Jan
30
9:00 AM09:00

Christian School Tours (optional)

GCSLS delegates will have the opportunity to attend one of several Christian school tours in the San Antonio area. There are two options: a traditional tour (2–3 hours) and an extended, interactive tour (3–4 hours). There are a limited number of seats for each tour, and the tours will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration form and notification will be emailed to you at least two weeks prior to the summit.

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Jan
30
5:30 PM17:30

Hosted Receptions

ACSI Eastern – REPUBLIC A
ACSI Central – REPUBLIC B
ACSI Western – REPUBLIC C
Global Delegates – CROCKET A–D
ACSI Leadership University – SEGUIN A–B
ABHE/Higher Education Delegates – PRESIDIO A
CACE – PRESIDIO B–C
CSI – TRAVIS A–B
CESA – TRAVIS C–D

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Opening Program – Every Kind of Student for Every Kind of Kingdom Work
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Opening Program – Every Kind of Student for Every Kind of Kingdom Work

Girien Salazar

Reading in Exodus 31:1-11, and 35:30-35, we know that just as the Lord called and gave skill and wisdom to Bezalel, Oholiab, and those with them to perform and complete every kind of work that He commanded to be done, today, the Lord still calls and anoints all his people for the work of his kingdom. As we consider where our students come from and where they one day might go, may we never forget—and may we always affirm in our schools—that God calls every kind of student for every kind of kingdom work.

TEXAS BALLROOM

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Discovering a New Motivation, Greater Understanding, and Biblical Solutions for Diversity and Racial Reconciliation
Jan
31
8:30 AM08:30

Discovering a New Motivation, Greater Understanding, and Biblical Solutions for Diversity and Racial Reconciliation

Walter Strickland

School leaders desire to see racial reconciliation on their campuses but often feel helpless to achieve real success. This talk moves beyond secular solutions that fall flat at Christian schools by applying a biblical worldview which transforms leaders into joyful agents of racial reconciliation. A renewed vision for diversity calls for a restored biblical motivation, a nuanced understanding of the challenges, and theologically motivated solutions that cultivate a learning environment of excellence and mutuality.

LONE STAR F

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Coming Closer: Experiencing and Offering Sanctuary in a Hyper-Connected World
Jan
31
8:30 AM08:30

Coming Closer: Experiencing and Offering Sanctuary in a Hyper-Connected World

Christina Crook

Christina Crook's book, "The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World," has made her a leading voice on technology and human flourishing. Through her writing and speaking she reveals how key shifts in our thinking can enable us to draw closer to one another, taking up the good burdens of local work and responsibilities. She writes about the value of focus, making space to create, and the meaning we find in more limited connections. She challenges the Western values of power, control, and success, revealing how wonder, trust, and discipline are central to the experience of being human and the keys to our joy.

LONE STAR A–C

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“Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good” – Developing a National Vision for Education
Jan
31
8:30 AM08:30

“Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good” – Developing a National Vision for Education

Nigel Genders

The Church of England provides 4700 schools educating one million students across the country. In 2016, the church published a vision for education ‘Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’, informed by the latest educational policy and practice and rooted in deep Christian theology. Nigel will outline the exciting journey of engaging strategic church and state stakeholders, including local school leaders, national church leaders and key government partners. This ambitious journey will provide international inspiration for delegates seeking to engage church and education leaders in vision that combines the highest levels of academic achievement, character development and human flourishing for staff and students alike.

LONE STAR D & E

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Exploring the Complexity of Racism and Examining Real Solutions School-Wide
Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

Exploring the Complexity of Racism and Examining Real Solutions School-Wide

Walter Strickland

Race and racism have influenced Christian education in a myriad of ways. Well-intended diversity efforts are prone to oversimplify racism’s effects and sprint toward solutions without understanding its complexity. These initiatives result in misguided diagnoses and partial solutions that breed frustration and a sense of defeat. This workshop explores common layers of racism in Christian schools and explores practical solutions for hiring, pedagogy, student recruitment, and beyond.

