Take One, Leave One: CACE as a Marketplace of Ideas

Tim Van SoelenInnovation, The CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment


Photo Courtesy: Emilio Quintana (cc)

As we navigate the best ways that CACE can help meet the needs of Christian schools, we have heard this phrase, “marketplace of ideas,” from a number of educators. This phrase has definitely stuck and helped us focus on some specific ways our web presence might facilitate this need of Christian schools. Thus, to learn from the merchant and marketing lingo of BOGO (buy one get one), we present TOLO (take one, leave one) as one of these specific ways of making great ideas available in the marketplace. We will post and share some of the best ideas we run across but we also know that every school administrator has at least one great idea to share. Here is our first great idea for your consideration:

During a recent workshop led by Charter Oak Research and the Christian Coalition for Educational Innovation, Mr. Karl Martinez, Head of School for Whittier Christian High School, shared his school’s My Semester Prayer Card as part of the opening devotions. Karl gave each of us the 4 x 8.5 inch cardstock piece, testifying that he sees these everywhere he goes as he walks through campus – as bookmarks in student textbooks, lying on the desks of faculty members, and surfacing in many other miscellaneous places. You will notice this document takes Whittier’s constituency through the semester, praying specifically for the core values of this school. What a powerful way to share and uphold the mission of the school through the power of prayer.

Karl gave his permission to share this document via the CACE website. Feel free to Take One (download here)…and if you feel so moved, please Leave One (in the comments below) for future sharing! Or send your great idea for school leaders to tim.vansoelen@cace.org. Contribute to the marketplace!



  • Tim Van Soelen

    Dr. Tim Van Soelen serves as the Director of CACE. Tim is also a professor of education at Dordt University. He has served as a principal, assistant principal, and middle school math and computer teacher at schools in South Dakota and California. Tim has his undergraduate degree from Dordt and advanced degrees from Azusa Pacific University and the University of South Dakota.

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