Author: Dan Beerens

Dan Beerens is an educational consultant, author, international speaker, and educational leader. Before starting DB Consulting in May 2010, he served as Vice President of Learning Services and Director of Instructional Improvement at Christian Schools International. Prior to that, he was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Holland Christian Schools. Dan has also worked as teacher and principal in urban and suburban public and Christian schools in Wisconsin and Illinois. Dan regularly presents on teacher evaluation and professional growth, curriculum design, school improvement, technology integration, faith integrated learning, and student faith development at regional, national and international conferences. He is the author of Evaluating Teachers for Professional Growth: Creating a Culture of Motivation and Learning published by Corwin Press.

A Few Short Questions to Aid Year End Reflection

In the mad rush to finish a school year we become calendar driven and event oriented. What we sometimes miss is the opportunity to reflect well – we push that off to June after school is over, but by then we are too tired to want to take too much time for reflection. The missed …

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Honoring Mom

I’d like to share a post with you that I wrote in September 2013 after my Mom passed away. As Mother’s Day approaches, I would like to honor her and other parents who have worked hard to support Christian education.  I just received word this morning (written 9.21.13) that my mom has passed away. You …

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The Importance of Being Attentive

We long to see our students have hearts that are tuned to, and turned toward, God. In our world of loud, conflicting, insistent, constantly streaming voices it takes purposeful intent and a good measure of self-discipline, on a personal level, to attend to what is needful and that which results in a flourishing life that …

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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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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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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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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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More Choices for Parents?

The US educational landscape moved into a new and potentially significant direction last week with the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary in the new Trump Administration. Some in non-public (defined in various ways as parochial, or parent controlled, or private) education as well as those in charter schools were delighted with the choice, …

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A Canadian Rocky Mountain High!

It was truly a great day of celebration, with the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains as the backdrop in beautiful Banff, Alberta, when more than seventy-five Christian school leaders from Canada, the United States, and Australia gathered prior to the Christian Schools Canada conference to share efforts around Deeper Learning in Christian schools. At this September …

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Reconciling Faith and Science

Christian teachers are called to be reconcilers.  As ambassadors of Christ, they are given this ministry of reconciliation: pointing students to living in harmony with God, neighbor, creation, and self. In II Corinthians 5:16-21, the apostle Paul encourages the Corinthians that, being given this message of reconciliation, they are then called to share the sweetness …

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