Is Your School Future Ready?

Innovative missions and models in Christian education

Is Your School Future Ready?

Date + Time

Thursday, May 4, 2023 7:00pm

Quick Summary

Join us for an evening of warm conversation and light refreshments, as we hear from the authors of our latest book on financial sustainability and innovative enrolment models for Christian independent schools.


Financial and enrolment sustainability are key issues for independent school principals in Ontario. Come with questions and meet all four Future Ready co-authors, as they present innovative missions and models from their new book, followed by Q&A and discussion.

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is free but limited, so register before tickets are gone!


A growing number of Christian schools are responding to changing times by innovating new structural, financial, and operational models. Future Ready traces the stories of 11 schools and networks that adopted completely new mindsets to keep their schools sustainable. They have merged schools, started online academies, developed micro-schools, advocated for independent school support programs, formed Christian school districts, shared back-end functions with other schools, engaged in entrepreneurship and facilities leasing, started brand new schools, and provided inclusive education for students of all abilities. Their stories and strategies will inspire leaders to think innovatively, strategically, and above all, missionally about how to reach future generations with thriving Christian schools.


Lynn E. Swaner, EdD, is the chief strategy and innovation officer at Association of Christian Schools International, where she leads initiatives and develops strategies to address compelling questions and challenges facing Christian education. Dr. Swaner serves as a Cardus senior fellow and is the co-author or editor of numerous books on Christian education, including Flourishing Together: A Christian Vision for Students, Educators, and Schools and MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education

Jon Eckert, EdD, is the Copple Professor for Christians in School Leadership at Baylor University and a Cardus senior fellow. He taught intermediate and middle-school students outside Chicago and Nashville for twelve years. He completed his doctorate at Vanderbilt University and served at the US Department of Education during the Bush and Obama administrations. For ten years, he prepared teachers at Wheaton College. He is the author of The Novice Advantage: Fearless Practice for Every Teacher and Leading Together: Teachers and Administrators Improving Student Outcomes, as well as numerous book chapters and articles. 

Erik Ellefsen is Director of Network and Improvement at Baylor University’s Center for School Leadership. He has served in education for more than two decades as a teacher, coach, consultant, and as dean of academics at Boston Trinity Academy, principal at Chicago Christian High School, and grievance chairman for the American Federation of Teachers. He currently serves as senior fellow for both the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education and Cardus. 

Matthew H. Lee, PhD, is director of research at the Association of Christian Schools International and an adjunct professor of education policy at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches a course on education finance. He is co-editor of Religious Liberty and Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020) and author of numerous peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, technical reports, and op-eds on civics education, education leadership, and religious education.


Date + Time

Thursday, May 4, 2023 7:00pm


Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility
2700 Audley Road North
Ajax, Ontario
L1Z 1T7

Ticket Information

Free, but limited seats