Each year Gordon invites a select group of heads of Christian secondary schools from around the country for the NEXT Summit. These are schools that have strong leadership and produce graduates who are both academically talented and deeply committed to Christ. Past NEXT Summits have focused on topics such as standardized testing and advancement, and have featured speakers such as David Coleman, CEO of the College Board, David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, and Frank Bruni, New York Times columnist.
NEXT: Growing Enrollment and Thriving in the 21st Century | September 10–11, 2018
NEXT is a professional development conference designed for heads of schools. This year's conference will tackle retention and enrollment, and we are thrilled to welcome speakers with expertise and experience in these areas: Brad Rex, longtime CEO of Epcot; Charles Ramos, Vice President of Ruffalo Noel Levitz and retention guru; and Dr. Donna Harris, who will speak on retention even in times of crisis.
Heads of school are also invited to bring colleagues who work in marketing, retention, or enrollment. Thanks to the generosity of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust we are able to waive the registration fee for one guest of each head of school.
The cost for registration before July 15 is $275, and $325 between July 15 and August 31, when registration closes. Registration includes all meals and transportation from the airport to the hotel. Airfare and hotel accommodations are not included in registration.
As longtime CEO of Disney's Epcot theme park and CCO for Hilton's timeshare resorts, Brad Rex has developed a wealth of knowledge in attracting and retaining lifelong customers. He will share inspirational stories and give practical advice on how to create loyal customers while also achieving personal and institutional excellence:
The Magical School: Disney Strategies to Achieve Christian School Excellence
What is great customer service? How can I lead my team to guest service excellence? This session will cover these, and other questions on how Christian schools can employ great guest service as a model of hospitality to advance the Kingdom of Christ.
Surpassing Leadership: 15 Practical Ways to Reach the Peak
Speaking from years of experience at the top of his field, Brad Rex shares pragmatic steps for Christian leaders to elevate their leadership and supercharge their team.
As Vice President of Ruffalo Noel Levitz, Charles Ramos advises educational institutions on how best to recruit and retain mission-appropriate students. With two decades of experience in admissions and enrollment leadership, including roles at ACT and Saint Louis University, Charles brings a deep understanding of the best ways to strengthen Christian institutions through proven enrollment strategies.
Navigating through Enrollment Headwinds: Understanding demographic and competitor shifts to inform and affect successful enrollment strategies
This session will tackle the the nature of the stresses pushing against private higher education, and provide prescriptive recommendations that can assist in driving a successful enrollment and marketing strategy.
ABCs of Managing Recruitment at Faith-Based Secondary Schools
Geared toward recruitment directors, this session will specifically touch on the top 5 best practices that require immediate implementation. These strategies and tactics will lead institutions to better understand how to effectively establish a data/analytically based operation, improve market perception, drive brand, engage more effectively with prospective families, and achieve great understandings of value proposition.
Donna Harris serves as president of Minnehaha Academy, a legendary Christian school located in the Twin Cities with over a 100-year history. Dr. Harris will share from her personal experience about the incredible efforts Minnehaha has made to retain and continue to recruit students even through a time of crisis.