This month’s podcast discusses 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.

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Additional Resources:

  • Download the Barna-ACSI report here.
  • Read Jay Ferguson’s posts at the ACSI blog: Millennial Parents: Pitfalls or Promises?, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Consider participating in Phase 2 of the Barna-ACSI School Choice study, which enables individual schools to gain insights on their perceptions of their own school families.


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About the Host  

Dr. Lynn Swaner is the Director of Thought Leadership at ACSI, where she leads initiatives to address compelling questions and challenges facing Christian education. Prior to joining ACSI she served as a Christian school administrator and a graduate professor of education. A published scholar and conference speaker, she is the lead editor of the book PIVOT: New Directions for Christian Education, co-author of Bring It to Life: Christian Education and the Transformative Power of Service-Learning (forthcoming 2018), and editor of the ACSI blog. She received her EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. She can be reached via email at


About the Guest

Jay Ferguson

Dr. Jay Ferguson, JD, PhD, is the headmaster of Grace Community School, in Tyler, Texas. Jay practiced law for 10 years and, in 2002, joined Grace as development director before assuming the headmaster role in 2003. He’s written extensively on Christian education and training children, including his weekly blog, The Head and the Heart.

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