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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This session is a corollary to the earlier keynote by Daniel Hill, and aims to help educators grapple with the narratives that sustain race and develop practical tools for developing transformational strategies in the classroom.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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?
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.
Dr. Nathan Johnson will share his story of launching a Christian, bilingual school and compare it with Dr. Joshua Patterson's story of reinventing public schools.
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.
Moderator: David Urban
Panelists: Kim Ellefsen, Rudi Gesch, Debbie Johnson, and Andy Lynch
Come join a conversation on how to maximize your marketing dollar for strategic growth. Discussion will be around what has been effective in the past and what the future opportunities are available for school leaders.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.