Back to School: Teacher Training- School Security and Safety

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Bobby Brasher, Affiliate Consultant

There are several layers to school security and the very first are the teachers. 

Teachers see and know their students more than anyone else. They observe students on a daily basis. With training, teachers can learn to identify the red flags of a struggling student. 

A few of the most common red flags are the following:

  • Spiraling grades
  • Unusual or a drastic change in dress or hair color/style
  • Poor attitude
  • Isolation
  • Decreased class participation/extreme apathy

The above are indicators of a student in emotional crisis. Training teachers in awareness of student behavior is a first step to safer schools. Early intervention is a key to helping students that may eventually cause harm to themselves or others.

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Governance Training in Paraguay


Dr David A. Wells, Executive and Managing Consultant of the Global School Consulting Group, is honored to provide governance training to the Board of Colegio Internacional (, in Asunción, Paraguay.  The School Board reports to the General Assembly and is responsible for the governance and oversight of the General Director and the operation of the school.  Colegio Internacional is an historic and highly regarded educational establishment in Paraguay.  The Mission Board of the Disciples of Christ in the United States sent missionaries to Asuncion in 1918 for the expressed purpose of establishing the school and contributing to the development of Paraguay.  Classes begin in 1920, and planning is underway for celebration of the school’s upcoming Centennial!

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Dr. David A. Wells, Managing and Executive Consultant of the GLOBAL School Development Group, is pleased to join Gateway Education Global in announcing that Michael McCarthy has accepted appointment as the School Director at International Gateway Academy, in Istanbul, Turkey, effective with the 2018-19 school year.  Mr. McCarthy’s preparation and experience have clearly prepared him to lead IGA during the next phase of the school’s development.  Congratulations Michael and to the board of the International Gateway Academy for this selection.

How to Successfully Raise Money

Here is the first installment of a series of articles from Wayne Lynch, Executive Consultant.

WKL8x10Step One:  Develop a Biblical Philosophy of Raising Money

Definition: Fundraising is a spiritual ministry to assist givers in achieving their full measure of generosity and to experience God’s maximum blessing.
God gives access to His financial resources.  The church should recognize that these resources have been entrusted into the hands of stewards – people in the congregation.  It is the church’s responsibility to disciple, educate, teach, exhort, and help people to be wise stewards through effective planning and joyful giving.  The church benefits from the giving in being able to carry out its mission; the donor enjoys God’s blessings.  The problem comes in coordinating the two – the church’s mission and people’s giving.  The church should determine their philosophy of raising money according to biblical principles and use this as a framework for an effective fundraising plan.
Fundamental Principles:
1.      God owns it all; His people are only stewards.  (Psalm 50:10 – “For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on the thousand hills.”  Psalm 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”)
God, the Creator, owns everything and has entrusted His people with the stewardship responsibilities for resources, talents, and time.  This fundamental principle encourages givers to be wise stewards of all God’s provisions.  The major question is how much to keep and how much to give.
2.      God wants to bless.  (Acts 20:35 – “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”)  Blessing accompanies generosity.  Paul, in accepting gifts from the church at Philippi said, “Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account” (Philippians 4:17).
3.      God knows how much is needed.  (Philippians 4:19 – “And my God shall supply all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”)  God knows the exact amount of “supplies” that are in the best interests of His children to have.  In some cases this may be a tremendous amount of money, and in other cases it may be little.
4.      Planning and diligent work are required.  (2 Corinthians 9:7a – “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give…”)  The phrase “decided in his heart” which indicates the need to plan wisely before God.  The principle of wise planning applies to discipleship in Luke 14:28 and can also be applied to the process of organization and planning for the future.  (“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower.  Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?”)
5.      We must use Biblical principles and ethics to “help people give.”  (2 Corinthians 9:7b – “…not reluctantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver.”)  God does not want His people “forced” or under undue pressure to give.  It should be a voluntary, cheerful response to the God who provides all blessings.
6.      Raising money is inextricably linked to the Great Commission and Gospel message.  (2 Corinthians 9:13 – “…your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and everyone else.”)  Fulfilling the Great Commission requires the financial support of God’s people for the church, ministers, missionaries, workers, materials, and support systems.  Gifts meet needs, help to fulfill plans, and enable the Gospel to be spread throughout the world.
“Where your treasure is, your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).  God wants our hearts!  The church can help people have a heart for God by creating an environment that sees fundraising as “a spiritual ministry that involves partnering with God and His people in distributing financial resources.”
©2018 Wayne Lynch, All Rights Reserved

