PD Forum

2020 Professional Development Forums

Join Us for the PD Forums Finale

After many great years of collaboration and discovery at the PD Forums, our flagship professional development offering will transition to a new format next year. The new Flourishing School Institute will help educators explore and grow through the Flourishing School Culture Model.

At this year's PD Forums, our breakout sessions will explore all five domains of the model. Our keynote session will be focused on Well-Being. The Well-Being of educators is deeply linked to flourishing outcomes in Christian schools. We’ll learn how both teacher and student success depends on promoting reduced stress, healthy living, and increased resilience in the classroom.

May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children.
Psalm 115:14

Can’t make it in person? Attend Online!

Participate in the PD Forum from anywhere with PD Forum Online. The Online Forum provides video access to highlighted keynote presentations and breakout sessions, along with participant guides to help facilitate group viewing and follow-up discussions, activities, and reflection. Choose a 3-day viewing window between October 19 - November 6.

*Online Forum is 6 hours of content (1 CEU)

Online Forum Dates:

October 19-21 Register Soon
October 21-23 Register Soon
October 26-28 Register Soon
October 28-30 Register Soon
November 2-4 Register Soon
November 4-6 Register Soon

Keynote Topic

From Frustration to Flourishing: Solving the Stress Epidemic in the Classroom

Teachers have higher levels of stress than soldiers. Student engagement begins in the heart as the gateway to the mind. Faith is the foundation of our practice as we move from Frustration to a Flourishing classroom. Rex Miller and Kevin Baird draw from their new book, WHOLE: What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive, sharing inspirational stories from schools facing overwhelming odds, and overcoming barriers to lead teachers and learners to find their passons and flourish.

Keynote Speakers

Rex Miller

Rex Miller Author, Humanizing the Education Machine Rex Miller is the lead author for Humanizing the Education Machine, which tells the story of what great 21st-century learning looks like and how to bring that dynamic into schools. His company, MindShift, has tackled numerous large and complex problems, including the waste and adversarial culture of the construction industry and the chronic problem of workplace disengagement. His two books from these projects have both won international awards for innovation and excellence. His current project examines ways to create a healthy workplace in schools.

Dr. Kevin Baird

Dr. Kevin Baird Chairman & National Supervising Faculty, The non-profit Center for College & Career Readiness Kevin E. Baird is a prolific speaker, consultant and innovator. He is a noted leader in global College & Career Readiness and an expert in accelerated human development. Mr. Baird has contributed to the development of the most widely used reading and language acceleration programs; designed K12 artificial intelligence / predictive systems; and is the author of the National Implementation Pathway for College & Career Readiness. Kevin is also the author of the Constancy and Consistency Fluency Theory, drawing on his experiences with the National Science Foundation funded Survey of Enacted Curriculum and his work with the Council of Chief State School Officers. Kevin Baird holds an MBA in Global Management, and Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Anthropology.

Join Us!

  • Earn your CEU credits
  • Connect with peers and inspire one another
  • Discover the latest breakthroughs in pedagogy
  • Participate in our final Forum experience

We hope you’ll join us as we continue our tradition of promoting understanding and exploration in Christian Education!

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