What kind of culture are you nurturing?

Rock conference coverI 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 our student outcomes. Nathan Whitaker, best selling New York Times author with Tony Dungy and other athletes, helped us consider the value of collaboration. After lunch, Danae Lemoyne, head of school at Doulos Discovery School in the Dominican Republic, shared inspiring stories of how the Expeditionary Learning approach has empowered students at their school and helped them to actively serve the community. Our last speaker, Bill Latham, CEO of Contrax, an education design company, challenged us to consider how changing learning spaces can open up and encourage new methods of teaching and learning. Kudos to Principal Jim McKenzie for putting together a stimulating day for all!

Dan Beerens is a K-12 educational consultant and international speaker specializing in curriculum mapping and design, school improvement, teacher supervision and evaluation, and staff development. He is the author of “Evaluating Teachers for Professional Growth: Creating a Culture of Motivation and Learning” published by Corwin Press.

Posted in Biblical worldview, change, classroom, curriculum, distinctively Christian, educational change, encouraging the heart, flourishing, innovation, staff development, student outcomes
2 comments on “What kind of culture are you nurturing?
  1. Gregg Zonnefeld says:

    I love the five areas of culture that the conference addressed. As one who wears an Advancement hat, I’d add a sixth: Creating a Culture of Community (or Investment). Sometimes our current generation of families who have become a part of our increasingly-diverse faith family [and that’s a GOOD thing!] take more of a consumer approach to being part of our school family than being an investor. One of the challenges is to make them live-long investors in our schools–investors of their time, talent, and treasure–who want to stay connected and be continually involved for a lifetime in supporting the cause of Christ-centered learning!

  2. Robert Cowan says:

    I enjoy reading about the inspirational speakers who motivate us and school students telling them of the possibilities open to them.

    But the entire Christian Educational Community is chasing the wrong ball. Motivation is great, Norman Vincent Peale did a great job last century, Joel Olsten is doing a great job this century but in this technological era the people who ridicule Holy Writ speak to the youth who will become the movers and shakers and the Christian movement is dying in this country. Look at the dust on the pews! Motivating a shrinking crowd in an expanding world has only one ending.

    Before motivating Christians we should establish the validity of the philosophy; silence the academics who beguile our youth. Who is left to motivate if academia captures them? By abdicating completely all interest in the only chapter of the entire Bible that proves conclusively that it is first and foremost a book of facts we loose the audience to motivate.

    I speak of Genesis 1; it is the only chapter that scientists have taken into the lab and have proven conclusively to be one hundred percent accurate. Yet Christian Schools ignore it. No amount of motivation or good intentions can compensate for ignoring the only provable item and letting academia run the show, as they are presently doing.

    Robert Cowan

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