Innovation

The Power and Limitations of Executive Function In Schools

I noted in the first post on this topic—the presence and impact of professionalism in private schools—that two upheavals have altered the ways in which professional standards are defined in faith-based schools. The first is the erosion of the social standing of spiritually oriented vocations, including private school teachers. Not only is this trend driven by secularization, …

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Innovation and Missional Faithfulness: GCSLS 2019

GCSLS 2019 was a historic summit, sponsored by eight Christian school associations, that worked to bring nearly 1,100 attendees from 25 countries, and over 75 presenters together—for two and half days of dialogue, collaboration, networking, and encouragement. According to the pre-event survey, attendees made the decision to come to GCSLS for networking and relationships, discovering …

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CACE Innovation Lab Webinar: “ESEA and Private Schools”

Private school students and teachers are eligible to participate in certain federal education programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was recently reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  This presentation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Non-Public Education will provide information about ESEA programs that can provide support …

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Suggestions to Unleash Innovation

This past year, I’ve had the opportunity to start the Digical Education* podcast where I’ve recorded conversations with twenty-eight educators, innovators, or leaders. This opportunity has allowed me to ask questions about policy and practice in education that will allow us to be more successful in our work. Through these conversations, I’ve developed the following …

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Now or Never: The Research Basis for Innovation in Christian Schools

In Schools at Risk: An Analysis of Factors Endangering the Evangelical Christian School Movement in America (Nichols 2016), I investigated the nature, causes, and contributing factors to Christian school closures in the U.S. since 2006. A goal of the study was to identify implications for practice that these factors held for the future, as well …

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Innovation and Transformation: A Conversation with Bill Latham of Meteor Education

“MeTEOR stands for Methods, Tools, and Environments plus Relationships. It’s a true representation of our mission and vision to transform the learning experience.” – Bill Latham Introduction: Those who are familiar with my blogs and podcasts know that I am interested in the innovations that are happening throughout education, and I’ve had the opportunity to …

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Lessons from the Playground: School Climate and Structures

As defined by the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASDC) School climate refers to the school’s effects on students, including teaching practices; diversity; and the relationships among administrators, teachers, parents, and students. My personal definition of school climate is the temperature of the school, “controlled” (think thermostat) by the structures that are in place, the …

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Cost of Leadership: Brief Inquiry into Head of School Compensation

Conclusion as the Introduction: Traditionally, an essay concludes with findings and ruminations, but for this blog I’m using a different approach as I’d like to frontload my comments before you dig into the information below. When I started this blog, my assumptions of leadership, which I’ve written about in many blogs are: School success is …

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Entrepreneurial Approach to Educational Needs: A Conversation with Andrew Neumann

Introduction: About a year ago I was introduced to Andrew Neumann and Open Sky Education at a Summit for urban schools. If you’ve read my blog over the years you’ll know my skepticism for Charter Schools, but I’d never come across an education provider that was a hybrid Charter School Management Organization as well as …

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