RCS Teachers Lead Seven Sessions at the ACSI Professional Development Forum
Submitted by Alyssa Kiefer in RCS Highlights on October 02, 2019
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The 2019 ACSI Professional Development Forum was held in Roseville, CA, on Thursday and Friday, September 26-27. The theme of the conference was “Innovate.” Sessions were designed to encourage and equip faculty and administrators to “position their schools to thrive in their ever-changing world and to ensure their influence on future generations.” Leading seven of the 10-session conference were three of RCS’s Bay Area Private Schools administrators and faculty: Dr. Hearne, Mrs. Hendren, and Mrs. Seganish.
Dr. Hearne shared his doctorate research and taught about transitional leadership. His research found that the transition from one superintendent to the next causes a rippling effect through the school. He challenged school leaders to consider a succession plan in the case that they are suddenly incapacitated, and he explained how to communicate it. Furthermore, Dr. Hearne led a session of best practices in mentorship and leadership development in schools. He encouraged and equipped school administrators to lead well and develop strong leaders within their schools.
Mrs. Hendren led a creative and data-driven session on school marketing strategies. A variety of school professionals including superintendents, principals, marketing directors, and advancement directors were in attendance. They learned how to identify key school themes and develop content to support engaging online marketing campaigns for their schools. Mrs. Hendren shared industry trends and demographics of users of various social media platforms. She provided specific ideas of how schools can gather great content to be used in many ways to communicate their school story effectively so more families can know about the exceptional academics and essential character development offered by private Christian schools.
Mrs. Seganish taught fellow science teachers how to integrate laboratory investigations effectively. She challenged science teachers with the idea that laboratory investigations, when done correctly, increase student learning outcomes and engagement in the classroom. Furthermore, proper investigations also reinforce math instruction, encourage critical reasoning skills, and provide opportunity for Biblical integration. Mrs. Seganish encouraged teachers to equip their students to be Christian leaders in science fields.