Your School Has No Needs

Your School Has No Needs

One of the best pieces of advice that I ever received about fundraising was this: Your school has no needs. You might be tempted to stop reading right now. As someone leading an existing school, or planning to start a new school, you already (or will soon have) an...
Teaching As a Missional Vocation

Teaching As a Missional Vocation

In our interviewing for staff, we try to discern if the person senses God’s call to a missional vocation. Here is one reason why that is so important – because this is going to be the hardest job that you will ever do. Almost invariably within about two weeks, I have...
Defining the Problem

Defining the Problem

By Dan Olson and Russ Gregg We believe the mis-education of American inner city youth is one of the greatest Biblical justice issues of our day. But to solve a problem, you have to deeply understand it. Our conviction is that the urban education crisis is a symptom of...
Teaching as Shepherding the Heart

Teaching as Shepherding the Heart

Throughout my time at Hope Academy, I’ve heard visitors marvel at the respectful behavior they observe in our students – many of whom are coming from incredibly challenging backgrounds. “What’s your secret?” they sometimes ask. As a teacher, I can tell you that there...