International Christian Educators Conference—Europe
April 11, 2019–April 14, 2019
Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague CZ
ACSI invites you to join the International Christian Educator Conference (ICEC) in Prague, CZ. 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.
Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague, CZ.
Conference Keynote Speakers
Gary Alan Taylor and Melanie Mudge | 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. David I. Smith | Director, Graduate Studies in Education, Calvin College
David I. Smith has an international reputation as a thinker and practitioner at the inter-section of faith and teaching. He began his career teaching French, German, and Russian in public secondary schools in the United Kingdom, where he became fascinated by the question of how our beliefs, values, and commitments can shape and guide our approaches to teaching and learning. After graduate work in philosophical theology, philosophy of education, and curriculum studies he moved to Calvin College, where he has received the College's Award for Innovative Teaching. He is the founding Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and Director of Graduate Studies in Education. He also serves as the Senior Editor of the Journal of Education and Christian Belief.
His original questions - how does my identity as a Christian affect how I teach? What other values and convictions are implicitly embedded in our actions as teachers? - have continued to guide his work. He has spent more than two decades exploring the implications of rethinking the language classroom in terms of hospitality to strangers and investigating the wider relationship between pedagogy and spiritual and moral formation. In recent years he has traveled widely as a speaker and consultant to schools, universities, and conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Various of his writings are widely used in teacher education and faculty development contexts. His most recent book is On Christian Teaching: Practicing Faith in the Classroom, and he has also helped develop extensive online resources at www.whatiflearning.com and www.teachfastly.com.
Dr. Donald A. Lichi | Interim President/CEO, Emerge Counseling Services
Dr. Donald A. Lichi is a licensed psychologist in Ohio. While providing clinical services at EMERGE Counseling Services in Akron, Ohio he also serves as Interim President/CEO and is on the Emerge Leadership Team. He served as an adjunct professor with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (MO), Trinity International University (IL), and Asia Theological Center (Singapore). He previously served on the faculty of the University of Akron (OH), Ashland Theological Seminary (OH), and All Nations Theological Seminary, Malawi, Africa. He is on the teaching faculty of Heart to Heart Communications (Akron, OH) and is on the Pastoral Leadership Team of the Akron Chinese Christian Church.
From 2001-2007 Dr. Lichi was President/CEO and Director of Advancement of Chapel Hill Christian School, a comprehensive non-profit school of 600 students on two campuses. From 1992-2002 Dr. Lichi served as Executive Vice President of EMERGE Ministries, Inc. During this period Dr. Lichi was also the Director of Education and responsible for the Ashland Seminary/EMERGE Master of Arts program in Clinical Counseling. He was a supervisor, directed the Institute of Pastoral Counseling program and provided marriage, family and individual counseling. He has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops on integrating spiritual and emotional health, education, parenting, marriage, and family issues and has published several articles on Christian mental health. Dr. Lichi's ministry has taken him to Singapore, India, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Romania, China, Malaysia, Russia, Hungary, Nicaragua and Malawi. Dr. Lichi was in private practice for five and one-half years, taught school and directed a school-based counseling program for six years. He also taught for six years in the graduate school at the University of Akron. Earlier, while in the United States Air Force, Dr. Lichi served for three years in Italy and three years in Alaska. He co-authored a book, Broken Windows of the Soul which is now published by Moody Press. Best of all, he is married to Marcie and they have three adult children and seven grandchildren!
Susan Allen | High School Curriculum Coordinator/Bible Department Chair, Dalat International School
Susan Allen grew up as a missionary kid in SE Asia and attended Christian schools from PK-12. She has worked at Dalat International School in Penang, Malaysia since 2010, where she is High School Curriculum Coordinator and chair of the Bible Department. From her experience as a Bible teacher and student mentor, she could see a disturbing trend of disconnection between professed beliefs and real-life practices. She worked with a team to lead the school through a multi-year process of research, development, and innovation in the area of biblical instruction and spiritual formation, and the results have been transformational. She speaks from both her own experiences and a wealth of research.
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Conference price includes lunches and snacks during the conference-Friday, Saturday and Sunday, two snack breaks on Friday and Saturday, and one snack break on Sunday. 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: $470 per person until December 21, 2018
Standard rate: $500 per person, December 22, 2018 to April 1, 2019
Nonmember Member School Full-Conference Registration
Early rate: $570 per person until December 21, 2018
Standard rate: $600 per person, December 22, 2018 to April 1, 2019
Registration will close on April 1, 2019
Preconference Course Offerings
11 April preconference ONLY (open to member schools and non-member schools): starting at $55- pre-conference course fee includes lunch and snack breaks.
