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ACSI's Foundational 3 Pillars:
Leading 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.
Making 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.
Promoting 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.
SCHOOL LEADERSHIP | SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
What is a Learning Orientation?
“May I see John’s records? I want to take another look at his placement test,” asked the fifth-grade teacher. My ears perked up and my heart leapt. I was so excited! A teacher wants to use the assessment data to inform his teaching practices, I thought. “I knew I made the right hiring decision!” I proudly assumed. My heart quickly plummeted to the floor after he asked, “Should we have accepted this student, considering his placement test results?”
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
Letter to a New Christian School Teacher
Whether this is your first year teaching in a Christian school or your first year teaching anywhere, you are a novice. By definition, a novice is a beginner, a rookie, or even a greenhorn. Do any of those terms fit for you? A novice is one who experiences something new and is in the initial stage of learning the knowledge and skills that will certainly develop and be enhanced. Sometimes this is a lonely place to be, especially if all the others around you are skillful and experienced. But remember, all of us were once novices. Every teacher has a “first year.” Even if your first year looks radically different from other first years, thanks to the disruption of COVID-19. In fact, even the most experienced teachers may feel like novices again, with all the changes in education last year and this year due to the pandemic.
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ACSI Announces New Director of Digital Initiatives
Colorado Springs, Colo. – The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is pleased to announce Sarah Loncar as the new Director of Digital Initiatives. Her responsibilities will include curating digital content for the Christian education sector, convening schools through digitally facilitated networking, and creating new digital opportunities.
She will begin her new role Aug. 17.Loncar assumes this position with eight years in Christian education. Most recently, she served as the ACSI Learning and Development Manager. Before her time at ACSI, she spent four years as the Digital Learning Coordinator and as an educator at Valley Christian School in Youngstown, Ohio— a school of which she is an alumna.
She has a passion for equipping educators with quality resources and professional development.
“Technology allows us to connect globally in an instant,” she shared. “I am passionate about cultivating content from and for Christian educators around the world.”
The position is aligned with ACSI’s “Three Pillar” Strategic Plan, focused on providing educators worldwide with access to relevant, Christ-centered materials and professional development.
ACSI President Dr. Larry Taylor believes Loncar brings a wealth of experience and specific expertise to this role.
“Mrs. Loncar has been a tremendous asset as the Learning and Development Manager,” he said. “I look forward to seeing the Kingdom impact this position and the strategic reshaping of ACSI will have on our educators across the globe.”
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 23,000 schools in 100 countries, ACSI helps more than 5.5 million students worldwide connect to Christian education.