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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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Two out of the box – and fun speaking engagements

I have had many opportunities over the past 15-20 years to speak to various groups – usually at a single school and sometimes at larger conferences. Recently I had opportunities to speak to two “not the usual” groups that I very much enjoyed! The first was speaking at Jubilee 2015 on February 21. Jubilee is an annual gathering of college students Continue Reading

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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

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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

Posted in book, classroom, distinctively Christian, encouraging the heart, image of God, 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

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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