LONE STAR F

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Empowering Students and Teachers While Challenging Bias
Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

Empowering Students and Teachers While Challenging Bias

Karen Bradberry

Dr. Karen Bradberry will work with educators on the importance of recognizing implicit bias. Implicit biases happen at an unconscious level and affect our actions, understandings, and decisions. These effects can oftentimes be seen in our schools in areas such as our classrooms, policies and procedures, and in our events. Join the discussion on confronting implicit biases while empowering our students and teachers.

BOWIE A–B

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Breakthrough: Christian Education Around the World
Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

Breakthrough: Christian Education Around the World

Moderator: Paul Neal

Panelists: Chris F., Amir Mahadi, Philip Nash, Daniel Pampuch, and Mark T.

Christian schooling is thriving all around the world—in both open and closed political environments and despite persecution or growing secularization and marginalization of religion. These variations on the environment in which Christian schools operate globally provide a valuable continuum in which to view their operation, challenges, successes and, sometimes, failures. Thinking about Christian education along this additional continuum beyond a more tradition stage (developing, mature, stable or perhaps decline) view gives us a new ability to learn from our colleagues around the world. By gathering key leaders from around the world to share their experiences, we will hear about innovation, adaptation and culturally distinct outcomes that will challenge and encourage.

TEXAS BALLROOM

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TECHNOLOGY WORK SESSION A
Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

TECHNOLOGY WORK SESSION A

Limited to 50 participants, same offering as Session B; choose only one to attend

Mitch Salerno

In his book, Rewiring Education, John Couch provides a clear call for change, "I believe it's time we stopped trying to repair and replace education and start rewiring it. This means moving with intent away from the old design that is holding us back from being able to effectively meet the needs of our digital natives. It means focusing not on passive education, but on active learning…” The GCSLS Technology Work Session will model an interactive, challenge based example of rewired education. Rather than passively receiving information, participants will work together to solve challenges. Through this immersive experience, you will experience an active, technology driven pedagogy. Participants are encouraged to bring their devices, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. In the end, you will be inspired to examine the pedagogy in your school and motivated through experience to rewire the educational process.

CROCKET C & D

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Next Generation Leadership in a Landscape of Discontinous Change
Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

Next Generation Leadership in a Landscape of Discontinous Change

Moderator: Nate Johnson

Panelists: Julia Ellis, Joel Hazard, Carl Martinez, Josh Patterson, Joel Uecker, and Deani Van Pelt

A diverse panel of next generation educators explores how the leaders, the led, and the landscape are adapting and flourishing in a bold new era for Christian Schooling.

LONE STAR A–C

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Exploring the Promise of Deeper Learning in Christian Education
Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

Exploring the Promise of Deeper Learning in Christian Education

Moderator: Dan Beerens

Panelists: Justin Cook, Darryl DeBoer, Darren Spyksma, Steven Levy, and Diane Stronks

You are invited to a session of short presentations and audience dialogue where we will briefly define and explore Christian Deeper Learning and share how biblically aligned practices in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and building flourishing school cultures have enlivened and engaged students through creating beautiful work for real world needs.

LONE STAR D–E

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What Time is It? Why Christian Education Matters Today
Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

What Time is It? Why Christian Education Matters Today

Doug Sikkema

In Comment, we explore the intersection of public technology and social architecture: what Scripture and the Christian says about how we are to build institutions (in this case, educational) for the time and place we are given. In this workshop, we'll explore the big question "What time is it?" and look a bit closer at the increasingly significant purpose of Christian schools for our age.

