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Interesting info re: Common Core

As the sales rep for Curriculum Trak, I regularly get into conversations with schools about what sets of standards and benchmarks to use for alignment in their mapping program. A surprising number of faith-based schools are using the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), despite all the public hullaballoo in recent years. What is also interesting are the following facts related Continue Reading

Posted in curriculum, educational change

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

Posted in Biblical worldview, change, classroom, curriculum, distinctively Christian, educational change, encouraging the heart, flourishing, innovation, staff development, student outcomes

An absolutely unique and incredibly helpful tool for Christian schools!

Within the last year, in Curriculum Trak, the curriculum mapping product that I represent, we have added what I would consider to be one of the most helpful things ever for Christian schools! I am talking about the Faith-Learning Integration (FLI) tool in Curriculum Trak. For years, I have worked with schools to help them articulate a Biblical perspective in Continue Reading

Posted in Biblical worldview, curriculum, distinctively Christian, staff development, student outcomes

MANS conference coming up!

I am excited to be speaking at the Michigan Non-Public School Association conference next month! I look forward to hearing Mike Schmoker again – I really appreciate his work and have been recommending his book Focus for the past couple of years to schools. I will follow up his speech on Thursday by facilitating audience response and then speaking on Friday about Continue Reading

Posted in curriculum, educational change, mission development, staff development, student outcomes

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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