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.

Conference Theme

"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 Hotel

Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague, CZ. 

Conference Keynote Speakers

Gary Alan Taylor and Evan Barber | Axis Team

Gary Alan TaylorEvan BarberThe 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.

Gary Alan Taylor and Evan Barber will share with us some relevant and exciting information applicable to future generations and their faith.

Dr. David I. Smith | Director, Graduate Studies in Education, Calvin College

David I SmithDavid 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.

Contact the conference coordinator for more information.



Conference Pricing

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, 2018

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 Wednesday, 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. 

Reach 2.1, the ePlatform & an Introduction to REACH 2019
Tim Thompson | Associate Regional Director for International Schools, ACSI

REACH 2.1 is the current version of the REACH accreditation protocol that was introduced in 2008. This course will look at the accreditation process from start to finish. Manuals have been rewritten and the whole process has been revised to be more collaborative. There is an emphasis on the 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. From application through the implementation of the school improvement plan, the accreditation process 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. Lastly, REACH 2019 will be introduced. The changes in REACH 2019 are minor - it's mostly a clean-up of the rubrics with a few changes in the indicators.  There has been no change to the standards or to the process.  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.

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!

ICEC Prague 2019 will feature a mobile app for your conference planning. Stay tuned for details.


Conference Schedule

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

Visa Information

Each conference delegate is responsible to determine whether or not they require a visa to enter the Czech Republic.
Request a letter of invitation

Housing Information

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/Sponsor Information

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.


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