Month: February 2017

Webinar – Welcoming Students of All Abilities at Your School (Part 2)

  In this second webinar on the topic of inclusive education, co-hosts Dan Beerens, CACE Fellow, and Elizabeth Lucas Dombrowski, executive director of CLC Network, explore biblical support for, and practical realities involved with, implementing inclusive education in Christian schools. They are joined by two school administrator panelists, Brian Koetje and Carolyn Beall, who share …

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The CACE Effect: Lessons from Intermountain Christian

The church I am a part of in Salt Lake City has a tagline that describes the John 10:10 life we strive for: “An Adventure with God”. When it comes to my last four and a half years at Intermountain Christian School (ICS), that tagline has been lived out in very real ways and CACE …

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Advice for Betsy DeVos From Canada

This essay originally appeared in Education Week Vo. 36, No.20 on February 2017. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. Good public education doesn’t require uniformity The newly confirmed U.S. secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, will take office during a tumultuous time in American education. As a school-choice advocate, she is well-positioned …

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The CACE Effect: Lessons from Valley Christian

C.S. Lewis wrote in Abolition of Man that “the task of modern educators is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.”  In many ways, what CACE has done for Valley Christian Schools in Dublin, CA is precisely that. It would have been so easy for outside experts to come in to our school …

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Mastering the Master Schedule: Fulfill Your School’s Mission Part 1: The Set-up

Introduction Every February, my focus begins to shift. We’ve gotten into the second semester at our high school and now, my attention goes to planning for the next school year. The most arduous and intensive component of planning for the upcoming year is always tied to building the master schedule. I secretly love the process. …

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Inclusive Education: Envisioning the Opportunity for Christian Schools (Part 4 of the Welcoming Students of All Abilities at Your School Series)

In a time that values speed, efficiency, success, independence, individual achievement, and “easy”, the Christian school must choose an alternative story – the story of shalom to guide our work. Christian schools exist to point kids to Christ, to help them understand what Christ valued through his life and ministry, and to increase their desire …

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The CACE Effect: Lessons from Parkview Christian Academy

One of the great privileges of being a CACE Fellow is the opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with other Christian schools to improve Christian schooling. When I graduated from Covenant College in 1989, I was ready to dive in head first teaching middle school math, coaching soccer and basketball and directing the athletic program at a …

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Webinar – Embracing Everyday Diversity (Part 1): Moving from Head to Heart

Diversity and Inclusion have become intellectual pursuits, and unfortunately where most change happens is not in the head but in the HEART!  In the first part of his series “Embracing Everyday Diversity” Justin Jones-Fosu shares his thoughts on moving our understanding of diversity from the head to the heart to pursue meaningful change in your personal life …

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CACE Impacts Intermountain Christian

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

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Where Do the Subjects Come From?

I always scheduled a parent evening about 3 ½ weeks into the school year. Two things were happening by then. One, parents were thrilled that when they asked their children, “How was school today?” they didn’t get the usual, “Fine.” “OK.” The kids had all kinds of interesting stories to tell.  Parents liked that. The …

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