REPUBLIC A–B

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Ethos Enhancing Outcomes: Bringing Vision Alive in Leadership Development
Jan
31
11:30 AM11:30

Ethos Enhancing Outcomes: Bringing Vision Alive in Leadership Development

Andy Wolfe

Most educational institutions will have a well-articulated ethos statement, but some may struggle to connect their ‘laminated’ vision with the day-to-day reality of school leadership decision making. Andy will unpack the dynamic ‘Ethos Enhancing Outcomes’ approach which empowers school leaders to see how their stated ethos should enhance the pursuit of improved academic outcomes. Through this empowering question-based resource, Andy will unpack school leadership issues including Curriculum Design, Teaching & Learning and Pastoral Care, alongside the inspirational story of how hundreds of UK schools are supporting one another through the Church of England’s pioneering Peer Support Network for school leaders.

REPUBLIC A–B

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How to Build, Sustain, and Grow Your Diversity Program
Jan
31
11:30 AM11:30

How to Build, Sustain, and Grow Your Diversity Program

Jenny Brady, Joel Hazard, and David Robinson

Diversity is God-created and should be a part of the overall strategic plan of your Christian school. With a great deal of experience in the diversity field, Jenny Brady, Joel Hazard, and David Robinson will bring some of the tried and true practices of implementing a diversity program to you. A strong diversity plan will affect every area of your school from marketing to curriculum to the business office, so we welcome anyone working in Christian schools to attend this workshop.

PRESIDIO A–B

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The Joy of Missing Out
Jan
31
11:30 AM11:30

The Joy of Missing Out

Christina Crook

The average person spends more than two hours a day on social media. That's 5.5 years over a lifetime. If we cut that by even 40%, you'd be getting back two years of your life. What we regret most at the end of our lives isn't missed tweets or fancy job titles. It's the deeper things—missed opportunities to love, to explore our curiosities, and to spend our time well. In this workshop, thought leader Christina Crook will help you identify your blind spots, rewire your online habits and help you from surviving to thriving by reconnecting to what truly brings you joy.

LONE STAR A–C

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Millennial Parents: Pitfalls or Promise?
Jan
31
11:30 AM11:30

Millennial Parents: Pitfalls or Promise?

Jay Ferguson

Millennials are a sometimes-feared and maligned emerging segment of our school family populations. While some of this concern may be simple fear of the unknown, research shows that the new parent group will inevitably challenge the way most Christian schools do business. For school leaders who prayerfully listen and adapt well, God will use the emerging parent generation to push agile institutions toward unprecedented levels of mission clarity and distinction. Jay Ferguson will identify and discuss ways that this incoming generation of parents will challenge school leaders to work smarter, and how to leverage the opportunities they present.

LONE STAR F

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Inclusive Education in the Christian School
Jan
31
11:30 AM11:30

Inclusive Education in the Christian School

Elizabeth Dombrowski

Christian schools have a unique opportunity to demonstrate their faith by including students of all abilities. In this session we will explore together the ways that Christian schools can go beyond special education to strengthen their community, collaboration, and culture. Elizabeth will share ways that schools have successfully supported students with varied learning, behavioral, intellectual, and socio-emotional abilities while engaging the community in their mission. Attendees will also unpack the definitions of successful inclusion that are outlined in The Christ-Centered Educational Services Standard.

BOWIE A–B

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Bringing Christian Education to Life: The Transformative Power of Service-Learning
Jan
31
11:30 AM11:30

Bringing Christian Education to Life: The Transformative Power of Service-Learning

Lynn Swaner and Roger Erdvig

Service-learning helps students connect classroom learning with genuine service to their communities, thereby helping them to master academic concepts better and learn how to apply them in real life. The research not only demonstrates the positive academic outcomes of service-learning, but also shows that the practice promotes civic engagement, leadership development, and a long-term desire to serve others. This session will draw on the authors’ new book on service-learning in Christian schools and their extensive work in schools, to offer a proven roadmap for harnessing the power of service-learning in your school.

