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

Effective Christian Leadership: God Has A Plan

The Center for the Advancement of Christian EducationDevotional4 Comments

The work of leadership is hard, and it is not for the faint-hearted.  There are decisions to be made, problems to be addressed, challenges to be solved, tensions to be managed, conflicts to be resolved, tasks to be managed, and numerous other responsibilities that ultimately have an impact on many people.  And add to that the work of leading and … Read More

The Disintegration of Faith and Learning, Part 1

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In 1996, I was a young pastor tasked with the mission of adult ministry and discipleship at a medium sized church in the western suburbs of Chicago. As a graduate of a premier bible school and a product of growing up in the church since my infancy, it was shocking to me to recognize the truth that I was ill … 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

Leadership and Innovation, Part 4

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Innovation involves bold action and courage. As Christian school leaders, we must be prepared to act boldly and courageously to lead our organizations and the larger Christian school movement to a preferred future. In part one, we discussed how leaders communicate the vision for the future, establishing that leaders need to humbly communicate the vision and that leaders must recognize … Read More

Leading Innovation: Developing an Innovative Culture, Part 3

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“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Anne Ritchie This common proverb outlines the greatest issue facing innovative leaders today: the difference between implementing an innovative idea and developing an innovative culture. The former is akin to giving a man a fish, … Read More

The Future of Christian Schooling

The Center for the Advancement of Christian EducationCACE News3 Comments

When I think about the future of Christian schools, I am conflicted. I look at the American political and theological landscape and wonder where we will be ten years from now. Over the past decade we have seen more than 25% of all Christian schools in the United States close their doors and shutter their windows, never to open again. … Read More

Leading Innovation: The Process, Part 2

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As we have seen, having and communicating an innovative vision are essential. The next step to leading innovation is implementing the vision. This stage is often the most challenging because it immediately and clearly affects the status quo. In general, my innovation experience has boiled down to the following five stages: research, pilot, execute, evaluate, and back to the beginning. … Read More