Our students have many opportunities to be challenged, grow, and learn through daily devotions, Bible classes, and weekly chapels what it means to live a life of virtue while sharing Christ’s love with everyone. At Dutton Christian School, we do not believe that spiritual formation happens just during Bible and chapel times, but rather is integrated throughout our entire curriculum.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world but BE TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Our school theme this year is Be Transformed. This theme and verse were chosen because they directly relate to our school wide initiative titled, Teaching for Transformation.
How do we hope to be transformed? Through our understanding of, interaction with, and living out of God’s story. Some may ask, “What exactly is God’s story that will transform us?” God’s Story is detailed in the Bible and unfurls in a four-part drama – creation, the fall, redemption and restoration. We live in the time between redemption and restoration. Our lives are to bring about transformation in order to prepare for God’s full restoration. It is our goal for students to See the Story and Live the Story every day.
How do we plan to do this? There are three core practices of Teaching for Transformation that teachers will employ over the course of the school year.
Core Practice #1 – Storyline
Every classroom will have a compelling vision of the Kingdom to create a desire within every student to play his/her part in God’s unfolding story. This storyline is how students will be able to see their learning come together with purpose.
Core Practice #2 – Biblical Throughlines
Every classroom will have ten descriptive roles that invite every student to imagine how to play his/her part in God’s story. Students might picture themselves as Creation Enjoyers, Justice Seekers, Idolatry Discerners, Community Builders and more.
Core Practice #3 – FLEx (Formational Learning Experiences)
Every classroom will provide authentic opportunities for students to practice living the Kingdom story by seeing real needs that require real work to help real people.
Why the focus on transformation? To carry out our mission. It is our promise, as a school, that we will nurture our students’ hearts with Biblical truth and equip our students’ minds through academic excellence, so that they can impact the word for Christ
We truly want to be transformed by God’s Story in order to transform God’s world. We are eager to partner with our community on this journey and thank all of the DCS parents for entrusting their children with us as we learn to play our parts in this story. We look forward to being transformed together