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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.
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Spiritual Formation and Flourishing
DR. MITCH EVANS
“Do it again” – my piano teacher, after playing Bach’s “Canon in D Minor” for the umpteenth time. “Run it again” – my quarterback coach, after working through a pass progression multiple times during practice. “Answer problems 11-20 on page 328. And show your work” – my calculus teacher after answering problems 1-10 on page 328 as a class on the white board. None of these situations should seem strange to anyone familiar with a typical school experience. As educators, we inherently understand that “to truly learn is to do.” We also understand that “to do” requires practice and repetition. Thus, we experience situations described above.
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Expected Student Outcomes: A Help, or Just Hype?
In the last five to ten years, there has been an increased emphasis on establishing expected student outcomes (ESOs) and using them throughout the school. Accreditation protocols at all levels require these student learning outcomes and colleges have used these as the basis for program and institutional effectiveness measures. Is this just a case of adopting some educational jargon, or is there an actual benefit behind this increased emphasis? In other words, are ESOs a help to schools in fulfilling their missions, or are they more educational hype?
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ACSI Announces Key Changes to Legal Legislative Issues Department Structure, Leadership
Colorado Springs, CO – The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is announcing several key changes to its organizational structure designed to continue growth in public policy and advocacy.
The former Legal Legislative Issues Department will become ACSI Public Policy and Legal Affairs. The shift is intentionally aligned with the Advocacy pillar, part of the Association’s Three Pillar Strategic Plan. The move is designed to help ACSI focus more on ensuring the Association accurately represents the needs of Christian schools.
ACSI President Dr. Larry Taylor believes the changes will better serve member schools.
“We are continually approaching new horizons at ACSI,” he said. “The restructuring and shifts taking place in our Public Policy and Legal Affairs Department are intentional and strategic for the overall advancement of Christian education.”
As part of the restructuring, ACSI’s Director for Government Affairs P. George Tryfiates assumed duties April 1 as Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs.
Tryfiates will provide leadership and oversight for federal and state legislative affairs, regulatory compliance, legal issue analysis, public policy positions, initiatives and alliances. He will also maintain positive relationships with appropriate governmental agencies, legislative representatives, and key Congressional staff.
Tryfiates succeeds Steve Novotny, who will remain an advisor to ACSI as he transitions to pursuing other professional priorities.
Taylor praised Tryfiates for the tailored skillset he brings to lead in this role.
“I have seen George’s leadership and concentrated efforts in Washington, D.C. over the past ten years serving as ACSI Director for Government Affairs,” he shared. “He has been our boots on the ground in the capital, tirelessly advocating on behalf of our Christian schools. I believe in his new role, George will continue to serve as a strong voice for Christian education.”
In his previous position, Tryfiates actively participated in all aspects of public policy, including nonprofit governance and policy, advocacy and media.
He boosted ACSI’s presence in the capital, helped launch the department’s revamped invitation-only National Legislative Conference (NLC), and helped secure important policy victories, including the most significant federal school choice victory in many years – expansion of 529 College Savings Plan qualified expenses to include K-12 tuition.
Tryfiates commented on his new role, stating, “It is a great honor to advocate on behalf of our Christian schools. ACSI is one of only two associations with permanent representation in Washington, D.C. and we are passionate about protecting and advancing Christ-centered education.”
In a related move, Philip Scott, former ACSI Senior Counsel for Policy and Advocacy, assumed the role of ACSI Vice President for Legal Affairs.
The new position gives Scott the opportunity to oversee all ACSI legal programs that serve member schools. He will continue to be a resource for members in the areas of school consultation, public policy, law, and legislation.
Tryfiates believes Scott, who has served at ACSI for 11 years, has the ideal experience for his new role.
“One of Philip’s key achievements was to create and launch ACSI’s Children’s Tuition Fund, a nationwide scholarship granting organization that provides scholarships to low income families in six states,” he said. “CTF now provides $9 million worth of scholarships a year, and this would not have happened without him.”
In addition, Scott will assume many of ACSI Chief of Staff Dr. Tom Cathey’s areas of responsibilities. Cathey will retire in August 2022 after 14 years providing guidance and faithful service to Christian schools.
ACSI is also actively recruiting to fill a Director for State Advocacy role to continue to provide support in the growing state advocacy sector.
Additionally, Elizabeth Clayton will assume the Public Policy and Communications Assistant position. She has served for nearly one year as Legal and Communications Assistant, working closely with the Public Policy and Legal Affairs department in coordinating written content for scholarly journals, legal briefs and newsletters.
In her new role, Clayton will also conduct research, writing and reports related to public policy developments.
Taylor shared his excitement about the changes and believes they will strengthen ACSI’s ability to advocate on behalf of Christian education.
“I’ve said it before and I’m glad to say it again—these are very exciting times at ACSI, and I’m truly looking forward to seeing how God moves through us to defend and bolster the Christian education movement. It’s an honor to serve Him as we do His work around the world!”
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. ACSI supports more than 5,000 member schools throughout the United States and around the world, which collectively serve approximately 1.2 million students. Through additional training programs, materials, and expertise provided to other educational groups worldwide, ACSI’s overall influence and positive impact reaches more than 26,000 schools operating in 100 countries, together serving 5.5 million people.
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