Florida & Caribbean Region
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Welcome to the Florida and Caribbean Region 

Controversy, Contrarianism, and Fake News

Have you ever lived during or seen a time such as this? Everywhere you go, every newscast you watch, most of the social media posts that you read are full of argumentation, hatefulness, controversy, and stories that leave you shaking your head and wondering, "Was that really true?" Even Christian people find themselves "unfriending" or "blocking" other Christians due to the level of stress fractures in their relationships. These are increasingly difficult days that have left us and our relationships stressed to a point of breaking. I believe that the Lord expects better of us, especially if we are to disciple our students to live according to the Word of God. Like the Apostle Paul, who regularly engaged the culture around him, both in the synagogue and in the marketplace, we need to engage the culture around us (Acts 17). However, we need to do so in a manner becoming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are the light of the world. Our light needs to shine in a manner that attracts people to the One who is "The Way, The Truth, and The Life." Let's engage the lost in debate without being divisive. Let's disagree without being contrary, and let's make sure that when we speak, we speak words that are true and are consistent with the eternal truth of God's word.

David K. Holtzhouse, MRE
Regional Director

Announcements

Accreditation
Student Activities
Upcoming Worldwide Events
International Christian Educators Conference—Africa
Apr 6, 2017 - Apr 9, 2017

A high-quality professional development conference for teachers, administrators, and staff serving in international Christian schools around the world.

International School Leaders Conference
Apr 30, 2017 - May 3, 2017

High-quality conferences designed specifically for leaders in international Christian schools

PFO 2017
Jun 24, 2017 - Jul 7, 2017

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

Upcoming Florida Events
Professional Development Forum 2017
Sep 28, 2017 - Nov 22, 2017

Over the past five years, we've given you the opportunity to talk back to us about your needs. Just as effective teachers assess and respond to the needs of their students, ACSI is modifying how we deliver professional development in response to you. As a result of your feedback, in the fall of 2017 you'll experience a new professional development opportunity through the ACSI Professional Development Forum.

Online Community Discussions 
Preschool Teacher Observation Form   
Does anyone have a good teacher observation form you use when it is time for yearly teacher observations?
Standardized Assessment of MS/HS Bible Curriculum  
I am interested to find out how different school assess Bible at the middle school and high school level. Which standardized test do you use for MS and HS Bible assessment? Do you assess at every grade level in middle school and high school? Does anyone conduct a comprehensive assessment at the end of the senior year as a high school exit exam? Are there ACSI standards in determining which grades need to assess Bible?
International Art Shows
I would like to join an international Art show and only see them in the USA based on regions. Can I join since I am from America? Can anyone tell me how I can start an International one so we can all see art from around the world? Let's glorify God in Art—Renee Smith at Hope International School in Cambodia    
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
48.8 Essential Training Areas for Children

Especially when my three children were younger, I always welcomed wisdom on how to raise them to honor and serve the Lord as adults. Dr. Larry Taylor, head of Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas), has created a model for deliberately training young people; I’m sure you’ll find his ideas practical. —Dan

48.7 Equipping Your Child for the Race

We’re raising our children in extremely challenging times: ungodly ways abound and loud voices hail those ways as right. How do you train children to live godly lives so when they’re old, they won’t depart from wisdom? Dr. Larry Taylor, head of Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas), has developed a practical way to do that, and I’ve invited him to share it here. —Dan

48.6 Synergy-creating Family Practices

When it comes to raising godly children, many factors are outside our control. Even so, there are several things we, as parents, can do that will go a long way toward reaching this goal. Dr. Larry Taylor, head of Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas) and author of Running with the Horses, offers some insights here. —Dan

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