ACSI Professional Development Forum 2016 Lancaster Pre-Conference: Instructional Strategies that Promote Student Engagement

October 19, 2016 8:30 AM–October 19, 2016 3:30 PM
Location: Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA

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ACSI and MACSA Present:

roger mackeyDr. Roger Mackey, Liberty University

Reform initiatives and recent research reports claim that the 21st century student requires active learning opportunities to acquire more authentic knowledge and understanding. Teachers of all subjects and levels need to be ENCOURAGED to expand their instructional repertoires and EQUIPPED with the ability to effectively deliver instruction utilizing "research-supported engagement strategies." Participants will be taught through demonstrations and actual engagement in the instructional strategies that promote higher levels of student participation and learning. 

$99.00 per person

This registration fee is only for the pre-conference staff development workshop. If you wish to register for the PD Forum on October 20–21, 2016, that is a separate registration.

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