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The Academy

JUNE 13-14, 2022

well-being + engagement + feedback

Baylor University The Academy 2022

Attend the 2022 Academy Two-Day Conference

Well-being, Engagement, and Feedback have become more crucial than ever with your staff, students and parents. Focused initiatives in these areas can make the difference between schools that thrive and those that don’t. Have you made plans to address these key success indicators?

The 2022 Academy has assembled top experts to help you identify your school’s unique challenges in these areas. In addition, facilitated breakout sessions will train your team to apply a research-based approach for sustainable improvement to help your school thrive. You will finish the conference with:

  • An agreed on singular goal
  • Action steps for the upcoming school year
  • A network of supportive schools
  • Five improvement tools to promote ongoing growth

So, take two days, June 13 & 14, and prepare your team along with other like-minded educators to make 2022-2023 an exceptional year.

PREVIEW OF OUR ADAPTIVE CHALLENGE FRAMEWORK MODEL

How The Adaptive Challenge Framework Works

Identify and agree on crucial challenges Identify and agree on crucial challenges
Define quantifiable 1-year goals Define quantifiable 1-year goals
Launch the Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycle Launch the Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycle
Establish 90-day targets Establish 90-day targets
Record and evaluate your results Record and evaluate your results

Details for this 2-day Conference

Hosted at Legacy Christian Academy, Frisco, Texas

3-10 Team Members

3-10 Team Members
from your School

$2,000 per School or $400 per Person

$2,000 per School
or $400 per Person

June 13-14, 2022<br/>Hosted at Legacy Christian Academy, Frisco Texas

June 13-14, 2022

Register Today

Professor of Educational Leadership, Baylor University
jon_eckert@baylor.edu

Jon began his career as a teacher and coach of intermediate and middle school students outside of Chicago and Nashville for 12 years. He has served as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education, where he worked in both the Bush and Obama administrations on teaching quality issues. Previous to his role at Baylor, he prepared teachers at Wheaton College. He currently holds the Lynda and Robert Copple Chair for Christians in School Leadership at Baylor University.
Jon has authored The Novice Advantage: Fearless Practice for Every Teacher (Corwin, 2016) and Leading Together: Teachers and Principals Improving Student Outcomes (Corwin, 2018), book chapters, numerous peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Educational Administration Quarterly, Professional Development in Education, and Education Policy Analysis Archives, and practitioner publications such as Education Week and Phi Delta Kappan.

Jon Eckert, EdD

Professor of Educational Leadership, Baylor University
jon_eckert@baylor.edu

Jon began his career as a teacher and coach of intermediate and middle school students outside of Chicago and Nashville for 12 years. He has served as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education, where he worked in both the Bush and Obama administrations on teaching quality issues. Previous to his role at Baylor, he prepared teachers at Wheaton College. He currently holds the Lynda and Robert Copple Chair for Christians in School Leadership at Baylor University.

Jon has authored The Novice Advantage: Fearless Practice for Every Teacher (Corwin, 2016) and Leading Together: Teachers and Principals Improving Student Outcomes (Corwin, 2018), book chapters, numerous peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Educational Administration Quarterly, Professional Development in Education, and Education Policy Analysis Archives, and practitioner publications such as Education Week and Phi Delta Kappan.

Founder, Teachers Who Pray 
connect@teacherswhopray.org

Marilyn is an educator, writer, thought leader, and social entrepreneur. She began her career as an Ivy League-trained journalist and a promising New York City reporter at PEOPLE and TIME magazines. After the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11, Marilyn was compelled by God to quit her job as a newspaper reporter and follow her secret passion: teaching
In 2011, she became the founder and CEO of Teachers Who Pray, a faith-based non-profit that works to help educators ground their work in knowledge, faith, and prayer.
Marilyn was named 2013 Commentator/Blogger of the Year by the Bammy Awards. She has since served as a conference speaker and thought partner at numerous universities, including Harvard and Yale, and delivered two TEDx talks: "Finding the Courage to Voice the Taboo" and "Why Faith Will Fix Education.

Marilyn Rhames

Founder, Teachers Who Pray
connect@teacherswhopray.org

Marilyn is an educator, writer, thought leader, and social entrepreneur. She began her career as an Ivy League-trained journalist and a promising New York City reporter at PEOPLE and TIME magazines. After the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11, Marilyn was compelled by God to quit her job as a newspaper reporter and follow her secret passion: teaching

In 2011, she became the founder and CEO of Teachers Who Pray, a faith-based non-profit that works to help educators ground their work in knowledge, faith, and prayer.

