Langley Christian School principal Kevin Visschner has been named a Van Lunen Fellow. photo courtesy Van Lunen Center

Langley educator named Van Lunen Fellow

LCS principal Kevin Visscher among 20 selected from U.S. Canada, Japan

A Langley educator has been selected by the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools at Calvin College for a 2018-2019 fellowship.

Langley Christian School principal Kevin Visscher is one of 20 educators chosen from schools across the United States, Canada and Japan to be among the Van Lunen Center’s cohort of fellows.

The Fellows program, now in its 12th year, is designed for school heads who seek professional development in their work as administrators of faith-based schools. The majority of participant expenses are covered by the Van Lunen Center, including cost of instruction, lodging, meals, coaching and access to topic experts.

The Van Lunen Center, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was established in January 2007. Its purpose is to provide executive management education for senior leaders of schools based on the historic Christian faith.

“The sessions are focused on content with experts in their field, and include collaborative, active-learning workshops and presentations,” said Yvonne Ferwerda, director of the Van Lunen Center.

“In areas essential to today’s heads of school such as marketing and enrollment, strategic planning, conflict transformation, board governance, sustainability and development,” she said. “Participants will deepen their own leadership, develop skills, and create deep relationships with peers and leaders.

“They will become more prepared to craft and implement a sustainable Christian educational mission with parents, teachers and other supporting communities.”

The program begins with five residential days in July 2018, continues again in January 2019 for five days, and ends with three days in July 2019. Between sessions, faculty coaching and consultant support is available via phone, through online tools and in person to assist fellows with their applied school project.

The Van Lunen Center was established to serve faith-based schools large and small across the U.S. and Canada with a big-tent philosophy, reaching out to schools from a wide range of faith traditions.

For JPGS and school affiliations of fellows click here.

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