Category: The CACE Roundtable

The CACE Roundtable is a group blog by CACE fellows and director Tim Van Soelen engaged in an ongoing discussion of Christian education.

Figuring out What Really Matters in Curriculum Planning

I often joke in workshops that, as teachers, the day we return from spring break is when we kick in to “fast teaching” mode! We do this because while we were relaxed in November and February, and consequently added a few days to our favorite units, we are now faced with being behind on the …

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Following Jesus in a Hostile Culture

God calls His people to shine the light of Christ into a world of spiritual darkness so that Christ would be honored and souls might be saved. In this spiritual battle, the demons have a predictable and repeated playbook which they use against the people of God. Dr. Rob Rienow, founder of Visionary Family Ministries, walks …

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More Than The Three R’s – The Effectiveness of Christian Schooling

Dr Beth Green is one of the leading thinkers in the field of Christian education. Originally a history teacher, she completed a doctorate at Oxford University and now runs the world’s most significant long-term study into the effectiveness of Christian schooling – the Cardus Education Study. Cardus is a Canadian think tank that specializes in …

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Thinking Christianly in Curriculum Design

Ralph Tyler, Hilda Taba, and Philip Jackson (with the latter’s reminder that even our definitions are a reflection of our worldviews), are some of the gurus of curriculum design. Their ideas, whether we realize it or not, have helped shape our contemporary understanding of curriculum, including the curriculum construction and application process. For example, Tyler’s …

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The Hardest Job in School: The Board Member (Part 2)

Surveying a private school with plenty of money, strong enrollment, a winning football team, and selective college admissions during an accreditation visit, a colleague said to me, “Everything’s great when everything’s great.” What he meant, of course, is that over time, even model schools encounter difficulty. It might be a sudden financial downturn, an employee …

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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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Schools Bridging Faith and Science

Controversy over religion and science is nothing new. That’s certainly true in the world of education. Indeed, a recent commentary in the Washington Post lamented 60 examples of what the author called “anti-science education legislation” that could affect what American students are taught regarding the evolution-creation debate and global warming. We may even see the …

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The Hardest Job in School: The Board Member (Part 1)

It’s been eleven years since I was a head of school. Eleven years since I dragged myself home after a late night board meeting to complain for two hours. Eleven years since my staff and I strategized about how to get a controversial policy adopted over the objections of “that” board member. Eleven years since …

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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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Letter to Education Graduates and Future Christian Educators

Student-teaching is complete, graduation is quickly approaching, the job search has commenced and for some of you lucky few been completed, and you are filled with a combination of conflicting emotions. At the end of Matthew 28, Jesus gathers the 11 remaining disciples and gives them the “Great Commission” to go make disciples. As your …

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