Marilyn was named 2013 Commentator/Blogger of the Year by the Bammy Awards. She has since served as a conference speaker and thought partner at numerous universities, including Harvard and Yale, and delivered two TEDx talks: “Finding the Courage to Voice the Taboo” and “Why Faith Will Fix Education.

Pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church
leadership@harriscreek.org

Jonathan "JP" Pokluda is the Lead Pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, TX. He was formerly the leader of The Porch in Dallas, TX, which grew to be the largest weekly young adult gathering of its kind in the country. JP didn't come to understand the grace of the Gospel until his early twenties after being involved in different denominational churches his entire life. This ignited a desire to inspire young adults to radically follow Jesus Christ and unleash them to change the world.
His best-selling book, Welcome to Adulting, offers millennials a road map to navigating faith, finding a spouse, finances, and the future. Following the release of Welcome to Adulting, he wrote Welcome to Adulting: Survival Guide, which provides a 42-day guide to surviving adulthood. JP's most recent release, Welcoming the Future Church, inspires ministry leaders to attract and retain younger generations as they are the future of the church. Without them, the church has no future.

Jonathan Pokluda

Pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church
leadership@harriscreek.org

Jonathan “JP” Pokluda is the Lead Pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, TX. He was formerly the leader of The Porch in Dallas, TX, which grew to be the largest weekly young adult gathering of its kind in the country. JP didn’t come to understand the grace of the Gospel until his early twenties after being involved in different denominational churches his entire life. This ignited a desire to inspire young adults to radically follow Jesus Christ and unleash them to change the world.

His best-selling book, Welcome to Adulting, offers millennials a road map to navigating faith, finding a spouse, finances, and the future. Following the release of Welcome to Adulting, he wrote Welcome to Adulting: Survival Guide, which provides a 42-day guide to surviving adulthood. JP’s most recent release, Welcoming the Future Church, inspires ministry leaders to attract and retain younger generations as they are the future of the church. Without them, the church has no future.

Superintendent of Schools Crowley ISD 
michael.mcfarland@crowley.k12.tx.us

Michael is the superintendent of schools of Crowley ISD, where he serves more than 16,000 students across 25 campuses. Under his leadership, 100% of the campuses in Crowley ISD met or exceeded state standards, and the district performance grade improved from 70% to 83% in one year—one of the largest gains in the North Texas area. Michael previously served as the superintendent of Lancaster ISD from 2010 to 2017, leading its transformation from a historically underperforming district to a nationally recognized, award-winning district.
Under Michael's leadership, his districts have received national recognition as the 2018 HEB Excellence in Education winner, the 2017 Urban School Board Excellence winner, the School Board of the Year winner from the National Alliance of Black School Educators, and the Texas Outstanding School Board winner from the Texas Association of School Administrators.
Michael also serves as president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

Dr. Michael McFarland

Superintendent of Schools Crowley ISD
michael.mcfarland@crowley.k12.tx.us

Michael is the superintendent of schools of Crowley ISD, where he serves more than 16,000 students across 25 campuses. Under his leadership, 100% of the campuses in Crowley ISD met or exceeded state standards, and the district performance grade improved from 70% to 83% in one year—one of the largest gains in the North Texas area. Michael previously served as the superintendent of Lancaster ISD from 2010 to 2017, leading its transformation from a historically underperforming district to a nationally recognized, award-winning district.

Under Michael’s leadership, his districts have received national recognition as the 2018 HEB Excellence in Education winner, the 2017 Urban School Board Excellence winner, the School Board of the Year winner from the National Alliance of Black School Educators, and the Texas Outstanding School Board winner from the Texas Association of School Administrators.

Michael also serves as president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

What Educators Are Saying About The Academy

“The Academy gives you access to peers who are doing similar work. Each person you meet will be a future resource for you as you do our important, life-giving work. An added bonus, each presenter, offered their best advice from often hard-learned lessons that can help your school dodge pitfalls and advance God’s mission through Christian schooling.”

“I feel the Academy gives the opportunity to hear research-based, Christ-focused educational leaders share valuable information that guides best practice in a spiritual context for student success.”

“The Academy is intended to directly benefit leaders of K-12 Christian schools without the pressures, prejudices, preconceptions, etc., that often arise from a conference that is provided by an accrediting group. It was good to see a wide variety of schools in attendance. Good speakers in breakout sessions. There just aren’t many opportunities like this.”

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