Tag: Education Reform

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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Christian Education and the City: Leaders, Givers, and Planters

We began this series by giving cultural, missiological, and visceral reasons why engaging the city is essential for the future of K-12 Christian schooling. Why have we chosen to highlight the city in particular? While most American cities have been growing steadily over the last twenty years, Christian schools in the city have been disappearing, …

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Welcoming Disability in Christian Schools

Recently I was talking with an administrator who has long been supportive of inclusive Christian education for students with disabilities, and he reflected on the attitude of parents of students with special needs. “Every time they come, it’s a question of ‘won’t you please include my child?’ Why is that? Their child belongs here; we …

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Bright Promise Fund and Chicago: An Innovative Approach to Fundraising in the City

In an introductory entry for CACE on the topic of Christian schooling in the city, Dan Olson highlighted the cultural, missiological and visceral reasons why urban Christian education will continue to grow in importance.  His piece presents the foundational reasons why cities need Christian education. This entry in the discussion focuses on the issue of …

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Peace Preparatory Academy and Atlanta: Pursuing Shalom in the City

Atlanta is a historic city. A city that has been the center piece for major movements in the Civil Rights era, a city considered to have the most African-American wealth in the country, and a city in the top 20 of cities visited by international travelers. Yet it is also a city that has the …

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Redefining Smart – A Book Review

Quality educators who have operated from their heart, from relationships with students, and who have seen themselves as coaches and designers of learning, will be greatly heartened by a new book, Redefining Smart: Awakening Students’ Power to Reimagine Their World (Corwin, 2016). I found it difficult to put the book down. As a psychologist, educator, …

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Restoration Academy and Birmingham

In 1983 the five funerals in his first year of planting a church were too much. Dr. Anthony Gordon, a young African American pastor, was weary and broken from burying teenaged boys from his community- casualties of gang and drug violence.  He recognized that his Sunday morning and midweek services could not compete with the …

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A School and a Church at the Heart of a City

From the author Beth Green of Cardus: My editors have confirmed that certainly you may reprint the blog with the following accreditation at the top of the piece: “This article was originally published by Cardus:” What is it that makes a city? Judging by the ones I’ve visited lately—London, Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Sydney—it is global …

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Boston Trinity Academy and Boston

Boston Trinity Academy educates students from diverse backgrounds in an academically demanding, Christ-centered community, inspiring them to lead lives of faith, integrity, and service. The school’s motto is Via, Veritas, Vita, the way, the truth, and the life, which in our curriculum becomes the integration of faith, learning, and service. We believe that faith alone …

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The City School and Philadelphia

The city is not as it seems. I moved to Philadelphia as a boy in the late 1980s. My father had been pastoring in rural Ohio, but he grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and my grandfather grew up in South Philly, so I think my family thought this move was going to be some …

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