Understanding Neurodiversity and Its Impact on Disability Perceptions

An understanding of Neurodiversity has the potential to shift our perceptions of disability. Before being coined in the late 1990’s, differences in the way brains developed and functioned were referred to generally as neurological differences  These differences implied uniquely occurring . . .

Best Practice for Serving Advanced Middle School Students

As someone who is invested in online education and blended learning, my ears perk up whenever I hear about an online school or program for students, particularly one that’s geared toward middle school  students. It seems that every year there . . .

10 Tips for Church School Classroom Management

Perhaps you’ve had a student like Aiden in your Church School or other ministry class. A young and energetic boy, Aiden was constantly interrupting his class with, “Teacher, teacher!” He began to dominate the classroom with his frequent talking and . . .

Preparing Your Ministry to Receive Individuals with Disabilities

Before you know it, school will be starting and your children’s and youth ministries will be starting again. How can you prepare your church to welcome the magnificent variety of God’s children into your community this ministry year? Director of . . .

Six Tips for Celebrating America’s Independence Day

It is almost the Fourth of July, which for many families in the United States is a time of festivity and celebration as we commemorate our nation’s independence with colorful parades, juicy BBQ’s, loud concerts, and booming fireworks.  These activities can . . .

Celebrating Pierce’s Gifts: A Blessed Partnership

You need to walk quickly to keep up with Pierce. He’s one of West Side Christian School’s (Grand Rapids, MI) hardest workers, and one of the fastest. When he and Reuben Van Til, West Side Christian’s custodian, get together, it’s all business… and . . .

5 Tips for Summer Church Inclusion

In the summertime, many churches put their Church School programs and other school-year activities on hold, which creates a new routine for everyone involved.  While some of us like change, a new routine can be difficult for some individuals, particularly . . .

The Journey of Inclusion at Calvary Church

Inclusion has been 25 years in the making at Calvary Church, and as Judi Warner, director of special needs ministry, says, “Like every church, we’re still on a journey”. A former church consultant at CLC Network, Judi began at Calvary . . .