Focus on Book Reviews: Cultivate

In Cultivate: Forming the Emerging Generation through Life-on-Life Mentoring, authors Jeff Myers, Paul Gutacker, and Paige Gutacker present a highly practical solution to working with a group they designate the Emerging Generation. This group is made up of young people ages 12 to 20-something. Since the emerging generation includes about one-half of the grades of a traditional K-12 school, this book becomes very important to those working with these young people.

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The authors of Cultivate use the process of growing plants to describe their vision for life-on-life mentoring. The book is divided into three parts. Each part addresses a different aspect of the mentoring process. The three parts are Gardening Tools, Growing Seasons, and Greenhouse Conditions.

Down But Not Out!

Day 2 of the Kingdom School Institute has come and gone, and I must admit it was a bit of a painful experience.  You see, I got knocked down, and it wasn’t because I tripped and fell, no, I got punched in the gut, the head, and even the heart.  It was a brutal, one-sided fight, and I deserved every. last. punch.

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© 2011 Eva Rinaldi. Creative Commons. See image citations for full reference (#38).

Why did this happen to me?  The answer is simple.

It is Easier to be Traditional Than Biblical

Day 1 of the Kingdom School Institute is in the books, and I feel like I’m trying to take a drink from a fire hydrant!  I am so overwhelmed but in a good way!  I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes from the day!

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© 2013 Brandon Shea. Creative Commons. See image citations for full reference (#37).

The first quote is actually the title of this post…

Kingdom School Institute

I’m excited to be able to attend the Kingdom School Institute, which is being hosted at Prestonwood Christian Academy.  Dr. Glen Schultz (author of Kingdom Education – a book that I HIGHLY recommend) is the founder of the conference, and he is one of the primary presenters, along with Dr. Larry Taylor, Headmaster at Prestonwood Christian.

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The institute begins today and runs through Friday!  The official hashtag for the conference is #ksi, and I’ll be using that hashtag to provide updates on the Focus Twitter feed.  If you’re interested in keeping up with action, be sure to follow @FocusOnEdu.   Also, I’m planning to provide quick updates on the conference here on the blog.  I look forward to sharing this conference with you!

7 Habits of Highly Responsible Students

Edward is the founder and managing editor of Focus on Christian Education. He also serves as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools.

Readin’, Ritin’, and Rithmetic has been used as a phrase to describe the goings on in a school.  Recently I was reading a pamphlet written several decades earlier that suggested that another “R” be added to the list: Responsibility!



Why?  Because responsible students usually grow up to become responsible adults.  Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines responsible as “able to be trusted to do what is right or to do the things that are expected or required.”

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?