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Teaching and Learning

The Council on Educational Standards and Accountability believes the quality of classroom teaching is directly linked to the quality of learning in schools.  Phillip Schlechty stated, “one does not achieve by knowing what one knows to do; one achieves by risking failure.” In order to provide the highest quality classroom instruction, and therefore most effective opportunities for student learning, CESA believes teachers must be experts at understanding the students in their classrooms and setting high standards for each student, designing instructional strategies to meet the needs of their students, designing assessment tools to provide quality feedback to their students, and building meaningful relationships with their students. Especially important to maintaining the mission of faith-based schools, teachers must be focused on educating the spirit and the mind. In the words of Steve Vryhof, teachers should “care about the kind of people students become as well as the facts, skills, and knowledge they acquire.”  To that end, CESA supports teachers that create:

  • A classroom culture of high expectations and mutual respect
  • Daily lesson plans that reflects curriculum
  • A culture of student inquiry and critical thinking
  • Assessment opportunities that promote development of understanding rather than of knowledge
  • Instruction that meets the demands of the information age 
  • An integration of biblical knowledge and principles and develops coherence between Christian faith and modern culture