SEGUIN

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Assessing Christian Learners
Jan
31
11:30 AM11:30

Assessing Christian Learners

David Smith

This presentation will explore a project by the Kuyers Institute and CARDUS that focuses on developing a fresh approach to Christian school assessment. It will explore characteristics of a Christian learner, as reflected in a broad cross-section of the Christian tradition, and look at how we might develop assessment tools that can inform teaching and learning choices. The participants will learn about a major new assessment resource that is under development.

LONE STAR D–E

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CACE Studies in School Innovation
Jan
31
11:30 AM11:30

CACE Studies in School Innovation

Moderator: Tim Van Soelen

Panelists: Jake Becker, Steve Blom, and Mitch Menning

“Redefined” and “Redesigned” are two words that describe the three schools that will be sharing their school stories during this session. Join Jake Becker, Head of School at The City School in downtown Philadelphia, as he shares their journey of bringing light to the city—one child at a time. Hear from Mitch Menning, Head of School at Intermountain Christian School which is located in Salt Lake City, as they equip, inspire, and thrive in a community where they are the religious minority. Listen to Steve Blom’s story about starting Unity Christian Academy from scratch in South Holland, Illinois.

TEXAS BALLROOM

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America's Christian School Graduates: What Story Does the Data Tell?
Jan
31
2:15 PM14:15

America's Christian School Graduates: What Story Does the Data Tell?

Beth Green

The CARDUS Education Survey 2018 tells the story of Christian school graduates in America. This workshop considers how we can use the graduate outcomes data to be hospitable to culture and deepen learning in our schools. Come and join the conversation in this workshop about Christian education past, present, and future.

LONE STAR A–C

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TECHNOLOGY WORK SESSION B
Jan
31
2:15 PM14:15

TECHNOLOGY WORK SESSION B

Limited to 50 participants, same offering as Session A; choose only one to attend.

Mitch Salerno

In his book, Rewiring Education, John Couch provides a clear call for change, "I believe it's time we stopped trying to repair and replace education and start rewiring it. This means moving with intent away from the old design that is holding us back from being able to effectively meet the needs of our digital natives. It means focusing not on passive education, but on active learning…” The GCSLS Technology Work Session will model an interactive, challenge based example of rewired education. Rather than passively receiving information, participants will work together to solve challenges. Through this immersive experience, you will experience an active, technology driven pedagogy. Participants are encouraged to bring their devices, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. In the end, you will be inspired to examine the pedagogy in your school and motivated through experience to rewire the educational process.

CROCKET C–D

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Innovation or Irrelevant? There's a Fate Worse than Change
Jan
31
2:15 PM14:15

Innovation or Irrelevant? There's a Fate Worse than Change

Bill Latham

CEO, author, and education advocate Bill Latham delivers a dynamic interactive presentation focusing on rehumanizing learning and the leadership challenges of jumping the chasm to get there. While innovating may prove difficult for education leaders today, there is indeed a fate worse—that of irrelevance. Explore topics like skill shifts, consumerized patterns of behavior, teacher well-being, and holistic design of classroom ecosystems. The keys for unlocking student engagement are centered around building culture and strong relationships. You will leave with tools, new mental frameworks, and a sense of urgency in making the leap toward innovation.

LONE STAR D–E

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Next Generation Christian School Leaders
Jan
31
2:15 PM14:15

Next Generation Christian School Leaders

Daniel Pampuch

This keynote addresses the barriers to leadership progression for emerging and aspiring leaders in Christian schools. Daniel provides a solution to the issues through a "pools and pipelines" approach. A distributed leadership model is also proposed as a means of transforming the current leadership paradigm and supporting a new generation of leaders.

TEXAS BALLROOM

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Authentic Transformation: Innovating Change in Biblical Instruction and Spiritual Formation
Jan
31
3:30 PM15:30

Authentic Transformation: Innovating Change in Biblical Instruction and Spiritual Formation

Susan Allen

If authentic spiritual transformation is what you desire for your students, join us at this workshop to consider a new paradigm for biblical instruction and spiritual formation in Christian schools.  This interactive workshop will distill key points from Susan’s keynote address at the 2nd International Summit on Best Practices in Biblical Instruction and Spiritual Formation, offering biblical insights, research, and real-life stories of one school’s journey into spiritual transformation. 

