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Professional Development

The International League of Christian Schools is comprised of schools of distinction. In an effort to maintain schools of excellence, ILCS provides ample opportunities for administrators and teachers to hone their natural teaching talents. With a focus on national curricular frameworks, ILCS endeavors to create educational environments which reflect best practices, research-based solutions, and lab-tested strategies. All ILCS educational programs offer Continuing Education Credits, state-mandated Hours of Observation, and may qualify for license renewal.

We offer a wide range of high quality professional development activities designed to help schools increase capacity, improve instruction, and deliver better leadership and resource management.

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National Christian Educators Conference

The League of Christian Schools hosts the annual National Christian Educators Conference each fall featuring inspiring keynote addresses from well-known Christian Education proponents, [...]

Our Trainers

Do you need a speaker for your event, training, or consultation? Our speakers have years of experience operating Christian schools and preschools just like yours! Whatever your need, we have it covered!

Michael Burroughs
Michael BurroughsExecutive Director, League of Christian Schools
Michael Burroughs is a staunch advocate of Christian education and has served the educational community as an instructor, administrator, and consultant for over twenty-five years. Michael Burroughs currently serves as the Executive Director of the League of Christian Schools, an accrediting agency that supports Christian schools worldwide.

Michael’s single-focus is developing Schools of Excellence that represent Christ to the community.

As a defender of Christian schools, he has appeared before state boards of education, state legislators, and even the US Department of Education advocating the rights and interests of both parents and private schools operating in our nation.

As a school principal, he turned a struggling Christian school located inside the Washington, DC beltway into a premiere college-preparatory school, widely known for its rigorous academic programming and high expectations for student culture. The school grew tripled in students during his ten years of leadership, placing over ninety percent of its graduates in four-year colleges and universities over the same time frame.

His expertise lies in the areas of leadership, policy, legal and legislative issues, and program design. He is available for any size group.

Married and the father of three, Michael Burroughs also serves his local church as a teacher, and writes a blog on religion and education.

Nathan Whitaker
Nathan WhitakerMotivational Speaker
Nathan Whitaker is a motivational speaker and the co-author of eight New York Times bestsellers. He has spoken to the Miami Dolphins, at Duke Business School’s Leadership Symposium, and to corporations, sports teams and trade associations across the country, and has delivered commencement addresses.

A two-sport athlete in baseball and football at Duke University, he played for Steve Spurrier on Duke’s most recent ACC Championship football team and graduated cum laude with a degree in English and Political Science in 1991. (He also played baseball on a team that finished 10-37.) Following Duke, he graduated cum laude from the Harvard Law School in 1994, at which point he began his varied professional journey. He initially spent two years as a law clerk for William Terrell Hodges, a United States District Judge, and then practiced in general business litigation and employment law with Smith, Helms, Mulliss & Moore, LLP in Greensboro, NC.

Whitaker left the firm in 1998 to join the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he was responsible for the club’s football operations and budgeting, as well as working with the salary cap and player contract negotiations. After two seasons with the Jaguars, he switched conferences and Florida coasts to work for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers alongside Tony Dungy. A three-year book-writing journey finally culminated with the 2007 release of Quiet Strength, Tony Dungy’s memoir. Since its release, it has become one of the best-selling hardcover sports autobiographies ever, is the longest-tenured sports-related book in the top ten of the NYT hardcover, nonfiction list, and has over two million copies in print.

He added a Masters in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida in 2009, and has now written other books, several of which have become NYT best sellers: Role of a Lifetime, with James Brown of CBS Sports (2009), Uncommon, with Tony Dungy (2009t), The Mentor Leader, with Tony Dungy (2010), Through My Eyes, with Tim Tebow (2011), and Snap Decision, (2014).

He is the co-founder of a ministry, Impact for Living, that helps people live with God-given purpose, making use of their platform while following their passion and reaching their potential. In short, using their platform to impact lives around them – for good.

Whitaker currently lives in the Gainesville, FL area with his wife, Amy, and two daughters.

Jim McKenzie
Jim McKenzieCoach | Trainer | Consultant
Jim McKenzie holds an M.Ed. from the University of Florida. He has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both public and private school settings. He currently serves as the Headmaster of The Rock School, a K-12 Christian school in Gainesville, Florida, where he has been employed since 1999.

Jim is a popular speaker for conferences and schools and has been a keynote speaker for educator conferences, graduations, banquets, and School Sundays. He has also presented workshops at numerous schools and conferences including the International Reading Conference, the American Educational Research Conference, the Ontario Christian Educators Conference, and the League of Christian Schools National Conference. He has published work in The Elementary School Journal and Teachers of Vision and authored the Environmental Science standards for the National Boy Scouts Association. He was a finalist for SECME’s National Teacher of the Year Award for his work in developing a science program aimed at reaching minority students.

Over the past 10 years, Jim has grown The Rock School from 140 students to more than 400 students. In the process, the school has maintained strong retention rates, extremely high national parent satisfaction scores, and was even able to increase tuition more than 50% during a tumultuous economic period.

Jim has 10 years of experience in coaching, training, and consulting with Christian schools across North America in the areas of marketing and enrollment through his Marketing Masterclass for Christian Schools. Hundreds of Christian school leaders have benefited from his insights and training. As the head of a thriving Christian school his teaching and training is based on best practices he has verified in his own school setting and seen replicated in other Christian schools across the country. Jim currently serve as the marketing & enrollment consultant for the Van Lunen Center, an organization that provides world-class executive management training for heads of Christian schools.

Jim lives in Gainesville with his wife, Hannah, and their 5 children.