ACSI: Moving Forward with Lynn Swaner

ACSI: Moving Forward with Lynn Swaner

Conversation with Lynn Swaner EdD and other leaders in Christian Education

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August 1, 2022 16 min

Today’s podcast features Ginger Hill, Founder of Good Health for Good Works. Ginger talks with Lynn Swaner about the Flourishing Schools construct of Stress, where “constant feelings of stress and being overwhelmed accompany a lack of time to prepare for instruction (Teachers) or to focus on physical health (Leaders).” Ginger shares practical strategy for staff and schoolwide well-being during this time of increased stress and burn...

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Today’s podcast features Darren Iselin, Director of Research and Innovation with Christian Schools Australia (CSA). Darren talks with Lynn Swaner about the Flourishing Schools construct of Qualified Staff, where “new teacher hires are credentialed (educationally and licensed/certified) and have classroom experience,” and which emerged as a strength for CSA schools through the Australia pilot of the Flourishing School Culture Instru...

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Today’s podcast features Dave Hill, Founder of HeartSmart. Dave talks with Lynn Swaner about the Flourishing Schools construct of Resilience, where “students handle stress effectively and respond well to/bounce back from difficult situations.” Dave shares insights about developing resilience, character development, and social emotional learning (SEL) in schools.

To go further in learning about this construct, check out these resour...

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Today’s podcast features Heather Lee, Assistant Superintendent at Fredericksburg Christian School in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Heather talks with Lynn Swaner about the Flourishing Schools construct of Culture of Improvement, where “guided by school leadership and focused on the future, the school is continually improving/makes necessary changes to improve.”

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Today’s podcast features Joel Gaines, Head of School at The City School in Philadelphia. Joel talks with Lynn Swaner about the Flourishing Schools construct of Community Engagement, where “the school engages with the surrounding community and local churches, and regularly taps into community resources, including networking and resource- sharing with other schools.” Joel shares insights on how schools can be a light and a bringer of...

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This month’s podcast features Becki Rust, ACSI Thought Leadership Project Coordinator, who interviews Dr. Maria Varlet, Head of Research and Innovation at Crest Education in Melbourne, Australia, about the importance of women's leadership in Christian education. They discuss ways to develop women’s leadership through mentoring, building a leadership network, and taking a strengths-based approach, as well as Maria's recent b...

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This month’s podcast features Betsy Winkle, Director of Evaluation Services at All Belong. Guest host Dr. Charlotte Marshall Powell speaks with Betsy about ways that trauma-informed perspectives can help both students and teachers adjust back to school life during COVID-19. This podcast provides a helpful follow up to Betsy’s earlier blog post on the same topic of trauma-informed instruction for students and support for educators.

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This podcast features Phil Puleo, Superintendent of the Christian School Association of Greater Harrisburg (CSAGH), an organization that oversees both Harrisburg Christian School (HCS) and West Shore Christian Academy (WSCA) in the Pennsylvania capital.  I talk with Phil about the process of bringing these two schools together, the promise that mergers and acquisitions have for Christian school sustainability, and lessons he’s lear...

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December 19, 2019 26 min

This month’s podcast features Dan Beerens and Erik Ellefsen, who are co-editors of the new book MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education, along with podcast host Lynn Swaner. The editors discuss their two-year journey with over 60 leading educators through a Christian education “mindshift,” which is a transformational process of dialogue and exploration pioneered by futurist Rex Miller. With nearly 11,000 copies of the b...

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September 26, 2019 27 min

This month’s podcast features Tom Rudmik, who is the CEO and Founder of Master’s Academy and College, an award-winning R&D Christian school located in Calgary, Canada. I interview Tom about Master’s Future Ready Model of Education and the innovative methods that Master’s uses to prepare students to “learn from the future.” Tom also shares insights for Christian school leaders as they work to inspire their staff and teachers tow...

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August 20, 2019 18 min

This month’s podcast features Rex Miller, author of upcoming book, WHOLE: What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive, which examines ways to create a healthy workplace in our schools. I talk with Rex about the negative impact of stress on teachers—including at Christian schools—and how it also has implications for students, school cultures, and our communities.

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This month’s podcast features Joel Gaines, High School Principal at The City School of Philadelphia, and Jenny Brady, Director of Diversity at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. I talk with Joel and Jenny about their national work spearheading efforts to create diverse and inclusive communities in Christian schools, as well as the philosophy, programs, and practices they use in their own school settings.

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This month’s podcast features Jake Becker, Head of School at The City School in Philadelphia. I talk with Jake about the what makes The City School unique, including the school’s history of multiple successful mergers, their emphasis on socioeconomic diversity, and their schoolwide focus on shalom as a unifying concept for an open admissions school. Jake also shares insights on navigating the challenges facing today’s Christian sch...

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This month’s podcast features guest host Dan Beerens, CACE Fellow, as he interviews Lynn Swaner and Roger Erdvig about their new book, Bring it to Life: Christian Education and the Power of Service-Learning. Ultimately, service-learning can help students to grow in their identity in Christ, and in their ability to be His agents of restoration in a broken world. They can learn about how they are uniquely created for good works (Ephe...

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This month’s podcast features Tim Greener, Superintendent of Christian Academy of Louisville School System, as he discusses the concept of creating “schools within a school” as a way to meet students’ unique interests and learning needs—and to grow your enrollment and better engage your community in the process.

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How to create inclusive communities in Christian schools, which are welcoming of learners from all backgrounds and abilities.

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Christian school students present with a number of mental health needs and challenges.  School leaders can benefit from  learning about best practices for addressing those needs and challenges in the Christian school setting.   

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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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The “flexible office” concept is an innovative approach to designing spaces for the school leadership team. However, this approach isn’t really about the space—but more about creating a collaborative culture, building relationships, and modeling a Christ-centered community for teachers, students, and families.

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