BOWIE A–B


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Church-Schools Revisited: How A Renewed Partnership Between Churches and Christian Schools Can Invigorate Sustainable Mission
Jan
31
3:30 PM15:30

Church-Schools Revisited: How A Renewed Partnership Between Churches and Christian Schools Can Invigorate Sustainable Mission

Chuck Evans and Jay Ferguson

Ask most school leaders whether they would prefer to head a church-sponsored school or an independent school, and the answer is reflexive. Christian school leadership has been conditioned by decades of dysfunction to avoid entangling academic mission with church ministry. But what if a serious look at the Gospel and a re-consideration of ministry partnership compelled us to re-integrate Church and School? And what if it could be done in a way that turns the conventional economics of schooling on its head?

SEGUIN

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K–12 Stories of Deeper Learning
Jan
31
3:30 PM15:30

K–12 Stories of Deeper Learning

Justin Cook and Darryl DeBoer

This session is designed for K-12 educators to explore what it means to design deeper learning experiences that invite, nurture, and empower students to participate in real work that meets a real need for real people. Workshop participants will interact with each other and K-12 stories that illustrate a working definition of deeper learning in Christian schools. The deep hope for this session is that you will begin to imagine learning experiences that invite both you and your students to find purpose and place in God's story.

CROCKETT A–B

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The Impact of Trauma on Growth and Learning
Jan
31
3:30 PM15:30

The Impact of Trauma on Growth and Learning

Barbara Sorrells

Increasing numbers of children in our culture are experiencing adverse childhood experiences that result in a multisystem failure of brain development, attachment, self regulation, sensory processing, social skills and learning. The impact of trauma often manifests in behavioral challenges and learning issues. This session will focus on how trauma changes children from the inside out and the challenge it presents to the Christian school community to help children find hope and healing.

LONESTAR F

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Online/Blended Learning Panel
Jan
31
3:30 PM15:30

Online/Blended Learning Panel

Moderator: Erin Wilcox

Panelists: David Fyfe, Tia Gaines, Keri Ingraham, Gail Marten, and Elena Solodyankin

Schools are choosing to incorporate various types of online and blended learning because of its flexibility to meet student needs and personalize learning. A panel of five online educators will discuss the benefits and challenges of online learning. Panelists come from schools that are 100% online as well as those who have incorporated online classes into brick and mortar school programs. Panelists will share how they’ve creatively solved current issues as well as challenges, and potential innovations they see coming in the future. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions and dialog with the panelists.

TEXAS BALLROOM

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Working for God, Not Grades
Jan
31
3:30 PM15:30

Working for God, Not Grades

Steven Levy

How do we provide tasks that invite students to see themselves as builders for the King rather than slaves to "Pharaoh's" system of grades? We will examine a gallery of diverse K-12 student work and explore how content and skills can be developed in the context of doing real work that meets the real needs of real people. Students produce "beautiful work" when the purpose is partnering with God to restore the "very goodness" of God's creation.

PRESIDIO A–B

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‘Leadership, Pedagogy and Theology’: A Dynamic Coaching Approach for School and Church Leaders
Jan
31
3:30 PM15:30

‘Leadership, Pedagogy and Theology’: A Dynamic Coaching Approach for School and Church Leaders

Andy Wolfe

To empower school leaders in thinking both theologically and pedagogically about education, the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership has developed an innovative leadership coaching approach, enhancing leadership development for individuals and teams. Andy will unpack this exciting practical resource for school and church leaders, equipping dynamic coaching conversations about a range of practical leadership issues including: Teaching and Learning, Character Formation and Academic Achievement. This resource will help church leaders think pedagogically, and equip school leaders to think theologically, thus forming an enriching basis for shared leadership conversations and networking.

