ACSI Professional Development Forum 2016—Severn, MD
October 6, 2016 9:00 AM–October 7, 2016 3:30 PM
Location: Annapolis Area Christian School, 109 Burns Crossing Rd, Severn, MD
Speaker Handouts and Resources
Discussion Group Notes
Forum—Biblical Worldview Discussion Notes
Forum—21st Century Instruction Discussion Notes
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The 21st Century Christian Educator
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.
Dr. Ellen Black, Keynote Speaker
Dr. Ellen Lowrie Black serves as a graduate professor of education at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Dr. Black has over two decades of experience in education as a teacher, parent, board member, university professor, dean, and vice-president. She is published in numerous journals and books. She is involved in training educators globally including Russia, Europe, Asia, South, Central and North America. In addition to her involvement with urban school educators, Dr. Black speaks widely to teachers, early educators, administration, and students. Dr. Black has obtained degrees from Eastern Mennonite University, Texas A & M, and Temple University. Her post-doctorate work has been at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Mark Eckel, Keynote Speaker
Dr. Mark Eckel is president of The Comenius Institute, serving students and faculty on the campus of IUPUI. Mark teaches for various institutions and is Professor of Leadership, Education & Discipleship for Capital Bible Seminary and Graduate School. Fishers, Indiana is his home. For over 30 years Mark has served the Christian community as a high school teacher, college professor, essayist, curriculum writer, faith-learning integration leader, and international speaker.
What to Expect:
- Inspiring Keynote Speakers
- Research-based and Engaging Breakout Sessions
- Poster Sessions
- Facilitated Discussion Groups
- Exhibitors for School Resourcing
Schedule: Download the full program schedule
October 6, 2016
8:00–9:00 Registration/Visit with Vendors
9:00–10:35 Welcome, Worship, Plenary Session I, Announcements
10:35–11:00 Break/Visit with Vendors
11:00–12:00 Facilitated Discussion Groups
12:00–1:30 Lunch/Poster Sessions/Visit with Vendors
1:30–2:30 Plenary Session II
2:45–3:45 Facilitated Discussion Groups
3:45–4:15 Visit with Vendors/Dismissal
October 7, 2016
7:30–8:30 Registration/Visit with Vendors
8:30–10:05 Welcome, Worship, Plenary Session III, Closing Comments
10:05–10:30 Break/Visit with Vendors
10:30–11:45 Workshop Session I
11:45–12:45 Lunch/Visit with Vendors
12:45–2:00 Workshop Session II
2:00–2:30 Plenary Session IV
2:30–3:30 Workshop Session III - School Meetings
Early Registration (before July 5): $109 (member); $272.50 (non-member)
Standard Registration (July 5 to Sept. 22): $119 (member); $297.50 (non-member)
Walk-in Registration: (Sept. 22 to Event): $159 (member); $397.50 (non-member)
Member registration includes ConNEXUS Premium for one year! (over 500 hours of on-demand virutal professional development)
On-Site Lunch Option
A Soup-Salad-Sandwich Bar will be provided on both days for an additional charge of $10.00 per day. You are encouraged to register for the lunch being offered on-campus Thursday & Friday; there will only be a limited number of meals available for those who do not pre-order. There are restaurants in the area, however, they are not convenient to the school location.
- Ham & Swiss: Black Forrest Ham, Swiss, Lettuce, Tomato, Honey Dijon
- Veggie Lovers Wrap: Mesclun Greens, Roasted Vegetables, Provolone
- Roasted Turkey: Oven Roasted Turkey, Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, Basil Mayo
- Roast Beef & Pepper Jack: House Roasted Beef wtih Pepper-Jack Cheese, Lettuce, Onion, Horseradish Aioli
- Spring Mix
- Baby Spinach
- Red Onion
- Bell Peppers
- Cheddar Cheese
House Made Soup:
- Hearty Tomato Vegetable
- Potato & Bacon
Courtyard Annapolis, 2559 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD
Room Rate: $119.00 per night. Reservations: 800.321.2211 (reference ACSI room block)
Best Western, 2520 Riva Road, Annaopolis, MD
Room Rate: $129.00 per night. Reservations: 410.224.2800 (reference ACSI room block)
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