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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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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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Shalom and parent teacher conferences

During the fall and spring conference time with parents, teachers typically report on the academic progress of students to parents. It should be a time to share celebrations and concerns. Sometimes the student is present or even “leading” the conference. I believe that this time with parents is a critical one as it is one of the few times that Continue Reading

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Thoughts on the book: God is Alive and Well

Like Mark Twain’s statement “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” the death of Christianity in North America is greatly exaggerated, according to Frank Newport in his latest book, God is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America. Newport is someone we should listen to on the topic: he is the Editor-in-Chief of the well respected Gallup Continue Reading

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A plea to Christian colleges

Over the past six and a half years that I have been writing this blog my main focus has been to encourage Christian schools to nurture student faith in three very distinctive ways: curriculum, classroom, and community. It’s been gratifying to hear that some of the posts have been a good encouragement to teachers and administrators who are serious about Continue Reading

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