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Conference Overview

International School Leader Conference (Virtual)

26-27 April 2021

Since its beginning over 20 years ago, the International School Leader's Conference (ISLC) has been designed for busy school leaders to gather for challenging PD, networking, and time away from the busyness of leadership.

This year's virtual two-day International School Leader Conference will feature live-streaming content and discussion centered around Christian School Leadership in a Time of Pandemic and Emerging Recovery. Participants will enjoy both pre-recorded content and live discussion with amazing keynote speakers Dr. Michael Lindsay, President of Gordon College, Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University, Dr. Larry Taylor, President of ACSI and Dr. Lynn Swaner, ACSI Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer.


Theme: Christian School Leadership in a Time of Pandemic and Emerging Recovery

Target Audience: Heads of Schools and Leadership Teams (i.e., Heads, Principal Level Leaders, Business Managers, etc.) in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.


  • Mornings in Europe and Africa and afternoons in Latin America will be set aside for school teams to collaborate. Optional discussion materials will be provided.
  • ISLC will include pre-recorded keynote sessions, live Q&A with speakers, live breakout sessions for discussion and networking among participants in small groups.
  • Guidebook event app will guide delegates through the entire virtual conference.
  • Participants will access all notes for each session as well as printable handouts on Guidebook.
  • Conference speakers who bring value to your work will join.
  • To get the most out of the conference delegates are strongly encouraged to block out the entire two days for the conference and participate from a location that will present the fewest distractions.


Keynote Speakers
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Dr. Roger Parrott | President of Belhaven University

Dr. Roger Parrott is the President of Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, one of the fastest and most innovative colleges, serving 5,000 students on nine campuses, plus an online campus in China. Roger earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Higher Education Administration. He is a third-generation College president, and was one of America's youngest college presidents first elected at age 34 and is currently one of the longest serving college presidents in America having served as president for 30 years.

Over the past two decades Belhaven has become the leading Christian college in the Arts, as only one of only 36 schools in the world earning accreditation in all four of the primary Arts – Theatre, Music, Visual Art, and Dance. Additional Arts majors were added including Creative Writing, Graphic Design, Arts Administration, and Film Production.

Roger has served the broader Church as a member of the Board of Mission America, a coalition of 100 denominations and 750 service ministries who have joined together for cooperative evangelism in America. And he has served for a quarter-century on the Executive Committee of the Lausanne Movement, and was chairman of the 2004 Forum for World Evangelization held in Thailand. His board service has given Roger extensive international experience around the world, with deep University and personal ties to South Korea especially.

He has served on the boards of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, over a dozen local and regional boards for ministries and non-profit organizations, and has served as consultant for leaders and boards of nearly 100 different ministries and denominations.

His wife, MaryLou, earned her PhD in English and teaches Literature at Belhaven.

He is the author a book articulating his leadership philosophy – The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders

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Dr. Michael Lindsay | President of Gordon College

Dr. Michael Lindsay serves as the eighth president of Gordon College.  His tenure at Gordon has coincided with record years of opportunity and growth for the campus. Since his appointment in 2011, Gordon has experienced banner years in terms of fundraising, campus diversity, sponsored research, athletic success and faith expression on campus. In 2019 Gordon College received an anonymous gift of $75.5 million directed to the school's endowment and to fund student scholarships. The gift is the largest in Gordon's history and the largest donation given to a Christian liberal arts college. President Lindsay is gratified to be working alongside talented colleagues and regards the College's gains during his tenure as evidence of a winning team.

Prior to arriving at Gordon, President Lindsay was a member of the sociology faculty at Rice University, where he won multiple awards both for his teaching and his scholarly research. The author of two dozen scholarly publications, Dr. Lindsay’s Faith in the Halls of Power was nominated for the nonfiction Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His most recent book, View from the Top, won two awards and has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. As a scholar and educational leader, President Lindsay has lectured on six continents and works tirelessly to create opportunities worldwide for Gordon students, faculty, and staff.  He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University and graduate theological degrees from Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Baylor University where he has been named Outstanding Young Alumnus.  He has been married for twenty-five years to Rebecca, a writer and speaker who serves as Gordon’s Ambassador for the College. They are the proud parents of three daughters: Elizabeth (16), Caroline (10) and Emily (10). The Lindsays live on the Gordon campus, which allows them to regularly cheer on the Fighting Scots.




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Dr. Lynn Swaner | Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ACSI


Dr. Lynn Swaner is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ACSI, where she leads initiatives and develops strategies to address compelling questions and challenges facing Christian education. Prior to joining ACSI she served as a Christian school administrator and a graduate professor of education. Dr. Swaner serves as a Cardus Senior Fellow and is the lead author or editor of several books on Christian education, including Flourishing Together: A Christian Vision for Students, Educators, and Schools (forthcoming 2021, Eerdmans), MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education, PIVOT: New Directions for Christian Education, and Bring It to Life: Christian Education and the Transformative Power of Service-Learning. She received her EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City.





Tim Shuman

Tim Shuman | ISLC Host & ACSI Regional Director for International Schools

Tim Shuman serves as the Regional Director for International Schools at (ACSI). Prior to joining the ACSI team in 2010, he and his wife, Sandee, lived and worked in Germany for nearly 25 years at Black Forest Academy where Tim served as Head of School. The Shumans have two married sons, Luke and Andrea live in Brooklyn NY and Tyler and Jennifer live in Palmdale CA. When Tim is not visiting or consulting at international Christian schools around the world, he can often be found hiking with Sandee in the Colorado Front Range.



