When I hear the dreams of parents of a child with a disability, they often share a hope for belonging for their son or daughter. They have a desire for their child to belong to a community, marked by genuine friendships, after-school activities, valuable classroom learning, and ultimately, an encounter with God’s love. Truthfully, their dreams are not any different than any parent’s dreams for their child.
Culture and Community
What is Innovation? When you think of the word “innovation,” what images or ideas come to mind? This is not a rhetorical question! Invoking the word “innovation” in education is a bit like challenging someone to a Rorschach test.
How do Christian schools flourish? What elements of school culture contribute to flourishing, and do some elements matter more than others? Does flourishing look different across different schools—rather than a one-size-fits-all definition? Is there a roadmap to school flourishing that is backed by empirical research in Christian schools?
The benefits of diversity are endless. Secular studies show diversity helps learning and problem-solving in the classroom and workplace. Colleges are more and more vocal about their desire to enroll students who are culturally intelligent. Our country is becoming more diverse—to the point that schools need to better understand diversity as part of their overall marketing, admissions, and business plans. But most importantly, diversity helps schools learn more about our amazing God, as we teach our students to affect the world for Him. God made diversity, and He made it for our good.
What knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values will today’s students need to thrive and shape their world? How can instructional systems develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values effectively? These two questions are the focus of “The Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030,” a position paper by the international Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
We at ACSI are spotlighting how schools are responding in similar and different ways to the unfortunate phenomenon of school mass shootings in our country’s primary, secondary, and higher education settings. I believe Christian schools have a unique perspective to offer both as private schools and as a faith community.