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 Launches New Flourishing Schools Institute for Christian School Leaders
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 1, 2021 – ACSI is pleased to announce the launch of the first Flourishing Schools Institute (FSi), a new professional development opportunity for Christian school leaders who want to transform their school culture to flourish.
The FSi will take place in Dallas, Texas, from June 16-18, 2021.
The FSi is part of ACSI’s Flourishing Initiative—a multifaceted approach to assessing and improving school culture so that all members can collectively thrive.
The institute is organized around five research-based domains that contribute to the development of a Christ-centered flourishing school. The FSi correlates with the research validated Flourishing School Culture Instrument (FSCI) and the resulting Flourishing School Culture Model (FSCM). The FSCI provides a comprehensive analysis of a school's strengths and areas for growth, while the FSCM serves as a model comprised of five domains—Purpose, Relationships, Teaching & Learning, Expertise & Resources, and Well-Being, as stated on the ACSI website.
Experts including John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Rex Miller, author of “Humanizing the Education Machine,” Dr. Althea Penn, Executive Director of The Shepard’s Academy, Dr. Rob Loe, CEO of Group and Peter Greer, President & CEO of HOPE International, will assist leaders in developing a strategic school culture plan.
ACSI President, Dr. Larry Taylor, believes equipping leaders with a biblically based philosophy of education is essential to the health and well-being of the entire school community.
“Preparing students to navigate the raging waters of our external culture is directly dependent on building the foundation of the school’s internal culture,” he said. “Developing Christ-following, transformational leaders is key for the whole school body to prosper.”
According to ACSI Professional Development Director, Cindy Dodds, FSi sessions will be largely interactive, allowing leaders to assess their current school culture and experiment with and apply best practices to improve.
“The FSi will help schools move from research to practice,” Dodds said. “Our vision is to see Christian school leadership teams engage in an enduring, transformative school growth process in community with other Christian school leaders, together pursuing thriving school cultures.”
Taylor believes these offerings are best when used together, as they are intentionally aligned.
“The instrument enables schools to focus on specific areas that have been identified as areas for growth, which will inform their professional development plan,” he said. “Although schools do not have to participate in the instrument to attend the FSi, doing so will greatly benefit leaders.”
ACSI is offering bundle pricing for Institute & FSCI registration. Further details are listed on the FSi website.
“As a recent head of school, I can personally attest to the challenge of building and sustaining a Kingdom-focused, successful organizational culture,” Taylor said. “I believe all components of ACSI’s Flourishing Initiative work together to better Christian schools. The FSi will provide leaders the opportunity to create a unique roadmap to a truly flourishing community.”
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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