Today’s podcast features Tyler Amidon, Director of Student Life and Middle School at Denver Christian School. Tyler talks with Lynn Swaner about the Flourishing Schools construct of Mentoring Students, where “staff point out talent in each student, help students see how they fit in God’s bigger plan, and are aware of students’ struggles at school or home.” Tyler shares foundational approaches for mentoring and how Christian school leaders, teachers, coaches, and staff can build life-on-life, eternally impactful relationships with students.
To go further in learning about this construct, check out these resources:
- Tyler Amidon’s website featuring a podcast, blog, and other resources.
To learn more about Flourishing Schools Research:
- Flourishing Together book by Lynn Swaner and Andy Wolfe (Eerdmans 2021)
- Video overview of the research.
- You can also find out about the related institute for leaders and instrument for schools here.
About the Guest
Dr. Tyler Amidon is the Director of Student Life and Middle School at Denver Christian School. He previously taught math at the middle school, as well as physical education at the elementary and college levels. What he loves most about teaching at Denver Christian School is the community of believers he is blessed to work with every day. He also appreciates the partnership with each and every family at Denver Christian, which allows staff to help students grow emotionally, spiritually and academically.
About the Host
Dr. Lynn E. Swaner is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ACSI, where she leads initiatives and develops strategies to address compelling questions and challenges facing Christian education. Dr. Swaner serves as a Cardus Senior Fellow and is the co-author or editor of multiple books on Christian education, including Flourishing Together: A Christian Vision for Students, Educators, and Schools and MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education. Prior to joining ACSI, she served as a professor of education and a Christian school administrator in New York.