School Leadership

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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The Educators Leadership Development Institute (ELDI): Cultivating the next Generation of Leaders

THE EDUCATORS LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (ELDI): CULTIVATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS Christian Schools International provides an excellent opportunity for educators in Christian schools to consider God’s call to school leadership. During the ELDI program, participants learn from a team of leaders and explore their capacity and abilities. Apply today to become a graduate of …

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“Professionalism” In Faith-Based Schools: A Brief Primer

When I ask small groups of teachers in faith-based schools why they teach “here and not elsewhere,” invariably someone says, “Because God called me here.” Often, more than one person in the same interview will claim divine direction as their fundamental motivation. Erik Ellefsen, a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Christian …

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Marketing for Strategic Growth – Thoughts from GCSLS

On January 30 to February 1, I attended the Global Christian School Leadership Summit in San Antonio, Texas. CACE was one of the sponsors of the event that drew over 1100 attendees from all over the world. If you were not able to attend the summit you can gain access to some of the content …

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CACE Innovation Lab Webinar: CACE Study: Lessons from Score Group 1

This webinar will share the lessons about school leadership and organizational change from the two year relationship that was developed between CACE and three Christian schools who took part in the CACE Score Group program. CACE’s Executive Director, Tim Van Soelen, will lead a conversation with Mitch Menning (Intermountain Christian School), Michael Chen (Valley Christian …

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The Redemption and Promise of Service-Learning

You may think that Christian schools—whose missions can often be boiled down to “Serve God, Serve Others”—may be leading the way in implementing service-learning. However, in their new book, Bring It to Life: Christian Education and the Transformative Power of Service-Learning, authors Lynn Swaner and Roger Erdvig say that often the power of service-learning is …

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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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Your Board’s a Bad Board, and It’s Probably Your Fault: Conversation with Chuck Evans

  Introduction and Podcast with Chuck Evans: I had the opportunity to have another conversation with Chuck Evans of Better Schools about his work with school boards, heads of schools, and his recent stint as an interim head of school. I’ve written many times about the lack of stability in leadership and the consternation that …

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