The ACSI A.C.E. Student Success Center exists to strengthen Christian educators as they endeavor to address the educational plight of children who are Academically disenfranchised, Culturally diverse and disesteemed, and/or Economically disadvantaged. We describe them as A.C.E. students for short. The center works with Christian educators in developing the competencies to effectively educate A.C.E. students with a Christ-honoring education.
There are a growing number of Christian educators that identify themselves as serving A.C.E. students. These educators represent various types of schools, sizes, regions and missions that are expanding their enrollments to A.C.E. students. This is partially fueled by the various parental choice programs throughout the nation that are mostly geared to students with financial and academic needs. The challenge is how to effectively assimilate a child who under performs academically into your student body with a rigorous academic program. Or, how to cultivate relationships with children from different social, racial, cultural, and/or linguistic backgrounds. And/or, how to accommodate children from low resource families. The A.C.E. Student Success Center has developed tools and provides services for these opportunities.
The center has four key areas of focus for facilitating the mission.
Strengthening Christian Educators to serve children with effectiveness by providing them with training specifically geared toward A.C.E. students. The A.C.E. Student Success Center works with school boards, administrators, teachers and staff members serving this population of students and provides support through local and regional networks.
Equipping Christian Educators by networking, resourcing, and under girding them to effectively address the educational needs of their students with a Christ-honoring education through professional development, meetings, conferences, workshops, in whatever educational venue they serve.
Helping Provide Affordable Christian Schooling through:
- Parental choice and educational freedom to assist in removing the financial and accessibility barriers for these children to attend Christian schools.
- Models of Christian schools with lower costs and enhanced instructional programs.
The following information is provided to assist individuals seeking information in developing a program and supporting A.C.E. students. Although historical in its presentation these are principles which stand the test of time. Please do not hesitate to contact the A.C.E. Student Success Center if you have questions or need additional information.
Developing Specific Tools and Services to assist Christian schools and educators for effectiveness with academically disenfranchised, culturally diverse, and economically disadvantaged students. These tools include:
- How to Start an A.C.E. Student Success School How To Start A Christian School For ACE Students
- Best Practices for A.C.E. Educators Best Practices PDF
- Teaching Reading to A.C.E. Students BOSS Literacy Tool
- Student Academic Assimilation for A.C.E. Students Student Academic Assimilation
- Cultural Assimilation and Inclusion The Acceptable Year of the Lord in Christian Schooling
- Three Dimensional Education (Head, Hands, Heart) The Third Dimension in Education
- Cognitive Skills Development for A.C.E. Children The Value of Screening Cognitive Processing Skills
- Tools to Run an Urban Christian School Tools to Run
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.