The Best Practices Conference will be hosted by Wheaton Academy from June 24-26, 2013. See our list of sessions/presenters below.
The Most Important Decision a Christian School Makes
– It is often said, “the speed of the leader, the speed of the team.” The most important decision a Christian school makes is to appoint the right leader. The most important job for the school’s leader is to develop as a leader as well as to develop the leaders around him/her. There is an urgent need for high-level leadership in Christian education. Learn how Jim Collins’ leadership principles can improve your school leadership and give you strategies to develop the leaders around you. Led by Steve Bult, principal at Wheaton Academy; Dr. Bill Lodywyk, president of Elim Christian Services, Palos Heights, IL; Dr. Tim Hoeksema, principal at Timothy Christian School, Elmhurst, IL.
Is Your School “Built to Last“?
– Dr. Gene Frost, head of school at Wheaton Academy, will present his pre-publication research on what makes a Christian school “built to last.” This session will include practical ways leaders can work to create a legacy of greatness in their Christian schools.
Moving Your School from “Good to Great” for the 21st Century
– what current research says will move your school to great; along with opportunity for dialogue on the value proposition for Christian schools along with other key issues. Led by Dr. Gene Frost, head of school at Wheaton Academy.
Transformational Leadership: A model for leading in the 21st Century – learning to lead without authority.
Traditional approaches to leadership don’t cut it in a rapidly changing world where people must learn to lead without authority. Transactional leadership gets the job done, but transformational leadership takes it to another level and results in changed lives. As a result of this session, participants will:
- Pinpoint the differences between transactional and transformational leadership
- Learn practical techniques for helping leaders become more transformational
- Determine a personal growth plan for improving in one of the five factors.
Session will be led by Dr. James C. Galvin, President, Galvin and Associates; author of I've Got Your Back
The Essential Credential for Every Christian School and Teache
r – In this session Dr. D. Bruce Lockerbie, chairman of Paideia, Inc., and long-time leader within the Christian school movement, will help you avoid confusion on your mission and vision; helping you address the need for your school to fulfill its temporary academic purpose (mission) in balance with its eternal spiritual purpose (vision).
CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
Strategic Compensation for the Middle and High School Teacher
– this is a “pay for performance” system, where you can use your salary dollars in a way that will build a great school. Led by Steve Bult, principal at WA; and Kori Hockett, assistant principal at Wheaton Academy. Steve and Kori have implemented this system over the past four years and they will share both the mechanics of the system as well as its successful implementation.
Implementing the Professional Learning Community I & II
– how this leading trend in public education can advantage your Christian school. There will be sessions for both beginning and advanced P.L.C. schools. Wheaton Academy assistant principal and curriculum coordinator Kori Hockett will share the Academy’s six-year journey of building a professional learning community.
The New Classroom Model: iPads, a LMS, and Google
–This session will provide examples from The Master’s Academy, illustrating the potential of integrating iPads, a learning management system, and Google Apps. Participants will be inspired to lead a pedagogical transformation in their schools. This session will be led by Dr. Mitch Salerno, assistant superintendent of The Master’s Academy, Oviedo, FL.
Blended Learning: What is Blended Learning and How Should a Christian School Properly Respond?
This session will define blended learning and provide a context for a proper, biblical response. Participants will engage concepts such as change, courage, purpose, and progress. With a clear picture of how schools should respond to technological advances, participants will be challenged to implement technological innovations for God’s glory and the furtherance of His Kingdom. This session will be led by Dr. Mitch Salerno, assistant superintendent of The Master’s Academy, Oviedo, FL.
Truly Advanced: Growing and Sustaining an Advanced Placement Program
– Schools should strive for academic excellence. One measure of an excellent and vibrant academic culture is a flourishing Advanced Placement program. This session will examine key factors for growing and sustaining an excellent Advanced Placement program and will challenge participants to build programs that seek to encourage students to honor God with their mind. This session will be led by Dr. Mitch Salerno, assistant superintendent of The Master’s Academy, Oviedo, FL.
Building an International Homestay Boarding Program – how you can effectively navigate one of the fastest growing segments of the Christian school market.
Jon Keith, chief operating officer of Wheaton Academy, will explain how this program has affected dozens of schools positively, both educationally and financially.
A Model for College Counseling
– Learn creative and cost efficient tips for building a comprehensive counseling program for your students and parents. This session will review a step-by-step four-year plan for preparing students, and their parents, for the college application process. We will also discuss creative ways to enhance your existing program with college road trips, college career days, college workshops and college fairs. Session will be led by Diana Fairchild, head counselor at Valley Christian High School, San Jose, CA.
Academic Support: Creating a Win-Win by providing academic support for your students as a profit center for your school
-- Many Christian schools shy away from students with learning differences for a number of reasons. Bobby Welch, President of The Dunham School in Baton Rouge, LA, will show you how Dunham’s “McKay Academic Center” not only met these students’ needs but became a profit center in their school.