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September 19, 2017

Sevenstar News ★ Fall Events for Christian Schools

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September 2017


November 8
Houston, Texas

Join us this fall at The Woodlands Christian Academy for this free event to discover how blended digital learning environments are enhancing secondary education.

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Online Learning Summit for High School Admins

We began inviting school leaders to our fallOnline Learning Summit before hurricane Harvey hit near our host-school, The Woodlands Christian Academy (TWCA).

We are pleased to announce that the Summit is still on as planned, and Principal Stephen Zeal is excited to give us a tour of the campus.Praise the Lord!

Regardless of your ability to attend, please:


Biblical Worldview Institute for Christian School Students

Christian schools in the Dallas area should consider letting their students attend the upcoming Biblical Worldview Institute (BWi).

The theme for the 2017 BWi is ENGAGE, andspeakers will equip students to make a difference in the world for the Kingdom!

This event also includes a Christian College Fairwhere students will have the opportunity to learn about and interact with some of the best Christian colleges and universities in the country.

WAnet HomeStay Boarding Symposium for Hosting International Students

Would your school like to successfully host more international students? The HomeStay Boarding Symposium gathers like-minded Christian school staff members working with international students for three days in order to meaningfully CONNECT with one another, practically EQUIP each other to minister to students through best practices, and INSPIRE each other to improve the international student programs in their schools.


October 16-18
Wheaton, IL

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ACSI Professional Development Forums for Teachers and Admins

Sevenstar is excited to participate in many of the ACSI Professional Development Forums this fall.

Please join us for the two-day event in your regionto reflect on your practice, refocus your purpose, and recapture their wonder!


Fall 2017
Forums across USA

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Council on Educational Standards & Accountability (CESA) Annual Symposium

CESA brings school leaders together for the purpose of strengthening the Christian school community through professional development, collegiality, and catalyzing discussions pertaining to important ideas and themes in the Christian and independent school world. The keynote speakers this year include John Couch, Apple’s VP of Education, Andy Crouch, Author of the Tech-Wise Family, and Jim Denison, Ph.D., a speaker and writer on cultural and contemporary issues.


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Bad News, Good News

The world is going through some challenging times. Turn on the news and you will hear about everything from a heated political climate, to flooded cities, struggles with racism, battles with drugs, immigration challenges, and wars. While there is good news, it is not always front and center.

At times like these, it is helpful to remember that we are living in the middle of the story, not the end. And because we know the ultimate Good News, we can take comfort in knowing that there is a happy ending—God will wipe away every tear and create a new heaven and a new Earth where we will reign with him for eternity. In the end, God wins and makes everything right. And because he wins, we do too.

In the meantime, we can join with God in his redemptive work of reaching out to those in need. There is much to do. Opportunities abound. We can resist the extremes of giving up on the world or becoming captive to it. We can be a counterculture for the common good. After all, we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We are Christ’s ambassadors. And we know how the story ends.

What opportunities is God giving you to be his hands and feet? Where can you spread his love and truth? How might God want to use you over this next month?

– Chaplain Dave

Welcome to our New Partner Schools

Thank you Lord for bringing us the following new partner schools:

  • Ann Arbor Christian (MI)
  • Apple Valley Christian School (CA)
  • Cedar Valley Christian School (IA)
  • Christbridge Academy (CA)
  • Columbia County Christian School (PA)
  • Columbia County Christian School (OR)
  • Emmanuel Christian Academy (CT)
  • Evansville Christian School (IN)
  • Impact Christian Academy (FL)
  • Legacy Christian School (MI)
  • Our Savior New American School (NY)
  • Plaza Heights Christian Academy (MO)
  • Top Remnant Learning Center (China)
  • Trinity Preparatory Academy (TX)
  • Valley Christian School (WA)

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Industry News

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4 Personal Goals that Create a Good Foundation for Christian School Leadership

The four basic goals this former Principal set out to accomplish stayed remarkably similar even after ten years of service! Read More

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September 15, 2017

Repost: What Lessons can a Christian School Learn from J.C. Penney?

A colleague forwarded this on to me and I wanted to share it with everyone.

What Lessons can a Christian School Learn from J.C. Penney?

