Words and Walls

Tim Van SoelenDiversity in the Christian School, The CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

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

Jenny BradyDiversity in the Christian School, The CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

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?”.

Diversity in the Christian School: Are All Your Students Feeling Seen?

Cindy DeLeonDiversity in the Christian School, The CACE Roundtable7 Comments

One wonders how often a student who sits in our classroom feels like the Samaritan woman—sitting on the outskirts, walking our halls unobserved, or saying nothing in class. Maybe one reason these students fly under the radar is because they don’t see people like them in the curriculum. The authors read, the stories covered, the individuals featured in our current texts are all important, but how often do they reflect the culture of our students or the diversity God created in students of our respective countries?