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EDU 9550 The Legal Environment and the Christian School

This course will introduce students to a variety of legal principles. Particular consideration will be given to Christian schools, although the class will also cover legal issues involved in public education. The class will also examine school law issues from a philosophical and theoretical framework.  The goal will be to assist students to understand the rationale supporting various school law legal principles.   

Kevin Washburn

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Kevin Washburn
Adjunct Education Faculty

B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University); B.S., Calvin College; M.A., Glassboro State College (now Rowan University); Ed.D., Liberty University

Kevin D. Washburn, (Ed.D.), is Executive Director of Clerestory Learning, an organization serving schools and learning communities for instructional excellence by equipping teachers through programs and services that offer effective instructional solutions based on educational implications from diverse
scientific research fields, including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and brain development. He is also Owner/Co-Founder of Make Way for Books, an online children’s bookseller dedicated to being a reliable source of quality literature that fosters a love of reading.


With degrees in Elementary Education and English, Dr. Washburn enjoyed 20+ years in education as a classroom teacher, substitute teacher, remedial reading teacher, school administrator, and Assistant Curriculum Director for an international educational publisher. While serving as a school’s Director of
Curriculum & Professional Development, Dr. Washburn led the development of an elementary science curriculum, now published by an international educational publisher, and the development of an instructional reading program and its professional development components, now used in dozens of
schools across the U.S. and Canada and being implemented by new schools each year.


Dr. Washburn earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and has since created the Architecture of Learning instructional design model and its professional development courses, authored the book, The Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain, and created the Writer’s Stylus
instructional writing program and its professional development course. He enjoys traveling and developing relationships with fellow educators as a professional development instructor, conference workshop leader, keynote speaker, graduate professor, and as an educational consultant. He has extensively researched and synthesized various topics—creativity, critical thinking, instructional design, neuroscience, and writing—believing they can profoundly influence the quality of education.


Titles of his previous presentations include: The Thinking/Creating Mind: Engaging the Mind to Deepen Learning; Transforming Substance Into Significance: Teaching Writing in the Texting Age; Designing Teaching & Constructing Learning: Instructional Design for the Learning Brain; Getting to the Core: Letting Learning Influence Teaching; To the Depths: Teaching to Spark Creativity & Ignite Learning; Educating in the Midst of a Revolution; Coaching: Teaching’s New (or Coming) Metaphor; Equipping, Building, Creating, and Maintaining: Pursuing Wisdom in Our Schools & Classrooms; and Reframing Teaching to Target Thinking. Dr. Washburn remains an active member of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society, Learning & the Brain Society, and is a contributor to The SmartBlogs: Education Blog, The Edurati Review, and The Ecology of Education, along with maintaining his own Clerestory Learning Blog, The Window.


Believing “there may be nothing more powerful you can give another person than your belief in his potential,” Dr. Washburn’s teaching and learning credentials now include certified running coach. He enjoys marathon training, a good cup of chai, spending time with his lovely wife Julia, and provoking an
occasional melodic outburst from their miniature dachshund Ernest. He lives and works in Alabama.

Glen Schultz

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Glen Schultz
Adjunct Education Faculty

B.A. Roberts Wesleyan College; M.Ed, Ed.D University of Virginia

Dr. Schultz has been involved in education for the past 45 years. He currently serves as an associate pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and Headmaster of Sherwood Christian Academy. Dr. Schultz is also co-founder and co-director of the Kingdom School Institute.  He has teamed up with Dr. Larry Taylor, Head of Prestonwood Christian Academy, in conducting this Institute for the past 11 years. Prior to coming to Sherwood in 2005, he served as a public school chemistry teacher, a Christian school science teacher, high school principal and superintendent. He also served as the Southeast Director for the Association of Christian Schools International and as director of Christian school resources at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is the author of the booklet A Parent’s Greatest Joy and the book Kingdom Education: God’s Plan for Education Future Generations. He is married with three children and 6 grandchildren. His children attended biblically-based schools from Kindergarten at 4 years old through college. His grandchildren are also being educated through biblically-based programs.

