One of today’s leading thinkers about Christian education is Dr. James K. A. Smith who believes that “The primary goal of Christian education is the formation of a peculiar people, a people who desire the kingdom of God and thus undertake their life’s expression of that desire.
In a nutshell, that describes the foundation of Teaching for Transformation (TfT). What makes TfT different than traditional Christian education are three core practices:
First, every Christian classroom must have a powerful and compelling vision of the Kingdom that creates a longing and a desire within every student to play their part in God’s unfolding story of creation-fall-redemption and restoration.
Second, every classroom must have an articulate and inspiring student profile that invites every student to imagine how to play their part in God’s story.
And third, every Christian classroom must provide authenticity, that is, real work with real problems and real people; authentic opportunities for students to practice living the Kingdom story. This practice becomes a habit, shaping who we are.
We are all in with TfT. This year, ten of our faculty are receiving extensive training in the TfT model. They will be the mentors for the rest of the faculty as we integrate the TfT practices in all of our classrooms. Additionally, every teacher this year is receiving ten hours of training from Amanda Albright, our Faith Integration Coach.
Teaching for Transformation is the most powerful approach I have seen in helping us fulfill that part of our mission that speaks to our students transforming their world. You will be hearing more about this in the months to come. But in the meantime, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to talk with your student’s teacher, principal, Amanda, or me.