The unusual comparison of a retailer and an educational institution may seem to be a bit strange.

However, they have a lot in common and there are some clear corollaries which can be instructive considering the challenges and changes facing both sectors.

To continue reading, click here…

I was also sent a link to a PDF version of the item at:

September 11, 2016

New Principal Announcement

An announcement from our friends at Sevenstar…

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Hi John,Sevenstar is excited to announce that Dr. Robert Burris has been selected to serve as our new Principal, effective Monday, September 12, 2016.

Bob is an experienced Christian school educator and administrator, who has more than 20 years of combined experience serving in leadership, ministry, guidance counseling, and teaching roles. He most recently served as the Headmaster of a school in Maryland. He attended Liberty University for his undergraduate degree and also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida.

Two of Bob’s notable achievements as a leader are his record of growing school enrollment and raising academic rigor. He has also successfully led online programs at several schools that used Sevenstar to strengthen curriculum and serve Christian school students. As the Head of School in Atlanta, Bob leveraged online classes to work around the demanding training schedule for one of Sevenstar’s first Olympic athlete students! While an administrator in Orlando, Florida, he was able to set up an online learning lab that enabled student athletes and actors to take courses that fit their unusual and demanding schedules, both on and off campus.

He says: “Teachers are the ‘living curriculum’ that make the academic subject come alive, because a great educator does more than teach subject-area content. They are a role model for the kind of lives we hope our students will become.” I (Mark) want to learn how our terrific online teachers play that role already and how we might grow that opportunity!

Bob lives with his family near Charlotte, NC. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters at home and two who are married and live in Atlanta. Jennifer is an elementary teacher and recently returned from a mission trip to Africa where she provided professional development at a teacher’s conference in Ghana. Bob has been to 19 foreign countries and is eager to help Sevenstar fulfill the Great Commission by making a worldwide impact.

We are eager to draw from Bob’s extensive background in Christian education to improve our service to students, parents, teachers, and partner school constituents.

Sevenstar is a world leader in online Christian education and recently celebrated a milestone of reaching 40,000 course enrollments.

Dr. Mark Beadle

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June 27, 2016

World Class Principal Needed

Posting this opportunity for a colleague…  Be sure to check it out!


We are currently seeking a full-time Principal to start by 12/18/2016. The position will remain open until filled and the job description can be found here.

Our Headquarters is in Cincinnati, but we are open to employees living within 6 time zones of EST. This is a year round job with nice vacation benefits and normal holidays. Normal benefits including a retirement match are included. We are looking for a world class, Kingdom-focused candidate. Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. We are willing and able to be very competitive.

General Education and Certification Requirements for Administrative Positions:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher (Masters Degree preferred)
  • Christian school and online experience valued
  • A willingness to share their Christian testimony (a personal faith in Jesus Christ) and instruct others in the faith

Knowledge-based Requirements:

  • Certified in relevant area (if applicable)
  • Knowledge of distance-learning
  • Operational knowledge of the Internet and web-related technologies

Technical Competencies and Skills:

  • Possesses strong oral and written communication skills
  • Works independently with little direct supervision
  • Works as part of a team
  • Accepts responsibility and is self-motivated
  • Demonstrates work ethic to achieve specified goals
  • Displays effective multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Utilizes all required and recommended computer applications

Want to work with us?

We have high expectations for our employees. The following items are a list of those expectations and conditions, which are not all inclusive:

April 16, 2015

Reminder: [Webinar] Best Practices in Online Learning

A reminder of this event next week…

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You are invited to hear Dr. Michael Barbour share best practices from his new book about building successful online learning programs.By attending this webinar you will discover:

  • What schools are doing with online, distance, and blended learning around the globe
  • How schools have implemented online programs
  • Ways to identify and overcome common challenges
  • What the future predictions are for K-12 online learning

Don’t miss this chance to see new research on leading schools that offer high quality, online education.

Register Now for a chance to win Michael’s new book!


Note: Three attendees will win a copy of the book Online, Blended, and Distance Education in Schools. All registrants will receive a link to watch the recording and view the slides.

Best Practices in Online Learning

Thursday, April 23
11 AM PST / 2 PM EST


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