International Snapshot

Fellow International Christian Educator,

I would like to briefly introduce Miss Anne Jones who joins our ACSI Global team as the new Executive Assistant to Tim Shuman. Anne's name may be familiar to some who have been in international Christian schooling for a while. She is actually returning to the job she once held here at ACSI Global 13 years ago, so she brings her past ACSI experience and a whole lot more. Anne retired from the US Army after an illustrious career. Her skills in international diplomacy, earned on a much bigger stage, will be put to good use as we look for ways to serve you better. She is available to assist you and you can email her at anne_jones@acsi.org  

By the time you read this Snapshot, ICEC Prague will be underway. We are expecting 300-plus participants to join us from 32 schools in Europe, Africa, Canada and Asia. It will be a great gathering of international Christian educators. We are praying for a wonderful time of professional challenge and spiritual encouragement.     Heads of schools, please take a look at Pre-Field Orientation coming up in June. We already have a number of people signed registered. This summer, we are encouraging you (or your designated leader) to attend for just the price of getting to Houghton, NY. We think one of the best ways of preparing your new hires is by walking alongside and investing personally in them at PFO. Learn more below.     We are aware of several individuals in our movement of schools who are facing some serious health challenges and we are talking to our Father about each one as we learn about them. 

Be joyful in hope, patience in afflication, faithful in prayer—Romans 12:12 NIV.

Tim Shuman, Regional Director, International Schools

Tim Thompson, Assoc Regional Director
         

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Regional Events

PreField Orientation
This June we are offering free registration to one key leader from each school that send their incoming staff to PreField Orientation this 25 June to 4 July 2019. Our PFO promise is, "Participants who attend PFO will start their new assignment overseas with more confidence, transition more successfully, work with TCKs more effectively, and potentially stay longer at their international schools."

Job Fair 2019 
October 22–29, 2019
Dates are confirmed as follows: Grand Canyon University: October 22; Liberty University: October 24; Baylor University: October 29.
Stay tuned for more details on registration and logistics.

Resources

  • Psalm 78:1-8. In this Psalm, Asaph reminds us of the purpose of our educational endeavors. Print it out and keep it near your desk or prep station.
  • Pray with us. Download the monthly ACSI Global Prayer Guide.
  • MK Synergy Conference, 10-13 Sep 2019. Learn more here.
  • Crisis Consulting International"...exist to assist the global Christian community in fulfilling the Great Commission by providing training and consultation in the area of crisis management and security." I noticed that they have made available a set of model policies for crisis management. They are tailored to the international community. See those policies here.
  • International School Trends. Are you into data regarding trends in international schooling around the world? Check out ISR - International Schools Research latest.
  • Current Practices in International Schools research study. Please consider participating in a Fresno Pacific University survey that has two purposes: (1) to determine current practices in international schools where children with disabilities are served, and (2) to hear international school educators tell their stories in serving children with disabilities in international schools. Click here to take the survey.
  • Paths to School Improvement Needs Your Help. Would you take a moment to consider supporting ACSI's Paths to School Improvement (PSI)? Your sister-international school, Kigali International Community School (KICS), has recently put up a $10,000 USD matching challenge grant to you and your school. Would you prayerfully considering join in with KICS to help keep PSI going strong? Use this linkto give to the PSI project.
  • IB Certification. Have you considered upgrading your teaching certification to be IB certified? Why not do that at Bethel University? With the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning from Bethel University, you'll deepen your knowledge of the curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and implantation of IB programs. Bethel's IB program is a fully-online, stand-alone, 10-credit certificate program that's offered multiple times each year and can be completed in as few as 20 weeks. Apply at bethel.edu/graduate/IB.
  • ACSI Communities. Have you taken advantage of ACSI's new Community platform yet? Please have a visit and join in the conversation with Christian educators around the globe. 

Thought Leadership: Have you read the latest ACSI Blog post?
Pray with us. Download the monthly ACSI Global Prayer Guide.

Books

  • Missionaries are Real People - Surviving Transition, Navigating Relationships, Overcoming Burnout and Depression, and Finding Joy in God (2016) by Ellen Rosenberger. This accessible book is very helpful for our international school community. Rosenberger grew up in an ACSI international school in Bolivia and taught in another one in Nicaragua. Recommended.
  • The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World. I recently heard Christina Crook speak on the Joy of Missing Out (JOMO) and I purchased it immediately. Did you know that young people today are dealing with something called FOMO (the fear of missing out)? This is part of what keeps them (and us) addicted to devices. Crook's book "...considers the technologically focused life, with its impacts on our children, relationships, communities, health, work and more, and suggests opportunities for those of us longing to cultivate a richer on- and off-line existence."
  • On Christian Teaching - Practicing Faith in the Classroom. David I. Smith is speaking at ICEC Prague in April. "Christian teachers have long been thinking about what content to teach, but little scholarship has been devoted to how faith forms the actual process of teaching. Is there a way to go beyond Christian perspectives on the subject matter and think about the teaching itself as Christian? In this book, David I. Smith shows how faith can and should play a critical role in shaping pedagogy and the learning experience."