Staff Reads: Our Experience with Summer Book Club

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*Please see this month’s editorial for more context on this article. Introduction: What We Did Becoming a “Lifelong Explorer” is one of our school’s “Portrait of a Graduate” goals for all students. As staff members and educators, we want to live into those same goals and values as we aim to mold students into the […]

Interview with Peter Baldwin

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Peter Baldwin is President of AMDG Architecture in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has worked for over 25 years. In the past 12 years the firm has worked on educational buildings for Christian educational institutions throughout the Midwest. Peter’s passion for his work stems from the belief that architecture has the power to build community […]

An Interview with Two TfT Storytellers

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The Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE), an outreach arm of the education department at Dordt College, had a wonderful opportunity in 2017 to partner with the Prairie Centre for Christian Education (PCCE) to further develop and distribute the teaching and learning framework known to many Christian educators as Teaching for Transformation (TfT). […]

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Interview with Noah Ward

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As I write this, spring break is only three days away (so my students tell me!). This means that we are also only three days away from April, the month of the CEJ book and resource review issue. I am excited to report that we have reviews of around fifty-five books, podcasts, blogs, publications, and […]

Teaching Young Offenders: A Spirituality of Practice

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Teaching Young Offenders

  Reflecting back on my own career in education, first as a secondary music teacher, then as principal of an elementary school, I recall my expressed desire to “make a difference in the world” as the reason for my vocation. Idealistic and naive words, coming from a hopeful young lover of music and art and […]

The Spiritual Lessons of Emerging Adulthood

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The Spiritual Lessons of Emerging Adulthood

The student’s words unsettled me. We had been discussing the topic of courage, the letting go of our fears so that we could become a source of blessing and wisdom. Then we read together a quote, “We are able to live with this degree of courage, reflected in focus and passion, only if we are […]

Teachers Matter: Communities of Inquiry for Professional Learning and Development

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Teachers Matter

    To ensure a higher standard of learning, schools must insist on the best possible quality of teaching and create an integrated, collaborative, continual-growth faculty culture where practice and research unite (Barber and Mourshed). The Critical Impact of Teachers in Schools Recent research confirms what most of us already know—that high-quality teaching improves student […]