For more than 40 years, ACSI has faithfully lived out its mission around the world:
To strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Since our founding in 1978, our vision has steadfastly desired that:
ACSI will become a leading international organization that promotes Christian education and provides training and resources to Christian schools and Christian educators.
As our mission continues, ACSI is renewing our commitment to Christian schools and educators to help them deal with today’s challenging times—characterized by seismic cultural shifts and disruption.
Today and into the future we will continue to assist, encourage and develop:
- Schools that contribute to the public good through effective teaching and learning and that are biblically sound, academically rigorous, socially engaged, and culturally relevant; and
- Educators who embody a biblical worldview, engage in transformational teaching and disciplining, and embrace personal and professional growth.
Over the past two years, ACSI has diligently sought the Lord's guidance through prayer, and is now positioning everything under three pillars: Advancing, Access and Advocacy.
ADVANCING – Leading Christ-centered education toward excellence and flourishing
ACCESS – Making Christ-centered education available and obtainable
ADVOCACY – Promoting and protecting Christ-centered education for today and tomorrow
This will allow ACSI to be laser-focused on promoting excellence in Kingdom education around the world in the months and years to come.
Discover how ACSI can serve you by taking the time to visit our updated website. We’re excited to journey with you by providing new opportunities and services.
We invite you to join us as together, we advance the cause of Kingdom Education today and into the future.
News & Press Releases
ACSI Announces Key Changes in Staff Structure Designed to Support the Organization’s Vision for 2030
Colorado Springs, CO– The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is pleased to announce key changes in its staff structure designed to better achieve key organizational missional outcomes.
Cindy Dodds, former Vice President of Flourishing Initiatives, will now serve as Chief of Flourishing Initiatives. In her new role, Dodds will collaborate across departments to oversee the integration of the Flourishing Schools research within ACSI, ensuring that it reaches and impacts school-level practices. The expansion of her role will enable the Flourishing Initiatives Department to embark on ACSI’s Vision 2030 while elevating the digital content development, partnerships, and Flourishing School Networks.
In a similar move, Dr. Gavin Brettenny will assume the position of Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing global development and the implementation of ACSI’s strategic direction. This transition will allow Brettenny and his team to ensure the ACSI mission and vision are positioned for success.
ACSI President & CEO Dr. Larry Taylor believes these staff changes will enable Dodds and Brettenny to continue furthering the kingdom through Christ-centered education in their new respective roles.
“Cindy Dodds and Dr. Gavin Brettenny are two people who consistently pursue excellence, and I am immensely proud of their commitment to furthering ACSI’s goals,” he shared. “Through these new roles, they both will continue to resource and posture ACSI for future success.”
Dodds has served with ACSI for six years, as Northeast Regional Director, Professional Development Director, and then Vice President of Flourishing Initiatives. Prior to joining ACSI, Dodds served for 20 years in Christian school leadership as a head of school for two Christian schools in Pennsylvania.
Brettenny has previously served as the ACSI Vice President of Global and brings more than 20 years of international Christian education experience, having led international schools in both Germany and South Africa where he helped advance, advocate for, and increase access to quality Christian education.
Taylor shared his enthusiasm regarding these key staff changes.
“God is truly on the move at ACSI… He consistently brings the right people at the right time for the right roles. I am looking forward to seeing how He will work through Cindy Dodds and Dr. Gavin Brettenny.”
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, ACSI exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. ACSI advances excellence in Christian schools by enhancing the professional and personal development of Christian educators and providing vital support functions for Christian schools through multiple services including teacher and administrator certification, school accreditation, legal/legislative assistance, and curriculum publishing. Serving more than 25,000 schools in 108 countries, ACSI helps more than 5.5 million students worldwide connect to Christian education.