ACSI Professional Development Forum 2016—Lancaster
October 20, 2016 9:00 AM–October 21, 2016 3:30 PM
Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA
Online, standard registration for the Lancaster PD Forum is now closed.
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The 21st Century Christian Educator
The 21st Century Christian educator shapes the hearts and minds of students, equipping them to impact their world for Christ. The priority of a biblical worldview complements the importance of best practices in curriculum design, instructional approaches, and relevant assessments. The cultural and professional challenges that students will face demand a balance of 21st century skills and sound discernment in our students. This forum unites these priorities to help Christian educators meet these demands.
Dr. Dan Egeler, Keynote Speaker
Dan Egeler is often described as a story teller. He grew up on an isolated island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, as his father was an island evangelist who worked with the tribes on the 40 or more islands that existed within Lake Victoria. Dan grew up as a Third Culture Kid who learned the art of relating oral history from his African elders. It is that form of communication and passion that he brings to bear when sharing with his audiences today. Dan is the author of Mentoring Millennials: Shaping the Next Generation published by NavPress.
Mr. Jay McTighe, Keynote Speaker
Jay McTighe brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education. Well known for his work with thinking skills, Jay has coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. In addition to his work at the state level, Jay has experience at the district level in Prince George's County, Maryland, as a classroom teacher, resource specialist, and program coordinator. He also directed a state residential enrichment program for gifted and talented students. Jay is an accomplished author, having co-authored 14 books, including the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins.
Mr. John Stonestreet, Keynote Speaker
John Stonestreet serves as President of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. A gifted communicator on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics, John is a sought-after speaker, published author, and respected cultural commentator. Since 2012, John has co-hosted BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated radio commentary founded by the late Chuck Colson.
What to Expect:
- Inspiring Keynote Speakers
- Research-based and Engaging Breakout Sessions
- Poster Sessions
- Facilitated Discussion Groups
- Exhibitors for School Resourcing
Schedule: View Full Program Schedule (Please note: this schedule is tentative and is subject to change. Please check back as we get closer top the event for the final schedule.)
October 20, 2016
8:00–9:00 Registration/Visit with Vendors
9:00–10:45 Keynote with Dr. Dan Egeler (ACSI President)
10:45–11:15 Transition/Visit with Vendors
11:15–12:30 Breakout Sessions
12:30–2:30 Lunch/Poster Sessions/Facilitated Discussion Groups
2:30–3:00 Transition/Visit with Vendors
3:00–4:15 Breakout Sessions
October 21, 2016
7:30–8:15 Registration/Visit with Vendors
7:30–8:00 Prayer Meeting
8:15–9:45 Keynote with Jay McTighe (Noted Author & Educator)
9:45–10:15 Transition/Visit with Vendors
10:15–11:30 Breakout Sessions
11:30–12:45 Lunch/Visit with Vendors
12:45–2:00 Breakout Sessions
2:00–2:30 Transition/Visit with Vendors
2:30–3:30 Closing Latchkey Address with John Stonestreet (Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview)
- Early Registration (before July 5): $109 (member); $272.50 (non-member)
- Standard Registration (July 5 to Oct. 6): $119 (member); $297.50 (non-member)
- Walk-in Registration: (Oct. 6 to Event): $159 (member); $397.50 (non-member)
- Member registration includes ConNEXUS Premium for one year! (over 500 hours of on-demand virtual professional development)
The Annie Moses Band will be leading us in worship on Thursday, October 20, 2016. They will be live in concert that evening at Lancaster Bible College/Good Shepherd Chapel, Lancaster, PA, at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM).
General Admission: $20.00 (prior to 10.20.16)/$25.00 on day of event
VIP/Meet & Greet with Annie Moses Band at 6:00 PM: $40.00
All ticket purchases are through their website.
Important Note: Each educator that registers for the MACSA/ACSI Professional Development Forum can purchase one ticket at the price of $15.00 (discounted from the previous price of $25.00) at the time of registration.
On-Site Lunch Options/Nearby Restaurants:
Attendees will have the option at the time of registration to purchase lunch for $10.00 with the following choices:
October 20: Each lunch will include your choice of one of the sandwiches below and chips, cookie, whole fruit, water or canned soda
- Ham with honey mustard
- Smoked turkey and provolone with mayo
- Roast beef with horseradish mayo
- Chicken salad croissants with lettuce tomato and onion
October 21: Each lunch will include your choice of one of the sandwiches below and chips, cookie, whole fruit, water or canned soda
- Caesar chicken wrap
- Bacon chicken ranch wrap
- Greek wrap
Gluten-free equivalents are available through preorder.
If you choose to eat out here are some local options:
Rice & Noodles, 1238 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA
McDonald's, 1829 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA
Parma Pizza & Grill, 1704 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA
Friendly's, 1521 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA
Subway, 1322 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA
Tom and Chee, 2065 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA
Panera Bread, 2072 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster,PA
Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries, 1960 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA
Best Western Eden Resort, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA
Room Rate and Reservations: 866.801.6430 or 717.569.6444 (reference ACSI room block) or online (use Group ID #1222952)
Fairfield Inn & Suites, 150 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA
Room Rate and Reservations: 717.581.1800 (reference ACSI room block)
Pre-Conference Workshop Option:
On October 19, 2016, at Lancaster Bible College, Dr. Roger Mackey from Liberty University will present a one-day staff development. This is a separate registration from the PD Forum.
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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