Thinking About Missions and Christian Schooling

I’ve recently been studying the modern missionary movement (date range of the 19th and 20th centuries) in preparation for a few articles and upcoming conference presentations. While learning more about the phenomenon of modern missions, I noticed some parallels and interesting implications for Christian schools. Was the modern missions movement of the 20th century the …

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By Any Measure – Unattractive

  Emptying self? Forsaking family? Losing our life to gain it? Why do you ask such hard things, Lord? How do we figure out needs and wants in a one-click Amazon world? What sort of foolishness is loving enemies and forgiving 70 times 7? How do we market teaching this in our schools? How can …

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Exit Interview Takeaways

In our work at Charter Oak Research, we conduct several phone calls with current Christian school parents and parents of students who once attended a Christian school but did not re-enroll. One of the reasons we provide this service is to give schools more complete information on what current families are thinking as well as …

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Why NOT to Attend the 2019 Global Christian School Leadership Summit

Between the two of us, we’ve spent hundreds of hours at educational conferences throughout our careers. We’ve also had the humbling experience of having to coordinate a few ourselves. When thinking about conferences in Christian education, we would define most of them as “operational.” By that, we mean that the conference speakers and content focus …

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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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Why Coaches Need Coaching

Triangulation is the world of research when three pieces of data crash together, affirming or at least connecting the variables. This blog is due to the triangulation of three coaching experiences that collided in the past month for me. The first data set was a two-day coaching intensive that CACE held at Surrey Christian School. …

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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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Developing and Incarnating Community Character Traits

In my last blog, I mentioned the importance of a school developing a list of the traits that describe the character of Jesus, and then practicing them together in every aspect of school life. At a workshop my wife and I facilitated on deeper learning last summer, teachers from The Niagara Association for Christian Education …

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Successfully Leading a School in a Culture of Change

I have had the pleasure of meeting with hundreds of Christian school administrators this year at conferences and on their campuses. Our conversations often lead to a discussion of their biggest challenges, and I sometimes share the following advice on how to make positive changes. We live in an era of exponential change, and with …

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