Kingdom School Institute (KSi)


The Kingdom School Institute is a very unique training program that assists you and your school in adopting a strategic, intentional and holistic plan that directly impacts the culture of your community. We are committed to a training paradigm and educational model that prepares our students to enter the world thinking Christianly (2 Cor. 10:5), reasoning with other worldviews (Acts 17), persuading others to follow Christ (Acts 17), and thinking, writing and speaking critically and intelligently.

This is not just another Christian school conference. Building a Kingdom School Institute features a distinct and specific focus: training Christian school leaders in how to build a Kingdom school based on the biblical philosophy of "Kingdom Education." We equip Christian school leaders with a biblical philosophy of education, and assist them in developing a comprehensive, intentional plan to drive this philosophy into key influences of their school culture.

We fully believe that authentic devotion to the Christian faith and academic excellence are mutually reinforcing. There are not two or three forms of excellence, but rather an ethos that is cultivated throughout every facet of our school. Faith is not separated from learning but rather integrated intentionally resulting in a distinctive Christian worldview. Scholarship and learning become integral components to the maturation process known as discipleship. Thus, becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ, the ultimate objective of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) is the prize for which we strive—it is the highest form of excellence! It is conceivable that we could produce students with the spiritual depth needed to enter our pluralistic society and not fall prey to empty philosophies, but enter the marketplace God has called them to with confidence, purpose and an eternal perspective.

Delegates attending KSi will leave secure with the knowledge that the key to building a Kingdom School rests in developing an intentional plan that includes:

• Commitment to the Kingdom Education philosophy of education in all areas of the school
• Defining a Kingdom-focused culture
• Intentionally promoting a Kingdom-focused culture

Join us in 2020- June 17-19

NEW KSi 2020 Dates

Prestonwood Christian Academy
6801 W. Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75025
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Wednesday, June 17 to Friday, June 19, 2020

ACSI CEU’s available.
You must provide VPP# at registration!

Our 2019 Kingdom School Institute was a great success. It was a fun time of fellowship, learning and growing in our calling as Kingdom educators. Watch here for more information on our 2020 KSi. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Keynote Speakers

<br/><strong>Dr. Glen Schultz</strong>

Dr. Glen Schultz


Kingdom Education: God’s Plan for Educating Future Generations

Bio of Glen Schultz

Dr. Schultz has given his life to educating future generations according to God’s plan for the past 51 years. He currently serves as Founder and Director of Kingdom School Ministries.

Glen is the author of Kingdom Education: God’s Plan for Educating Future Generations and several parenting booklets including Home Invasion, Shepherding, 20/20 Vision and Contaminated Water: The Poisoning of Our Children& Youth.

He received his BA degree from Roberts Wesleyan College and his MEd and EdD from the University of Virginia. He has been married to his wife, Sharon, for 50 years and has three children and six grandchildren.

<br/><strong>Dr. Larry Taylor</strong>

Dr. Larry Taylor

Head of School

Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, TX

Bio of Larry Taylor

Dr. Larry Taylor has a Bachelor of Science Education Degree from University of Central Florida and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova University.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University.

Larry currently serves as Head of School, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, TX.

<br/><strong>Dr. Lynn E. Swaner</strong>

Dr. Lynn E. Swaner

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

Association of Christian Schools International

Bio of Lynn Swane

Dr. Lynn E. Swaner is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ACSI, where she leads initiatives to address compelling questions and challenges facing Christian education.

Prior to joining ACSI she served as a Christian school administrator and a graduate professor of education.

A published scholar, noted researcher, and conference speaker, she is the lead editor of the book PIVOT: New Directions for Christian Education, co-author of Bring It to Life: Christian Education and the Transformative Power of Service-Learning, and editor of the ACSI blog.

She received her EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City.

<br/><strong>Chelsey Youman, Esq.</strong>

Chelsey Youman, Esq.

Senior Counsel

First Liberty Institute, Plano, TX

Bio of Chelsey Youman

Chelsey Youman, Esq., is Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute, concentrating on religious liberty matters and First Amendment rights.