REPUBLIC A–B

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Diversity and Inclusion Panel: Administrator to Administrator
Jan
31
3:30 PM15:30

Diversity and Inclusion Panel: Administrator to Administrator

Moderator: Joel Gaines

Panelists: Jake Becker, Karen Bradberry, Michael Chen, Larry Taylor

With many years of experience in leading schools, this panel will consist of administrators who have a passion for diversity. The discussion will offer authentic responses to address the myriad of elephants in our schools surrounding diversity and inclusion. 

LONE STAR A–C

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How Today’s Enrollment Trends Will Change Your School’s Admission Approach
Jan
31
3:30 PM15:30

How Today’s Enrollment Trends Will Change Your School’s Admission Approach

Aimee Gruber

As a community of schools, our collective success hinges on our ability to drive and sustain enrollments. And, our ability to navigate admission’s changing landscape is key. This presentation offers school leaders a comprehensive look at trends, issues, and challenges shaping enrollment management and practice in schools. The Enrollment Management Association's comprehensive surveys of independent school admission leaders, international school admission leaders, and families who recently navigated the admission process are featured prominently in this presentation. This trailblazing research has provoked significant dialogue on the changing conditions of, and expectations for, private school admission and enrollment professionals.

LONE STAR D–E

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MindShift Introduction
Feb
1
8:20 AM08:20

MindShift Introduction

Rex Miller

MindShift is a proven process for organizations and industries to solve their most intractable problems. MindShift’s unique methodology assembles diverse stakeholders to create a safe environment to actively explore and dismantle our collective assumptions. This frees us to look for that mind-shifting question to open a door to experiment and create new possibilities, which can lead to new realities. In this session, Rex Miller will introduce the MindShift process and prepare participants to engage in a MindShift activity around intractable problems in Christian education.

TEXAS BALLROOM

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Women in Leadership Panel
Feb
1
10:15 AM10:15

Women in Leadership Panel

Moderator: Maria Varlet

Panelists: Adun Akinyemiju, Adrienne Castellon, Beth Green, Linda Harrelson, and Aileen Riady

The panel, comprised of a number of highly experienced and influential educational leaders from across the globe, will share their insights and wisdom regarding keys to leadership success. The panel will also explore strategies for overcoming the challenges and obstacles that may be faced by women in, or aspiring to, leadership positions.

LONE STAR A–C

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Cultural Humility: Garnering Diversity
Feb
1
10:15 AM10:15

Cultural Humility: Garnering Diversity

Joel Gaines and Tia Gaines

This workshop will present various strategies and practical tools for engaging each and every student in your school. We will also provide steps successful schools have taken to engage, learn from and serve black and brown students, teachers, and families. As Christian schools seek the welfare of all, this workshop will highlight the "good" essential questions to ask teachers, parents, students, and all important institutional stakeholders.

LONE STAR D–E

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Restorative Practices: From Conflict to Engagement to Change
Feb
1
10:15 AM10:15

Restorative Practices: From Conflict to Engagement to Change

Diane Stronks

This workshop will introduce participants to the Restorative Practices framework which emphasizes “Healthy Relationships” as a way to create flourishing school culture that opens up space for dialogue, feedback and accountability. Often in Christian communities, conflicts, difficulties and disagreements are seen as negative and to be avoided at all costs. Restorative Practices introduces the attendees to possible ways to reframe conflict as opportunities for dialogue and growth and change.

REPUBLIC A–B

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Establishing the Foundation for Spiritual Formation During Early Childhood
Feb
1
10:15 AM10:15

Establishing the Foundation for Spiritual Formation During Early Childhood

Milton Uecker

This session will address questions related to laying the foundation for a biblical worldview in the hearts and minds of young children. We will focus not only on instructional practices related to each worldview question, but on developing and assessing outcomes related to the spiritual strand of development.

