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Curriculum triangleIntroduction to TerraNova 3, Christian School Program

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 1 p.m. EST

David Smitherman, director, sales and marketing, ACSI
Lisa Chubbic, assessment specialist, ACSI

TerraNova logoCSI member schools are invited to a webinar introducing the Christian School Program featuring the TerraNova 3 achievement test, a full-service student assessment program now being offered to CSI member schools in the United States through its partnership with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The testing program features the customized edition of the TerraNova 3 achievement test, which provides valid and highly reliable student data. The program also includes a robust and user-friendly online score-reporting platform, professional development opportunities for administrators and teachers, and excellent customer support. This webinar will provide helpful information to understand the benefits of the resources available through the student assessment program.

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Professional Development triangleSocial Media: Dynamic for Professional Development and Building Professional Learning Networks

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. EST

Tyler Amidon, director of student life and middle school principal at Denver Christian Schools in Denver, Colorado

In education, the climate is shifting from face-to-face professional learning communities (PLCs) among colleagues in a single building or district to web-based professional learning networks (PLNs) among education professionals worldwide. All educators benefit from great professional development opportunities, and the web provides opportunities for amazingly rich engagement.

Join Tyler Amidon as he presents exciting ways for Christian school educators to connect, learn, grow, and build their own PLNs via various social media platforms.

This presentation will offer instantly applicable tips for both administrators and staff members. Webinar attendees will be encouraged to interject questions and communicate with each other via a live Twitter chat using #CSI4EDU during and after the event.

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Curriculum triangleA Framework for Authentic and Integral Christian Education: A Tour of TfT

Monday, January 9

Gayle Monsma, executive director of the Prairie Centre for Christian Education (www.pcce.ca)

Description: The Teaching for Transformation (TfT) program provides a framework for the development of authentic and integral Christian learning experiences that are grounded in a transformational worldview with a focus on seeing and living out God’s story. After its inception in the Prairie Centre for Christian Education schools, the TfT program’s design practices and tools are now used by almost 100 schools worldwide (Canada, US, Africa, Australia and Central America) to develop powerful Christian school learning experiences.

This webinar will take you on a tour of TfT, highlighting the three core practices and giving specific examples of TfT implementation. (https://sites.google.com/a/tftshare.ca/tft-4u/home)

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Professional Development triangleImplementation of Pension Plan Amendments

Wednesday, December 14

Staff members from CSI and from Mercer, CSI’s pension servicer

This webinar discusses recent amendments to the CSI Pension Plan that will take effect September 1, 2017. The amendments will have an impact on school budgets, so this session will describe the changes, with examples, and share implementation ideas.

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Professional Development triangleBlending Technology and Tradition: Station Rotation and Flipped Classroom

Tuesday, November 15

Catlin Tucker, teacher, author, and speaker

Blended learning models create more opportunities for individualized scaffolding and support, differentiated instruction, and self-paced learning. Catlin Tucker shares how she transformed her low-tech classroom by leveraging students’ connectivity at home and the devices they bring into the classroom to create a blended learning model. She shares creative strategies and examples of student work to highlight the power of technology to bring students to the center of learning.

Catlin is a Google certified teacher, bestselling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker who currently teaches in Sonoma County, California, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Her newest book, Blended Learning in Action, was published in September 2016. Catlin writes the “Techy Teacher” column for ASCD’s Educational Leadership.

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Curriculum triangleLearning Amplified: Implementing an Interim (or Winterim) Program

Tuesday, November 1

Krista Wright, Winterim coordinator and a science teacher at Grand Rapids (Michigan) Christian High School

Krista Wright offers insights into the Winterim program at Grand Rapids (Michigan) Christian High. Winterims (or interims) offer students the opportunity for hands-on learning, career exploration, travel, and even college credit. If your school is considering an interim program—or even if you’re not!—this webinar will give you insights into exciting ways you can expand your school’s offerings.

Learn more about Grand Rapids Christian High School's Winterim program.

