Conference Details

International School Leader Conference–Europe 2023
Dubrovnik, Croatia


23-26 April 2023


The International School Leader Conference (ISLC) is designed for busy school leaders to gather for challenging PD, networking, and time away from the busyness of school life. ISLC keynote speakers will challenge your thinking as the small group interaction sharpens your understanding. You do not want to miss this one. This conference will be held at Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik on the outskirts of beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia.


Leaders from ALL ACSI regions are heartily invited to attend.


Hotel Kompas is located adjacent to the exquisite Lapad Bay beachfront and Uvala and its famous tree-lined promenade. The hotel is less than 4 kms from Dubrovnik’s magnificent medieval Old Town city centre and 25 Kms from the Dubrovik international airport.


Daily Schedule Overview:

  • Sunday 23 April: Arrival Day. Conference will begin at 19:00.
  • Monday 24 April: Conference Day 1, 09:00-15:00.
  • Tuesday 25 April: Conference Day 2, 09:00-15:00.
  • Wednesday 26 April: Conference Day 3 will begin at 10:00. Conference closes prior to lunch.

Conference registration will include the event with lunch and snack breaks during the conference. Hotel accommodation/package rates and evening dinners are not included.

  • ACSI Member School Conference Registration | $375
  • Non–Member School Conference Registration | $475
  • Spouse—ACSI Member School Conference Registration* | $200
  • Spouse—Non–Member School Conference Registration* | $250

*Spouses are welcome to attend all sessions and meals with the group.


If you require a Letter of Invitation, please contact Caitlin Taylor,




Cancellation Fees

Coming soon


Hotel Accommodations:

Hotel room reservations will be made individually through the Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik’s registration process. 


We have secured a special ACSI conference room rate:

  • €80 per night
  • Code works from 21 April - 27 April
  • Booking link with code ACSI2023
    • You have two room options:
    • Classic Balcony Single – 1 person (Double Bed)
    • Classic Balcony Double – 2 persons (Double Bed or two Twin Beds)


Sunday 23 April 

15:00 – 17:00     

Regional Council Meeting. Location TBD

16:00 – 18:00     

Conference Check-in


Dinner on your own 

19:00 – 20:30     

Welcome, Introductions and Announcements
Keynote 1 - Dr. Roger Parrott

Monday 24 April

09:00 – 10:30     Announcements, Sharing, School Highlight 
Keynote 2 - Dr. Roger Parrott 

10:30 – 11:00     

Coffee Break 
11:00 – 12:30     

4 Breakout Sessions – will be repeated on Tuesday

  • Flourishing Schools Overview, Mike Epp/Larry Taylor
  • Financial Accountability and Fraud Deterrence, Dan Hylden
  • Developing a School Climate that Promotes Trauma Recovery, Sharon Rosa
  • To be confirmed (stay tuned)


12:30     Lunch at Conference Centre 
14:00 – 15:00     Meeting w/ Heads led by Dr. Larry Taylor 
Group discussions by role: Principals, Board Members, Spouses 
 Free evening  

Tuesday 25 April

09:00 – 10:30     Announcements, School Highlight 
Keynote 3 - Dr. Roger Parrott 
10:30 – 11:00     Coffee Break 
11:00 – 12:30     

4 Breakout Session

  • Flourishing Schools Overview, Mike Epp/Larry Taylor
  • Financial Accountability and Fraud Deterrence, Dan Hylden
  • Developing a School Climate that Promotes Trauma Recovery, Sharon Rosa
  • To be confirmed (stay tuned)


12:30     Lunch at Conference Centre 
 Free afternoon/evening

Wednesday 26 April

10:00 – 11:00     Keynote 4 - Dr. Roger Parrott 
11:00 – 11:15     Coffee Break 
11:15 – 12:00     Closing Challenge with Dr. Larry Taylor 
12:30     Lunch at Conference Centre 


PDF Schedule for Printing


Dr. Roger Parrott - Keynote Speaker

ISLC 2023 Keynote TeamRoger 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.  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 Intercollegiate Athletics, and over a dozen local and regional boards for ministries and non-profit organizations.


