The CESA Collective

 

The 2022-23 CESA Collective will focus on more tactical ways to multiply your impact on your campuses and in your community. This year, we will host dozens of live sessions hosted by experts to help you gain insight, hear from your colleagues, and gather resources to help you do your job more effectively.

If you are in a CESA Member of Council or Candidate School, you will receive a link to get registered for The CESA Collective FREE OF CHARGE. Anyone in your school community can use this link, from board members to guidance counselors, from teachers to admissions directors. We have something for everyone on your campus. Once registered, you will have access to The Collective’s content all year long. Additionally, you will receive calendar invitations for all sessions that were created for your affinity group.

Join The CESA Collective

The CESA Collective will provide content and conversation to cultivate connection and collaboration as we unify our efforts to enhance Christian education.

CESA Member of Council and Candidate Schools have received a link to enroll - the first step is to fill out that form.  Once the Collective launches in October, those enrolled will receive full access to The CESA Collective courses, including calendar invitations for any relevant sessions.

Who is the Collective for?

The CESA Collective will feature unique strands for each of the following leadership positions, including position-specific discussions based upon a unique set of courses and moderated by our course leaders. While all courses will be available to all registrants, the curated job-specific experience makes the Campus Pass registration incredibly valuable to schools.

  • Heads of School
  • Board Members
  • Lower School Heads/Assistant Heads
  • Middle School Heads/Assistant Heads
  • Upper School Heads/Assistant Heads
  • Academic Dean/Assistant Head
  • Admissions
  • Development
  • Marketing/Communications
  • CFO’s/Business Officers
  • Christian Life/Student Life/Guidance Counselors
  • Diversity Directors
  • Faculty
  • A Cohort For CESA Schools preparing for the CESA Institutional Review

CESA Member of Council and Candidate Schools will receive their automatic registration link in October 2022. 


CESA Candidate Cohort

CESA Candidate Cohort Session 1: Review Overview
Monday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. EST
For Candidate Schools preparing for the CESA School Review

CESA Candidate Cohort Session 2: Effective Governance
Monday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. EST
For Candidate Schools preparing for the CESA School Review

CESA Candidate Cohort Session 3: Academic and Programmatic Distinction
Monday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. EST
For Candidate Schools preparing for the CESA School Review

CESA Candidate Cohort Session 4: Institutional Viability
Monday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. EST
For Candidate Schools preparing for the CESA School Review

CESA Candidate Cohort Session 5: Mission and Coherent Christian Community
Monday, April 24 at 1 p.m. EST
For Candidate Schools preparing for the CESA School Review


 Gender & Education

We know that the young men and women have been created in the image of God; they were created male and female, and with that, comes unique gifts and challenges. For too long, our schools have skimmed over those distinctions, and now, with a confusing culture of manhood and womanhood, our students are struggling. This series is intended for all educators to be used to understand the research, the opportunities, and ways in which we can meet the needs of our young men and women more effectively.

Why Gender Matters
Wednesday, Oct. 26 from noon - 2 p.m. EST
For Division Principals, Arts, Athletics, Counseling, Christian Life, Student Life, Diversity & Belonging, Heads of School, Assistant Heads, Academic Deans

What Makes a Good Teacher?
Thursday, Jan. 12 from noon - 1 p.m. EST
For Heads of School, Assistant Heads, Academic Deans, Division Principals

In March 1990, Dr. Sax launched a primary care medical practice in Montgomery County Maryland. From 1990 through 2008, Dr. Sax provided primary care to children and adults. In 2001, Dr. Sax began visiting schools and speaking to parents. In 2005, Doubleday published his first book Why Gender Matters; an updated second edition was published in 2017. In 2007, Basic Books published his second book Boys Adrift; an updated second edition was published in 2016. In 2010, Basic Books published his third book Girls on the Edge; an updated second edition was published in 2020. In December 2015, Basic Books published his fourth book The Collapse of Parenting, which became a New York Times bestseller.

Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys
Friday, December 2 from 1 - 2 p.m. EST
For Division Principals, Arts, Athletics, Counseling, Christian Life, Student Life, Diversity and Belonging, Heads of School, Assistant Heads/Academic Deans

David is the Director of Family Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, TN. He is the co-author of ten books, including the best-selling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys and Are My Kids on Track? The 12 Emotional, Social & Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach as well as his two latest titles Raising Emotionally Strong Boys and Strong and Smart: A Boy’s Guide to Building Healthy Emotions (available for pre-order now!). He is a frequent guest on national television and podcasts, including his own called Raising Boys and Girls, has been featured in publications like The Washington Post and USA Today, and speaks across the country. He and his wife, Connie, have a daughter, twin sons and a yellow lab named Owen. You can follow him on social media @raisingboysandgirls

