International School Leaders Conference - Latin America
January 25, 2018–January 28, 2018
San Jose, Costa Rica
THIS CONFERENCE HAS CONCLUDED
This conference is specially designed with school leaders in mind. The goal of this three-day conference in San Jose, Costa Rica 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 DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari San Jose—Costa Rica.
Conference Speaker: Paul Campey, FCA, BBus, MBA, CertGov, MAICD, JP; Partner, Resolve Consulting Group; Director, ACSI Global
Paul Campey is a Chartered Accountant (Fellow) and specialist consultant in the areas of governance, leadership and financial management, Paul has undertaken reviews and provided assistance to Schools, Churches and Not for Profits in Australia and internationally, as well as running Board and other training seminars.
He is the co-founder of The Bursars Forum ( an internet based forum of 1,000+ members) and currently serves as Chairman of Vision Christian Media (radio network of 670+ radio stations). Paul also serves on the Boards of Christian Super (A$1.3bn+ pension fund) and ACSI Education Foundation. He has previously served on a number of local and international boards.
Paul has co-authored the book Community Governance, a practical guide to building healthy Non Profit organizations and the book Pivot: New Directions for Christian Education.
Prior to entering consulting in 2001, he was a Business Manager and Company Secretary in two large Christian Schools. Prior to this Paul was an auditor for 7 years with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers)
Paul is married to Lynne (an MK), they have two daughters and live near Sydney, Australia.
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For questions, email the Conference Coordinator.
**Preconference Course Offering**
REACH 2.1 and the ePlatform: Tim Thompson, ACSI Associate Director for International Schools
WHEN: January 25, 2018, 9:00am—4:00pm
WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari San Jose—Costa Rica (conference hotel)
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. There is a new survey/feedback 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. We are offering this course at this conference for no additional cost. Please register for it when you complete your conference registration so we can prepare materials.
Conference Registration is open! Email the conference coordinator for the link to register.
Conference registration is separate from hotel accommodation/package rates and includes lunch and snack breaks during the conference. Dinners are on your own.
ACSI Member School Conference Registration:
Non-Member School Conference Registration:
Spouse—ACSI Member School Conference Registration*:
Spouse—Non-Member School Conference Registration*:
*Spouses are welcome to attend any and all sessions and meals with the group.
ACSI cancellation policy is as follows:
Prior to December 1-full refund
December 1-December 31-75% refund
After December 31-no refund available
DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari San Jose
Conference attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. We have secured a block of rooms at the conference hotel with the following rates:
Single room: $109 per night + tax
Double room: $119 per night + tax
Room cost includes breakfast and in-room wifi. Please use this link to make your hotel reservation at our preferred group rate.
CSPN Conference — 22-24 January, 2018
Prior to ISLC, 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 here.
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.
A six step strategy for resolving school conflict in accordance with Matthew 18
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Avoid Walking the Plank, or at Least Reduce the Splash!