Publishing has been at the heart of the work of ACSI since its founding in 1978. Dr. Paul Kienel and Dr. Roy Lowrie, the first executives of ACSI, were prolific writers, particularly addressing philosophical issues for both educators and parents about the rapidly growing Christian school movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
In the mid-1980s, ACSI stepped into the textbook publishing arena where two other publishers already had prominence. The reason for and subsequent ramping up of textbook publishing was clear: Christian school educators merit having high quality textbooks that reflect the most current and relevant educational practices. ACSI stepped into this endeavor intentionally and eagerly.
In 2003, the publishing division of ACSI was rebranded as Purposeful Design Publications (PDP). The name itself reflects the Association’s intentionality as a publisher – to produce textbooks and professional development resources that reflect God as both the Creator and Sustainer of all of life and His purposefulness in communicating with His creation. Purposeful Design textbooks and professional development resources are just that: purposefully designed and developed to reflect God and His creation and to meet the instructional needs of Christian school educators and students.