PD Forum 2017

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Spring ForwardSpring: a time for new life, refreshment, and cleaning up. In that vein, it's a great time to evaluate your school's textbooks in terms of biblical integration, academic excellence, and relevancy. Are your students being prepared, both academically and spiritually? Is the classroom material up to date and applicable? Purposeful Design Publications' Spring Forward promotion is happening now, so take advantage of the great benefits! You'll save your school money and put these excellent textbooks in the hands of your teachers. 

This Just In...
ACSI Member in National Spotlight

Lighthouse Christian Academy defends its admission policy in light of criticism due to accepting school choice scholarships.

Eighth Grader Wins National Spelling Bee

The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is pleased to announce that Owen Kovalik, an eighth grader at Medina Christian Academy (Medina, Ohio), won the 2017 ACSI National Spelling Bee.

ACSI Salutes Teachers, Commends DeVos

Teacher Appreciation Week brings call to ACSI teacher from Secretary DeVos

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Featured Resources
Religious Hiring—Discriminating on a Religious Basis in Employment Decisions

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 guarantees that U.S. employers which are established as religious organizations may discriminate on a religious basis when hiring and making personnel decisions.

What Schools Must Prove to Make Employee Decisions on Faith

Several court cases have examined the religious organization and religious criteria requirements. Member schools must be able to show not only their religious nature, but they also must be able to articulate religious criteria for the employment decisions they make.

Ten Reasons for Religious Staffing

For over thirty years, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, has honored the right of faith-based organizations to choose the employees who can best further their missions, by explicitly acknowledging in section 702(a) their freedom to use religious criteria when making employment decisions. This religious staffing option is not an exemption from the Civil Rights Act, but a freedom incorporated into it.

Upcoming Worldwide Events
PFO 2017
Jun 24, 2017 - Jul 7, 2017

An annual conference for teachers, boarding parents, administrators, and their families headed to international Christian schools

International Student Program (ISP) Personnel Training
Jun 24, 2017 - Jul 1, 2017

This indepth week of training for K–12 educators will provide ISP coordinators, administrators, and teachers insight into the cultural differences, language challenges, program organization, and classroom implications of teaching international students in a K–12 Christian school setting

International School Leaders Conference—Thailand
Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 24, 2017

International School Leaders Conference—Thailand

Online Community Discussions 
Starting a Christian High School      
Our church reunited with a larger church they had broke away from 25 years ago. The new larger reunited body is excited about being part of Christian education and want to explore the possibility of starting a Christian high school. Can you suggest any resources we should consult as well as any advice and pitfalls we should be alert for?
Fidget tools    
With the new fidget spinner craze, fidget toys have become a topic for our staff. Can anyone offer insight to their benefits, purposes, drawbacks, or best practices at your schools?
Evaluation of AP Program From a Veteran  
Some AP courses make school administrators nervous because of supposed humanism in some subjects and/or Darwinian evolution in some of the sciences. One good thing about the English AP's is that they are based on skills and not a set of required texts. The teacher can set his/her own curriculum (provided quality texts are used, of course).