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 beautiful 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. Please check this page for updates or contact the conference coordinator with any questions.
"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.
Conference Keynote Speakers
Dhugie Adams and Gary Alan Taylor | 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.
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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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