Florida & Caribbean Region
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Welcome to the Florida and Caribbean Region 

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

  • You can now renew your school's ACSI membership. Do so today!
  • Registration is now open for the Early Education Conference in Apopka, January 27, 2018 (Directors' Conference is January 26, 2018).
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Student Activities
Upcoming Worldwide Events
International School Leaders Conference–Europe
Apr 29, 2018 - May 2, 2018

Professional development, encouragement, and networking for the international Christian school leader.

Upcoming Florida Events
ACSI Early Education Conference—Apopka
Jan 27, 2018 - Jan 27, 2018

ACSI Early Education Conference—Apopka

Florida Regional Spelling Bee
Mar 10, 2018 - Mar 10, 2018

ACSI National Spelling Bee
May 5, 2018 - May 12, 2018

The ACSI Spelling Bee exists to help students develop good spelling habits, awareness of accurate word usage and pronunciation, and grace under the pressure of competition.

Online Community Discussions 
Extended Leave of Absence During School Break  
I have International students leaving for Christmas break as early as 12/14/17 when our last day of school is 12/20/17. Some of them also return a few days after school resumes. What are your thoughts about students going home for extended time and missing school?
Cell Phones...Arghhhh   
Would any of you be willing to share your cell phone policies for students please?  We have a no cell phone policy unless a teacher ask the students to bring them to class for a project.  The phones must be off and in their lockers throughout the academic day.
Job Descriptions for Enrollment Marketing
We're looking to expand our enrollment marketing team. I'd be grateful for some sample job descriptions from the community. We're considering an enrollment marketing specialist (or similar), and/or a director of enrollment marketing. If you've got job descriptions that are similar, I'd be grateful to see copies.
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
49.4 A Heart of Thanksgiving

Gratitude: it’s one of my favorite topics because it has such power to effect change in our hearts, in others, in our communities, and even in our schools. I’ve invited Jay Ferguson, headmaster of Grace Community School (Tyler, Texas), to write about gratitude as we enter the Thanksgiving season here in the U.S. —Dan

49.3 Bursting the Bubble

It’s a question many Christian parents have asked: By having my kids attend a Christian school, am I nurturing them and equipping them for life in secular society, or am I potentially harming them by shielding them from it? Jay Ferguson, headmaster of Grace Community School (Tyler, Texas), addresses that question head-on in this issue. I hope you’ll consider his excellent points.

49.2 The Back-to-School Tree

You’ve made a fantastic, eternity-impacting decision by enrolling your kids in a Christian school. But how do you maximize your investment? I’ve invited Jay Ferguson, headmaster of Grace Community School (Tyler, Texas) to outline a few deliberate actions you can take to do so this school year. —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. 

New ACSI Blog Posts

Demonstrating Good Will Through Community-Focused Campaigns

Teri O'Connor 

Schools and children are at the heart of every community, so demonstrating care for your community is a worthwhile undertaking that can reap the benefits of awareness and good will. While it is detrimental for a school to be "the best kept secret" in a community, guarding against the perception that we only care about our school, our kids, our objectives, and ourselves is equally important. Read more...

Insights from Humanizing the Education Machine

Rex Miller

There is little debate that education needs an overhaul. But where would you begin? That was the question faced by participants of our K12 MindShift summit on the future of learning. We brought together 40 diverse leaders to set aside our assumptions, baggage, and differences and to take on a mission that not only transformed our lives but-we hope-will inspire other leaders who feel stuck in an outdated system of education unresponsive to change. Read more...

Florida Approval Program
This program is for early education programs that desire to be in our "religious exempt" program entitled The Florida Approval Program. 
Pivot: New Directions for Christian Education

PivotChristian education is undergoing massive change-and that change is accompanied by both peril and opportunity.
The 2017 Global Christian School Leadership Summit gathered Christian school leaders to envision the future of Christian education and answer crucial questions facing the movement. The conclusion: Christian education needs to change course.
Pivot: New Directions for Christian Education compiles and expands upon the insights of the GCSLS, making the thought leadership of this unique conference available to anyone.