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Employee Benefits triangleAn Overview of the Government PBGC

Tuesday, October 25

Staff members from CSI and from Mercer, CSI’s pension servicer

CSI is holding webinars to provide information about the operation of the federal government agency, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), and the pension insurance it provides. We believe that the presentation will be of primary interest to school boards and administrators, but Pension Plan participants are also welcome to attend.

As we explained in the invitation to our early October webinars, the CSI Pension Plan, like other retirement plans in the U.S., is under pressure from economic, legislative, and other forces. Contributing factors include low and volatile investment returns, persistent low interest rates, federal government premiums for pension insurance, and increasing life expectancies. We would like schools to have more detailed information about and the scope of both the benefits and powers of the government PBGC.

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Professional Development triangleThe Power of Testimony: Liturgical Audit and Other Faith Integration Lesson Plans

Tuesday, October 18

Jennifer Baham, music director, San Jose Christian School

Consider faith integration as a lemon squeezed into a glass of water—the juice infuses the water and changes it from the inside out. Join faith integration mentor Jennifer Baham as she shares some of the lessons and faith integration approaches found to be effective at San Jose Christian School in Campbell, California. Lessons include liturgical audits (discovering the “good life” as relationship with God), speaking life through art, and a Native American project (encouraging one another and learning through dialogue).

Jennifer has also provided a Google doc with faith integration lesson plans.

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Professional Development triangleMaking the Most of One Classroom iPad

Thursday, October 13

Brandon Helder, Second Grade Teacher, Hudsonville Christian School

You don't have to be a 1:1 classroom in order to integrate technology and engage students. This session will teach you simple "Monday morning" strategies for how to make the most of technology, even if you have just one iPad or other tablet device in your classroom.

Brandon Helder is a second grade teacher at Hudsonville Christian in Hudsonville, Michigan. He is a graduate of Calvin College and has a masters in education leadership from Grand Valley State University.

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Employee Benefits triangleKeeping the Pension Plan Healthy

Monday, October 10 & Tuesday, October 11

Staff members from CSI and from Mercer, CSI’s pension servicer

CSI is holding webinars in early October 2016 to discuss the CSI Pension Plan—including recent and future changes to the Plan—with plan participants, school board members, and school administrators.

Our Pension Plan, like other retirement plans in the U.S., is under pressure from economic, demographic, and other forces. Contributing factors include low and volatile investment returns, persistent low interest rates, federal government premiums for “pension insurance,” and increasing life expectancies. As a result, CSI is proactively making changes to the Plan. The webinars will provide information about how changes will affect schools and participants.

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Resources and Services trianglePlan to Grow: Developing Recruitment Strategies

Tuesday, October 4

Joyce Workman, mission advancement consultant

Recruiting new students is a big job and a moving target. Join Joyce Workman, CSI’s mission advancement consultant, as she maps out a framework for developing your school’s recruitment plan. She’ll provide questions you should be asking (and answering) as you recruit new families as well as tested formulas for assessing recruitment goals and budgets.

Download the following resource files from Joyce:
Strategic recruitment plan document (PDF)
Director of Enrollment job description (PDF)

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Curriculum triangleEmpowering Christian Teachers to Train the Next Generation of Scientists: Christian School Educators Science Academy

Wednesday, September 28

ACSI, CSI, and VAEI presenters

Join us to learn about how you can be a part of an exciting new professional development opportunity for all K–8 teachers of science. This program is a collaboration of Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Christian Schools International (CSI), and Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) and kicks off November 17–18, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Learn more about CSESA.

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Resource and Services triangle10 Actions Christian Schools Are Taking Now to Be Flourishing in 2025

Tuesday, September 27

Mark Beadle, CEO of Sevenstar

School leaders and boards must be looking over the horizon to lead their schools into the future. Ten actions will be shared that schools today need to be doing so that their schools will be flourishing in 2025. We’ll discuss new financial models as well as case studies from schools like yours that are marching ahead. Follow along on twitter at #2025Schools and #StrongerTogether.

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