CCA desires to align all its practices and policies with Scripture and within the philosophy of our mission statement – “to raise up disciples for Christ by promoting academic, social and spiritual excellence. Equipping students to become a transforming influence on the world for Christ.”
We desire to provide an environment where all our students can learn and grow in truth, that is, to learn and grow in God’s Truth, the truth of Scripture and the truth of the Gospel, the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Teaching is both an art and a science. While research science has provided us with proper pedagogy, the creative minds of teachers have provided us countless avenues to engage the minds of our students. At CCA, Jesus provides us the perfect example of a master teacher. Jesus told stories; He used parables, relatable earthly stories, to reveal heavenly truths for godly living. Jesus asked questions. He utilized illustrations and object lessons, describing unselfish giving after watching a widow drop two coins into the temple offering. Teachers at CCA seek to model Jesus in their teaching. Beyond all else, teaching at CCA is personal. It is the personal and spiritual nature of a CCA education that enables us to raise up disciples of Christ. Teaching at CCA is so much more than just academic.
Educational technology is a tool used to promote good teaching and to enable effective communication. Just as the Industrial Revolution transformed production, communication, and enhanced innovation, so too has the revolution of technology transformed our ability to communicate, collaborate, present object lessons and pull visual illustrations off the page into 3 and 4 dimensional examples of the intricacy of God’s order and design in creation. Technology has become a common form of communication at work and within context of home and family life as well as in education and higher learning. The implementation of educational technology at CCA is done with purpose and restraint, always keeping in mind the developmental stage of the child and appropriateness/benefit of any given piece of technology.
CCA’s website and teacher websites are used primarily as a tool to communicate policy, procedure, and upcoming events. Teacher websites take it a bit further by communicating what is being taught and the types and due dates of assignments and assessments. Google Classroom is used by teachers to provide a platform for real time submission of assignments, teacher communication & feedback, and remote collaboration amongst students. It also provides a safe place for discussion posts that offer opportunity for all students to have a voice. Calvary secures and monitors students online. This is nonnegotiable. Whenever a student logs in under a Calvary domain or Calvary Cougar GMAIL, our Go Guardian software monitors and safeguards online activity. Students are monitored here at CCA and on any other piece of technology outside school in which they log in using their CCA emails. PowerSchool is another piece of educational technology that is used to create student schedules, report cards and transcripts as well as allow parents to have a real time window into their children’s grades and progress. Beyond the scope of technology as a tool and the next level pencil and paper, teachers will utilize technology to promote study, such as Kahoot, Quizzlets or Kahn Academy. They will pull up Google Earth to engage students in the wonder of God’s creation. Teachers will not utilize technology to replace face-to-face teaching. CCA maintains that the best teaching practice, as Jesus has lived out as an example to us, is personal. Technology at CCA will always be but a mere tool to enhance and support the growth and development of its students so that we graduate disciples of Christ – disciples that are equipped spiritually and academically, able to use reason and intellect to become a transforming influence on the world for Christ.