2017 Higher Education Forum for Teacher Educators
May 30, 2017–June 1, 2017
Colorado Springs, CO
A high-quality professional development conference for teachers, administrators, and staff serving in international Christian schools around the world.
An annual U.S. event that connects international school representatives and sending agencies with potential hires.
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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Code of Ethics for Members of the Christian School Board
Conflicts can be avoided most easily when the organization has a stated conflict of interest policy. ACSI trusts that the samples contained in this article will help your ministry toward developing its own appropriate documents.