The CACE Roundtable

An ongoing discussion of Christian education with CACE fellows and director Tim Van Soelen.

What If Assessment Was A Gift?

July 11, 2018

Each fall when I teach a graduate course in assessment, I begin by having my students engage with a powerful article by Elaine Brouwer called “Assessment as Gift: A Vision,” in which she posits that assessment should be a gift that honors our students as image bearers. My students and… Read more

College Prep: What Do We Mean?

June 25, 2018

This past weekend my oldest daughter graduated from high school. Graduation parties and family coming to town to celebrate made the weekend extra special. My wife displayed pictures from her first day of kindergarten up through her senior year and those memories are still vivid in my mind, as I… Read more

Your Board’s a Bad Board, and It’s Probably Your Fault: Conversation with Chuck Evans

June 20, 2018

  Introduction and Podcast with Chuck Evans: I had the opportunity to have another conversation with Chuck Evans of Better Schools about his work with school boards, heads of schools, and his recent stint as an interim head of school. I’ve written many times about the lack of stability in… Read more

The Teachers’ Lounge

By teachers, for teachers about teaching.

Teaching the “Real” American Revolution

July 9, 2018

As we celebrate Independence Day and the political incarnation of the idea that is “America,” I think of all the teachers who have the opportunity to invite students into the story of the American Revolution. What guiding question will you use to spark curiosity and stimulate deeper investigation into this… Read more

No More Crappy Homework

April 10, 2018

In his blog, “No More Crappy Homework,” David Mulder poses a question to his readers wondering if homework is worthwhile. He concludes: In some cases, yes. But in other cases…I would say it’s probably crappy homework, the kind I assigned to my middle school students 15 years ago. I am… Read more

Do Sweat the Small Stuff

January 4, 2018

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men… (Colossians 3:23) Thank God for singing cosmic rhythms into the steady beat of time! He fills our waiting hearts with hope-inspired imagination of how things might be different each new day, week,… Read more

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