International School Leader's Conference–Europe
Since its beginning over 20 years ago, the International School Leader's Conference (ISLC) has been designed for busy school leaders to gather for challenging PD, networking, and time away from the busyness of leadership. The inspiring keynote speakers will challenge your thinking and the intentional interaction will sharpen your understanding. You do not want to miss this one. This conference will be held at the Hotel Kompas in historic Dubrovnik, Croatia. Special pricing instructions will be available soon.
Poised adjacent the beachfront of exquisite Lapad Bay and its famous tree-lined promenade called Uvala, Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik is under 4km from Dubrovnik's magnificent medieval Old Town city center. It offers an excellent wellness center, Spa with saunas and various massages, indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Tennis courts are nearby as well as a jogging path and scenic walking routes along the picture-postcard peninsula adjacent to the hotel. Some rooms have private balconies overlooking the sea and the hotel has a luxurious private beach.
Tim Shuman | ACSI Regional Director for International Schools
Tim Shuman serves as the Regional Director for International Schools at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Prior to joining the ACSI team in 2010, he and his wife, Sandee, lived and worked in Germany for nearly 25 years at Black Forest Academy where Tim served as Head of School. The Shumans have two married sons, Luke and Andrea live in Brooklyn NY and Tyler and Jennifer live in Palmdale CA. When Tim is not visiting or consulting at international Christian schools around the world, he can often be found hiking with Sandee in the Colorado Front Range.
Dr. Roger Parrott | President of Belhaven University and author of "The Longview"
Dr. Sandra Paetkau | Instructional Technology Consultant
For questions email the Conference Coordinator
Registration will be open soon!
Look for your invitation in your email, or email the conference coordinator for the link.
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 | $375
Non–Member School Conference Registration | $475
Spouse—ACSI Member School Conference Registration* | $200
Spouse—Non–Member School Conference Registration* | $300
*Spouses are welcome to attend any and all sessions and meals with the group.
ACSI cancellation policy is as follows:
Prior to March 1 | full refund
March 1–March 31 | 75% refund
After March 31 | no refund available
Hotel Komas Dubrovnik
Hotel room reservations will be made through the registration process. We have secured a block of rooms at the conference hotel with spcial conference rates available soon:
Double Room/Single Occupancy | $118 /per night + tax (single person in room)
Double room/Double Occupancy | $90 per person/per night + tax (2 people in room)
Room cost includes breakfast buffet, access to the swimming pools, and in-room wi-fi .
Travel and Transportation
Recommended airport - Dubrovnik
Local transportation to hotel coming soon
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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