Join us VIRTUALLY in 2020 on June 17-19.
There will be no charge for attending!
After much prayer and consideration, we are excited to announce a new format for KSi this year.
Yes, you guessed it we are going VIRTUAL!
There is so much uncertainty right now for schools. If we are back to physical classes in May/June we anticipate everyone’s “to do” list to be full with end of the year activities as well as potential budget implications for traveling and training at this time.
So, we are NOT canceling KSi, just presenting it in a ZOOM format.
We will still meet June 17-19 but for only 90 minutes on each of those days, from 1:00-2:30 PM CST.
Our Keynote speakers along with Dr. Larry Taylor and Dr. Glen Schultz will present:
Wednesday, June 17
Dr. Jeff Myers, President of Summit Ministries
Topic: How to stop the virus of bad ideas
Bad ideas are like viruses, sickening our souls and making us miserable. This talk delves into the fascinating world of how doctors race to combat the outbreak of deadly viruses, and reveals how the four steps doctors take to stop viruses in the physical world can help us stop bad ideas from infecting us and our children.
Thursday, June 18
Ray Pennings, Executive Vice President of CARDUS
Topic: What Distinguishes Christian Schools?
Christian education matters well beyond its walls and hallowed halls. Our schools’ brand and value propositions matter not only to students and parents, but also to our neighbors, employers, and the communities in which we live. This is essential for our collective Christian witness, of course. And it contributes to the educational outcomes that our graduates are able to bring to the community. For the past decade, Cardus has been leading the way in measuring graduate outcomes in the area of spiritual formation, academic achievement, and cultural contributions. Cardus Co-Founder Ray Pennings will provide an overview of this data and encourage us to think of how we might both improve internally and also be good neighbors, showing ourselves as contributors to the public good.
Friday, June 19
Milton Gonzalez, Executive Director at Covenant School in McAllen, TX.
Topic: God’s Perfect Timing
From Prodigal to Principal Milton will present his personal testimony which examines God's timing, faithfulness, and transformational power.
There will be time each session for Q & A and Dr. Taylor and Dr. Schultz will both present/moderate at each session.
There will be no charge for KSi this year, but we still need you to register. We will send the link to join KSi to all registrants closer to the event.
ACSI CEU’s available.
You must provide VPP# at registration!
What is Kingdom School Institute?
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
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.
Dr. Larry Taylor
President of ACSI
Head of School, PCA
Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, TX
Dr. Larry Taylor is in his twentieth year as the Head of School at Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) in Plano, Texas. Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at four campuses as part of its school system. PCA Plano serves Pre-K3 through 12th grade. PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 9th grade) is celebrating its sixth school year with more than 230 students and is now enrolling through 10th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023. PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment in its virtual academy, and part-time students, and has been serving students for 11 years. St. Timothy Christian Academy is a K through 12th grade school for students with learning differences which joined PCA’s School System in 2017. The King’s Academy, an inner-city school for low income families opened its doors in August 2019 starting with PK, Kindergarten and First Grade the first year.
Dr. Taylor recently accepted the role as president of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and will serve in a dual role through this year. ACSI works with more than 25,000 schools in 108 countries, and helps more than 5.5 million students worldwide receive a Christian education. ACSI also provides services to schools such as, accreditation, legal/legislative assistance, and curriculum publishing.
Dr. Taylor has served as President of the Texas Private Schools Association (TPSA) Board of Directors, and served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and the ACSI Education Foundation prior to accepting the president position.
Prior to PCA, Dr. Taylor served for twelve years at The First Academy in Orlando, Florida as a High School Principal and Assistant Headmaster. He also has held teaching positions within the public-school system. Dr. Taylor co-launched a national training institute for schools, “Becoming a Kingdom School Institute” and founded the Student Leadership Institute (SLi) program. He developed a training program for parents titled, “Becoming a Kingdom Family.” Dr. Taylor published the book, Running With The Horses, that helps parents raise children to be servant-leaders for Christ and helps to build a family plan.
Dr. Taylor received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University (2009); his Master’s Degree from Nova University (1993) and his Bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida (1986). Dr. Taylor has been married to Delinda Rose Taylor for 34 years and has five sons, Bryce, who graduated from Yale University and Notre Dame Graduate School and is married to Julia; Luke, a graduate of Princeton University, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is married to Ruthie; Zeke, a graduate of Florida State University; Chas, a graduate of Rice University, and currently in law school at the University of Chicago and is married to Madeline; and an adopted son, DeMarcus, a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University.
Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. As an educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.”
Through his speaking engagements and media appearances Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He is the author of 14 books, including Understanding the Faith, Understanding the Times, and Understanding the Culture textbooks which are studied by tens of thousands of students.
Dr. Myers holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Denver. He continues to engage college students and adult learners by serving as a trustee of Colorado Christian University and through a Signature Leadership Course offered by the Lumerit Corporation, which serves the training needs of many Fortune 100 companies. Jeff and his wife Stephanie and their family live in Colorado.
Ray Pennings co-founded Cardus in 2000 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, working out of the Ottawa office. Ray has a vast amount of experience in Canadian industrial relations and has been involved in public policy discussions and as a political activist at all levels of government. Ray is a respected voice in Canadian politics, contributing as a commentator, pundit and critic in many of Canada’s leading news outlets and as an advisor and strategist on political campaign teams.
Ray completed a degree in History at McMaster University and obtained a Master of Arts in Religion degree from Puritan Theological Seminary. He has led a number of large research projects at Cardus over the years and was lead author on Death is Natural: Reframing the End-of-Life Conversation in Canada. In addition to authoring Cardus reports and columns he has also written chapters in several publications including Church and Caesar (RHB, 2004), Living for God’s Glory (RHB, 2011), Calvin the Revolutionary (RHB, 2010), Religious Liberty and the Law (Routledge, 2017), and The Handbook of School Choice (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017).
Ray’s grasp of applied public theology is evident not only through his writings, but through his volunteer efforts as well. He was founding president of EduDeo (formerly Worldwide Christian Schools) and has served as Chair on the board of Redeemer University College, and as a board member for the Civitas Society and the Rosebud School for the Arts. Ray currently sits on the adjudication committee for the Redeemer Centre for Christian Scholarship and on the Champions Circle for Compassionate Ottawa. Ray and his wife, Kathy, have one adult son.
Milton L. Gonzalez
Covenant Christian Academy, McAllen, TX
Milton L. Gonzalez has been an educator for 27 years. He has led educational institutions in both Mexico and The United States. He is currently the Executive Director at a Christian academy located in South Texas. He has a Harvard University Certification in the Multiple Intelligence Theory and Differentiated Learning. Mr. Gonzalez is a licensed executive life coach and international motivational teacher. He is also a member of The John Maxwell President's Advisory Council. He has an undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology and holds a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling/Life Coaching at Liberty University.
Professionally, Milton has numerous accomplishments in the area of Education, Leadership Development and Motivational Teaching. He is a TEDx presenter. His 12 minute talk “You Are What You Think” was globally broadcast in 2015. He has been on stage and conducted workshops alongside award winning speaker Les Brown. Milton was the AFLAC Latino spokesperson from 2012-2015. He has been an ordained pastor and marital counselor since 2005. He is committed to developing leaders of excellence and integrity by providing the finest resources and training for personal and professional growth. He is married to Elena and has two sons; David and Daniel and two grandchildren Ezra and Emery. He is a New York City, Chicago, Houston and San Antonio marathon runner