Month: July 2014

Don't worry devotional

Praying for Enough Trouble for Today

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34) I love the way Jesus concludes this little section of the Sermon on the Mount on worry with this reference to trouble.  We can see in many places that Jesus’ plan was not …

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The Call of Cardus

Most Christian schools I know have similar elements in their mission statements. Usually there is a part about spiritual development – its Christian after all.  There is also some acknowledgement about academics given that we’re talking about school.  And then there is life or culture component, a nod to the impact of the school beyond …

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Affordability & Christian School Choice

School choice is a popular conversation with Christian parents of school age children. A common element of discussion is often related to the parent’s views on mission as it relates to their involvement with the public school and the public square in general. It is interesting to see how this view of engagement can be …

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Praying to be who I am

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is …

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The Impact of Charter Schools

Erik Ellefsen’s recent posts on the false choice of charter schools created good stir in the private school world. To deepen your understanding of the impact of charter schools in the United States, we encourage you to download the most recent research report from the Friedman Foundation. According to Andrew Coulson (CATO Foundation), charter schools …

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Ed Policy Chaos: Why it Matters to Christian Schools

Introduction: Education policy in the United States has moved from a period of change into a time of chaos. The predominant policies and actions of the past fifty years have been turned on their head through federal government legislation, private money, and exceptions to nearly every pre-established rule. In a sense, we are exiting what …

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Teacher Evaluation from a Christian Perspective

“You just hire the best people possible and let them go; there is not much you can do after that.” This is a perspective commonly voiced to me by administrators. Truth be told, teacher evaluation is one of those areas that busy principals might prefer to avoid. And yet, as Christians, this is an area …

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The Problem with Teacher Evaluation Today

As a more than casual observer of the teacher evaluation and teacher professional growth scene over the last thirty years, I feel a deep sense of discouragement about this aspect of our profession. The current national situation in teacher evaluation seems to indicate that we are likely to repeat past mistakes. Why do we keep …

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