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NEXT Summit

An annual professional development conference for Christian heads of school

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.

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Schedule for the NEXT conference

Monday, September 10

Time

Sessions

Lead/Speaker

Location

12 p.m.

Registration and Opening Lunch

President Lindsay

Chairman's Room

12:30 p.m.

Introductions

President Lindsay

 

1 p.m.

Christian Education: Developing a Sense of Purpose

President Lindsay

Chairman's Room

2 p.m.

Break

 

Loggia

2:15 p.m.

Navigation through Enrollment Headwinds: Understanding demographic and competitor shifts to inform and affect successful enrollment strategies

Charles Ramos

 

3:15 p.m.

Break

 

 

3:30 p.m.

Maintaining Enrollment through Times of Crisis

Donna Harris

 

4:30 p.m.

Options: Campus tour, Connecting with your students

 

 

5:30 p.m.

Dinner

 

Phillips Patio

Tuesday, September 11

Time

Session

Lead/Speaker

Location

9 a.m.

Breakfast and Devotional

 

Chairman's Room

10 a.m.

The Magical School: Disney Strategies to Achieve Christian School Excellence

Brad Rex

Phillips Recital Hall

11 a.m.

Break

 

Phillips Recital Hall

11:30 a.m.

Tour of Calling and Connection Institute

President Lindsay/Corey McLellan

Calling and Connection Institute

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

 

Chairman's Room

1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Heads of School: Surpassing Leadership: 15 Practical Ways to Reach the Peak

Enrollment Staff: ABC's of Managing Recruitment at Faith-Based Secondary Schools

Brad Rex

Charles Ramos

TBD

2:30 p.m.

Closing Plenary

President Lindsay

TBD

3:30 p.m.

Conclusion