International School Leaders Conference
April 26, 2020–April 29, 2020
Hotel Kompas, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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 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 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 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.
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 Kompas Dubrovnik
Hotel room reservations will be made through the registration process. We have secured a block of rooms at the conference hotel with special 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/from hotel to Dubrovnik airport provided by Hotel Kompas
For questions, email the Conference Coordinator
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