Dr. Larry Taylor | President of ACSI

Dr. Larry Taylor is the president of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).   

ACSI exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ.  Serving more than 25,000 schools in 108 countries, ACSI helps more than 5.5 million students worldwide connect to Christian education. 

Prior to assuming leadership at ACSI, Dr. Taylor served for 20 years as the Head of School at Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) in Plano, Texas. Dr. Taylor previously served as President of the Texas Private Schools Association (TPSA) Board of Directors. Dr. Taylor also served for 12 years at The First Academy in Orlando, Florida as a high school principal and assistant headmaster. He also has held teaching positions within the public-school system. Taylor co-launched a national training institute for schools, “Becoming a Kingdom School Institute” and founded the Student Leadership Institute (SLI) program. He developed a training program for parents called, “Becoming a Kingdom Family.” Dr. Taylor published the book titled Running with The Horses, which helps parents raise children to be servant-leaders for Christ and helps to build a family plan. 

Dr. Taylor received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University (2009), his master’s degree from Nova University (1993) and his bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida (1986). Dr. Taylor has been married to Delinda Rose Taylor for 35 years and has five sons: Bryce, who graduated from Yale University and Notre Dame Graduate School; Luke, a graduate of Princeton University, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Zeke, a graduate of Florida State University; Chas, a graduate of Rice University and currently in law school at the University of Chicago and DeMarcus, a graduate of Ouachita University.   
Pricing & Registration

ACSI Member Price | $145.00 pp

Registering for a group? Groups of four or more from the same school may enjoy a rate of $125.00pp. Email Caitlin Taylor to receive the group discount code -


Non-Member Price | $245.00 pp

Registering for a group? Groups of four or more from the same school may enjoy a rate of $225.00pp. Email Caitlin Taylor to receive the group discount code -



***The last day to register is Friday, April 23rd***



ACSI cancellation policy is as follows: 

  • Prior to March 1 | full refund 
  • March 1–March 31 | 75% refund 
  • After March 31 | no refund available  
Virtual Event Sponsors

Imagine being able to get your product, message, degree program, or opportunity to 100+ leaders of influential, international Christian schools representing 20,000 students. This is what sponsoring ISLC can be for you! Our leaders are always eager to hear about products and companies who can enhance their work of bringing Christian education to the children of the world. No matter your budget, we have a sponsorship opportunity for you.

***We are no longer accepting sponsors for this event***

TIER 1 SPONSORS (Full - no longer available)

Price: $800

  1. Designated as Tier 1 sponsors in marketing
  2. Will have opportunity for 30 second video during one of the main keynote sessions
  3. One direct email to conference delegates just prior to the conference
  4. Linked logo on the conference website in advance of the conference
  5. A dedicated page in the Guidebook event app for product logo, description, contact info, video and website links
  6. Company logo will rotate with other Tier 1 sponsors on bottom banner of Guidebook event app throughout conference
  7. Ability to interact with delegates in the Guidebook event app during the conference (via conference “social lobby” where delegates, speakers, and sponsors can connect and network). Tier 1 sponsors will also have a promotion within the lobby visible to all delegates


TIER 2 SPONSORS (no limit)

Price: $500

  1. Designated as Tier 2 sponsors
  2. Linked logo on the conference website in advance of the conference
  3. A dedicated page in the Guidebook event app for product logo, description, contact info, video and website links
  4. Ability to interact with delegates in the Guidebook event app during the conference (via conference “social lobby” where delegates, speakers, and sponsors can connect and network). Tier 2 sponsors will also have a promotion within the lobby visible to all delegates


TIER 3 SPONSORS (No limit)

Price: $300

  1. Designated Tier 3 in marketing
  2. Linked logo on the conference website in advance of the conference
  3. Linked logo on the Guidebook event app

Why sponsor ISLC?

  1. ISLC pulls in top leaders from at international schools in Europe, Africa, Latin America and even Asia
  2. We are expected 200* top leaders for this first virtual event – perhaps more
  3. The leaders represent up to 160 international Christian schools around the world
  4. The schools represent approximately 40,000 students, many of whom will graduate to attend colleges and universities in the English-speaking world
  5. International school leaders are looking for strong providers and partners to help them fulfill their international purpose
  6. Your sponsorship gets your message out to leaders efficiently
  7. Your marketing dollars will go further at this virtual events, requires no travel or lodging

(*Early projections)

Who is a good candidate to sponsor ISLC?

  1. Christian Colleges and Universities looking to recruit international students
  2. Christian Colleges offering education Master Degrees for teachers and leaders in international schools
  3. Christian education consultants and job boards
  4. School Systems Management providers
  5. International Insurance groups who serve expats
  6. Educational training programs
  7. Service organizations
  8. Online Course Providers
  9. Curriculum Providers (requires approval)
  10. Assessment and testing organizations
  11. Other – reach out to us to see if your organization is a good fit to our conference


*ACSI, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to refuse or prohibit any vendor from participating in or otherwise exhibiting at a conference if such participation or exhibiting is contrary to or conflicts with ACSI's mission and values.

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Your logo could be listed here! If your school or organization would like to sponsor this event, please fill out this form.