Month: January 2017

CACE Impacts Valley Christian

Click here to see what good work CACE has been doing in partnership with Valley Christian Schools. Our appreciation to Dordt College Professor Mark Volkers and Prairie Grass Films for this production!  

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Inclusive Education: What If We’re Not Equipped for Students of All Abilities? (Part 2 of the Welcoming Students of All Abilities at Your School Series)

Readiness is a tricky notion. We humans have a very long history of responding to our callings with some sense of our own shortcomings – Moses, David, Paul, and on and on. And yet, we are still called to change our world and ourselves in response to God’s grace. When we think of being well-equipped …

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Inclusive Education: How Will My School Pay for Additional Educational Support Services? (Part 3 of Welcoming Students of All Abilities at Your School Series)

In some ways, this is the wrong question to ask. As nonprofits, after all, how in the world do we pay for anything? Many prayers, generous donors, and perhaps a bit of luck. But budgets are often seen as reflections of our values. As Christian schools, we value our faith, our people, our teaching, and …

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Webinar – Welcoming Students of All Abilities at Your School (Part 1)

In this webinar CACE Fellow Dan Beerens and CLC executive director Elizabeth Dombrowski explore the opportunity for, and biblical basis of, inclusion in Christian schools. They are joined by two school administrators, Megan Willink and Mark Buteyn, who reflect on the joys and challenges of implementing inclusive education at their respective schools. This was Part …

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Webinar – Cardus 2016 Update

In this webinar Cardus Education Program Director, Dr. Elizabeth Green shares the results of the 2016 Education Survey, explains how that fits into prior research to give us an emerging picture of the distinctiveness of a Christian school graduate, and considers what this means for Christian school development and education policy. To get more information …

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Reflections on The Value of a College Education

Recently, one of our juniors asked me, “Do you think the value of a college degree is diminishing? Tuition is rising rapidly, and many college grads seem to have trouble finding jobs.” His question gave me pause. Each day I invite students into conversation about how important it is to give attention to existential (college …

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A Look Back and a Look Ahead

As 2017 begins I took a look back at our blogs since we started CACE to see what resonated with the CACE network. I have highlighted a few of the more popular blogs below as they are worth another read as we begin 2017. A Letter to my Daughter on Her Graduation from High School: …

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Christian School Identity and Disability: Questions of Faith and Community

It’s a wonder I didn’t quit before I even started. Fresh off from gaining my special education degree (in an era where the famous 94-142 federal bill now known as IDEA was just being implemented), my first job was to teach all the behavior disordered/emotionally disturbed 5th and 6th graders in a public, urban school …

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The CACE Effect: Lessons from Deer Creek

Deer Creek’s story was similar to so many Christian schools’ in metropolitan areas around the country.  The school was started by a church 25 years ago. There was a lot of excitement and passion. The school grew…quickly.  Then, at about the 18 year mark, populations shifted, and the church moved. Enrollment declined. The budget was …

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Opportunity Costs of the Common Core, or Any System of High Stakes Test Accountability

One of the highlights for me in my work with EL Education is our annual national conference, and the highlight of the conference was always the keynote presentation from the students. Over the past few years we were enthused by 6th graders in Rochester, NY, with their proposal to revitalize the city by rewatering the …

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