Worry Free Girls
Friday, Feb. 3rd from 1- 2 p.m. EST
For Division Principals, Arts, Athletics, Counseling, Christian Life, Student Life, Diversity and Belonging, Heads of School, Assistant Heads, Academic Deans

Sissy is the Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee, where she works alongside her counseling assistant/pet therapist, Lucy the Havanese. Since 1993, she has been helping girls and their parents find confidence in who they are and hope in who God is making them to be, both as individuals and families. Sissy is a sought-after speaker for parenting events and the author of twelve books, including the bestselling Raising Worry-Free Girls and Braver, Stronger, Smarter (for elementary aged girls) and her new release for teenage girls, Brave. Sissy is a regular contributor to various podcasts and publications as well as her own podcast called Raising Boys and Girls.

 

Socio-Emotional Health & Wellbeing

The health and well-being of the people in our schools is and has been a major priority. However, with the increasingly complex and frequent needs of our students coupled with the high levels of stress reported in our teachers and staff, a greater understanding of how to better serve our people was ranked as the #1 challenge for CESA school leaders at the end of the 2022-23 school year. This series aims to help administrators and teachers better understand the challenges and possible interventions that can positively impact the wellbeing of of our school communities.

Trends in Mental Health
Monday, Oct. 17 from 1- 2 p.m. EST

For Division Principals, Arts, Athletics, Counseling, Christian Life, Student Life, Diversity & Belonging, Assistant Heads, Academic Deans
Strategies for Impacting Lower School Students’ Wellbeing
Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 1 - 2 p.m. EST
For Lower School Heads, Counseling
Strategies for Impacting Middle and High School Students’ Wellbeing
Thursday, Jan. 26 from 1 - 2 p.m. EST
For Middle School Heads, High School Heads, Counseling, Christian & Student Life
Caring for Teachers and Staff
Thursday, April 20 from 1 - 2 p.m. EST
For Division Heads, Assistant Heads, Academic Deans, Heads of School

Jenny Allison is a psychotherapist who specializes in couples and family therapy through her privately owned counseling practice. While Jenny specializes in working with couples and families, Jenny also understands that families are made up of individuals. That is why Jenny is also passionate about working with the individuals that make up a family, including adolescents and adults. In her practice, Jenny is passionate about educating her clients on mental health, communication, and boundaries.

At her core, Jenny is a follower of Jesus Christ, and models her care for clients after Jesus’ example. She believes strongly in the value of being a relational therapist who prioritizes building rapport and connection to achieve therapeutic success.



Hiring & Retention

If we have not yet begun to feel the impact of The Great Resignation, we know the effects will soon be on our doorsteps. In a competitive market, how can we learn about how to attract and retain the very best candidates for every position?

Hiring Challenges in K-12 Schools: Causes and Consequences
Friday, Jan. 27 from 1 - 2 p.m. EST
For Heads of School, Business Officers

Nearly every school leader has recently faced the challenges that come with a tight labor market. While the COVID-19 pandemic is not the sole culprit, it did have an accelerating effect on the K-12 workforce. Join us as we delve into the depths of the workforce crisis and discuss strategies and best practices to help you strengthen your staff and differentiate your school to attract future talent.

Casey is a Relationship Manager in IMA Higher Education’s, Non-Profit, and Technology industry practice groups. Casey’s primary responsibility is to develop new client partnerships by utilizing his unique, entrepreneurial faith background to assist institutions to strategically drive down their net cost of risk – including customizing insurance and risk management solutions that empowers them to unapologetically pursue their mission and hold firm to their convictions.

Prior to joining IMA, Casey started and pastored City Life Church in downtown Wichita, KS for 9 years. He earned both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. For the past 20 years, Casey has served in numerous roles of leadership, served on several non-profit boards, and facilitated executive leadership coaching.

Mission-aligned Hiring: Mining for Your School’s Gems -Thursday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. EST
For Division Heads, Arts, Athletics, Assistant Heads, Academic Deans

The importance of hiring the right people cannot be underestimated, and in today’s labor market, it can be increasingly difficult to find people who are sold out for the mission, culture, and values of your school. Building some innovative practices on the front-end of the hiring process, Justin Smith has prioritized the values of LRCA through the hiring process, which has allowed him to identify candidates who will grow and contribute to the mission of the school.

Dr. Justin Smith, Assistant Head of School - Dr. Smith shares an array of spiritual, educational, professional, and personal experiences with LRCA. A graduate of the University of San Diego, he earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State. He has led well in administration, teaching, and coaching. With a number of published articles, chapters, and peer-reviewed presentations on record, he also received such honors as the Excellence in Superintendency Program Award from Sam Houston State University and recognition as The Woodlands Preparatory School’s Most Inspirational Educator. Dr. Smith did his post-graduate work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently enrolled at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford earning a Diploma in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Smith, his wife Amanda, and their two children Gracie ‘25 and Raleigh ‘29 attend Fellowship Bible Church.

