It is a delight to observe our TfT schools who are in the Deepening years.
It is a delight to observe our TfT schools who are in the Deepening years.

TfT Bulletin #2   |   September 28, 2022

It is a delight to observe our TfT schools who are in the deepening years (beyond the initial 3 years of TfT implementation).  In varying ways, these schools personalize, own, and deepen the essential practices of Teaching for Transformation.
I am struck by the embodiment of place-based learning among the creative approaches used in TfT Network schools. The following slide from Southwest Christian’s recent PD session illustrates this place-based application of FLEx:

It is a wonderful visual that speaks to the potential of FLEx in the context of Southwest Christian. I think this visual invites all of us to imagine the how FLEx can contribute to flourishing of the communities that surround our schools.

FLEx Fair: Sioux Falls Christian School

We continue this Bulletin with another example of a school personalizing and owning their TfT journey. Jessica DeWit, TfT Director and Coach at Sioux Falls Christian, provides the following context to their staff FLEx Fair:
Creating community partnerships–finding real people–can be a common hurdle for teachers in the process of developing a great Formational Learning Experience. This year the staff at Sioux Falls Christian kicked off their FLEx work by inviting a variety of individuals and organizations to their school and hosting a FLEx Fair. Teachers had the opportunity to choose from different sessions and hear from experts about the real work, real needs, and educational opportunities with real people in the Sioux Falls area. Staff were able to ask questions and brainstorm ideas about how they could partner and empower students to experience classroom learning as Kingdom building work.
Elementary TfT: 5th Grade at New Covenant Christian School
During the last school year, the students in Heather Gregorowicz’ fifth-grade class at New Covenant interviewed and captured the stories of 9 Kingdom Builders—people intentional about using their gifts and talents to further God’s Kingdom on earth. This project was done with the hope that the students, as well as their community, would be motivated to respond to God’s call in their own lives and be inspired to support the Kingdom-building work of those interviewed. The students published their stories, artwork, and photographs in a beautifully designed book that celebrates these Kingdom Builders.
Secondary TfT: AP Literature and Language at Grace Community School
At Grace Community School in Tyler, Texas, the students in Mr. Davis’ AP Literature and Language class were invited into the Deep Hope that the Incarnation of Jesus will shape how we imagine our world, how we treat people, how we read stories, and how we give flesh to our own ideas through the practice of writing.  Within this Deep Hope, the students practiced incarnational theology by bringing the imagery of a poem to life by illuminating a poetic text.  We are delighted to share the details of this learning experience.
TfT Coaching Intensive: Last Call for Registrations!
So far, we have 56 people from our TfT Network registered for the Instructional Coaching Intensive this year in Grand Rapids, Michigan from Nov. 17-18, 2022. Incredible numbers – I am pumped for this Network learning event.
There is also a pre-conference day (Nov. 16) that will equip schools to host school-wide Celebrations of Learning. 

Registration will remain open until October 7th. Group rates are available for schools that send teams.
For those who have registered, we have rooms reserved at the Hyatt Place Grand Rapids South (616-724-1234).  Ensure you mention 'CACE' to receive the conference rate.
For travel planning purposes, our days begin at 8:00 AM and we end at 12:30 PM on Friday, November 18th.
Register Today
Getting to know the TfT Team: Jill Van Soelen
Jill Van Soelen serves as the Director of Faculty Development at Sioux Center Christian School, a setting where she lives into her Deep Hope to help foster a continued love of learning and growth in teachers and students. Aspects of Teaching for Transformation that she has seen thrive in her own school is the practice of opening and closing circles, greetings and activities. She recently published a children’s book, called Beloved, a story of a child’s invitation to God’s Story (illustrated by Lori De Jong, Art teacher at SCCS). Jill shares this Storyboard from Abby Finley, Grade 4 teacher at SCCS.