ISLC-Europe in Hertfordshire, UK
This conference is specially designed with school leaders in mind. The goal of this four-day conference in Hertfordshire, UK is to provide professional strengthening at a high level and spiritual encouragement for leaders. Networking and fellowship with like-minded leaders will also be a key feature of the conference. This conference will be held at the High Leigh Conference Centre.
The centre boasts a relaxed, peaceful and quiet environment with attractive gardens and grounds. With over 40 acres of lawns, parkland and woodland the tranquil surroundings aid both concentration and relaxation for guests. Within a few minutes walk there are quaint towns to explore and within 45 minutes you can visit London. And for sweet treats, High Leigh's specialty is their homemade breads and cakes.
Dr. Robert Loe, Director of Relational Schools. Appointed as Education Research Director on 1 January 2014, having been involved with Relational Research for several years, Robert has been in education for eighteen years. He studied English and Education policy at Cambridge, graduating in 2001. It was here that he pursued areas of specialism such as schooling and exclusion, the family and community dimensions of social exclusions, school improvement research and education structures and organisation. Having held a range of leadership roles in schools throughout Essex and Cambridgeshire and most recently as Assistant Principal at Thurston Community College, Suffolk, he has years of expertise within the field. Currently on sabbatical from teaching in order to focus on research, Dr. Loe is Research Director of Relational Schools. The project looks at the importance of fostering positive relationships between the key stakeholders in education.
Dr. Trevor Cooling: Dr. Cooling is Professor of Christian Education and Director of the National Institute for Christian Education Research at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He is also Chair of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales and Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Christianity & Education. Trevor has been active in education for over 30 years as, at various times, a classroom teacher, head of Religious Education in a secondary school, chief executive of The Stapleford Centre (a Christian education charity), a curriculum developer, author, government adviser, university lecturer and schools adviser for the Church of England Diocese of Gloucester. He has a PhD in Religious Education from the University of Birmingham, although his first degree is in Biology. He has written widely on education in both books and journals. His publication, Doing God in Education, a defense of the Christian contribution to publicly-funded education, led to robust debates with the British Humanist Association. He was a member of the group that produced the recent Church of England vision for education, Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good. Trevor is a well-known speaker in the UK and internationally. His current research is in Christian pedagogy, which extends his work developing the approach to teaching and learning called What If Learning in the British context. Trevor has pioneered this approach with Prof David Smith from Calvin College. His book about this, called Christian Faith in English Church Schools: Research Conversations with Classroom Teachers, was published by Peter Lang Publishers in June 2016. His other main research interest is in developing Christian responses to education in religiously diverse societies.
For questions email the Conference Coordinator
Conference price includes housing and all meals and snacks at the conference centre during the conference (from afternoon tea on 30 April-lunch on 3 May). Price does not include airfare or airport transportation to and from the centre. All pricing stated is in USD.
$650 per person
Non-participating Spouse Registration
$325 per person
High Leigh is accessible by rail, bus or car. For travel information and directions, please see the travel and directions handout from the conference centre.
Within easy reach of High Leigh are a number and variety of local attractions to suit everyone's taste. Please see a list of a few of them on the High Leigh website.
You will request room reservations during the registration process. Please note, there are no rooms available to check in prior to April 30. If you plan to arrive early, there are some local hotel options we can give you. Contact the conference coordinator for that information.
There are rooms available after the conference ends May 3. If you would like to extend your holiday, please let the conference coordinator know and we will connect you with the centre for processing more nights after May 3.
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