Throughout its history, Calvin Christian’s central focus has been the integration of faith and learning in our educational program. In 2014 we embarked on an initiative to further develop that strength–the implementation of the “Teaching for Transformation” (TfT) curriculum planning model. TfT is a framework that serves as a guide for our teachers as they continue to bring God’s story into every part of our curriculum and instruction. It is our goal that our students will see God’s fingerprints in everything that is taught, understand God’s story of redemption, and see their role in his redemptive story.
Teaching for Transformation reflects our conviction that our calling as Christians is, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to work for transformation of everything that is broken in this world, looking forward to that day when Christ will make all things new. Developing this transformational understanding and commitment in our students is a crucial component of Christian education.
The TfT model begins with the biblical story of creation-fall-redemption/restoration. Based on that biblical view of the world and God’s activity in it, we describe the qualities and characteristics that we desire students to develop as God is revealed to them in all things. These discipleship concepts–the TfT model calls them “through-lines”–are the big-picture ideas around which we organize curriculum. As teachers from kindergarten through grade 12 shape unit and lesson plans around through-lines such as God-worshipping, creation-enjoying, or community-building, students will move beyond mere knowledge to addressing the question, “How now shall I live?”
The TfT framework has been developed by the Prairie Centre for Christian Education (PCCE) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. During the 2014-15 school year, ten CCS staff members received extensive training in the Teaching for Transformation framework from Doug Monsma, Director of Learning for PCCE. These ten staff members are leading the rest of the CCS faculty in implementing the TfT framework. We believe that the implementation of this framework is helping us better carry out our distinctive mission of equipping students as disciples of Christ.