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About CACE

The Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE) is a vision of the Sid & Carol Verdoorn Foundation, Dordt University, and Christian school thought leaders from around the world. Our reason for being is to walk alongside Christian schools who are committed to teaching from a Biblical perspective. We exist for the sustainability, improvement, innovation, …

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Friends Who Wrote Books You Might Enjoy

Writing a book is a labor of love. Publishing one in the education sector, and to go a step further, publishing in the Christian education sector, is an even greater labor of love with little hope of any financial return. Recently a number of my friends have done some really good work authoring books, and …

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Seeking Shalom Conference

Come experience strategies to promote healing from fracture, fragmentation and frenzy in our Christ-centered schools. Speakers Dan Beerens: Center for Advancement of Christian Education, Keynote Speaker Steven and Joanna Levy: Center for Advancement of Christian Education and New Covenant School Carolyn Balch: Engaging Science Labs Amy Imbody: Center for Redemptive Education ​Click here for additional …

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What if…? Deeper Learning in Christian Schools

What if…? What if [Christian] education is not primarily about the absorption of ideas and information, but about the formation of hearts and desires?  What if we began by appreciating how education not only gets into our head but also (and more fundamentally) grabs us by the gut – what the New Testament refers to …

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A Christian Deeper Learning Introduction

Out of its best motives, the Christian day school movement was born from the deep conviction by parents that God’s truth be recognized in every subject and every aspect of learning. Knowing that a teacher’s worldview has a powerful and undeniable impact on students’ worldviews, public schooling was not acceptable to these parents because of …

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A Look Back at 2018: Looking Ahead to 2019

Review of 2018 At the end of each year I put together a reflection of the year as well as a look ahead. See A Look Back and a Look Ahead 2018 where I shared the best of 2017 and themes for 2018. As anyone who reads my blogs knows, I love to hyperlink things, …

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Storytelling: Deeper Than Learning

The universe is made of stories, not atoms. –Muriel Rukeyser   Aha! Sonya was a very mature kindergartner whose mother was concerned that she would be bored in my class because she already knew how to do everything in the curriculum. Mom was especially peeved that I would be spending two days on the letter M, …

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What Do We Mean by Christian Deeper Learning? A Draft Document for Your Consideration – Part 2

In July I shared with you the first part of a working definition of Christian Deeper Learning. To refresh your memory I mentioned this background information by way of introduction: As a core group (authors are noted at the end of the full document – you can reference that here) we each took our turn …

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CACE Innovation Lab Webinar: “Beginning Well” Part 3 of a Conversation with Steven Levy and Dan Beerens

Join us on Monday, August 8 @ 11am Eastern as national award winning teacher and author Steven Levy closes our 3 part summer webinar series with a conversation entitled “Beginning Well.” In this conversation Steven will share his ideas, practices, and thoughts on how the first days of school can and will transform teaching and …

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CACE Webinar: “Ending Well, Summers, and New Beginnings”

Join CACE Fellows Erik Ellefsen & Dan Beerens, and award winning teacher Steven Levy for the second of a three part webinar/conversation entitled  “Ending Well, Summers, and New Beginnings”. On Tuesday, June 21 @ 11am Eastern we’ll be having a conversation that builds upon Part 1’s conversation “Ending Well” in regards to finishing a school …

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