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ACTION STEPS 



1. If your school does not provide a program to assist those with mild to moderate learning difficulties, now is the time to write a request to the board of education. Present logical reasons why such a program should be implemented.

2. If you are an administrator and your school does not offer a program to help struggling students, plan part of a faculty meeting to initiate discussion on the topic.




ADDITIONAL RESOURCES



After twenty years experience in public school I made the transition to Christian schools. Twenty more years passed, and I wrote my first book, Radical Excellence.

Almost an autobiography of my professional career, this book takes a look at the present state of teaching, learning and leadership in our educational society today. Realizing there are no easy answers, several issues are addressed from the grassroots perspective.


For those who don't keep your library on shelves, but in a Kindle or other reader, Radical Excellence is also available as an ebook.

John Maxwell's Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know is an outstanding information book that is a "must read" for every Christian educator.






I continue to believe Christian schools could provide a necessary educational excellence to education. That excellence will happen as the quality and focused passion of leaders in Christian schools continues to improve.

Learning Difficulties


I have learning difficulties.

Always have. Always will.

Concepts and ideas come easily to me. Memorization, not so good.

Fortunately, I attended a small one room school for grades one through six. This experience had a small group feel, and gave the teacher frequent opportunities for one-on-one help. I also had parents who understood the process of performance AND patience.

Those experiences combined to help me develop a learning system that worked for me.

Time keeps marching.

Things are different now. There aren’t many one-room schools left. We have grown, and often have left kids with learning difficulties behind.

We have good programs for students who have been tested and identified with specific learning disabilities, especially in the public school.

What about the untested, but struggling students? Who is helping those who can’t quite keep up? What are we doing for them?

In many Christian schools, they don’t even get to be there.

“We prepare students for college.”

“Our AP scores are all 4’s and 5’s. He just couldn’t keep up.”

“Your child just isn’t a good fit.”

Christian schools simply can’t be all things to all people. Even so, are there students at your school who need a little extra help?

They need help, but you don’t have the resources.

Is your “excellence” too exclusionary?

Are there students in your vicinity who could benefit from a Christian education, but can’t be accepted into your “academically excellent” school?

In this lesson you can discover how to develop affordable and efficient programs that help those with mild to moderate learning difficulties. You can then provide academic and social help that enables struggling students to become a productive and receptive part of your Christian school.

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