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Conversation with Lynn Swaner EdD and other leaders in Christian Education

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Conversation with Lynn Swaner EdD and other leaders in Christian Education

    Moving Forward Flourishing Series: Stress

    Moving Forward Flourishing Series: Stress

    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 burnout in education. 

    To go further in learning about this construct, check out these resources:

    Blog post From Fatigue to Flourishing by Ginger
    Ginger’s resource for school leaders who want to design an employee wellness strategy to support teacher well-being in their school
    Ginger’s resource for individual teachers and staff who want to create an attainable and sustainable personal well-being plan

    To learn more about Flourishing Schools Research, check out the Flourishing Together book by Lynn Swaner and Andy Wolfe (Eerdmans 2021) and this video overview of the research. You can also find out about the related institute for leaders and instrument for schools here. 

    • 16 min
    Moving Forward Flourishing Series: Qualified Staff

    Moving Forward Flourishing Series: Qualified Staff

    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 Instrument (FSCI). Darren unpacks a number of reasons for this, including partnerships with higher education institutions and in-school training opportunities for pre-service teachers, and concludes with encouragement for Christian schools to invest in the professional qualifications of teachers.

    To learn more about Flourishing Schools Research, check out the Flourishing Together book by Lynn Swaner and Andy Wolfe (Eerdmans 2021) and this video overview of the research. You can also find out about the related institute for leaders and instruments for schools here. 

    • 23 min
    Moving Forward Flourishing Series: Resilience

    Moving Forward Flourishing Series: Resilience

    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 resources:

    Blog post Character or Compliance: You Choose by Dave Hill
    HeartSmartTV, with SEL and related resources for schools

     

    To learn more about Flourishing Schools Research, check out the Flourishing Together book by Lynn Swaner and Andy Wolfe (Eerdmans 2021) and this video overview of the research. You can also find out about the related institute for leaders and instrument for schools here. 

    • 13 min
    Moving Forward Flourishing Series: Culture of Improvement

    Moving Forward Flourishing Series: Culture of Improvement

    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.”

    • 22 min
    Moving Forward Flourishing Series: Community Engagement with Joel Gaines

    Moving Forward Flourishing Series: Community Engagement with Joel Gaines

    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 shalom to their communities and neighborhoods.

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    Additional Resources

    To go further in learning about this construct, check out these resources:

    The books Flourishing Together: A Christian Vision for Students, Educators, and Schools and MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education both feature The City School and the team’s work there as a case study.
    Blog post Marked Urgent: Unity within Diversity in our Christian Schools by Joel Gaines

     

    To learn more about Flourishing Schools Research, check out the Flourishing Together book by Lynn Swaner and Andy Wolfe (Eerdmans 2021) and this video overview of the research. You can also find out about the related institute for leaders and instrument for schools here. 

    • 18 min
    How to Support Women’s Leadership in Christian Schools

    How to Support Women’s Leadership in Christian Schools

    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 blog post for the new Women Leaders for Christian Education blog.

    • 24 min

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