Ongoing, localized and personalized professional development is essential to the flourishing of teachers. ACSIWC provides structured events to help meet the development goals of Christian schools and their teachers. Each year we host Teacher Conventions which local committees help plan. These conventions feature both keynote presentations and workshops which are intended to match the professional goals of our schools. The distinctive element of each convention is the Christ-centered foundation of all learning experiences for teachers. Every educational topic is presented through the lens of the Biblical narrative. Conventions inform, equip and ultimately inspire.
Theme: Biblically Equipped
“and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15 (NIV)
Education is changing rapidly as a result of innovation and culture changes. Christian schools should lead in using innovations for the maximum benefit of every student. At this year’s convention delegates will have opportunity to learn effective ways of meeting the educational needs of every student and how to leverage the latest and best educational research to improve classroom learning experiences and, as a result, student outcomes.
Keynote Speaker: Dr Ellen Lowrie Black
Dr. Black has nearly four decades of varied experience in education as an elementary teacher, professor, head of school, K-12 and university board member, university dean and vice-president. Dr. Black holds degrees from Eastern Mennonite University, Texas A&M, Temple University in Philadelphia as well as post-doctoral work at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition to presenting at Oxford University, Ellen has lectured and trained educators on four continents. She currently serves as President of Pantego Christian Academy, TX. Building capacity and encouraging Christian educators is Ellen’s professional passion.
True North: Christian Education in a Changing World
Christian educators are trusted and tasked with developing and implementing a comprehensive curriculum that builds on what we know about effective planning, instructional strategies and relevant assessments. Just as Nehemiah kept adapting his strategies to accomplish his mission, we WILL adapt and grow as educators. We WILL do our part to fulfil the longstanding vision of preparing next generation Canadians with 21st century skills, emotional intelligence, resilience, and spiritual discernment. Like the sons (and daughters) of Issac, we can understand the times. We can know what is best to do to reach our students.
21st Century Instruction: Understanding and Implementing Best Practice, Part One
Specific instructional strategies, based on empirical research which validates their efficacy, will be presented. I don’t believe it is possible to work harder. We must work smarter. We will intentionally break strategies into steps appropriate for regular and consistent implementation in classrooms at all levels. Part One begins with an overview of neurological research and brain-based learning in the context of how humans learn. Additionally, the synergy between planning, instructional strategies and meaningful assessments will be explored.
21st Century Instruction: Understanding and Implementing Best Practice, Part Two
Specific instructional strategies, based on empirical research which validates their efficacy, will be presented. We will intentionally break strategies into steps appropriate for regular and consistent implementation in classrooms at all levels Part Two continues with instructional strategies essential to developing motivated and engaged learners. Additionally, the relationship of technology and instruction will be analyzed.
Registration Deadline: October 3, 2019
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