2019 PD Forum - Chicago, IL

Innovate - Professional Development Forums

Chicago, IL

October 10: 8:45 a.m. — 4:15 p.m.
& October 11: 8:45 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Aurora Christian Schools Inc.,
2255 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506-6206
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Keynote Speakers

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Vernard Gant

Innovative Educational Delivery
Many children today are in a barren place educationally because they do not learn well in the public schools they attend, and private schooling has been out of their reach. The persistent challenge is how to effectively educate a child who:

  • Underperforms academically or has learning challenges
  • Comes from culturally different social, racial, ethnic, and/or linguistic backgrounds.
  • Lives in economically low and/or moderate-income families.

We call them A.C.E. children for short. Just as the tongue fails for lack of water, the lives of A.C.E. children fail for lack of an effective education. This message will address the need is for innovative delivery models for supplying educational water to educationally thirsty children. 

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Lyle Wells

Three Behaviors from the Most Innovative Leaders I Have Ever Met
As a coach and mentor to hundreds of innovative leaders I have had the privilege of experiencing some of the most (and least) effective change agents in education, industry, sports, and ministry.  Three behaviors consistently emerge in the most courageous and successful leaders, these are behaviors that all leaders can embrace, grow and master. 

Forum Schedule

Detailed Schedule

Day One

8:45am - 4:15pm
8:45 a.m.- Worship
9:00 a.m.- Welcome
9:45 a.m.- Keynote Session
10:15 a.m.- Break
10:30 a.m.- Breakout Session One
11:45 a.m.- Lunch
1:00 p.m.- Keynote Session
1:45 p.m.- Breakout Session Two
3:15 p.m.- Affinity Groups or Stand-alone Workshop
4:00 p.m.- General Session

Day Two

8:45am - 12:30pm
8:45 a.m.- Worship
9:00 a.m.- Keynote Session
10:00 a.m.- Breakout Session Three
11:15 a.m.- Break
11:30 a.m.- Closing Session

Attendee Resources

A detailed schedule, speaker resources, and more can be found in the ACSI Community closer to the start of the event.

ACSI Community Page


Holiday Inn Aurora North- Naperville
2424 W Sullivan Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Group Name: ACSI PD Forum
$115 + tax
Booking Link

Candlewood Suites Aurora-Naperville
2625 W Sullivan Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506 
Group Name: ACSI
$104 + tax
(630) 907-9977


Lunch is on your own at any nearby restaurant. Chick-fil-A will also be onsite to
take lunch orders during the morning registration.



  • Standard $149
  • Walk-in $159


  • Standard (Register by Oct. 9) $189
  • Walk-in $199

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Earn CEUs

You will receive continuing education units for your participation in the Forum. CEU type (Educational/Bible) and amount will vary based on session selection.
Your registration also includes 12 months of ConNEXUS Premium, providing access to on-demand courses and additional CEUs throughout the year.