Schools as Communities: Some Guidelines for School Leaders

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As school communities move towards becoming “communities of grace,” the question arises how this concept of community is to be reflected in the ways that leaders and boards deal with educators with regards to their contractual or covenantal obligations. Building community, also among educators, school leaders, and boards, is hard work. “It require tremendous struggle, […]

Open Enrollment in Christian Schools: Three Great Reasons

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Why have we opened the doors of enrollment at Kleinburg Christian Academy? Is it because we, like many other small Christian schools, are faced with declining enrollment and are grasping for survival at all costs? No, not at all; our doors are opened to the interested public (Christian or non-Christian) because of our understanding/interpretation of […]

The Tree of Life School

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Diversity is something that never seems to happen naturally. Because of our fallen nature, we tend to gravitate to people, places, and things that are like us. That way, we remain comfortable and in control. Everything makes sense in our limited minds. Diversity is something that is a work of the Holy Spirit. Diversity actually […]

Discipline to Discipleship: A New Path for School Discipline

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Discipline Defined The word “discipline” has suffered negative connotations over the last several years, especially in educational circles. When they hear the word, many immediately think of punishment, yet nothing could be farther from the truth. Webster’s Dictionary defines discipline as both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it is “training to act […]

Professional Learning Communities

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On June 3, 2012, Al Boerema introduced the issue for discussion: It is becoming clear that the development of professional learning communities (PLCs) is an essential element of school change and reform. Roland Barth’s article, “Relationships within the Schoolhouse” describes four kinds of relationships: parallel play, adversarial or competitive, congenial, and collegial (Educational Leadership, March […]

What Trips Up Our Leaders?

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What Trips Up Our Leaders?

  While preparing for a workshop last fall, I had the opportunity to talk to several leaders of both Christian and secular organizations; I asked them what causes leaders of schools to stumble. These executive directors and superintendents gave the following six areas that are consistently causing school leaders to stumble.   Board Relationships Challenges […]