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Explore inclusive Christian education!

I am excited to be hosting and leading two webinars entitled: Welcoming Students of All Abilities with Elizabeth Lucas Dombrowski, the executive director of the CLC Network. Our first one will be tomorrow from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. EST and you can register here.  We will be welcoming two Christian school administrator panelists, Megan Willink from Northpointe Christian and Mark Buteyn Continue Reading

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What kind of culture are you nurturing?

I enjoyed the opportunity to be part of The Rock School’s Christian School Leadership Conference last week! Mitch Salerno from The Master’s Academy got us off to a great start by defining and encouraging a culture of innovation. I followed with speaking about developing a culture of inspiration and encouraged re-examination of what we are really after in terms of Continue Reading

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Beyond Control – a new book I’m recommending

It’s been a good season for reading lately as I have spent a significant amount of hours on planes! As I talk to people in my work I find that I have been mentioning a couple of books that I have really appreciated. I will share one here and one in my next blog post. Prior to doing a two Continue Reading

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Teaching, Learning, and the Mind of Christ

(This post was recently published on the CACE (Center for the Advancement of Christian Education) blog. I am blogging regularly now on this site and on the CACE site.) It was very interesting to meet this past week with the owner of a local architectural firm, who works with building new school buildings and modifying older structures. What was fascinating to Continue Reading

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End of the year interesting stuff

It is always exciting to reach this point in the year, to look back, and to consider God’s faithfulness! As we head into summer, we always have high hopes for catching up on our reading and reflecting. So, no guilt if you don’t look at things below, but here are things that caught my eye recently: A few weeks ago I finished Continue Reading

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Missing the [Question] Mark: Developing the Skill of Curiosity

Thanks to my friend Bryant Russ, Bible teacher at Holland Christian High School, for sharing this blog post. Bryant has started a wonderful blog project called One Hundred Dangeruss Gifts  (love the play on words, Bryant!) He has written posts as gifts to be shared from father to son, and from older men to younger men about what is really Continue Reading

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Why PBL? (Project Based Learning)

Over the last ten years, I have advocated in writing and speaking that Christian schools move toward project based learning. Why? Well, you can easily find plenty of rationale on sites like the Buck Institute or Edutopia online, but here are a few reasons reflecting a student perspective: It is more like real life It is more fun/engaging It is Continue Reading

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I just need time to think!

I am not really a big fan of “devotional” books. I sometimes find them less substantive than I had hoped for or a bit forced and trite. Despite that reservation, today I am delighted to be recommending a book to you that at first glance might fall into that category, but let me explain. Mark Eckel has put together a Continue Reading

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If we saw God in each face

Do we see God in each face we encounter as we walk through our days? If we saw God in each face, would we take more time to understand the pain we see in the face of another? If we saw God in each face, would we pass by needs so quickly? If we saw God in each face, would Continue Reading

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Gut check

The recent research, out from the Gallup organization on levels of teacher engagement as found in the State of America’s Schools: The Path to Winning Again in Education report, was a “Whoa!” moment for me. While 55% of American students scored high on engagement, about 70% of teachers are classified as disengaged! There are various reasons given for this level Continue Reading

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