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ACSI PD By Design - Cultivating Biblical Unity

ACSI PD By Design - Cultivating Biblical Unity

Product ID: #PDBD22-1

Member: $249.00
Non-Member: $399.00Your price

A Turn-Key Offering for In-House Professional Development Events

A digital professional development offering for teachers on the theme of Biblical Unity. With 1 CEU worth of rich content from experts in this theme, ACSI PD by Design allows administrators flexibility in hosting their own in-house PD by choosing a date and schedule that works best for their staff. ACSI PD by Design provides access to affordable, high quality professional development for teachers so they can grow in their profession, acquire CEUs, and advance Christ-centered education with excellence. 

PD by Design Quickstart Guide

Non-Member Site License Fee: $399.00 / Member Site License Fee: $249.00
Site licenses are valid until June 30th of the school year in which they are purchased.

Please note that the site license fee includes CEUs for three (3) participants. CEUs for additional participants are available for $25 each. Click here to request additional participant CEUs.

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What’s included:
  • 1 Educational CEU (6 clock hours) of engaging professional development from health and wellness experts for up to three participants (additional CEUs may be purchased, if desired - see above)  
  • A Facilitator Guide for a representative from the school to utilize in setting the agenda and in guiding discussion with their staff
  • A Participant Guide is available for each participant
  • Suggested schedule that includes 6 hours of content/engagement

Insular Culture is a construct in the Flourishing School Culture Model (FSCM). Insular Culture is defined as, “The school shields students from the world's brokenness, the school is independent from the surrounding community, and/or the student body lacks diversity.” In the PD by Design offering, Cultivating Biblical Unity, we engage in a discussion around the theology, philosophy, and practicality of ethnicity, race, and culture as one aspect of insular culture. The video teachings and activities provided are designed to foster a biblically-based, transformative experience for teachers to examine how they can reach every student.

Learning Objectives for this offering:

  • I am able to define Biblical unity.
  • I will commit to kingdom diversity through a biblical lens.
  • I am able to recognize insular culture and identify how it impacts students in my classroom.


Speaker and Session Details

Jerry Nelson, Special Advisor to the President, ACSI

Jerry Nelson is the Special Assistant to the President at ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). He provides leadership and professional expertise in the planning and implementation of initiatives identified in ACSI's new Strategic Plan. He also leads the internal staff professional development and oversees the biblical worldview integration task force for the Flourishing School Institute. A major part of Jerry's role involves helping ACSI develop resource to address diversity issues from a Biblical worldview, both within the ministry and for member schools. His background as Head of an inner-city school, and experience working with minority students and families, gives him an indispensable understanding of how to achieve this goal.

Dr. Walter Strickland, Executive Director, UnifiEd

Dr. Strickland's passion is to equip people to flourish in their context from a deep commitment to God’s design. He is the Executive Director at UnifiEd as well as the Co-Founder and President of The Strickland Institute, Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology at Southeastern Seminary, and Assistant Research Fellow at the Kirby Laing Centre in Cambridge (UK). He holds a PhD in theology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. His interests include systematic and contextual theology, the African American theological tradition, education theory, and theology of work. Dr. Strickland is an associate Research Fellow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and his work has appeared in The Gospel Project, Canon and Culture (of the ERLC), the Gospel Coalition, the Biblical Recorder, Christianity Today, Baptist Press, and World Magazine among other media outlets.

Joel Gaines, Head of School, The City School

Joel R. Gaines serves as Head of School at The City School in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University (Cairn University) with a B.S. in Education and Biblical Studies, and an MEd. from Cabrini University. Joel also serves at the Director of Leadership Development at UnifiEd. Joel is passionate about seeing students flourish academically, emotionally, and spiritually toward comprehensive shalom. He has 17 years of administrative experience spanning urban, suburban, public, and Christian schools.

Tia Gaines, Director of Educational Strategies, UnifiEd

Tia Gaines is the Director of Educational Strategies at UnifiEd. She also serves as Department Chair for the English department as well as the 6–12 Instructional Coach for Insight PA Cyber Charter School. Tia coaches more than 200 teachers on teaching strategies in a virtual setting. She has also taught in the School for Applied and Innovative Learning program at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA. In addition, Tia provides consulting to schools, universities and organizations on diversity, equity, and inclusion alongside her husband, Joel.

Session One: Flourishing Foundations
  • Devotional
  • FSCM: Relationships Domain
  • Invisible Backpack
Session Two: Theological Foundations for Unity
  • Defining Culture
  • Gospel Journey Through Acts
  • Working with Culture
Session Three: Philosophical Foundations for Unity
  • Individual Implications of Insular Culture
  • Cultural Competency vs Cultural Humility
Session Four: Praxis for Unity
  • Uprooting by Recentering
  • School House Assessment

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