our world and values his wife and three children above all other gifts of this life. Visit John's webpage for more information.
Ashley Fell | Social Research and Trends Analyst, McCrindle
Ashley Fell is a social researcher, TEDx speaker and Head of Communications at the internationally recognized McCrindle. As a trends analyst, she understands the need to communicate with the emerging generations to effectively engage with them. From her experience in managing media relations, social media platforms and content creation, Ashley advises on how to achieve cut through in message-saturated times. Her expertise is in how to communicate across generational barriers.
In addition to delivering keynote presentations at conferences, Ashley is booked to conduct training days for corporate and not for profit clients, facilitate panels across an array of industries and deliver workshops across diverse generations. From generational change to the impact of technology, from key demographic transformations to social trends Ashley delivers research-based presentations analyzing the global and national megatrends.
With academic qualifications in communications, an ongoing role in deploying and analyzing national research studies, and with her position leading the communications strategy at McCrindle, Ashley brings robust, research-based content to her engaging presentations and consulting.
Dr. Dan Long | Upper School Dean of Students, Taipei American School
Dan is a Third Culture Kid and MK, born in Japan and raised in Vietnam and Taiwan. Having spent all of his formative years overseas, Dan is a product of the international school setting and a proud and grateful graduate of an ACSI school! An elementary teacher by training, Dan has worked both in the Christian school setting and in secular educational environments. He is passionate about addressing student needs related to cross-cultural identity, wellness, positive school culture and student leadership. Dan's interest in cross-cultural identity development culminated in a doctoral dissertation on the cross-cultural identity of Chinese students who are educated in a western-academic setting. He currently serves as the Upper School Dean of Students at Taipei American School.
Contact the conference coordinator for more information.
Conference price includes lunches and snacks during the conference-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.
ACSI Member School Full-Conference Registration
Early rate: $350 per person until August 31, 2018
Standard rate: $375 per person, September 1, 2018 to October 26, 2018
**Each ICEC Registrant from an ACSI member school will receive a complimentary 12-month subscription to Premium - ACSI's online learning platform. The 12-month subscription will begin when payment is made for ICEC Asia!
Nonmember Member School Full-Conference Registration
Early rate: $450 per person until August 31, 2018
Standard rate: $475 per person, September 1, 2018 to October 26, 2018
Registration will close on October 26, 2018
21 November Preconference ONLY (open to member schools and non-member schools): starting at $55— pre-conference course fee includes lunch, and snack breaks.
ICEC Asia 2018 will feature a mobile app for your conference planning. Stay tuned for details.
ICEC will begin on Wednesday, November 21 with a series of optional preconference courses from 0900 to 1600. The full conference will begin at 0800 on Thursday, November 22 ending at 1600 on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
Download the draft conference schedule.
Download the printable workshop schedule when available.
Preconference Course Options
Preconference courses are optional 6-hour classes being held on Wednesday, November 21. The cost for a preconference is $55usd unless otherwise stated in the course description. You may select a preconference course option through the registration process.
Reach 2.1 and the ePlatform
Tim Thompson | Associate Regional Director for International Schools, ACSI
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. REACH 2.1 is the most recent revision of ACSI's REACH protocol that was introduced in 2008 This course will focus on the school's self-study process from start to finish. 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. There is a new survey requirement and a new student assessment requirement. The whole process from application through the implementation of the school improvement plan is better structured and better organized. Plus, ACSI now has an ePlatform for REACH-both for schools and teams. You will be able to have hands-on training in using this new tool. Be sure to bring your computer or tablet. Every accredited school with team visits coming up within the next 2-3 years needs to send someone to this course.
2nd International Summit on Biblical Instruction and Christian Formation Practices
Susan Allen | HS Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator, Dalat International School
Join the Conversation! Calling Bible instructors, school chaplains, heads of school, principals and curriculum directors to participate in an invigorating day of dialogue, sharing of ideas, networking, and brainstorming solutions surrounding best practice in Bible instruction and spiritual formation in international Christian schools. This unique ICEC Pre-Conference course originated out of a similar gathering with leaders from 17 influential international Christian schools in December 2017 at Black Forest Academy. Two full days were spent considering what is and is not working in our Bible instruction and spiritual formation practices in the international school context. The gathering was incredibly meaningful, but it created a thirst for deeper dialogue and continuing the conversation on a larger scale. This year's forum will include best practices in biblical instruction and Christian formation, dealing with the unique challenges of the international school setting, and creating a school culture that supports living faith in staff and students. Participants will be encouraged to share what they've experienced in their unique contexts, and the format will be highly interactive and collaborative. An online interest page will be created on the new ACSI Community Forum to keep the dialogue moving. Join us in seeking God's direction for how to cultivate authentic transformation at our schools.
Chaos, Confusion and Creativity - How the Unique Adolescent Brain Learns
Dr. Tim Heaton | Professor of Education, Cedarville University
This session will look at the development of the adolescent brain, the unique things that occur in the brain that explain the craziness and confusion that adolescents go through. Myths about hormones and other traditional causes for adolescent behavior will be examined and debunked. Everything in this session is tied to neuro-education research. The focus of this course will be the classroom and how to handle behavior issues, reduce drama and introduce creative teaching methods to engage every student. This is a must for grade 4-9 teachers, administrators, counselors and parents of adolescent students.
