November 2014 Update

Thank you to all of our CEA members for your participation and attendance at the 2014 CEA Convention!

2014 CEA Convention Details

  • We are thankful for all 1, 393 members of the Christian Educators Association!
  • Please give us your feedback on the 2014 CEA Convention.
  • If you have any questions about your SCECH, please contact Cindi Hoekstra at

Christian Educators Journal

As part of your CEA membership, you will be soon receiving the Christian Educators Journal (CEJ).  From the Christian Educators Journal (CEJ):

We are planning to add a new column called “Teacher Voices” to future issues of the Christian Educators Journal. This would be a place where teachers can comment on the issue theme, respond to previous issues raised in the CEJ, or begin new conversations. Teacher comments would be published anonymously although author’s names should be included when comments are submitted to the editor. Comments should be no longer than about 100 words in length and may be edited for length and style. 

The February 2015 issue will deal with “Mental Health Issues in Christian Schools”. It will include articles on dealing with traumatic events, the management of stress, identifying mental health issues in teachers and students and offering appropriate support to those dealing with mental health issues, etc.  Teacher comments could deal with any of these issues. For this issue of CEJ, comments are due to the editor by December 10, 2014.

2015 CEA Convention Details

  • Who would you like to have present a session at the 2015 CEA Convention? Please contact Brenda VanderPloeg ( with the presenter’s  name, contact information and subject matter.
  • We look forward to seeing you next year on October 22 and 23, 2015 at the Century Center in South Bend, IN!

MEEMIC Information

The Andy Steensma Insurance Agency is a Grand Rapids based agency proudly representing Meemic Insurance company and proud of our partnership with CEA.  Contact Andy Steensma at 616.455.6200 or  Michigan educators, if you are not currently insured with Meemic, give us a call and find out how you can earn $20 to be donated to CEA for use in Michigan Schools.  Simply request a no-obligation auto or home quote.  You may also visit our website and refer to CEA. This offer is available until November 30, 2014.

Disclaimer: No purchase necessary.  This offer is valid until 11/30/14 and only for Michigan residents that are employees of the educational community and members of CEA.  Limit one $20 donation per household.  This offer is not valid for current Meemic members.  You are required to speak with an Andy Steensma Insurance Agency representative to qualify for the $20 donation.  This offer is only available through the Andy Steensma Insurance Agency.

CSI Annual Update Report to CEA Delegates


It is a privilege for Christian Schools International to serve our member schools. For information about Christian Schools International member services and resources go to  For specific questions, contact Jeff Blamer, Vice President of Member Services at 



A new science teacher resource And It Was Good: Teaching Science from a Christian Worldview is currently in development, with plans to be completed in early 2015. This science resource contains both print and online components that connect the Teaching for Transformation Throughlines (developed by the Prairie Centre for Christian Education) and essential questions with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) storylines.



Christian Schools International believes that every member school should have a school improvement plan and be held accountable to mission and standards. To assist schools in making their plans, Christian Schools International offers Vision to Action generally used by schools new to the accreditation process and Measuring the Mission the benchmarking model connecting mission, learning, and faith integration.

Agreements for dual accreditation are in place between Christian Schools International and most U.S. regional accreditors including AdvancED (North Central Association).


SPIRITUAL FORMATION                 

Christian Schools International is partnering with ENGAGE Inc. to offer REVEAL for Christian high schools. The tool is intended to assess the climate of the school as a greenhouse for spiritual formation.



Between Members electronic newsletter is produced bi-weekly. It is emailed to all administrators, teachers, and staff whose emails have been provided by the school for our database.

Our Called-to-Lead blog is providing spiritual enrichment, worldview perspective, and leadership thoughts to more than 12,000 visitors in more than 100 countries.



Christian Schools International offers an Educational Leadership Development Institute that enables teachers to explore school leadership. Seventy percent of ELDI alumni are serving in school leadership. Holland Michigan will be an ELDI site in July 2015.

The expanded 2014-2015 webinar series is engaging school leaders and teachers in distance learning.

A full list of leadership development programs is available on the website.



The Christian Schools International pension plan remains a highly valued program and it is fully funded.  Five new schools joined the plan this fall.

The Christian Schools International insurance plan continues to serve schools. An important component of this service is assisting the school to insure that its practices comply with the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act.



Christian Schools International launched CSIonline Academy in the 2012-2013 school year. In 2014-2015, our CSIonline Academy has entered a new partnership agreement with SevenStar

Uncompromised worldview: the CSIonline Academy is diligently working to insure that enduring understandings and essential questions challenge students to think Christianly.


Christian Educator's Journal Report

Editor’s Report to the CEA

October, 2014

The Christian Educators Journal continues to enjoy strong support from readers, writers and advertisers. It is our hope that our readers have found the issues of the past year helpful in encouraging staff room conversations about the very important work of Christian education. Your comments and contributions are always welcome, as are your suggestions for issue themes and books to be reviewed.


The February 2015 issue of the Christian Educators Journal will focus on the issue of mental health issues in our schools. One of parts of this issue will be titled “Teacher Voices” and it will feature a series of brief comments and anecdotes from educators on how they have dealt with the stress of their work and how they have supported students and colleagues who may be facing mental health issues. Your contributions can be submitted anonymously if that is your wish. Please contact the editor at to submit your comments or for further information.


For the April 2015 issue you are invited to submit reviews of books and non print materials that you have useful in your work and that you believe would be useful to other readers.


The Board of the Christian Educators Journal is exploring ways of creating a more effective online presence for the journal.  A number of issues are being considered including ways of making the journal available to a wider audience, adding blogs and other interactive forums for our readers to our website, etc. We will keep you informed of developments as these occur.


One of the annual issues of the Christian Educators Journal is not organized around a particular theme and contains contributions which could not be included earlier either for reasons of space or because the contribution did not fit in with the issue theme.  We encourage you to contribute your responses to anything you may have read in the journal or anything that you have been working on and that you believe would be helpful to the journal readers to this issue.


 Each issue of the Christian Educators Journal also includes information describing the themes for future issues and you are encouraged to consider submitting proposals and articles for those themes. 


We appreciate the support of our readers and we welcome your feedback at any time on ways that the Christian Educators Journal can be more effective in supporting the work of Christian educators everywhere.


Respectfully submitted                                                                                        

Gary VanArragon

Editor, The Christian Educators Journal

Fall 2014 Update

Fall 2014 Update

The Convention Planning Committee is finalizing plans for the 2014 CEA Convention which will be held October 23 and 24 at Holland Christian High School and Central Wesleyan Church. We hope this convention will provide professional stimulation and challenge for each one of you!

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May 2014 Update

 THANK YOU to everyone who has signed up to serve as a CEA Convention Session Chairperson. We need to have all the sessions covered with a chairperson by the end of May! We need you! A chairpersons’ job includes picking up the session envelope from convention headquarters the day of the session, introducing the speaker, giving the speaker his/her check, and passing out/collecting session surveys from the attendees. 

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