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Flourishing Schools Institute FSi Chicago - June 21-23, 2022
ACSI Early Education Individual Membership Equipping You To Do The Amazing Work
ACSI Enrollment & Marketing Webinar Series Beginning April 21, Enrollment Catalyst and North Star Marketing will be leading a four-part webinar series focused on school growth.
ACSI's Foundational 3 Pillars:
Leading Christ-centered education toward excellence and flourishing
We want all schools to aspire to, achieve, and remain committed to a biblically-based philosophy of education, standards that are measurable, and flourishing-related criteria. ACSI strives to lead, support, and serve Christian schools, and educators, by placing them on a path of growth and flourishing using the research-based Flourishing Schools Initiative. This model should link leadership and faculty professional development accreditation, and every culture-driving component of a school. A common philosophy, and a flourishing-based metric, would unify our efforts of advancing Christian schools and educators.
Making Christ-centered education available and obtainable
ACSI is committed to making Kingdom education available to as many children and families as desire it, believing that such an education offers students an opportunity to grow in a loving relationship with their Creator, come to know His saving work through Jesus, and flourish in His Ephesians 2:10 calling for their lives. This commitment requires removing barriers to access for those who traditionally have not benefited from Christian school, as well as seeking out new ways to create access points to Kingdom education and the ability to thrive and be successful in that education—for all those who desire it.
Promoting and protecting Christ-centered education for today and tomorrow
As the largest evangelical Christian school association in the world, ACSI is by default viewed as the spokesperson for Christian schooling in the public square. In order to discharge this responsibility with excellence and seasoned speech (Colossians 4:6), and to equip our member schools to do the same, ACSI must invest in developing public-facing resources and forming strategic relationships with those working in the area of advocacy for Christian Education and for religious liberty.
SCHOOL LEADERSHIP | MAY 17, 2022
Spiritual Formation and Flourishing
DR. MITCH EVANS
“Do it again” – my piano teacher, after playing Bach’s “Canon in D Minor” for the umpteenth time. “Run it again” – my quarterback coach, after working through a pass progression multiple times during practice. “Answer problems 11-20 on page 328. And show your work” – my calculus teacher after answering problems 1-10 on page 328 as a class on the white board. None of these situations should seem strange to anyone familiar with a typical school experience. As educators, we inherently understand that “to truly learn is to do.” We also understand that “to do” requires practice and repetition. Thus, we experience situations described above.
PEDAGOGY & STUDENT OUTCOMES | MAY 9, 2022
Expected Student Outcomes: A Help, or Just Hype?
In the last five to ten years, there has been an increased emphasis on establishing expected student outcomes (ESOs) and using them throughout the school. Accreditation protocols at all levels require these student learning outcomes and colleges have used these as the basis for program and institutional effectiveness measures. Is this just a case of adopting some educational jargon, or is there an actual benefit behind this increased emphasis? In other words, are ESOs a help to schools in fulfilling their missions, or are they more educational hype?
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