ACSI: Moving Forward with Lynn Swaner
Learning from the Future

Learning from the Future

December 19, 2019

This month’s podcast features Dan Beerens and Erik Ellefsen, who are co-editors of the new book MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education, along with podcast host Lynn Swaner. The editors discuss their two-year journey with over 60 leading educators through a Christian education “mindshift,” which is a transformational process of dialogue and exploration pioneered by futurist Rex Miller. With nearly 11,000 copies of the book picked up by educators since its release in early fall 2019, schools and leaders are eager to not just face the challenges of today’s marketplace and educational environment—but also seize new opportunities to provide a deeper and more authentic Christian education, share stories of love and hope with our neighbors, and catalyze the growth of the church and the Kingdom.

Learning from the Future

Learning from the Future

September 26, 2019

This month’s podcast features Tom Rudmik, who is the CEO and Founder of Master’s Academy and College, an award-winning R&D Christian school located in Calgary, Canada. I interview Tom about Master’s Future Ready Model of Education and the innovative methods that Master’s uses to prepare students to “learn from the future.” Tom also shares insights for Christian school leaders as they work to inspire their staff and teachers toward transformation.

 

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Teacher Well Being

Teacher Well Being

August 20, 2019

This month’s podcast features Rex Miller, author of upcoming book, WHOLE: What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive, which examines ways to create a healthy workplace in our schools. I talk with Rex about the negative impact of stress on teachers—including at Christian schools—and how it also has implications for students, school cultures, and our communities.

Creating Diversity in Christian Schools

Creating Diversity in Christian Schools

July 10, 2019

This month’s podcast features Joel Gaines, High School Principal at The City School of Philadelphia, and Jenny Brady, Director of Diversity at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. I talk with Joel and Jenny about their national work spearheading efforts to create diverse and inclusive communities in Christian schools, as well as the philosophy, programs, and practices they use in their own school settings.

Pursuing Shalom: Christian Education in the City

Pursuing Shalom: Christian Education in the City

April 26, 2019

This month’s podcast features Jake Becker, Head of School at The City School in Philadelphia. I talk with Jake about the what makes The City School unique, including the school’s history of multiple successful mergers, their emphasis on socioeconomic diversity, and their schoolwide focus on shalom as a unifying concept for an open admissions school. Jake also shares insights on navigating the challenges facing today’s Christian schools with courage and a willingness to take risks, as well as what lies ahead for the next generation of Christian school leaders.

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Becoming More Intentional about Serving and Learning

Becoming More Intentional about Serving and Learning

January 2, 2019

This month’s podcast features guest host Dan Beerens, CACE Fellow, as he interviews Lynn Swaner and Roger Erdvig about their new book, Bring it to Life: Christian Education and the Power of Service-Learning. Ultimately, service-learning can help students to grow in their identity in Christ, and in their ability to be His agents of restoration in a broken world. They can learn about how they are uniquely created for good works (Ephesians 2:10) and can gain practical experience in walking in those works, with Christian school teachers as helpful mentors and guides.

Developing “Schools within a School” in Christian Education

Developing “Schools within a School” in Christian Education

November 1, 2018

This month’s podcast features Tim Greener, Superintendent of Christian Academy of Louisville School System, as he discusses the concept of creating “schools within a school” as a way to meet students’ unique interests and learning needs—and to grow your enrollment and better engage your community in the process.

Creating Inclusive Communities in Christian Schools

Creating Inclusive Communities in Christian Schools

October 5, 2018

How to create inclusive communities in Christian schools, which are welcoming of learners from all backgrounds and abilities.

Addressing Mental Health Needs and Challenges in Christian Schools

Addressing Mental Health Needs and Challenges in Christian Schools

September 5, 2018

Christian school students present with a number of mental health needs and challenges.  School leaders can benefit from  learning about best practices for addressing those needs and challenges in the Christian school setting.   

Making Schooling Choices in a Competitive Schooling Market

Making Schooling Choices in a Competitive Schooling Market

August 9, 2018

The joint Barna-ACSI research report entitled “Multiple Choice: How Parents Sort Education Options in a Changing Market” which came out in 2017, addresses the educational needs of today’s families, how they make schooling choices in a competitive schooling market, and the implications for Christian schools.