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Welcome to the Mid-America Region

Dear Friends...

A Primer on 4DX...
I remember as a child hearing that "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." Do they still teach this to children?

March is known for its brisk winds as spring blows in, much like a whirlwind; which reminds me of a book I read some time ago.

The authors of the book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution, write about the tensions that every leader faces between the tyranny of the urgent and those things that really matter. Your strategic goals versus your daily (whirlwind) goals... "are clearly different and more importantly, they compete relentlessly." They continue, "If you ignore the urgent, it can kill you today. It's also true, however, that if you ignore the important, it can kill you tomorrow."

This book isn't written to help you manage your daily whirlwind activities, but to help leaders execute their most critical strategies. The four disciplines of execution include:

  • Focus on the Wildly Important
  • Act on the Lead Measures
  • Keep a Compelling Scoreboard
  • Create a Cadence of Accountability

I commend to you the book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution from the Franklin Covey group. May the LORD richly bless you as you serve Him in the midst of the whirlwind.

Serving Together,

Jeffrey Mattner, EdD
Regional Director


  • TerraNova 3 test scores can improve instruction; get trained to make it happen!  
  • The Barna Group report on families' schooling decisions is now available. 
  • New ACSI A.C.E. Student Services Department helps you serve all your students.
  • Update your school's staff roster on ConNEXUS (Log in as head of school; click on Members/School Directors/Manage My School; add/delete staff members)
  • PD FORUM 2017 dates announced: Aurora IL: October 12–13, 2017; Brooklyn Park MN: October 19–20, 2017; Columbus OH: November 2–3, 2017
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 Mid-America Region Events
West Virginia District Meeting
Sep 6, 2017 - Sep 6, 2017

Indiana District Meeting
Sep 14, 2017 - Sep 14, 2017

Michigan District Meeting
Sep 15, 2017 - Sep 15, 2017

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