 

Strategic Communications

Organizations rise and fall on the quality of their communications. These three sessions will help us understand how division leaders - including athletics, arts, and all academic divisions - can understand the perspectives of their communities, communicate effectively and efficiently to ensure broad understanding of the mission and experience, and what to do in the event of a crisis. 

Mission and Message: Proactive Strategic Communications in Every Division
Tuesday, Nov. 1st from noon - 1 p.m. EST
For Division Principals, Arts, Athletics, Marketing and Communications
Surviving the Golden Hour
Feb. 7 at noon EST
For Marketing, Communications, Heads of School
With more than 14 years of experience in agency and corporate communications environments, Anna is passionate about assisting organizations to overcome internal and external challenges. Anna has been heavily involved in crisis work for a variety of clients—churches, colleges, public figures, ministries and more—through issues like privacy, reputation management, lawsuits, miscommunication, employment, social media and financial errors. She has also led PR efforts for clients including the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), Desiring God, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Hume Lake Christian Camps, North American Mission Board (NAMB), National Christian Foundation, Prison Fellowship and Upward Sports. As part of her work for the ACLJ, Anna coordinated an interview for Jay Sekulow with all five Sunday morning news shows in the same day—a rare feat. She also participated in the launch of the Museum of the Bible, as well as the communications planning around the passings of Billy Graham and several other notable Christian leaders. For several years, Anna has volunteered her services as media lead for Passion Conferences. In addition to issues management and media relations, Anna specializes in spokesperson training and development. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she studied public relations and sociology.
School Parents as Customers: Implications for the Paradigm Shift
Friday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. EST

For Admissions, Marketing, Communications

For tuition-based schools, parents are customers by the very definition of the term! And that means you need to constantly understand what's on their hearts and minds. We'll explore the chief benefits of a consistent, rhythmic parent feedback system; help you understand your individual tendencies when it comes to collecting and processing feedback; and walk through some extremely practical (and unique!) methods for gathering feedback from this vital group of stakeholders. We'll also discuss the "feedback loop" and examine how to keep parents engaged in constructive, two-way dialogue.

Ryan Ermling brings a unique entrepreneurial perspective to the educational space. A graduate of Concordia University Irvine (where he now serves on the Board of Regents and chairs the committee for Enrollment and Student Experience), Ryan founded Stretch Internet in 2003. During his 15 years as President and CEO, he grew Stretch into the largest video streaming provider in the collegiate athletics space, with a client base of nearly 600 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada (more than 40 percent of the market). Feeling led to create a business-inspired model that could benefit Christian schools and other faith-based organizations, Ryan staged a successful exit from Stretch in 2018, soon founding Parent Pulse. Ryan and his wife, Lyndsay, a musician and educator, have three daughters – Lexi (21), Tessa (18) and Grace (9).

 

Vision & Strategy

Strategic Financial Planning
Thursday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. EST
For Heads of School, Boards, Business Officers
Strategy as Diligence
Feb 9 at 1 p.m. EST
For Heads of School, Boards

Said Business School (University of Oxford) professor, Dr. Thomas Powell, suggests the definition of strategy is "the art of creating superior performance." During this session we will explore Powell's thoughts on strategy as diligence, on creating impressive performance over time, and on the forces at play when seeking to create impressive performance. Such ideas as the theory of equifinality, the rule of multiplicative performance, and understanding resource allocation when implementing strategic initiatives will be discussed.

Tim Wiens is the Head of School at Mount Paran Christian School. Mount Paran serves approximately 1300 students and is the largest independent school in Cobb County, Georgia. Wiens previously served as the Head of School at Delaware County Christian School outside of Philadelphia, PA and as founding Headmaster at Boston Trinity Academy, a school serving a diverse population of students within the city of Boston, MA. Wiens has also served as the Co-chair of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Professional Institute for Independent School Leadership and the ADVIS-Penn Independent School Leadership Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Tim is the co-founder and served as the Executive Director of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA) from 2009-2015 and was an assistant professor and visiting scholar at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Married to Dr. Kathryn Wiens, who is the Executive Director of CESA, they have one son, Eliot, and two Great Danes, Lena and Jordi.

 

Impact Admissions

Ensuring our admissions process, from the first step on campus with an Open House, through the “word of mouth” message, successes, and pain points of our families while enrolled, should be strengthening our community and our brand. In these sessions, admissions and marketing and communications staff will explore possibilities for more impactful open houses and learn about important methods to capture parents' experiences and communicate back to them.

