Global Christian School Leadership Summit (GCSLS)

January 30, 2019–February 1, 2019
Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 East Market Street, San Antonio, TX

Christian school leaders love to hear these words describe the students, faculty and staff, board members, and families connected to their school. GCSLS 2019, sponsored by eight Christian school associations and multiple higher education and business partners, is building on the success of our 2017 gathering with a second gathering in 2019. Bring your team and join school leaders from all levels of Christian education (early education, elementary, secondary, and higher education) from more than 25 countries to share best practices and connect with inspirational experts to stimulate innovative growth and improvement for your school. Learn more and register.

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