ACSI Announces Establishment of New Strategic Incubator
Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 22, 2021– ACSI is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Strategic Incubator designed to better serve 21st century Christian schools.
This enterprise is a research and development unit that will spur on mission-focused business development at the association. The incubator will position the organization to respond nimbly in meeting the needs of Christian schools through creative business strategies.
Through this initiative, ACSI will invest in the production of biblically based and educationally rigorous digital content for Christian schools in both professional development offerings as well as Purposeful Design Publications materials. In addition, the organization will incubate sustainability initiatives and offerings that will enable Christian schools to be missionally nimble, innovative, and collaborative in the current and future market.
“This is an exciting time at ACSI. The Strategic Incubator will allow us to move forward in developing certain areas that I believe will be crucial to the success of ACSI and our Christian schools well into the future,” said ACSI President, Dr. Larry Taylor.
The first project emerging from this effort is the establishment of a new learning management system offering quality digital content for educators. The guiding distinctives framing content selection include: a foundation of a biblical worldview; contributions from top-level experts and practitioners; personalized learning experiences; and availability to Christian school students around the globe.
Dr. Lynn Swaner, ACSI’s Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, commented on the importance of this advancement. “This incubator will enable ACSI to take important steps to lead and partner with our 25,000 Christian schools worldwide in meeting their current and future needs in innovative ways,” Swaner said. “There has never been a more opportunity-filled moment for Christian schools, and this new incubator will help schools as they rise to the challenge.”
The incubator—which is aligned with ACSI’s Strategic Plan and has been funded by a generous grant from a private family foundation—will help position ACSI to meet the needs of Christian schools well into the future. Taylor looks forward to seeing the Kingdom return on investment from this grant.
“We serve a sovereign God who already has the funding plan for what He deems strategic for ACSI,” he said. “We move forward with anticipation as we witness His plan unfold.”
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., 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.
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