New Research Released: Christian Schools and COVID-19 Responses

Dr. Lynn Swaner, Dr. Charlotte Marshall PowellThe CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

A student works on homework remotely amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Just like schools from all sectors across the globe, Christian schools were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020. In an effort to understand the responses of Christian schools, ACSI Research conducted a survey of U.S. member schools in late April 2020.

The survey shares feedback regarding the transition to distance formats, current distance learning practices, financial impact, enrollment projections, and more.

The Many Roads to Christian Deeper Learning: An Introduction

Dan Beerens, Steven LevyDeeper Learning, The CACE Roundtable4 Comments

As educators have learned about needed student outcomes for work and life, insights on how students learn, standards reform, personal digital technology, authentic work, etc., they have grappled with how to translate this knowledge into workable teaching and learning models. A number of models and networks arose, and commonalities were recognized among the goals of the various groups.

In this series, we’ll take a look at the various models of Christian Deeper Learning.

Cheating and the Christian Teacher

Simon JeynesThe CACE Roundtable4 Comments

Christian school student takes a test

If we ask questions that the student can google the answer to, we should not penalize the students if they do. It’s the same as asking the students to spell a word correctly and penalizing them if they use a dictionary. Instead, we should appreciate and praise their skill in research, their resourcefulness in exploring, and their shrewdness in best utilization of time.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in America

Michael ChenThe CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

Diverse children gather ready to learn at school

Recent events have opened up important conversations surrounding race and social inequality in America. What should Christian educators be doing right now?

For starters, Michael Chen is sharing an open letter, which you are invited to sign, and a panel conversation, which you are invited to view.

Demonstrating Vs. Stating

David UrbanThe CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

School girl shares artwork with her community

One of the first and most common distinctives that Christian schools often share is their great community. Whereas this claim might be true, the challenge with stating community as a distinctive is that every school will say it has a wonderful community. . . . In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a unique opportunity. Community is a distinctive that can be more fully demonstrated for prospective parents in this virtual reality.

Reopening 2020

Mark BeadleThe CACE Roundtable3 Comments

Your goal should not be to return to normal. If it is and you succeed, you will have missed a great opportunity. We expect things to be different in the future; the future will be a new normal.

Disruptions (Part 2): The After-Action Review

Tim Van SoelenThe CACE Roundtable6 Comments

“It has been fascinating to note the complexity of decisions at every level as the coronavirus has spread across the world. How decisions are made matters. How we press the occasional pause button to reflect on our decisions matters as well.”

Tim Van Soelen reflects on the past weeks through the lens of tool known as the After-Action Review.

Conflict and Teams

Paul NealThe CACE Roundtable1 Comment

How can conflict increase creativity among teams? Teams are tasked with solving a problem (or problems), and creativity can provide the team with more options, and more viable options can solve problems. So, what is the relationship between creativity and conflict? Research literature discusses the impact that conflict has and whether conflict is positive or negative. So, the real question isn’t “is there a relationship?” But rather, “what is the relationship?”

How to Use a Textbook for Deeper Learning: A lesson for our times

Steven LevyThe CACE Roundtable, The Teachers' LoungeLeave a Comment

I always used textbooks in my classes … but never how they were intended. They were valuable for me, as the teacher, to identify the important ideas in whatever subject I was teaching. We didn’t have state standards then, so I relied on the wisdom of the experts to break big topics (Ancient History, Simple Machines, Colonial Life, Force and … Read More

A Denver Blessing to Cherish

Dan BeerensDeeper Learning, The CACE Roundtable1 Comment

Although the Denver Christian Deeper Learning conference now seems like a fleeting memory in the rear-view mirror (February was eons ago), it is appropriate to recall with gratitude the blessings experienced as 375\+ educators gathered from all over the world for our 3rd annual Christian Deeper Learning conference! The opportunity for educators to gather for encouragement, learning, and networking (face-to-face!) … Read More