Details & FAQ's for PARTNERS, visiting school faculty, & SPECIAL GUESTS
We're thrilled that you'll be joining us at Praxis Academy 2017!
Below is a list of information and details that we hope will get you started as you plan your time with us. If you see any information that is missing, please email us to share what else we can help you with.
We are excited to be hosted on the beautiful campus of Biola University just outside of Los Angeles for this summer's Academy.
13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639
Academy Begins: Monday 7/31, 4:00 pm
Academy Concludes: Friday 8/4, 12:00pm
A full event schedule can be found here.
Please note that some of the details (order of speakers and titles) are subject to change, but the timing and rooms you see are generally static as of July 1.
For School Faculty, we ask that you do not share this schedule. We provide students with general details and how to prepare, but do not reveal the full schedule until they arrive.
Partner and Affiliate School members have lodging reserved on Biola's campus in apartment style dorms (4 person suites that we put 2 people in, with each person having their own room). Linens and towels are provided -- but you should plan on providing toiletries as well as additional items you may need such as a hairdryer, iron, etc..
Other guests have been emailed information about the costs for staying on campus; please select your final preferences in the on-boarding survey.
If you would like to upgrade your lodging, you may do so at your own expense. We have a room block at the Sheraton Cerritos hotel, which is about 10 minutes from campus. You may book there on your own by calling: 1-800-325-3535 by July 10, 2017. Please identify yourself as a member of the PRAXIS GROUP. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.
12725 Center Ct Dr S
Cerritos, CA 90703
TRANSPORTATION // FLIGHTS
For those arriving by plane, we provide shuttles for the students that you are welcome to take. All events will be on campus (provided that you are choosing to stay on campus), so there will be no need for a car during the week.
To take advantage of the shuttles, we ask that you book in the time frames below. We will follow up to gather your travel details as we get closer to the event so we can book a spot for you on the shuttle.
Arrivals: For those flying in on Monday 7/31, we will have two shuttles departing from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to bring participants to the Biola campus (~30 miles).
Please schedule flights to arrive at LAX by:
+ 11:00am Pacific for the 12:00pm Shuttle
+ 12:00pm Pacific for the 1:00pm Shuttle
Departures: Buses will leave the Biola campus for LAX at 12:45pm on Friday 8/4. Departing flights should be booked out of LAX after 5:00pm Pacific.
If you plan to take the shuttle, please abide by the 5pm departure, as LA traffic, combined with LAX lines on a Friday afternoon, and dropping off 50 passengers at multiple terminals takes around 2.5 hours in our experience.
TRANSPORTATION // LOCAL OR MID-WEEK FLIGHT ARRIVALS
If you plan to stay off campus, or are arriving for just a portion of the event, transportation to/from the airport and your hotel will be on your own. LAX has plenty of options for you if you're flying in -- from rental cars to Lyft/Uber/taxis. Ride sharing/taxis services are also available in La Mirada for those staying off campus who prefer not to rent a car for the whole week.
For those arriving on Monday and departing Friday and staying on campus, there is no need to rent a car, as all activities will be on campus.
Google Maps Link to: Biola Lot S // Academy Event Parking
Directions: Enter campus via University Drive from La Mirada Boulevard. Parking will be about 0.5 miles down University drive on your right -- look for signs for Parking Structure S. After parking, look for signs to Crowell Hall or Talbot East (depending on what time you arrive, we'll most likely be in one of those two locations). Campus parking will be free during the event.
DRESS & WEATHER
Dress will be a smart casual -- no need for business or more formal attire unless you prefer to do so. Take into consideration average temperatures for the event week top out in the low 90's and drop to low 70's in the evening. Although we'll be moving in-between venues throughout the day, the areas of campus we'll spend most of our time in will be air-conditioned.
Meals are included throughout the event -- they will be served through a combination of on-campus dining and catering. We will ask for any dietary restrictions in your on-boarding survey (coming in early July).
PARTNER / AFFILIATE SCHOOL STUDENT COHORT MEETINGS
If you are attending as a leader of a Partner or Affiliate School with a Cohort of students, we encourage you to set up at least one meeting prior to the event, one during the event, and one after the event with your group.
During the event, your best options are:
Tuesday: Breakfast or Lunch
Wednesday: Breakfast or Lunch
We've found that getting these groups together to build community within the cohort and set learning goals for what they want to bring back to campus is of great benefit to you, the students, and your school.
MONDAY EVENING WELCOME DINNER
For those around on Monday evening, we've planned an informal dinner for you all to get to know one another after the Opening Plenary. More details will be provided as we get closer to the event.
We look forward to having you at the Academy Gathering! Please let us know if you have any further questions via email.