His wife, MaryLou, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in English and teaches Literature at Belhaven. Roger also did his graduate work at Maryland, earning his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration.


Roger is the author of Opportunity Leadership: Stop Planning and Start Getting Results, and The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders.




Tim Shuman - Conference Host


Tim Shuman, M.Ed., serves as the Senior Director of the International Division at the Association of Christian Schools International (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, a Christian boarding school, where Tim served as headmaster. The Shumans have two TCK sons, Luke (Brooklyn, NY) and Tyler (Los Angeles, 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 or sketching scenes that catch his attention.




Dr. Larry Taylor - Keynote Speaker

ICEC Keynotes - Europe

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.


Michael Epp - Keynote Speaker

Mike Epp

Michael Epp serves as the Sr. Vice President of ACSI Global.  He has worked for the past 35 years in global and international education, serving 19 of those years in São Paulo, Brazil.  ACSI currently has 17 affiliated country or regional offices within six different divisions – North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, South Asia, and the Asia Pacific.  ACSI’s aim is to promote, equip, and empower leaders of the offices as they help develop the Christian schooling movement around the world.  Partnerships with other countries, Christian schools, organizations, and international ministries are continually forming. The worldwide movement for Christian schooling around the world continues to grow.



Daniel Hylden - Breakout Presenter

Dan Hylden

Daniel Hylden is the Founder/Executive Director of Christ-centered Administrative Services Team ( Hylden has 36 years of nonprofit financial experience having performed annual financial examinations on five different continents in over 30 countries. Hylden was the Deputy Superintendent of Operations and a teacher at Grace International School in Thailand. Hylden's children graduated from Rosslyn Academy in Kenya and his nieces graduated from Black Forest Academy in Germany. Hylden was an auditor with the International Mission Board of Southern Baptist Convention. CAST was recently awarded the Better Business Bureau Spark Award for excellence in Eastern and Central Texas USA. Hylden has a Master of Business Administration degree, Certified Fraud Examiner certification, Private Investigator license, ordained, and commissioned as an international missionary.  Hylden and CAST strongly support the mission of ACSI and stand ready to assist your school should your school seek our assistance.




Sharon Rosa - Breakout Presenter

ISLC 2023 Sharon Rosa

As a licensed counselor in international settings for 33 years, Sharon Rosa provided multi-layer emotional and mental care for international Christian school personnel, students, and families.  She and her husband, Joe who is an international school administrator, have served at Christian schools on four continents. They have two adult TCK sons and six grandchildren, three of whom are MKs. Currently Sharon provides on-line counseling to missionaries and MKs around the world, including refugees from Kyiv Christian Academy where Sharon and Joe most recently served.

Trauma has, of necessity, become a subject of study and experience during Sharon’s years overseas. She has worked in international communities affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, violent government coups, criminal gangs, civil war, kidnapping, sexual assault, terrorism, death of school staff/students, Ebola, and Covid.

Breakout Session: Developing a School Environment that Boosts Trauma Recovery

Covid focused attention on trauma and trauma recovery, as well as modifying the definitions used by the public.  Those of us in international Christian schools have not needed to refocus on trauma.  We experience it frequently.  So, then, we should be leaders in providing a healing milieu in our schools. In this session, we will focus on honing the skills already developed, as well as identifying new strategies and discussing their implementation.





We are offering four different levels of sponsorship for the event. If you are interested in partnering with ACSI for this event, please fill out the form below and our team will get back to you with next steps.

Based upon current projections we are expecting approximately 100 leader delegates to attend ICEC from over 40 leading international Christian schools in Europe, Africa and the rest of the world. This estimate may grow given the new interest in travel and gathering in-person.

No matter your budget, we have a sponsorship opportunity for you!

Sponsor Interest Form

*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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Limit: 4 sponsors

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Keynote session sponsor: sponsor video opens one of the four keynote sessions.

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