SEGUIN

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K–12 Stories of Deeper Learning
Feb
1
10:15 AM10:15

K–12 Stories of Deeper Learning

Justin Cook and Darryl DeBoer

This session is designed for K–12 educators to explore what it means to design deeper learning experiences that invite, nurture, and empower students to participate in real work that meets a real need for real people. Workshop participants will interact with each other and K–12 stories that illustrate a working definition of deeper learning in Christian schools. The deep hope for this session is that you will begin to imagine learning experiences that invite both you and your students to find purpose and place in God's story.

LONE STAR F

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Being Intentional about Student Leadership Development
Feb
1
10:15 AM10:15

Being Intentional about Student Leadership Development

Laszlo Demeter

If we are preparing the next generation of leaders, what effective leadership development programs should we offer to our students, and at what age? This workshop will explore research-based characteristics of innovative student leadership initiatives and practical examples from ACSI Europe's international student leadership development program. This program included online and hands-on elements with the purpose of empowering Christian schools to fulfill their mission.

PRESIDIO A–B

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Creating an Enlightened Governance Culture for Christian Schools
Feb
1
10:15 AM10:15

Creating an Enlightened Governance Culture for Christian Schools

William Mott

The stakes are high for the future of Christian education. The impact of governance and leadership on Christian schools is profound, and yet schools are reluctant to understand the influence of innovation and best practices on board culture that reveal 21st century ideas. The purpose of this workshop is to define what a board can look like that has adopted an innovative way of working with Christian school leadership that ushers in a new era of governance and leadership excellence.

CROCKET A–B

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From Lunatic Fringe to Market Mainstream: How Classical Schools Have Reshaped the Christian School Movement
Feb
1
10:15 AM10:15

From Lunatic Fringe to Market Mainstream: How Classical Schools Have Reshaped the Christian School Movement

Eric Cook and Chuck Evans

Once the eccentric domain of homeschoolers and fringe theology, classical Christian schooling has emerged over the past twenty years as a permanent feature within Christian schooling, as well as one of the most growth-oriented segments. Who are these classical educators, how have they succeeded, and what does it mean for the future of Christian schooling?

CROCKETT C–D

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Using Innovation to Catalyze the Growth of Christian Education
Feb
1
11:45 AM11:45

Using Innovation to Catalyze the Growth of Christian Education

Andrew Neumann

Driven by a variety of powerful levers, the world is changing at an exponential rate. This presentation will discuss how Christian leaders in education can recognize and utilize the levers of change around them, identify opportunities, and stay committed to their mission while using innovation to catalyze positive change and growth.

LONE STAR A–C

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The Christian School: The Relational School
Feb
1
11:45 AM11:45

The Christian School: The Relational School

Rob Loe

Whilst the idea and premise of ‘relational health’ being a vitally important aspect of a school’s culture is widely recognised, relationships between teachers and students, and students themselves, can often go ignored if unmeasured. In an extension of the ground-breaking work conducted in Australia for CSA in 2018, culminating in the report and documentary film “Connecting Stories: The Relationships that Shape Christian Schools," Dr. Rob Loe will unpack RSF’s new study of schools in Australia. Engage with the findings, enjoy a screening of some of the latest documentary footage, and hear from research participants.

LONE STAR F

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Real Improvement Through Collective Leadership
Feb
1
1:45 PM13:45

Real Improvement Through Collective Leadership

Jonathan Eckert

By answering four questions, participants will identify adaptive challenges and opportunities for innovation. These innovations will require others and emphasize the "no" in "innovate." Participants will engage one another in meaningful conversations that will enhance leadership and interrelational practices.

LONE STAR D–E

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Religious Liberties and School Law
Feb
1
1:45 PM13:45

Religious Liberties and School Law

Moderator: Philip Scott

Panelists: John Cooley, Eric Kniffin, and Mark Spencer

As electoral politics have greatly impacted religious liberties, education policy, school law, and current practice we seek clarity on how to best prepare our schools to fulfill their missions. Join a panel of legal experts for a discussion on current religious issues and school law in the US, Australia, and Canada.