Gateway International School (Hanoi, Vietnam) – Placement Announcement

Dr. David A. Wells, Executive & Managing Consultant

Dr. David A. Wells, Managing and Executive Consultant of the GLOBAL School Development Group, is pleased to join Gateway Education Global and the Nam Trieu Company, in announcing that Johannes (Jannie) Le Roux has accepted appointment as the Director of Gateway International School, in Hanoi, Vietnam, effective with the 2018-19 school year.  Mr. Le Roux is an experienced educator and leader, with an excellent profile that includes posts as a teacher, coach, Department Head, Deputy Head, and Headmaster at schools in South Africa, Swaziland, and most recently in Malawi, Africa.  Jannie’s undergraduate degree is Teacher Education and his master’s is in Education and Management.  Congratulations to Jannie and the Gateway International School!

Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center – School Director Placement Announcement

Dr. David A. Wells, Executive & Managing Consultant

Dr. David A. Wells, Managing and Executive Consultant of the GLOBAL School Development Group, is pleased to announce that Maribel Ayos Torrenegra has accepted appointment as the Director of Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center, effective July 2018.  Ms. Ayos is an experienced educational leader, and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Spiritual testimony, involvement in Christian ministry, and demonstrated spiritual leadership are all important facets of Ms. Ayos profile that make her an excellent fit for leadership at SCCLC, an international Christian school.  Her strong spiritual profile is a complement to her strong preparation and experience as a professional educator.  Maribel gained several years of experience as an engineer, before entering the educational field.

The trajectory of her educational career has included responsibilities as a certified teacher, IT Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Principal of a Christian school, and most recently Head and co-owner of a bilingual preschool.  Her training includes a degree in computer engineering, with a minor in management of projects, as well as a Master’s in Education from Western Carolina University.

The Complex Reasons for School Shootings

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Bobby Brasher, Affiliate Consultant

The reasons for school shootings are many and complex. Many people, including some of our politicians, focus on one factor: gun control. The topic of gun control leads and supports their agenda. Yet, there are a wide variety of ongoing reasons and factors for shootings:

  • Guns are many and available to people who don’t need to have one
  • The decay of moral character (Video games, violence and the devaluation of life in our society – particularly with our young people)
  • The decline of the family unit and parental involvement
  • The approach to mental health and the lack of availability and treatment
  • The architecture and design of our schools, as well as lack of training for faculty and staff

All of the above are contributing factors in school shootings. Until we address each through awareness, action, and training, we may continue to experience mass violence. Your thoughts?

©2018 Bobby Brasher

School Safety Threat Assessment

School Safety Threat Assessment is the first step to making your campus safe and secure. Historically, schools have been designed and built for easy entrance and easy exit. They were never built to protect and guard from an attack.

Now, we find ourselves trying to reinforce and defend structures and buildings that were never designed to deter or prevent an attack.

A thorough threat assessment is the first step towards student safety. Our safety and security consultants are veteran military law-enforcement with instructor certifications. In the coming weeks, I will break down the components for the security of your school and your students.

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Bobby Brasher, Affiliate Consultant

Grand Opening of Chontales Academy

Dr. Erinn Magee, Founding Director of Chontales Academy, proudly announces the appointment of the following roster of teachers for the grand opening of Chontales Academy in August of 2018:

  • Ms. Eva Kirkland, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Ms. Sara Pursell, First Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Shelby Klein, Second Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Elise Warren, Third Grade Teacher

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OBED/ACSI 2nd Leadership Seminar Features Dr. David A. Wells

Dr. David A. Wells, Executive and Managing Consultant of the GLOBAL School Consulting Group, is honored to serve as a plenary speaker and moderator for the 2nd Leadership Seminar sponsored by the Colombian Association of Christian Schools, together with the Association of Christian Schools International, to be held in Bogota Colombia, on May 24 and 25, 2018.

The focus of the Leadership Seminar will be on topics of importance to owners, boards, and leaders in Christian schools.  Consideration will be given to business models, and the economic and non-economic factors that influence the ownership, governance, and management of schools.  Primary themes will include ownership transitions; Board models; roles, responsibilities, and relationships within school organizations; among others.  OBED – Colombian Association of Christian Schools, together with the Association of Christian Schools International are sponsoring this event.

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