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Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Region

Greetings school leaders,

I remember years ago hearing that "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." March here in the west comes in more like a zoo–it is known for its brisk winds (Las Vegas), spring snows (CO and the mountains), and a first hint of warm 80 degrees (AZ) as spring blows in, much like a whirlwind. All of this which reminds me of a book referenced by Dr. Gary Damore, speaker at the recent Rocky Mountain Leaders Conference.

In the book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution, (A Primer on 4DX), the authors write about the tensions that every leader faces between the tyranny of the urgent and those things that really matter. Your strategic (wildly important) 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

In looking back over the challenges from the conference and the question of "how and when" to put them into practice (the change goals), I would commend to you the book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution from the Franklin Covey group, as a resource to aid you in moving from the whirlwind to the strategic.

May the LORD richly bless you as you serve Him in the midst of the whirlwind.

Serving Together,

Jerome "Jerry" Bowen
Rocky Mountain 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 Rocky Mountain Region Events
ACSI Laws that Impact the Christian School Operations
Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 13, 2017

Regional Legal Legislative Event - Join administrators, board members, and HR personnel for this outstanding opportunity!

Rocky Mountain School Leaders Conference
Feb 11, 2018 - Mar 13, 2018

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

RM On-Site Training Options
RM Light BulbA distinct feature of the ACSI mission is to equip teachers for effectiveness in the classroom. In conjunction with ACSI NEXUS and ConNEXUS Premium, the Rocky Mountain regional office is available to help its member schools consider professional development options for staff and board members.

  • Philosophy of Christian Education
  • Board Training
  • Foundations of a School's Curriculum
  • Instructional Maps–the BIG Picture
  • Twelve Skills of Master Teachers
Contact the Rocky Mountain office.
Educators, Are We Communicating?
Communication skills are critical, especially in education. Steven Weber has identified 5 communication tips for educators:
  • Identify Your Inner CircleCommunicating
  • Forums for Two-Way Communication
  • Lead Communicator About Your School
  • Actions Align With Your Words
  • Be a 360 Degree Communicator
"If education is viewed as a relationship with students, families, and the community, then good communication should be a priority," says Weber.

SYSTEMS vs GOALS
Systems vs GoalsForget About Setting GOALS.
Focus on SYSTEMS Instead!
We tend to set goals throughout our lives:  getting into better shape, writing a book, building a successful school.

James Clear suggests "there is a better way to do things. It all comes down to the difference between goals and systems."
RM wants to KNOW
Help the Rocky Mountain regional office stay up-to-date with all the changes at your school:

  • staff changesRM Whats New
  • email addresses
  • phone, fax
  • school website


Contact us at 520.514.2897 x462 or by email.