International School Leaders Conference—Croatia

April 26, 2020–April 28, 2020
Hotel Kompas, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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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.

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.

Conference Host

Tim ShumanTim 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.


Special Guest

Dr. Larry Taylor  | ACSI President 

Dr. Larry Taylor was named the President/CEO of ACSI in July 2019 and also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the ACSI Education Foundation. Larry served as Head of School at Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, TX, for nineteen years, during which enrollment grew from 200 on one campus to nearly 2,000 students in five different schools. He established the Kingdom School Institute (KSI) to teach principles of kingdom education to principals and teachers, and he enjoys sharing kingdom education principles around the world, having ministered in Cuba, Nigeria, Uganda and India. Dr. Taylor received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University (2009), his masters degree from Nova University (1993) and his bachelor's degree from University of Central Florida (1986). Larry has been married to Delinda Rose Taylor for 33 years and has four sons.


Conference Speakers

Dr. Roger Parrott | President of Balhaven University and author of  "The Longview, Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders"

Dr. Roger Parrott is the President of Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, one of the fastest and most innovative colleges, serving 5,000 students on nine campuses, plus an online campus in China. Roger earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Higher Education Administration. He is a third-generation College president, and was one of America's youngest college presidents first elected at age 34 and is currently one of the longest serving college presidents in America having served as president for 30 years.

Over the past two decades Belhaven has become the leading Christian college in the Arts, as only one of only 36 schools in the world earning accreditation in all four of the primary Arts – Theatre, Music, Visual Art, and Dance. Additional Arts majors were added including Creative Writing, Graphic Design, Arts Administration, and Film Production.

Roger has served the broader Church as a member of the Board of Mission America, a coalition of 100 denominations and 750 service ministries who have joined together for cooperative evangelism in America. And he has served for a quarter-century on the Executive Committee of the Lausanne Movement, and was chairman of the 2004 Forum for World Evangelization held in Thailand. His board service has given Roger extensive international experience around the world, with deep University and personal ties to South Korea especially.

He has served on the boards of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, over a dozen local and regional boards for ministries and non-profit organizations, and has served as consultant for leaders and boards of nearly 100 different ministries and denominations.

His wife, MaryLou, earned her PhD in English and teaches Literature at Belhaven. 

He is the author a book articulating his leadership philosophy – The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders

Sandra Paetkau  | Consultant and founder of The Total Tech-Over

Sandra has eighteen years of classroom experience and began experimenting with instructional technology in 1997, when she was responsible for rolling out a 1:1 laptop program at the Australian International School in Jakarta, Indonesia. Since then, technology has evolved significantly and so has Sandra’s enthusiasm for leveraging technology in the classroom to empower learners.

She spent eight years in Saudi Arabia working with national and international schools to create sustainable technology visions and transform learning with technology and presenting at teacher conferences, universities, and an international educational technology forum in Dubai.

Sandra is pursuing her PhD in Education: Instructional Design and Technology, is the designer for a #FutureReady online Master of Leadership: Global Christian Education program at Prairie College, Alberta, Canada, and is the creator and founder of The Total Techover - a consultancy dedicated to helping schools leverage technology to transform learning. 

Conference Pricing

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 Rate | $375

Non–Member School Rate | $475

Spouse—ACSI Member School Rate* | $200

Spouse—Non–Member School Rate* | $300

*Spouses are welcome to attend any and all sessions and meals with the group.

Cancellation Fees
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 Accommodations

Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik
Make your hotel room reservations here. We have secured a block of rooms at the conference hotel with the following special conference rates:

Double Room/Single Occupancy | 83 Euros/per night (single person in room)

Double room/Double Occupancy | 93 Euros/per night (2 people in room)

The number of nights are pre-set from 26-29 April, but you can adjust the date for the number of nights you will be staying. The rates are the same for three days prior and afterwards, if you would like to spend more time in Croatia.

Room cost includes breakfast buffet, access to the swimming pools, in-room wi-fi, and VAT.

Travel and Transportation

Recommended airport - Dubrovnik

Local transportation to/from hotel to Dubrovnik airport provided by Hotel Kompas. Contact the hotel to make arrangements for pickup and dropoff.

Exhibitors & Sponsorship Opportunities

Imagine having access to influential heads of schools to discuss your product, college, or service in a quieter setting. ISLC is an intimate 2.5-day conference designed for international school heads and leaders for fellowship and refreshment and thought-provoking keynote sessions. Your participation and sponsorship help keep registration costs within reach of Christian leaders who need to attend. Join us at ISLC.

As an exhibitor, you will have access to approximately 50-100 delegates, which includes top leaders of schools, between multiple break times. Join us at ISLC.

Exhibitor/Sponsor Interest Form 

Exhibiting Opportunities at ISLC

  • Exhibitor Table $750. Includes one full conference registration*
  • Additional Exhibitor $300pp. Includes conference registration* for each additional person at the exhibitor table

*Full conference registration includes entrance to all general sessions and meals provided during conference hours. Does not include hotel, travel costs, or non-conference meals. Exhibitors will be acknowledged from the platform.

Sponsorship Opportunities at ISLC

Attendance is not required to access these sponsorship opportunities. One sponsor per item

  • Conference Coffee Break Sponsor $200
    • Signage with company logo displayed at serving stations for one (1) day
  • Promotional Item Sponsor $200
    • Show your support for international schools while gaining recognition for your company: have one promotional item or company literature placed for each attendee. You send an item to the conference
  • Conference SWAG Sponsor (sponsor’s cost). Send ISLC delegates home around the globe with a reminder of your company, ministry, college, or
    • Conference Pen. Supply each delegate with your company’s pen for the
    • Conference Notepad. Provide each delegate with a writing pad bearing your company’s logo.
    • Conference Bag. Provide your company or college string backpack for each

SWAG and promotional item sponsors will supply their company promotional items, pens, notepads or string backpack. Sponsors are responsible to cover their own production costs, on- time shipping to location (21-days in advance), and any customs or duty going into the country. Item look and messaging must be approved by ACSI Global in advance. Act Fast. ACSI reserves final approval rights on acceptance of exhibitors and sponsors based on said company’s alignment with ACSI’s mission statement and vision.

For questions, email the Conference Coordinator 

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