Early Education Conference - Cultivating Resilience: Building Belonging - Saturday, October 1
Belonging is a central message of Christ. To belong is to feel secure. Without belonging, we are alone. We know students crave feeling accepted and valued and they need strong connections with both their families, teachers and peers. Research confirms caring relationships with educators motivate students to engage in the learning process. Belonging is our primary human need. Beyond food and shelter, nothing promotes human flourishing like having people and a place of belonging. In Christ, we can find true belonging: True belonging is being fully known and being fully loved. We long to belong, and so do our students.
We are all one in Christ (Gal 3:28).
Speakers: Joy Roberts and Julie Widman, Friendzy Co.
Joy Roberts is the co-founder of Friendzy, curriculum designer, speaker, teacher, and social-emotional learning advocate. She believes every student deserves a chance to succeed. At a young age she experienced childhood trauma understanding first hand that our greatest wounds come from people. Yet God has designed and hardwired us for connection and community. This has fueled her entrepreneurial spirit to launch a resource into schools that equips students to navigate the social and emotional challenges they have faced and will encounter.
Julie Widman holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington. She went on to study Audiology and while in graduate school, Julie found herself drawn to looking at the whole child and the impact a hearing handicap had on their education. A decade ago, Julie began to recognize another disability in children. Coping skills and relational strategies were needed for not only her own children to successfully navigate their feelings and social situations but social emotional competence was often missing in their peers as well.
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HR & Employment Law for Christian Schools Workshop - Thursday, September 29
A common challenge for Christian schools is the ability to keep up with all the laws that impact recruiting, interviewing, and hiring employees. Most schools do not have the resources for a Human Resource department to constantly study all the changes federal and state laws that have to do with employment. HR has become a complex issue when dealing with applications, contracts, benefits, and even dismissal if needed. Determining what laws apply can be very challenging for any school leader. This event is designed to help Christian school leaders negotiate the complex process of Human Resources and Employment laws.
This is a six-hour session that includes a CEU for participation.
Speaker: Philip Scott, ACSI Vice President for Legal Affairs
Philip Scott has worked with ACSI since 2011 and currently serves as the Vice President for Legal Affairs in the Washington, DC office. While he has held multiple roles at ACSI, his current focus is on state advocacy and helping to organize state Christian school voices. Philip’s background is a blend of education, religion, and law. He has taught U.S. Government and Civics to middle and high school students in Christian schools and been a lecturer in undergraduate and graduate programs teaching ethics, nonprofit law and education law. Philip has studied theology and law at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is admitted to the bar of Colorado.
Flourish Deeper: Sustainability Workshop - Friday, September 30
While Christian school sustainability depends on the “blocking and tackling” of good financial planning and management, the “field” of Christian education is more challenging and uneven than ever. In this one-day FSI session anchored in the Resources & Expertise Domain, participants will engage with the groundbreaking ACSI-Cardus study entitled Future Ready: Innovative Missions and Models in Christian Education, which explores how Christian schools of all sizes, shapes, and resources are innovating structurally and financially through school mergers, online academies, microschools, Christian school districts and networks, inclusive education, and more. Participants will leave inspired to think and act innovatively, collaboratively, and above all, missionally about the future-readiness of their schools.
Speaker: Lynn Swaner, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Dr. Lynn E. Swaner is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ACSI, where she leads initiatives and develops strategies to address compelling questions and challenges facing Christian education. Dr. Swaner serves as a Cardus Senior Fellow and is the co-author or editor of multiple books on Christian education, including Flourishing Together: A Christian Vision for Students, Educators, and Schools and MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education. Prior to joining ACSI, she served as a professor of education and a Christian school administrator in New York.