Stephen Reel

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Stephen Reel
Adjunct Education Faculty

B.A., M.Ed., Columbia International University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Dr. Stephen Reel has served as the superintendent of Southside Christian School in Simpsonville, SC since 2004. He previously served for sixteen years at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, SC, as Bible teacher, Admissions Director, Elementary Principal, and Associate Headmaster. From 1980-1988, Dr. Reel served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Infantry Sergeant, tactics instructor, marksmanship instructor, and competition shooter.

Dr. Reel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Columbia Bible College, a Master of Education in educational administration from Columbia International University, and an Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.

Brenda Richards

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Dr. Brenda Richards
Adjunct Education Faculty
Adjunct Education Faculty

B.S., Charleston Southern University; M.A., Ed.S., Ph.D. University of South Carolina

Dr. Brenda Richards has lived in South Carolina for most of her life but considers the world her home! Dr. Richards has traveled extensively to explore God’s world and to help share His Word throughout the nations. After a 29 year teaching career mostly in public schools in South Carolina, God led her to pursue her Ph.D. He is now challenging her with new assignments – sometimes at CIU helping education students shape their teaching abilities and sometimes overseas in a variety of different education and mission roles.

Dr. Richards and her daughter are also in the process of writing children’s books about Bellman Bear! He is a traveling bear who teaches children about the world beyond where they live. He is a constant companion of Dr. Richards and brings smiles to faces all over the world.

Michael R. Galdamez

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Professor of Bible Teaching, Bible

B.S., Columbia International University; M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Candidate, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Teaching - Early Childhood & Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program seeks to create a learning environment that provides models, growth experiences, and communities of practice for equipping Christian educators. The entire early childhood and elementary school curricula are addressed, and graduates are eligible for initial teacher licensure recommendation in South Carolina as well as with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The program is designed to meet your scheduling needs.

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Mission

The College of Education (COE) equips Christian educators to think, teach, and lead biblically in educational settings throughout the world. In order to fulfill the mission of the College of Education, the courses of study are based upon a philosophy of education that approaches both the means and the ends of education by thinking biblically about the nature of students, instructional strategies, and curricular content (knowledge, skills, and dispositions). Preparation includes training that equips students to think in culturally responsive ways within classrooms that are increasingly diverse.

Degree Programs

This mission encompasses the preparation of teachers to enter both early childhood and elementary classrooms with a five-year, two-degree program including an undergraduate Bible major and graduate master’s degree (B.A./B.S. and M.A.T.) or a stand-alone M.A. in Teaching (M.A.T.) for those already completing a bachelor’s degree.

Additionally at the master’s level, the COE provides training of K-12th grade Bible teachers (M.A. in Bible Teaching), ESOL teachers (M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and the equipping of practicing teachers and administrators for Christian school leadership positions through advanced graduate studies (Master of Education (M.Ed.), with tracks in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration, and Education Specialist (Ed.S.).

At the doctoral level, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), three concentrations are available: Christian Higher Education Leadership, Christian School Leadership, and Curricular and Instructional Leadership.

Global Impact

Currently more than 100 graduate students are working during summers to become or to enhance their positions as K-12th grade Christian school principals and headmasters, curriculum supervisors, and administrators in Christian higher education. These students, drawn to Columbia International University through the reputation of our faculty and graduates, currently come to study not only from schools across the United States, but also from Australia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Indonesia, Korea, Bolivia, China, Taiwan, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines. There is no question that the COE reflects CIU’s middle name – International.

Regardless of where our students are – beginning as college freshmen or completing their doctoral degrees – COE students believe that they can and will impact the kingdom through education. The COE strives to equip students to be discerning and wise educators whose lives will exemplify the thinking and dispositions of a Christian educator as they create effective learning communities.

 

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