5 Ways to Keep Parents Off Your Back and On Your Side!

Do you ever feel like parents are your enemy and not your ally? Do they second guess everything you do and often talk behind your back to other parents?

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There are 5 sure ways to get parents on your side and off your back, but all 5 need to be implemented.

Total School Makeover

Is transforming the Christian school possible?  Is it inevitable?

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As we begin 2014, many are asking about the possibilities for Christian education in the coming year(s).  Has it reached its pinnacle?  Will it survive a free fall?  Can it make a comeback in our present economic environment?  Will it improve enough to capture the attention of value-driven seekers?

3 Keys to Unlocking Re-enrollment Success

Do you find yourself chasing down your current families all spring and even into June, July, and August begging and pleading with them to re-enroll?  Are you frustrated with the lack of response that you have gotten from your families from your current re-enrollment process?

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As an administrator, I’ve been there, and I can say, I never want to go back!  It’s no secret that a strong re-enrollment is vital for your school’s success.

The Curse of Good

“Good is the enemy of great!”

This is the first line of Collins 2001 work Good to Great.”  Collins showed that there is a great chasm between good companies and great companies.  But the gap is about a mindset and not resources.  The companies that have the most resources, those with the most talented personnel, those with the most going for it, were not the ones that achieved greatness.

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Many good companies were derailed by their satisfaction with good.  What about your labor in Christian education–are you striving for excellence or have you become satisfied with good?  Has good become the obstacle that is keeping you from great?

NOW You Tell Me: What I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me During My First Year Teaching!

A first year teacher recently shared with me how eager he was to begin his second semester because he had learned so much about what not to do during his first semester.  He was, as first-year teachers often are, overwhelmed and eager to make some changes with the start of a new semester.

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I can remember feeling similarly my first year.  The list of things that I would do differently stretches down the hall, but here’s my top eight:

Educational Insanity

Insanity has been defined as “continuing to function in the status quo while expecting a different result” – an apropos explanation of statist education’s current attempt to reform the American educational system.  Common Core cannot and will not revive our nation’s failing educational system.

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History tells us that Common Core is the latest in a string of proposed “fixes” perpetrated on the American public about every decade.

FOCUS on Book Reviews: Back to the Blackboard

Jay Adams, writing in the early 1980’s takes a look at the Christian school movement at that time and concludes:  “the Christian school has not demonstrably proved itself to be superior to the public school”  (Page 9).

Jay Adams, 1982.  Back to the Blackboard.  Timeless Texts: Woodruff, South Carolina.

Jay Adams, 1982. Back to the Blackboard. Timeless Texts: Woodruff, South Carolina.

Get your copy!  Back to the Blackboard: Design for a Biblical Christian School

The reason:  the Christian school movement has never been able to capture a vision for the ministry, a vision that conforms to what scripture has to say about the schooling of children.

What Do You Teach?

The question draws answers ranging from second grade to high school math, from preschool to junior high (poor soul).  Teachers are quick to declare the subjects that they teach.

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But the better answer to the question will be the same for all teachers—What Do You Teach?  Answer:  Students

Perhaps better phrased as “Who Do You Teach?” but the answer is still the same—Students.

I remember walking down the hall one day as a young principal—it was the dreaded “Picture Day” at our school.  You know the scheduling havoc caused by school pictures.  Students are called by grade level to a central location to be photographed for the yearbook and picture sales.

The process had been going great in the younger grades—all third graders left the classroom together and returned together.  Smooth!  I had seen it working well for some time now, but an eerie feeling came over me in the hallway that morning.  I passed what I thought to be an empty room but as I passed I heard what I thought to be the voice of the teacher.

I stopped.  And sure enough, as I listened, I heard the voice of the teacher as he presented the next explanation of the Algebra II problem for that day.