Impact Open Houses
Thursday, Dec 8 at noon EST
For Admissions, Marketing, Communications

School Parents as Customers: Implications for the Paradigm Shift
Friday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. EST

For Admissions, Marketing, Communications

For tuition-based schools, parents are customers by the very definition of the term! And that means you need to constantly understand what's on their hearts and minds. We'll explore the chief benefits of a consistent, rhythmic parent feedback system; help you understand your individual tendencies when it comes to collecting and processing feedback; and walk through some extremely practical (and unique!) methods for gathering feedback from this vital group of stakeholders. We'll also discuss the "feedback loop" and examine how to keep parents engaged in constructive, two-way dialogue.

Ryan Ermling brings a unique entrepreneurial perspective to the educational space. A graduate of Concordia University Irvine (where he now serves on the Board of Regents and chairs the committee for Enrollment and Student Experience), Ryan founded Stretch Internet in 2003. During his 15 years as President and CEO, he grew Stretch into the largest video streaming provider in the collegiate athletics space, with a client base of nearly 600 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada (more than 40 percent of the market). Feeling led to create a business-inspired model that could benefit Christian schools and other faith-based organizations, Ryan staged a successful exit from Stretch in 2018, soon founding Parent Pulse. Ryan and his wife, Lyndsay, a musician and educator, have three daughters – Lexi (21), Tessa (18) and Grace (9).

 

Culture and Spiritual Formation

Cultures that Transform
Thursday, Dec. 8 at 1:30 p.m. EST
For Leadership Teams of Heads, Division Principals, Christian & Student Life

Most schools and leaders believe in the importance of organizational culture, but not many have explicitly defined it and worked it into the DNA of every element of their operations, which results in significant lost opportunities. Explicitly defining your culture has the power to transform your operations and improve the outcomes you produce. Culture is the oxygen your community breaths, do you know the contents of the cultural air your community is breathing? Whether yours is healthy or ailing, come learn how to better define your culture to transform every element of your school’s operations. This session is designed to be completed by leadership teams including Heads of School, Principals and Spiritual/Community Life Directors.

Mr. Christopher Rutz served as Head of School at Providence School in Santa Barbara, California and Capistrano Valley Christian School in San Juan Capistrano, California from 2012-2022. Under his leadership, both schools experienced a dramatic increase in enrollment and market position through focused strategic initiatives to improve all facets of operations, leading to greater mission accomplishment and community impact. Mr. Rutz began his career as a history, government, and global studies teacher in Oregon before transitioning to school leadership in California where he served for seven years as Assistant Head of School at Calvary Christian School in Pacific Palisades, California.

Mr. Rutz earned a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota, a B.A. in Secondary Education from Western Oregon University, and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon. He completed his teacher credentialing program at Western Oregon and his administrative credentialing program at the University of Oregon. Mr. Rutz is a founding board member of the DeepRoots Bible Curriculum, a dynamic K-8 curriculum designed to instill a love for God’s word and teach apologetics and Christian worldview through a comprehensive Old and New Testament scope and sequence. In 2022, he founded Rutz Educational Consulting, a firm dedicated to supporting school leaders to achieve greatness through increasing levels of professional competence and confidence. While he has extensive experience in strategic planning and execution, development, and school improvement, Mr. Rutz’s primary passion is cultivating dynamic school cultures that transform communities because he has seen firsthand the power culture has to impact mission achievement.

Mr. Rutz has been married to his wife, Kristan, for 27 years. They have two daughters, Keara, who currently attends Florida State University and Noelle who attends Point Loma Nazarene University.

 

 

Spiritual Formation: A Qualitative Guide to Assessment
Thursday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. EST
Jim Drexler and Amy Bagby, Covenant College
For Christian Life, Student Life
Chapel: What Have We Learned About How Students Grow?
Thursday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. EST
Jim Drexler and Amy Bagby, Covenant College
For Christian Life, Student Life
Christian schools are faced with the challenge of assessing spiritual formation. Our mission and purpose statements have multiple phrases that are centered in formation and discipleship, but do we know whether or not we are achieving these goals? What are the best strategies and tools for assessment, why is this such an important undertaking for Christian schools, and what successes can schools share with one another? We look forward to discussing all this and more with you.
James L. Drexler is the Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. After a 23 year career in middle and secondary education at Westminster Christian Academy in Missouri, Drexler moved to the Education Department at Covenant in 2004. From 2013-2015, Drexler was seconded by Covenant to serve as founding President of the International Teachers College in Jakarta, Indonesia. Married for 42 years, he is the father of four and grandfather of four. Among his publications are two books: Schools as Communities (Purposeful Design, 2007) and Nurturing the School Community: Teacher Induction and Professional Learning Communities (Purposeful Design, 2011).

 

Business Practices

Inflation, Recession, and Compensation
Thursday Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. EST
For Business Officers
Data Analytics for Business Officers
Thursday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. EST
For Business Officers
Security Audits
Thursday, March 2 at 11 a.m. EST
For Business Officers