Good Tired

The blog post below is a beautiful devotional given by Dr. Jay Ferguson, Head of School at Grace Community School in Tyler, TX. This message was recently shared at Baylor University’s Academy for Transformational Leadership. We hope that it is an encouragement for school leaders as you exhale from the 2019-20 school year and continue …

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School Impossible: Three Principles for Turnarounds

Happy summer, and I hope that you have some time to rest and relax. My encouragement this summer is to take some serious time-off and to actually do nothing, as recommended by this Forbes article. This wisdom resonates with me because of the inundation of stimuli that typically competes for my attention, especially because of …

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What Story Is at the Heart of Our Schools?

What if (Christian) education was primarily concerned with shaping our hopes and passions—our visions of the “good life”? What if the primary work of (Christian) education was the transforming of our imagination rather than the saturation of our intellect? What if we began by appreciating how education not only gets into our head but also …

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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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Is There Such a Thing as Teaching Christianly?

There is power in the naming of things. I imagine that when God gave Adam the task of naming the animals, Adam didn’t just think up sounds for what to call them. He connected with the genius of what God made each creature to be, and out of Adam’s discernment of “Christ in all things,” …

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Caught Versus Taught: The Spelling Conundrum

It is one thing to be a Christian educator. It’s another to be an excellent Christian educator. As teachers and administrators, we are called to be responsible stewards of the time and resources invested in young lives. Every day we make decisions about how to use that contact time and how to use financial resources. …

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Beyond Compliance: The HeartSmart High Five

We make thousands of choices every day. Children do too. How do we help children choose well? The goal is to build character, the ability to make a good choice in any given moment. Sometimes we think that we’re building character in our schools when we’re actually building compliance. Do children choose the same thing …

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Chasing “likes”

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” This quotation is attributed to Teddy Roosevelt as he often demonstrated a joy-filled life in the leadership positions he was called to serve. Given that his life journey was not an easy one, it would have made sense for him to stop and compare, allowing joy to be stolen. …

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What Is Education For? A Conversation About the Impact of Religious Schools

Over the past decade, many of us have been delving into, reading voraciously, and discovering insights from the Cardus Education Survey. This research was first conducted in 2011 in Canada, but then was expanded to the U.S. shortly after. The research is focused on discovering the unique outcomes of Christian and non-religious independent school sector …

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The Impact of Competition

Early spring is a great season for sports fans. March Madness concluded with the University of Virginia men’s team and the Baylor University women’s team winning the NCAA National Basketball Championships. Tiger Woods completed his improbable golf comeback by winning his fifth Masters Championship. NHL hockey and NBA basketball playoffs have taken off, as well …

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