ENGAGE Cultural Literacy - Cairn University
April 6, 2018
Cairn University, 200 Manor Ave, Langhorne, PA 19047
9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Today's students have grown up surrounded by screens, constant media, and instant communication. Their communities are virtual; their lives are mobile; their priorities are global.
Cultural literacy is vital if we are to minister effectively in our complicated culture. Teachers and parents must be able to think clearly about cultural issues-from what's showing on our screens to sexual identity.
In partnership with Axis Ministries, ACSI is proud to present ENGAGE: A Framework for Cultural Literacy, a one-day training event designed to equip adults with a framework for thinking biblically about culture-and ministering to students immersed in it. Register now and attend this hands-on, one-day training for just $75. Participants will earn 1 CEU while learning a framework for thinking biblically as they are given the opportunity to collaboratively explore implementing the framework with other educators.
Do you and today’s teens see the same world? Not a bit. Learn to speak their language by understanding what’s on their minds and hearts.
Christian parents and teachers can’t retreat from culture; it’s small enough to fit in our pockets. Find out how to interpret culture with confidence and wisdom.
We can mentor the faith of the next generation by meeting them where they are—not where we expect them to be.
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.