Mid-America Middle School Leadership Conference—IL
October 27, 2017
Rockford Christian School, 1401 N Bell School Road, Rockford, IL
About the Speaker
Matthew Dominguez is an educational trainer, speaker, and teacher who has studied at Houghton College in New York and Keble College in Oxford, and received his Masters from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, he is a philosophy and literature teacher and adventure club director at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, Illinois. With over twenty years of teaching experience, he is passionate about the exciting journey of equipping students to make their faith their own by knowing not only what they believe but why they believe it. Furthermore, he loves stories and utilizes great literature to unlock the life transforming power of language and story. He loves to help students see that all great stories, all great authors, all great literature, poems, and films point us to the amazing True Story that the Author is writing-the one beginning in Genesis, ignited at Pentecost, and continuing to unfold today. He desires to inspire students to connect with their essential place in the adventurous epic of building Christ's Kingdom.
Friday check-in: 8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Please eat breakfast on the way!
The first session begins immediately at 9:00 a.m. It is important to be on time!
Last session ends at 2:45 p.m. Pack cars and be on the way home by 3:00 p.m.
|Cost:||ACSI member schools: $35 per student, $25 per sponsor|
|Non-member schools: $55 per student, $45 per sponsor|
- Challenging general sessions
- Group time with your own school sponsors
- Group time with students of like interests
- Team-building activities
- Great food
What to bring:
- Bible, pen or pencil
- Casual clothing: jeans, sweatshirts, athletic shoes, etc.
- A great attitude!
How to Register
Questions: Please contact the Student Activities Coordinator
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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