Our Quest for Congruence, Part 1

Dan BeerensThe CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

It just didn’t feel completely right, but I was acting on a combination of how I had been taught and the current prevailing wisdom, even though I was uncomfortable with the ideas and principles behind what I was doing. How many of us have had this thought as we work in our chosen field of education? We engage in practice … Read More

Changing Views on Church: Considering The Impact on Christian Schooling

Chad DirkseThe CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

There has been much written recently on the changing attitudes towards church in American culture.  It is doubtful that many of us are surprised at what the data is showing; a shrinking percentage of people feel church involvement is a priority.  The data is particularly concerning for Gen Xers (ages 48-30) and Millennials (29 and younger).  A March 25, 2014 study by … Read More

For Christian Education?

The Center for the Advancement of Christian EducationThe CACE Roundtable2 Comments

When we say we are for something, what does that mean? When we say we want something, what does that look like? I have been involved with Christian education now for almost 20 years professionally. As a graduate student, I chose Christian education and as a parent, I have chosen it as well. When we say we are pro-Christian education, I think a question that needs to be asked is what does that mean?

Navigating the Ed Policy Storms: Are you Connected?

Erik EllefsenThe CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

Pulling a good network together takes effort, sincerity, and time.  – Alan Collins Over the past few months, I proposed that each Christian school leader must answer the following questions about their institution in order to navigate a way through the current turbulence in education policy: Why does your school exist? (Part I) What makes your school distinct? (Part II) How … Read More

Being Biblical in our View of Leadership

Paul NealThe CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

Anyone that is familiar with marketing messages of Christian schools can attest to the fact that leadership is high on the list of promised deliverables. In fact, developing leaders, probably more than any other objective, is nearly universally promised. While there are some good opportunities to talk about the challenges associated with what are, at times, wildly optimistic promises, I … Read More

Covenantal vs. Missional Enrollment, Part 2

Dan BeerensThe CACE Roundtable1 Comment

In my last blog post, Covenantal vs Missional Enrollment, Part 1, the rationale for a covenant-based enrollment approach was explored. In this post, reasons are explored for Christian day schools to consider using a missional approach to student enrollment. Follow-up questions at the end of the article may be helpful to promote meaningful discussion of this topic, as well as … Read More

Navigating the Ed Policy Storms: Measure Success

Erik EllefsenThe CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, then do your best. – W. Edward Deming A few months ago, I proposed that each Christian school and Christian school leader must answer the following questions about their institution in order to navigate a way through these turbulent times in education policy: Why does your school … Read More

Covenantal vs Missional Enrollment, Part 1

Dan BeerensThe CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

Who should be able to enroll in a Christian day school? Today there are differing viewpoints on this topic. In this blog post I hope to explore covenant-based enrollment and next month mission-based enrollment strategies in Christian day schools. In the history of North American Christian education, there has been a strong tradition of covenant-based enrollment of students. By definition … Read More

Who Are We Trying To Reach?

Paul NealSchool Leaders, The CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

I recently worked with a school that was in the process of uncovering key factors in school choice for their current school families.  At the same time, they were exploring key drivers that target families when making decisions about school.  My research, in addition to normative research from around the country, indicates that most Christian school parents use academic quality … Read More