Conference Schedule

Monday, June 12th

11:30 am – Registration begins

12:45 pm – Welcome & Orientation

1:00 pm – Opening Keynote

Dr. Tim Elmore, author, founder and CEO of Growing Leaders, “Marching off the Map: Empowering Students to Take Charge of their Education”

2:30 pm – Dismissed for Breakout  

2:45 pm – Breakout – Session 1

3:45 pm – Session ends

4:00 pm – Campus Tour (Optional) 

6:00 pm – Dinner and Keynote

Dr. Gene Frost, Wheaton Academy Institute, The Impact of the Third Wave of Christian Education in America” and the results of the Institute’s “Uncommon” School Survey

Tuesday, June 13th

8:00 am – Continental Breakfast 

8:15 am – Kick off

Kori Hockett, Principal, Wheaton Academy, “The Christian School: A Call to Excellence”

8:50 am – Dismissed for Breakout 

9:00 am – Breakout – Session 2 

10:15 am – 15-minute Break 

10:30 am – Breakout – Session 3 

11:45 am – Lunch 

1:00 pm – Breakout – Session 4

2:15 pm – 15-minute Break 

2:30 pm – Breakout – Session 5  

Ends at 3:45 

4:00 pm – Free time

5:00 pm – Leave School for Sponsored Team Activity (Optional)

8:30 pm – Return to Hotel/School

Wednesday, June 14th

8:00 am – Full Breakfast 

 8:30 am – Closing Remarks 

Steve Bult, Head of School, Wheaton Academy, “This is the Time for Christian Education” 

8:50 am – Dismissed for Breakout 

9:00 am – Breakout – Session 6 

10:15 am – 15-minute Break  

10:30 am – Breakout – Session 7 

 11:45 am – Conference ends 

Registration begins for International Student Program Conference (ISPC). 

Begin scheduled consulting engagements with school teams. 

Travel Notes

  • Fly to Atlanta International Airport (ATL) 
  • Drive to Greater Atlanta Christian School located at 1575 Indian Trail Road, Norcross, GA 30093 approximately 40 minutes from the Atlanta airport. 
  • You will have free time to explore Atlanta and its surrounding area on the second day of the conference. 

Food and Housing

  • Four meals will be provided including Monday dinner, Tuesday breakfast and lunch, and Wednesday breakfast. 
  • We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast for $125 per night. Reserve early as these rooms go fast! The reservation block will end on Friday, May 26, 2023, so book in the block before this date. Transportation to and from the Hilton will be available for the conference. 


Hilton Atlanta Northeast 
5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 

You can use this link to book a room in the block electronically: [Click here] 

Ph: 800-678-4120. If calling, identify yourself as a member of the Group Greater Atlanta Christian School and needing a room for 2023 Best Practices Conference for the Christian School 

Your Hosts

Dr. Josh Thomason, CPA, MBA, Executive Director | Ethos School, Norcross, GA

Dr. Gene Frost, Executive Director | Wheaton Academy Foundation, West Chicago, IL

Phil Strzalka, Executive Director | Wheaton Academy Institute, West Chicago, IL

For more information, contact:

Phil Strzalka, Executive Director | Wheaton Academy Institute, West Chicago, IL