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EmpowerCentral is the podcast of Central Christian School (St Louis, Missouri). Here we dive into our philosophies, perspectives, and approaches to education to build trust with our parents and better partner with you. centralschoolstl.org

Latest Episodes

13 | Core Values and Culture Making, Paya Sample

In Episode 13, we’re discussing culture making. Principal Mrs. Sample shares the importance of fostering healthy culture for students, teachers, and parents, and she describes ways Central Christian School is creating a culture where children love coming to school, feel safe enough to take risks, and ultimately, go deeper in their learning. Love God, Love Others has been our motto for several years, but this year Mrs. Sample has unpacked it in a way that’s tangible. From establishing core values in how we engage with our classmates and teachers to implementing positive office referrals, students at Central are learning to thrive — and lead — within a larger Christian community. RESOURCES:Mark 12:30-31Positive Office Referral Form (incorporating core values)

13 MIN2 d ago
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13 | Core Values and Culture Making, Paya Sample

12 | CCS for the City with Noah Brink, Interim Head

"If from an early stage we can shape our students so that not only have they learned to accept the diversity of God's Kingdom but they crave it, that's what I want to see." - Noah Brink, Interim Head of School. In Episode 12, we welcome back Interim Head, Noah Brink to kick off the 2019-20 podcast season and discuss the concept of "CCS for the City". Why is important for an elementary school to be "for the city"? Noah and host, Christan Perona, dialogue about our role in strengthening God's Kingdom and how Central Christian School is uniquely positioned to do so. RESOURCES:Jeremiah 29:7The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren: "It's not about you."Psalm 8

17 MINSEP 8
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12 | CCS for the City with Noah Brink, Interim Head

11 - 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing A School (Director of Admissions & Communications, Christan Perona)

Choosing a school for your child can be daunting, yet all the emotional energy and planning are worth it. As you explore different schools for your child -- whether they're in preschool now or you're looking at high schools -- be sure to ask these 5 questions:1. What is your school's or school district's mission?2. What is the solidity of your academic program?3. How does your school nurture students?4. What do graduates of your school look like?5. Can I see myself here?Join us as the host of EmpowerCentral, our own Director of Admissions & Communications, unpacks these questions and gives you suggestions on how to get the answers you're looking for.And for some ongoing perspective: Isaiah 49:15, 16

10 MINJAN 10
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11 - 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing A School (Director of Admissions & Communications, Christan Perona)

10 - The Incarnation | A Christmas Episode (5th/6th Bible Teacher, Pastor Vince Hall)

Word + Became + Flesh. What's the significance of God entering into history, entering into His own creation? What does pride have to do with Christmas? Listen in as Pastor Vince Hall, Central's Summit (5th/6th) Bible teacher, shares about the reality of "God with us" and explains how the incarnation shatters our theology of good works. The same God who breathed life into the void of pre-creation breathes life into your chaos and brokenness today. RESOURCES: John 1:14Luke 2:7Hebrews 2:17John 1:1, Genesis 1, Deuteronomy 5:24, Psalm 107:20New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel by I. Howard Marshall

13 MIN2018 DEC 24
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10 - The Incarnation | A Christmas Episode (5th/6th Bible Teacher, Pastor Vince Hall)

9 - The Counter-Narrative | Part 2: Starting Conversations (Principal, Paya Sample)

How do we begin conversations with our children and students to explore the counter-narrative? How do we find places for the voices that are often not listened to? In Part 2 of The Counter-Narrative, Central Christian School's principal, Paya Sample, defines "counter-narrative" and explains the importance of it. By giving practical examples, she inspires listeners to consider a different path as you motivate children to think critically and empathetically while engaging with history and different people groups. Dialogue further with Mrs. Sample by contacting her at info@centralschoolstl.org. RESOURCES:TEDTalk: "The Danger of a Single Story"Project 562 Conversation Starters:--I wonder how we can find out more information about...-- Who's voice is missing from the story or movie? Why do you think that voice is missing?-- Do you think this is always the case?-- What do you think it would be like to be on the other side of this story?

12 MIN2018 DEC 20
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9 - The Counter-Narrative | Part 2: Starting Conversations (Principal, Paya Sample)

8 - The Counter-Narrative | Part 1: Culturally Responsive Books (Librarian, Nancy Gruneisen)

We want to talk with our kids and students about diversity and inclusion, about perspectives and having an others-centered orientation, but we often don't know where to start. Part 1 of our two-part series on The Counter-Narrative features Central's librarian, Nancy Gruneisen, who quite vulnerably opens up about her own journey toward cultural responsiveness and understanding. From personal experiences within her own family to her work within Central's library, Mrs. Gruneisen gives practical suggestions about choosing books that represent a broader view of humanity.RESOURCES:WebsitesBrightlyThe Brown ShelfWe Need Diverse BooksNavigating these websites requires thoughtful discernment. Some books on these sites may may not suit your family or your beliefs. As a reminder, Nancy Gruneisen and Central Christian School recommends you check a book out of the library and read it prior to sharing it with your child. Book TitlesFish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly HuntMy Two Grannies by Floella Be...

