What Kind of a School?

Dan BeerensThe CACE Roundtable6 Comments

During the eight years I taught EDUC 501 as an adjunct at Dordt University, my graduate classes increasingly became a mix of Christian and public school teachers. In order to put all of my students on a common ground of biblical understanding, I used Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony, a wonderful “creed” published by the Christian Reformed … Read More

Rising Leaders’ Guide to Change and Innovation: Earning the Right to Be Heard

Rising Leaders’ Guide to Change and Innovation, The CACE Roundtable3 Comments

Earning the Right to Be Heard

When it comes to ministering to faculty, staff, students, and parents, we can’t give what we don’t have. We cannot expect to encourage others, stay patient, answer calmly, and use wisdom appropriately without consistently spending time in God’s Word, being connected at a Bible-believing church, and praying regularly over the school, faculty, and students.

Words and Walls

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Diverse kids in a Christian Kindergarten classroom

Do we want diverse and inclusive schools? Absolutely. All of us who teach, lead, or chose faith-based schools for our children have good work to do in this space. Getting there is going to be a long process. It is challenging to do difficult work in a society obsessed with the immediate. Let us not grow weary.

Diversity in the Christian School: Motivation and Action

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Diverse students take a test in a Christian school classroom

Burdened by headlines of racial unrest, Christian schools across the country are seeking answers and want to know more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) They desire to create a place for learning and growth in this arena for students, faculty, and parents. Others pressured by their communities to grapple with their school’s past want to learn how to work … Read More

Diversity in the Christian School: What G.R.A.C.E. Meant to a Student of Color

Myia SimsDiversity in the Christian School, The CACE Roundtable4 Comments

Black student in a white Christian school

Myia Sims shares what it is like to attend a white Christian school as a black student and what she learned through a diversity club called G.R.A.C.E Council: “Through this program I came to recognize Jesus’ cry for holistic justice and how as a follower of Christ I was called to advocate for the oppressed. These lessons gave me a renewed faith in the totality of the Scriptures.”

Diversity in the Christian School: Learning While Leading

Nathan WagnerDiversity in the Christian School, The CACE Roundtable1 Comment

Christian School Leadership

Diversity in demographics isn’t enough if all the students in the school don’t have the same opportunities. Do we possess the superficial markers of diversity without actually embracing and honoring that diversity? Have we built authentic community with all our students and families? Do all the people in the building have the same opportunities to share their voice, perspective, and experiences?

Diversity in the Christian School: Retention Is About the Environment You Create

Kenneth M. Chapman, Jr.Diversity in the Christian School, The CACE Roundtable3 Comments

Christian School Environment

The old adage “if you build it, they will come” is often used to justify the creation of new and exciting diversity programs. However, in an environment where Christian families of color often have options when it comes to private education, the question to ask is not only “will they come?” but “will they stay?”.