Transforming your campus through a missional focus on language: Top 10 misunderstandings, and better ways forward
Dr. Jan Dormer | Associate Professor of TESOL, Messiah College
This session presents language as a key component in our efforts to develop a campus with a Christian, missional focus. But well-intentioned traditional school norms related to language learning and teaching sometimes work against Christian values, holistic learning, and missional efforts. In this workshop we will look at ten common yet erroneous perspectives involving language, such as the view of language as a subject, the perspective that some teachers teach language and others don't, and the belief that a multilingual campus culture diminishes English learning. With each misunderstanding, better ways forward for Christian schools are suggested. Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in active learning, with ample small and large group discussion time to share school contexts and realities, questions, doubts and applications. Language is important to God. It plays a central role in relationships, thought, and learning. It is hard to overestimate the critical role of language both in education and in the Christian international school pursuit of preparing young people for global Christian service. We need to add "language" to the categories in which we hold ourselves accountable for moral and ethical practice. This workshop aims to equip all school leaders and teachers for critical conversations about language in their schools, and the task of looking at whether language policies and practices truly enact their stated mission and vision.
Biblical Integration in the Christian School Classroom
Dr. Debbie MacCullough | ACSI Global Higher Education Consultant
Christian schools, by definition, should be different from other schools in several aspects. Usually, we get the spiritual formation and biblical community - but often the academics are no different than any other school. Academics should be taught from a biblical perspective but many teachers struggle with how to do this well. This workshop will address the concerns of what Biblical integration is (and is not) and practically, how we can integrate a lesson for the purpose of transformation of the students' minds.
Building a School: The Oasis International School - Kuala Lumpur Journey
Dr. Jessica Hale | Director of Learning and Innovation, Oasis International School
Come join us on the brand new campus of Oasis International School - Kuala Lumpur (OIS) for a preconference deep dive into whole school planning and implementation. Driven by intentional design, OIS looks forward to giving participants a hands-on interactive workshop experience centered on learning space design, technology integration, and best teaching practices. Facilitated by Dr. Jessica Hale, Director of Learning and Innovation, you will be led through a serious of sessions by the OIS team centered on what has informed their practice including a school tour and questions. Lunch and transportation will be included in the price of the preconference.
1 Thessalonians: The Book for Teachers *This preconference course will earn 1 Bible CEU
Dr. Phil Bassett | Director of Chinese Educational Services, International Schools Consortium-China
Learn the historical background of I Thessalonians and study it section by section to discover principles for becoming a more effective, biblically grounded educator.
Jack Layman, Professor Emeritus of Columbia International University, calls I Thessalonians "The Book for Teachers." Since studying I Thessalonians with Dr. Layman in 1992, I have studied it 60 times with teachers in my classes from around the world- and still see new insights. God's word is rich!
Christian Higher Education in Asia (1:00-4:00pm)
Dr. David Wilcox | Associate Vice President - Global, ACSI
Who are we, what are our distinctives, what do we have to offer Christian K-12 teachers and graduating students? Our session will identify the opportunities for Christian Higher Education to link with Christian K-12 schools in Asia and the Pacific island nations. Participants will introduce their institutions, explain what they have to offer teachers and school leaders and graduating students in K-12 international Christian schools in Asia. Participants can explain their current areas of research and seek linkages for collaboration.
Call for Workshop Proposals
If you would like to submit a proposal to present a workshop in your field of expertise, please use this form.
We have a block of rooms available at the conference hotel, the Hilton Petaling Jaya. Rates are approximately $100usd per room/per night (single or double based on availability). Each delegate will be responsible for booking their own accommodations at this very favorable rate. The room block is set up for Nov 20-24 only. If you need to extend your stay before or after that date, please contact the Hilton directly (email address is in the description on the booking site) to receive our special rate. Hilton Petaling Jaya booking link. If you are looking to reserve a block of rooms, please contact us prior to contacting the Hilton for further information.
You may book rooms outside the Hilton however, you will be responsible for travel costs to and from the conference daily.
Exhibitor and Ad/Sponsor opportunities are available for ICEC Kuala Lumpur 2018. Please view the Exhibitor and Sponsor Pricing Guide for all available opportunities. Please email the conference coordinator and with questions or to get registered with exhibitor or sponsor package.
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 of registration fees.
2. Cancellations prior to October 31 will be charged 25% of the registration fees paid.
3. There will be no registration fee reimbursement after October 31.
Hotel charges are subject to the cancellation policy of the hotel.
Child Safety Protection Network
CSPN Conference - 26-28 November, 2018
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.
Just after ICEC, The Child Safety & Protection Network Response Team Training (RTT) provides three days of intensive modular training on how to respond to child safety reports. For more information and to register for the CSPN conference, please visit their website.
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.
Avoid Walking the Plank, or at Least Reduce the Splash!
Article on School Choice and the Christian School by Joshual D. Reichard.
The issue of school choice requires more than simply stating that Christian schooling should be accessible to families. ACSI is taking an assertive position to help make education choice a reality for families that currently are unable to access Christian schooling.