ACSI presents
Flourishing Schools Institute

A new professional development opportunity for school leaders who want to transform their school culture to flourish.

June 20-22, 2023
Charlotte, NC
November 7-9, 2023
Phoenix, AZ
March 19-21, 2024
Houston, TX
Gain Perspective

The Institute will give you rich perspective on what flourishing truly looks like and will equip you with the expertise and processes to bring your entire team on the journey to flourishing.

Cultivate Community

The Institute is a place to meet brothers and sisters in Christ who are dedicated to creating flourishing Christian schools.

Transform Lives

Through the Institute, you will discover how to apply research-based principles in your everyday leadership and school activities to radically transform your school culture.

Cultivating Leaders To Transform Culture
Your School can Flourish

A flourishing Christian school is a community of students, educators, and families that glorifies Christ and excels in knowing Him and making Him known. Though such a community happens entirely by His grace, it does not happen at all by accident.

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Dr. Larry Taylor

“The Flourishing School Institute cultivates Christ-centered leaders to transform their school culture through Kingdom education.The FSi is organized around research-based linkages of constructs, or parts, of the school which contribute to the development of a flourishing school culture. Please read more important information detailing the philosophy and research-rich foundation of this biblically distinctive new initiative.”

Dr. Larry Taylor, ACSI President


Lynn Swaner
Lynn Swaner
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, ACSI

Lynn Swaner, ACSI Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer and Cardus Senior Fellow, leads ACSI's groundbreaking Flourishing Schools Research initiative. Join her at FSi as she unpacks the data from the Flourishing School Culture Instrument (FSCI), along with findings from Christian schools around the world and new insights on how leaders can shape their school's culture toward flourishing.

Institute Faculty 2023-2024

John Stonestreet
President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview

John Stonestreet serves as President of the Colson Center. He’s a sought-after author and speaker on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education and apologetics. John is the daily voice of BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated commentary on the culture founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of The Point, a daily one-minute feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. He has co-authored five books including A Practical Guide to Culture and Restoring All Things.

Domain: Purpose Construct: Integrated Worldview

Chris Brooks
Pastor at Woodside Bible Church

Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor at Woodside Bible Church in Metro Detroit. He is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, 'Equipped with Chris Brooks.' Chris is the author of 'Kingdom Dreaming' and 'Urban Apologetics' and is contributing author to several books. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Asbury Theological Seminary where he is studying the Integration of Economics and Theology.

Domain: Relationships Construct: Community Engagement

Schuyler Lehman
Founder & Chairman of Mission Advancement

Schuyler Lehman created Mission Advancement with the objective of helping nonprofit organizations develop the capacity for relationship-based major and principal gifts. Throughout his career spanning nearly four decades, his unwavering focus on serving the passions, interests, and needs of the donor has helped to redefine institutional fundraising. Schuyler has authored three books outlining his unique philosophy and approach, and he is also a frequent speaker and presenter at regional, national, and international conferences. Schuyler has helped raise more than $6 billion for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. He has provided consultation and advice to more than 1,000 nonprofits for major capital and endowment campaigns, annual funds, and general development activities.

Domain: Expertise and Resources Construct: Resource Constraints

Dr. Dennis Eastman
teaching and learning
Dr. Dennis
Director of Secondary Education at Biola University

Dr. Dennis Eastman spent 15 years serving in multiple roles in the field of education before becoming the principal of Nova Academy Early College High School, in Santa Ana, California. During his tenure as principal, U.S. News and World Report recognized Nova Academy with a Bronze Medal ranking as one of the most improved schools in California. Dr. Eastman is currently serving Biola University as the Director of Secondary Education where he is able to combine his faith, expertise, and enthusiasm for teaching and coaching into preparing the next generation of high-quality educators. Dr. Eastman has travelled extensively internationally creating inclusive, active, and effective learning environments for all students.

Domain: Teaching and Learning Construct: Outcomes Focus

Nick Vujicic
CEO of Life Without Limbs

Nick Vujicic is an entrepreneur, internationally known speaker, and author, who has traveled the globe sharing his life story to inspire millions of people. He motivates and equips people of all ages to dream big and never give up, as he shares his faith, values, and the principles of how he transformed his life from a life without limbs into a life without limits! He co-founded multiple non-profit organizations including Life Without Limbs, through which he has been able to evangelize and preach the gospel around the world; and through his passion to fight against bullying he, with partners at Noble Education Initiative, developed a full comprehensive, academic, social-emotional learning curriculum. Nick has a mission and mandate to change the world for the better, one person at a time.

Domain: Well-Being Construct: Resilience

Flourishing Schools Institute from ACSI
Research-based Learning

Dig deep into what flourishing in a Christian school means. Dynamic keynote speakers and breakout teachers will guide you through unpacking the ground-breaking, research-based Flourishing Christian School Model consisting of five domains: Purpose, Relationships, Learning Orientation, Expertise, and Resources along with Well-Being.

Interactive Experimentation & Application

Put your thinking into action with a collaborative time to process flourishing learnings with speakers and other educators. Together, we will brainstorm an action plan for your school culture. We hope you will enjoy the opportunity to network with other school leaders through the Institute.

Experiential, Exponential Growth

With in-person locations across the United States to consider, this unique, hands-on experience will be a rewarding investment professionally for you, your leadership team, and for the long-term health of your school culture and community. These destinations also provide the opportunity to explore and enjoy a different perspective.

The Flourishing Christian School Model offers a wide range of ways to engage. While you may choose to just attend the Institute, we strongly recommend bundling the Instrument and Institute together, which will provide you with a fuller experience. If your survey data is completed before arriving at the Institute, it will help you to know what to focus on and thereby allow you to make the most of this collaborative time.



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* Title II funding could assist with this professional development cost. Call the ACSI Care Team at (800) 367-0798 for more information.

Hear From Past FSi Attendees

No matter how long you’ve been in Christian ed, there’s never a finish line. I think the professional development from a biblical worldview is extremely important.

Christy Monda, Loganville Christian Academy

I simply love FSi. I love the level of professionalism, the quality of speakers along with the research base. It’s really taking ACSI and Christian schools overall to a different level.

Denver Daniel, Open Door Christian Schools

The Flourishing Schools Institute was a powerful opportunity to learn about the research base behind what makes Christian schools flourish. The institute was well laid out and contained a good balance of solid keynote presentations coupled with roundtable discussions about the application. The content was spiritually rich, encouraging, and challenging. I left feeling affirmed, supported, and inspired to continue to lead my school toward flourishing from a Biblical perspective.

Randy Claes, Wooster Christian School

In over 20 years of attending ACSI events, this was the best training I've ever received. My team and I walked away challenged and equipped. The FSi event was the perfect blend of practical and theory, individual reflection, and group collaboration, and it even included practical "next steps" for our school that felt manageable. I look forward to attending again!

Mike Skaggs, Trinity Christian Academy

Seeing a research-backed roadmap to how a Christian school can flourish has been invaluable for us.

Dan Steinfeld, Delaware County Christian School

Join Us for Pre-Event Data Workshops

Get the most out of your FSi experience with informative sessions from two of ACSI’s greatest minds. Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Dr. Lynn Swaner, will prepare institutional leaders for the in-depth FSCI process, and Director of Research, Dr. Matthew Lee, will provide helpful insights and strategies for interpreting your school’s results once your report is complete.

Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC
June 20-22, 2023
Yes, I want to learn more about the ACSI Flourishing Schools Institute!

We are excited to share more about our pilot year and program details being finalized with you. Let us know you’re interested in learning more and we will be in contact soon.