Center for Redemptive Education

The Quest to Align with God's Design for Teaching and Learning

aka Center for Redemptive Education   |   Ashland, VA   |  www.RedemptiveEducation.org

Mission

We exist to articulate, cultivate, demonstrate and facilitate an approach to education that is Biblical, Relational, Integral and Experiential. We equip teachers, parents, schools and other educators in their quest to align with God's design for teaching and learning by means of Redemptive Education. Workshops, retreats, conferences, publications, outdoor education programs and reading programs comprise our typical services.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are encouraged and motivated by the enthusiasm and appreciation of those whom we serve in the faith-based educational world. The Center for Redemptive Education exists to articulate, cultivate, demonstrate and facilitate the quest to align with God's design for teaching and learning using an approach that is Biblical, Relational, Integral and Experiential. It is our joy to help equip teachers, parents, administrators and other educators in this quest! As we discover expanding opportunities to serve, and as we see these opportunities lead to the strengthening of principles and practices in our schools, churches and homes, we recognize this as "success"! Our partners journey with us and celebrate with us as we see evidence of effectiveness in our ministry goals. Thank you!

Ruling year info

2018

Founder, Director

Amy Imbody

Main address

11224 Ashland Park Dr

Ashland, VA 23005 USA

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EIN

81-3840374

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Truly Christ-centered education quests to align with God's design for teaching and learning. Often, well-meaning Christian schools, churches, and home schools are not able to deliver the powerful, fruitful, lasting gospel-infused education that comes from an approach that is Biblical, Relational, Integral (holistic) and Experiential. In many places here in the United States and around the globe, teachers, parents, administrators, missionaries and other educators do not have access to the kind of training and resources that can propel their learning communities into life-giving communities of both Truth and Grace. They want and need to be equipped: with curriculum, practices, and culture-building educational liturgies which cultivate virtue. They yearn for an approach to classroom management and discipling that eschews the usual "sticks and carrots" for better methods. School leaders seek best ways to honor the image-bearers in their classrooms and teacher teams. They need help!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Boots & Roots

An outdoor education program for home schoolers, in which children are invited into exploration and engagement with nature in a multi-sensory and holistic experience.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, Adolescents, Preteens, Students, Teachers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

There are currently four REACH member schools, each averaging approximately 100 students. Additionally, in our Boots & Roots and Terebinth programs, there have been approximately 100 students enrolled

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Teachers, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our on-site and video professional development workshops, and through our annual conferences, we train increasing numbers of teachers in the US and internationally.

Number of schools affiliated with the Redemptive Education Association of Christian Schools (REACH)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Teachers, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We seek to invite schools that align with Redemptive Education and to support the work of their teachers and administrators.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Center for Redemptive Education exists to articulate, cultivate, demonstrate and facilitate an approach to teaching and learning that is Biblical, Relational, Integral, and Experiential. Our mission is to help equip teachers, school leaders, parents, missionaries and other educators in their quest to align with God's design for Christ-centered education. Building a soundly Biblical philosophy gives birth to soundly Biblical practices which honor ALL of God's Image-Bearers in the school community: children, adolescents, young adults, teachers, parents, administrators, leaders. Redemptive Education specialists in the US and overseas seek to infuse homes, ministries, schools and communities with beauty, joy, and effectiveness using curriculum and methods that work with God's design, not counter to it. We are committed to providing Redemptive Education training in print, video, digital media and in person. We are committed to supporting educators desiring to align with God's design!

We provide workshops, programs, videos, publications, digital media, conferences, retreats, professional development, ongoing training, coaching, and support in Redemptive Education here in the US and around the world. We help educators to employ whole-child curriculum and methods to increase student engagement, academic progress, life-long learning and the pursuit of virtue. We travel to underserved and overlooked populations in locations from rural southern India to urban Metro Washington, D.C. The Center for Redemptive Education is a young but swiftly developing organization, offering programs such Boots & Roots (early childhood outdoor education and nature study); Scent of Water Learning Communities (supporting home schooling families of K-8th grade children in primarily outdoor learning spaces; tutoring for students who struggle in reading; workshops in Redemptive Discipline; an association of Redemptive Education schools (REACH Schools); resources for teachers; an annual conference offering workshops in teaching from a Biblical worldview, effective leadership of learning communities, blessing the image-bearers in your home and school. The CRE publishes redemptive literary fiction, non-fiction, music and poetry for use by families, teachers and children' ministry workers.

We have a small but growing team of deeply committed board members, specialists, educators, writers and volunteers who provide trainings, workshops, video, podcasts, print and digital media, retreats, conferences, coaching and training. We employ Redemptive Educators to teach at our Boots & Roots and Scent of Water Learning Communities. This year, a priority is to transition some of our top leadership who have operated as volunteers for the past several years to salaried employees for sustainability of the organization. Currently, our staff includes five part time employees who teach and direct programs as well as a number of independent contractors who provide bookkeeping, web management, curriculum writing, print and digital media, and other services. We seek to create more longterm permanence in these roles in 2021, if resources allow.

In January 2018 the CRE was officially founded as an educational 501(c)3. We established the Redemptive Education Association of Christian Schools (REACH Schools) with four founding member schools; we published a book of essays in Redemptive Education (Wind from the Sea); held a Benefit Concert; held Dessert & Discussion Nights for teachers; offered a Day Retreat for teachers; created instructional videos on Redemptive Education methods; wrote curriculum; did teacher training of K-12 teachers, college education professors and students in rural southern India; conducted professional development at our Founding Member Schools; conducted a Redemptive Education conference; presented at other conferences such as Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Christian Deeper Learning; created our website; created and built our social media presence through Facebook, Instagram, blogs and a digital newsletter; developed donor relationships; launched Boots & Roots outdoor education program.

In 2019, our board determined to focus on developing programs and resources to support home schooling families. With providential timing, we were swiftly prepared to help the exploding growth in the home schooling population as schools closed for COVID 19 and families responded by an over 500% increase in decisions to teach their children at home or in small learning communities. The development and inauguration of the Scent of Water Learning Communities (SOW) launched in Sept 2019 with robust enrollment and a waiting list. The success of this program is leading us to establish additional SOW programs in the coming year, in multiple locations. Each program requires us to identify and train teachers, find hospitable hosting locations, receive applications from families, register and enroll students. We project ability to double or triple our student enrollment in 2021-22.

Another endeavor to support parents teaching their children at home or in small localized learning "pods" is the development of units of stand-alone curriculum that a family or families can use to teach all of their preschool through 8th grade children. These will be available with other educational resources on our website.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In Nov/Dec of 2020, our clients indicated their need and desire for expansion of our Boots & Roots program (originally a one morning/wk program) to become a three-morning/wk program concurrent with our Scent of Water Learning Communities. In January of 2021, we will begin offering this three morning/wk program to our families.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Center for Redemptive Education

Board of directors
as of 3/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amy Imbody

Center for Redemptive Education

Term: 2017 -

Abigail Westbrook