Western NY—Fall District Meeting
September 20, 2017 9:30 AM–September 20, 2017 2:30 PM
Location: Lima Christian School, 1574 Rochester St., Lima, NY
Dear School Leader,
District meetings are designed to provide a time of networking with other school leaders. We will also update you with current ACSI news and what is happening with Christian education in general. You are welcome to bring a colleague and are also encouraged to invite a non-member school administrator from your district to attend the meeting with you.
There will be a light snack and fellowship upon arrival.
Lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP by contacting your District Representative. Please refer to the Fall District Meeting Schedule for your representative's contact information.
If you have any questions regarding this district meeting, please e-mail the Northeast Regional Office or call 717.285.3022.
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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