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The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

Advancing

pillar_logoLeading Christ-centered education toward excellence and flourishing

We want all schools to aspire to, achieve, and remain committed to a biblically-based philosophy of education, standards that are measurable, and flourishing-related criteria. ACSI strives to lead, support, and serve Christian schools, and educators, by placing them on a path of growth and flourishing using the research-based Flourishing Schools Initiative. This model should link leadership and faculty professional development accreditation, and every culture-driving component of a school. A common philosophy, and a flourishing-based metric, would unify our efforts of advancing Christian schools and educators.

Access

pillar_logoMaking Christ-centered education available and obtainable

ACSI is committed to making Kingdom education available to as many children and families as desire it, believing that such an education offers students an opportunity to grow in a loving relationship with their Creator, come to know His saving work through Jesus, and flourish in His Ephesians 2:10 calling for their lives. This commitment requires removing barriers to access for those who traditionally have not benefited from Christian school, as well as seeking out new ways to create access points to Kingdom education and the ability to thrive and be successful in that education—for all those who desire it.


Advocacy

pillar_logoPromoting and protecting Christ-centered education for today and tomorrow

As the largest evangelical Christian school association in the world, ACSI is by default viewed as the spokesperson for Christian schooling in the public square. In order to discharge this responsibility with excellence and seasoned speech (Colossians 4:6), and to equip our member schools to do the same, ACSI must invest in developing public-facing resources and forming strategic relationships with those working in the area of advocacy for Christian Education and for religious liberty.


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Nonprofit and Ministry Leaders: Are You Ready to Change the Way You Communicate Post-COVID?

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It’s not always good to hear the word “positive” and COVID-19 in the same sentence. But as a veteran professional communicator who’s worked with Christian ministries and nonprofits for decades, I’m absolutely positive COVID-19 has created the perfect storm for faith-based nonprofits, businesses, ministries, and churches to re-think and re-invent the way they engage the world. “Things will be different post-COVID” has been drummed into us for months. We’re not just conditioned for the “new normal” we’ve all heard so much about. We’re seeing things change right now all around us, and we’re expecting more changes to come. But are America’s faith-based organizations ready to change and adapt the way they interact and communicate in order to thrive in our fast-changing, post-pandemic world? Are you ready to change?

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Converge 2022: Leading Courageously, Renewing Hope

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LYNN SWANER

A global pandemic, racial tension, political upheaval, economic devastation, culture clashes, severe weather—over the past year we have lived through these and other challenges, individually and corporately, in the Christian education community worldwide. Yet at the same time, we have witnessed the nimble responses of Christian schools, the care our school communities have provided for the sick and hurting, and the immense opportunity to be salt and light which God has placed before us. It feels as if we have been dwelling—moment by moment—in Jesus’ promise in John 16:33 (NIV): “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

News & Press Releases

More Than 300 Christian School Leaders Converge on Dallas for First-Ever ACSI Flourishing Schools Institute

Jun 15, 2021, 07:40 AM by Caitlyn Berman

Dallas, Texas – The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) will launch the inaugural Flourishing Schools Institute (FSi)— a new professional development opportunity for school leaders who want to transform their school culture to flourish.

More than 300 Christian educators will converge on the Hyatt Regency in Frisco, 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.

ACSI President Dr. Larry Taylor believes equipping leaders with a biblically based philosophy of education is essential to the health and success of the entire school community.

“Developing Christ-following, transformational leaders is key for the entire school body to prosper,” he said. “The institute is structured to allow leaders a hands-on approach to incorporating learned concepts into their school culture.”

Speakers 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, Scott Turner, CEO of Scott Turner Consulting Group and Peter Greer, president & CEO of HOPE International, will assist leaders in developing a strategic school culture plan.

According to Cindy Dodds, ACSI professional development director, 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 tandem with other Christian school leaders, together pursuing thriving school communities.”

“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.”

Taylor believes the institute will launch leaders on the journey toward flourishing school cultures.

“As a recent head of school, I can personally attest to the challenge of building and sustaining a Kingdom-focused, successful school culture,” Taylor said. “We’re glad to gather in person again, working side by side through this process. Each leader will leave the FSi with a unique roadmap to a truly flourishing school community.”

To learn more about FSi, visit the website or connect with the ACSI Care Team by calling (800) 367-0798 or by emailing careteam@acsi.org.

About ACSI: 

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.

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