Pat Hoekstra: A Lifelong Commitment to Inclusion

Donor Profile For Pat Hoekstra, community has always been enriched by the gifts of persons in her life who have disabilities. From an early age, to her role as a grandmother today, she has surrounded herself with people at all . . .

Creating Connections: the Impact of Social Inclusion

Jenna Vander Laan, South Christian High alumni, shares how Connections impacted her high school experience and future career in this blog post. This article was featured in our new eBook, “Creating Connections: Social Inclusion for High Schools” by Ellie Van Keulen.  At . . .

Committed to Welcoming Malorie

“From the moment we met Malorie last spring, we felt strongly that she needed to be at our school and we would figure out a way to make it happen–regardless of her needs,” said Megan Willink, NorthPointe Christian Middle School . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

Meet Chris and Heather-Lee Wysong

Back in December, Chris and Heather-Lee Wysong challenged CLC Network donors and friends to help send CLC Network’s message of inclusion to church leaders around the country. Chris shares, “Too often, group leaders, volunteers, and pastors lack the training to effectively welcome persons with . . .

The Right Plan for Grace

It’s been a long road to learning for Grace and her family. After trying more than three different schools in her short school career, Grace has advanced one grade level in her first six months at Northpointe Christian Schools. Grace was born with a . . .