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State of Schools, September 2020

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change.” Psalm 46:1-2a. Schools are starting. I would like to say that we are all off to smooth first days, but it is a different year and anything but normal. How are TeachBeyond teachers […]

Flooding of Sahel Academy

On Monday, August 24, the Niger River flooded the Sahel Academy campus. The river water surrounded the campus and the walls could no longer hold back the flooding. As a main wall broke, water poured into the campus completely flooding it, as well as a neighboring Bible school. The river peaked last week at 23 […]

Getting to Know Your Students Online

“You should look into online teaching, Christine. I think that’s going to be the future of education!” My mom exclaimed as I was gearing up for another day of work at a Christian school in the States. She was working as an online teacher with Johns Hopkins and was raving about how great it was […]

Where is God in Distance Learning

Welcome to the world of distance–or social distanced–learning. You may not appreciate such welcome but in part or in whole your teaching and learning environment may need to embrace this reality. This season of disrupted learning has raised many questions such as what platform(s), materials, assessments, etc., are appropriate and effective? But a more fundamental […]

Doing English Camps Online

TeachBeyond has been doing English Camps for over 30 years. However, this year things have been a little bit different. The coronavirus changed much of what’s possible, as we can’t safely meet in person. “When we canceled our Easter Camp, the German National Director, Falk Winter, had the thought of converting our camp program to an […]

How has the COVID19 pandemic changed you?

Mark Giebink We hear a lot about how COVID 19 changed our circumstances – canceled events including significant life milestones, working from home, loss, toilet paper shortages, a dive in the stock market, virtual classrooms, etc. But I’m asking what has gone on inside you, not around you? In what specific ways has God gotten […]

Cascading Impact: Moving from Doing to Being

One of my favorite moments is sitting beside a rushing stream in the mountains of Colorado. Dana and I have hiked from above tree line to the whitewater of the Arkansas River. Tucked in crevices on the mountains are hundreds of waterways that cascade from the high mountain lakes and melting snow to the Arkansas […]