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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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