CACE launches Teaching for Transformation

CACE launches Teaching for Transformation

The Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE) is excited to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the Prairie Centre for Christian Education (PCCE) to become the exclusive United States distributor of Teaching for Transformation (TfT), a curricular framework developed by educators from PCCE.

Doug Monsma, educator and former director of learning at PCCE describes TfT as “a biblical framework for the development of authentic and integral Christian learning experiences that are grounded in a transformational worldview with a focus on seeing and living God’s story.”

Used by more than 70 schools across Canada, the United States, Africa, and Central America, TFT identifies and develops a storyline, which is one of three core practices that schools adopt as with TfT.

The second core practice is to identify, what they call, throughlines. Throughlines weave through the Bible and through the curriculum.

The third core practice is called FLEx activity, a formative learning experience in which students have the opportunity to do real work that addresses real need for real people. Monsma calls this “meaningful work that creates a sense of purpose in their lives and draws them more powerfully to God’s story.”

CACE, an outreach arm of the Dordt College Education Department and the Sid and Carol Verdoorn Foundation, has worked with PCCE on two TfT implementation projects at Sioux Center Christian School and Unity Christian High School (Orange City). Unity Christian Head of School, Wayne Dykstra, identifies TfT as “the most powerful professional development for faculty” that he has seen in his 26 years in Christian education.

“TfT builds on the foundational work of Christian educators such as Dr. John Van Dyk, Harro Van Brummelen, Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff, Robert Koole and many others who have shaped the journey of Christian Education,” says CACE Director and Dordt Teacher Preparation Program Professor Dr. Tim Van Soelen. “TfT continues this journey, integrating research-based best practices from organizations such as Expeditionary Learning, and learning theorists such as Danielson, Marzano, Wiggins, and McTighe to provide a biblical framework and classroom practices for teachers and schools who desire to continually improve the craft of Christian teaching.”

For additional information about Teaching for Transformation or the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education, please contact Dr. Van Soelen at Tim.VanSoelen@cace.org or (712) 722-3620.