LONE STAR A-C

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Indigenous Worldview in the Christian School
Feb
1
1:45 PM13:45

Indigenous Worldview in the Christian School

Adrienne Castellon

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission challenges all Canadian educators to integrate Indigenous content and ways of knowing into the curriculum. How does this work in a Christian school? Understanding the indigenous worldview in an increasingly pluralistic world is more important than ever. While remaining true to our faith and responding to the call to love our neighbour we can move beyond our 'bubble' to building bridges of inclusion and engagement. This session will explore the tools and mindset necessary to take the next steps.

CROCKET A–B

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What You Teach and How You Teach Matters
Feb
1
1:45 PM13:45

What You Teach and How You Teach Matters

Jenny Brady and Cynthia de León

From teaching our students about identity formation to units on oppression and slavery, what we teach and how we teach affects every student in our classroom. This workshop will dive into the discussion surrounding diversity and inclusion in our curriculum and will include resources for educators.

BOWIE A-B

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Flourishing Christian Schools: Current Research and Practice
Feb
1
1:45 PM13:45

Flourishing Christian Schools: Current Research and Practice

Dan Beerens and Lynn Swaner

This workshop will examine groundbreaking research on flourishing Christian school cultures, including the implications for school leaders, teachers, staff, and communities. Participants will engage in interactive dialogue to consider implications for their own leadership and instructional practice.

REPUBLIC A–B

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Leading Well in Next Generation School Communities
Feb
1
1:45 PM13:45

Leading Well in Next Generation School Communities

Darren Iselin

The cautionary tales of drift within countless Christian educational communities reveal that sustaining the vision crafted by a school’s founding generation into organisational mid-life is a difficult and highly complex task. The challenge confronting next generation educational leaders is how to sustain that original vision during their cultural moment, whilst simultaneously responding innovatively, proactively and responsibly to change processes, new opportunities and ever shifting socio-cultural realities within their communities. This presentation will explore how this new generation of Christian educational leaders can lead well, as both guardians and re-imaginers of a vision that has been placed into their hands, during this critical phase of transition within Christian educational communities.

SEGUIN

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Hands-On Experience Using an Innovation Framework to Catalyze Growth
Feb
1
1:45 PM13:45

Hands-On Experience Using an Innovation Framework to Catalyze Growth

Andrew Newmann

Driven by a variety of powerful levers, the world is changing at an exponential rate. This workshop will provide Christian leaders in education the opportunity to engage in collaborative discussions using a set of focus questions related to an innovation framework to catalyze growth in their educational setting.

LONESTAR F

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WHOLE: Creating Healthy Workplaces in Schools
Feb
1
1:45 PM13:45

WHOLE: Creating Healthy Workplaces in Schools

Rex Miller

If our future in Christian education is to win the hearts and minds of our students, teachers are at the front lines of this battle. We can't win if our teachers are stretched, stressed and battle weary. All teachers, and especially Christian educators, face the caregiver's dilemma. With never ending demands and decreasing support their health and well-being is at risk. That puts us all at risk. We don't need to simply do better, we need to think differently, humanly and redemptively.  I will share more than five years of research with more than 100 educators and community leaders into root issues behind our struggle and a positive way forward captured in a concept called Re-Villaging our schools.

TEXAS BALLROOM

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The Bible, Technology, and Emerging Generations
Feb
1
to Feb 2

The Bible, Technology, and Emerging Generations

Jason Malec

With kids spending one third of each day engaging media and technology, what effect does this have on their relationship with God and others? How is their view of the Bible and the church changing? And in a world of virtual reality and artificial intelligence, how can we teach a child the way he or she should go, so when they're old, they won't depart from it?

LONE STAR D–E

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