Florida & Caribbean Region
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Welcome to the Florida and Caribbean Region 

Thank you for visiting our website! We appreciate your membership and involvement in ACSI, and we pray that you'll find support and encouragement in your regional family. In the Quick Links menu on the left you'll find the information you need to connect, grow personally and as a school, find specialized resources you may need, and more. Please don't hesitate to contact our office if you have questions or need support. May God bless you as you minister to His children!

Announcements

Accreditation
Student Activities
Upcoming Worldwide Events
PFO 2017
Jun 24, 2017 - Jul 7, 2017

An annual conference for teachers, boarding parents, administrators, and their families headed to international Christian schools

International Student Program (ISP) Personnel Training
Jun 24, 2017 - Jul 1, 2017

This indepth week of training for K–12 educators will provide ISP coordinators, administrators, and teachers insight into the cultural differences, language challenges, program organization, and classroom implications of teaching international students in a K–12 Christian school setting

International School Leaders Conference—Thailand
Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 24, 2017

International School Leaders Conference—Thailand

Upcoming Florida Events
TerraNova 3 Workshop—Okeechobee, FL
Jul 31, 2017 - Jul 31, 2017

Online Community Discussions 
Starting a Christian High School      
Our church reunited with a larger church they had broke away from 25 years ago. The new larger reunited body is excited about being part of Christian education and want to explore the possibility of starting a Christian high school. Can you suggest any resources we should consult as well as any advice and pitfalls we should be alert for?
Fidget tools    
With the new fidget spinner craze, fidget toys have become a topic for our staff. Can anyone offer insight to their benefits, purposes, drawbacks, or best practices at your schools?
Evaluation of AP Program From a Veteran  
Some AP courses make school administrators nervous because of supposed humanism in some subjects and/or Darwinian evolution in some of the sciences. One good thing about the English AP's is that they are based on skills and not a set of required texts. The teacher can set his/her own curriculum (provided quality texts are used, of course).    
Featured Member Benefit

ACSI proudly presents its Strategic Partnership Program, which includes companies carefully chosen to benefit you—our member schools—and to assist you in accomplishing your life-changing mission. Our goal is to proactively build long-term relationships with entities that thoughtfully align with the goals and purposes of Christian schooling and desire to assist you in your work as you educate the next generation of leaders.

ACSI's Strategic Partnership Program has four categories of organizations, National Corporate PartnersAffinity PartnersApproved Providers, and our newest category, Ministry Partners. You are encouraged to contact all of our partners and providers and see how they can provide additional services to your school ministry.

Featured Resources
Religious Hiring—Discriminating on a Religious Basis in Employment Decisions

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 guarantees that U.S. employers which are established as religious organizations may discriminate on a religious basis when hiring and making personnel decisions.

What Schools Must Prove to Make Employee Decisions on Faith

Several court cases have examined the religious organization and religious criteria requirements. Member schools must be able to show not only their religious nature, but they also must be able to articulate religious criteria for the employment decisions they make.

Ten Reasons for Religious Staffing

For over thirty years, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, has honored the right of faith-based organizations to choose the employees who can best further their missions, by explicitly acknowledging in section 702(a) their freedom to use religious criteria when making employment decisions. This religious staffing option is not an exemption from the Civil Rights Act, but a freedom incorporated into it.

Board Training & Strategic Planning Workshops Available

On-going board training is one of the most important professional development issues facing our Christian schools.  ACSI provides board training through the regional offices.  We focus on board roles and responsibilities, and try to help boards understand their critical role in policy governance.

Contact the Regional Office to set this up!

Administrators: Certification Reports

Be sure to check out the new features in the ACSI Certification Report available to administrators!  This report includes, not only the certification status and expiration dates for your faculty, but also the requirements for faculty members to renew and/or upgrade their certification.  

Access the report at Certification Review

If you do not have a User ID and Password, please email certification@acsi.org and request them. 

Florida Approval Program
This program is for early education programs that desire to be in our "religious exempt" program entitled The Florida Approval Program. 
Inspirational quotes for Christian school leaders
"Leadership only functions on the basis of trust"
John Maxwell