Preconference courses are optional 6-hour classes being held on Thursday, 11 April. 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.
Accreditation Training for Team Members and Team Chairs
Tim Thompson | Associate Regional Director for International Schools, ACSI
REACH 2019 is the current version of the REACH accreditation protocol that was first introduced in 2008. From application through the implementation of the school improvement plan, the accreditation process is better structured and better organized. This course will look at the accreditation process from team members' and the team chair's perspective. We'll take a step-by-step approach to serving on an ACSI accreditation team and what that involves. There will be an emphasis on pre-visit activities, what happens during a visit, what are team members' responsibilities, and what may need to be concluded after the actual team visit. We'll also discuss REACH 2019 and some of the key aspects of the protocol, including data analysis, surveys, and new expectations. REACH has a totally new set of supporting documents for teams that we'll look at. Plus, we'll explore the ACSI ePlatform for REACH, and you will be able to have hands-on training in using this new tool. Be sure to bring your computer or tablet. Prospective team members and chairs need to attend this course.
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.
Summit on Counseling in the International Christian School
Calling all school counselors! Have you ever felt alone in your task of counseling students and speaking with families in your school community? Have you ever longed for access to shared resources, expertise, prayer, and networking for your specific job role? Our upcoming one-day School Counselor's Summit coming up in conjunction with ACSI's International Christian Educators Conference (ICEC) may be just the thing you have been hoping for. Not only will the counseling team at the Christian International School of Prague be providing leadership for the summit agenda, Dr. Don Lichi, Interim President/CEO of Emerge will be with us to provide valuable input into our work and practice.
The emphasis of the Counselors Summit will lean heavily toward student counseling in the school environment, not the university/college application process. Member care personnel who serve the international school community are also welcome and will have an opportunity to meet and spend time with Dr. Lichi as well.
Being together, sharing, and praying will be a feature of our time together. We will also have specific times for sharing and presentations from Dr. Lichi and from other counselors on specific topics. We will also have specific breakouts for school counselors and member care people. Summit topics will first be generated through a survey taken of school counselors in the ACSI network of international Christian schools. Other topics may include items like, counseling and privacy in the age of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), navigating the boundaries between counselor and member care, gender issues, etc.
The need is great. Your task is both fulfilling and challenging. Come join the first Summit on Counseling in Prague and go away encouraged and armed with new resources for your calling. Our hope is that this is just the beginning. We need the Lord and we need each other.
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.
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 Philosophy of Education
Susan Steele | Curriculum Coordinator, Black Forest Academy
This workshop is designed to help international Christian teachers develop in their understanding of a quality, international Christian education and to assist them in the task of equipping students to influence their world through Biblical thought, character, and action. This is accomplished by providing a foundation for a personal philosophy of Christian education. The process of developing a philosophy of education informed by a Christian worldview is a deliberate and intentional, rather than accidental and haphazard activity. The responsibility of the Christian teacher is to purposefully integrate the truth about who God is and what He has done with their attitudes, relationships and their practice in and out of the classroom. Participants will be challenged through this course to discover and reflect on the biblical worldview and articulate its integration for the educational process.
Additional reading and written work is required for participants who would like to use this course to meet the ACSI Christian Philosophy of Education requirement. View additional requirements overview
ICEC Prague 2019 will feature a mobile app for your conference planning. Stay tuned for details.
ICEC will begin on Thursday, April 11 with a series of optional preconference courses from 0900 to 1600. The full conference will begin at 0800 on Friday, 12 April ending at 1600 on Sunday, 14 April 2019.
Download the draft conference schedule.
Download the printable workshop schedule when available.
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.
Each conference delegate is responsible to determine whether or not they require a visa to enter the Czech Republic.
Request a letter of invitation
We have a block of rooms available at the conference hotel, the Clarion Congress Hotel. Rates prior to 11 Feb 2019 are approximately $125usd per standard room/per night, including breakfast (single or double based on availability). After this date rates are approximately $150usd per standard room/per night, including breakfast (single or double based on occupancy). Each delegate will be responsible for booking their own accommodations at our conference rate using the Clarion Conference Booking Link (scroll to where it says "click here to get your special rate" and click that link) You may book rooms outside the conference hotel however, you will be responsible for travel costs to and from the conference daily.
Exhibitor and Ad/Sponsor opportunities are available for ICEC Prague 2019. 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 February 1 will receive a full refund of registration fees.
2. Cancellations prior to March 1 will be charged 25% of the registration fees paid.
3. There will be no registration fee reimbursement after March 1. Hotel charges are subject to the cancellation policy of the hotel.
Join the Child and Safety Protection Network for Response Team Training prior to the ICEC conference. Visit the CSPN event page for more information.
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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