She joined First Liberty Institute after working for a law firm in private practice, where she successfully litigated corporate fraud matters, complex commercial litigation, and consumer rights issues in both federal and state jurisdictions.

Youman received her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University, where she was a Dean’s Scholarship Recipient. She was also a member of the Board of Advocates, where she successfully argued in off-campus mock trial competitions and was a member of the Aggie Law Society and SMU Christian Legal Society. During law school, she clerked for the Consumer Protection Division in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas and First Liberty Institute.

Youman completed her undergraduate at Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, minoring in Sociology. In her time at Texas A&M, Youman spent a summer as a White House intern under President George W. Bush. She was also a member of the Texas A&M Pre-Law Society and College Republicans. Youman spent much of her time in college serving and inspiring youths in Young Life Ministry.

<br/><strong>Charles W. Phillips, Ph. D.</strong>

Charles W. Phillips, Ph. D.

Executive Director

Maclellan Foundation, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Bio of Charlie Phillips

Charlie Phillips currently serves as an Executive Director of two of the trusts at the Maclellan Foundation in Chattanooga, Tennessee, one of the largest grant-makers to evangelical causes in the world.

Dr. Phillips is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and holds a Ph. D. in History from the University of Stirling, Scotland. His particular field of academic interest is nineteenth-century American evangelical theology, particularly in New England.

Dr. Phillips joined the Maclellan Foundation in 2001 and advises ministries and organizations on behalf of the Foundation in order to build mission-focused capacity through board and executive development, strategic planning, managed organizational change, execution of fundraising plans and feasibility studies, and strategic repositioning in key markets.

He is married to the former Deborah Stewart; they have five children and reside on Lookout Mountain in Georgia.

<br/><strong>Dr. Vernard T. Gant</strong>

Dr. Vernard T. Gant


A.C.E. Student Success Center
Association of Christian Schools International.

Bio of Vernard Gant

Dr. Vernard Gant is the director of the A.C.E. Student Success Center with the Association of Christian Schools International. Dr. Gant’s department oversees more than 650 Christian schools throughout the nation that target and serve academically disenfranchised, culturally diverse, and/or economically disadvantaged children (A.C.E. students).

Dr. Gant is a graduate of Columbia International University, Birmingham Theological Seminary, and Trinity University. Dr. Gant has been the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Jeffersonian Award by the Jeffersonian Award Foundation in Washington, DC. And the Paul Harris Fellow Award presented by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

He helped develop two Christian schools in Birmingham, AL serving A.C.E. students and has assisted in the start-up of several similar schools across the nation. Dr. Gant has served on several boards including the Life Skills Alternative School, the National Association of Street Schools, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, the American Center for School Choice, and chaired the Colorado State Advisory Committee for the US Commission on Civil Rights. Dr. Gant has been involved in urban ministry for nearly forty years and in the parental choice movement for over 20 years.

He currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO. with his wife, Cynthia.

KSi Conference Modules

General Session

All attendees will attend the Kingdom Education Philosophy Training

KSi Sponsoring Partner

From the beginning, SBACS has partnered with KSi to promote the Institute, sponsoring member schools to attend by providing cash grants. Thanks to various partners, SBACS has awarded nearly $90,000 in grants to help schools send their leaders to KSi. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to member schools only. If your school is not an SBACS member, you can join SBACS by clicking here.

Conference Hotels

KSi Conference Hotel Holiday Inn Express, Plano, TX

We have arranged conference rates at the following hotel:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dallas — North Tollway (N Plano)
3101 N. Dallas Parkway
Plano, TX 75093

KSi Conference Hotel Fairfield Inn, Plano/The Colony, TX

We have arranged conference rates at the following hotel:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Plano/The Colony

5909 Stone Creek Drive
The Colony, TX 75056

KSi Conference Hotel Courtyard by Marriott, Plano.The Colony, TX

We have arranged conference rates at the following hotel:

Courtyard by Marriott

5917 Stone Creek Drive
The Colony, Texas 75056

KSi Conference Hotel La Quinta Inn & Suites Plano, Texas

We have arranged conference rates at the following hotel:

La Quinta Inn & Suites Plano, Texas

6624 Communications
Plano, Texas, 75024