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My latest newsletter and other exciting news!

I send out two newsletters each year to people in my network with whom I have had professional interaction. You can access my latest newsletter here. I serve as a CACE Fellow and we recently completed our planning for the next two years. Look for details of some exciting new developments to emerge in the coming months. The CACE Fellows will be Continue Reading

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Resolving to do better!

This year I resolve to do better with posting to this blog – and of course putting something in writing and then publicly posting it is a way of holding myself accountable. 2015 was a pretty intense year with travel and then major surgery. I am working on a summary update newsletter of the past six months and will post that Continue Reading

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CoreClarity is a great tool for individuals and teams

I have worked with several individuals and teams this past year using CoreClarity. CoreClarity takes the five strengths you get from Strengthsfinders and explores the relationships between your strengths and gives you a leadership archetype. It is very helpful for teams as well as it helps maximize strengths when tackling a project. I am also excited to use it with 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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