12 MIN2018 DEC 17
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8 - The Counter-Narrative | Part 1: Culturally Responsive Books (Librarian, Nancy Gruneisen)

7 - Intrinsic Motivation (Spanish Teacher/International Admissions Assistant, Marcela Casco-Lee)

How do we foster within our children a love of learning -- simply for the sake of learning rather than to gain rewards? Join us as we dialogue with Central's Spanish teacher, Marcela Casco-Lee. In Episode 7, she explores ways to cultivate natural curiosity and intrinsic motivation within kids, so they grow up to be healthy, independent adults. Hear her suggestions for growing critical thinkers and lifelong learners in today's world. RESOURCES:"A New Kind of Reward Increases Intrinsic Motivation", Psychology TodayUnconditional Parenting by Alfie KhonThe Danish Way of Parenting by Jessica Joelle AlexanderThe Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori To dialogue further about instrinsic motivation, email Marcela Casco-Lee at info@centralschoolstl.org.

12 MIN2018 DEC 8
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7 - Intrinsic Motivation (Spanish Teacher/International Admissions Assistant, Marcela Casco-Lee)

6 - Fostering a Love of Fitness through Lifetime Sport (Athletic Director/PE Teacher, Coach Crystal Burklo)

We're raising kids in a different sports culture than we ourselves grew up in. How do we foster activities that will provide lifetime fitness well beyond their childhood? What could that look like in our families? And what role should organized sports play in our kids' lives?In Episode 6, our host Christan Perona dialogues with Coach Crystal Burklo, Central's Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher. Listen in to learn suggestions to incorporate into your family's lifestyle that can benefit everyone -- mom and dad included. RESOURCES:Family Fitness,Active Play,and Exercise Adherence at verywellfamily.comLifetime Sports recommended by the AAP at healthychildren.org To dialogue with Coach Burklo about lifetime sport -- in your home or at your school -- email info@centralschoolstl.org.

12 MIN2018 NOV 20
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6 - Fostering a Love of Fitness through Lifetime Sport (Athletic Director/PE Teacher, Coach Crystal Burklo)

5 - Engaging Children for Transformation (Interim Head of School, Noah Brink)

Are we trying to create children in our homes and schools who don't need Jesus? Are we modeling conformity or transformation as the next generation watches? Interim Head of School, Noah Brink, challenges us to embrace a gospel of rescue -- for ourselves and for those we are teaching and mentoring. By promoting the modeling of confession and speaking out against self-righteousness, Mr. Brink gives a wake-up call to Christian parents and Christian educators. RESOURCES:Your Christian School: A Culture of Grace? by Paul David TrippLuke 15:11-32 To dialogue with Noah Brink about engaging children for transformation, email him at info@centralschoolstl.org.

13 MIN2018 NOV 2
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5 - Engaging Children for Transformation (Interim Head of School, Noah Brink)

4 - Anxiety and Children (School Counselor, Valerie Hubbard)

It's a topic on many of our minds as we talk with parents and educators -- anxiety. How do we equip the next generation to navigate tough situations rather than immediately rescuing them from the struggle? Listen in as our host, Christan Perona, interviews Central's school counselor, Valerie Hubbard, on what to do - and NOT do - when we see anxious kids. Mrs. Hubbard offers a good dose of perspective that will inspire adult listeners to practice the same principals in their own lives. RESOURCES:Exodus 3:1-4:20Philippians 4:6-7"The Truth About Anxiety" by Valerie Hubbard, PLPC To dialogue with Valerie Hubbard, School Counselor at Central Christian School, email info@centralschoolstl.org.

10 MIN2018 OCT 21
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4 - Anxiety and Children (School Counselor, Valerie Hubbard)

Latest Episodes

13 | Core Values and Culture Making, Paya Sample

In Episode 13, we’re discussing culture making. Principal Mrs. Sample shares the importance of fostering healthy culture for students, teachers, and parents, and she describes ways Central Christian School is creating a culture where children love coming to school, feel safe enough to take risks, and ultimately, go deeper in their learning. Love God, Love Others has been our motto for several years, but this year Mrs. Sample has unpacked it in a way that’s tangible. From establishing core values in how we engage with our classmates and teachers to implementing positive office referrals, students at Central are learning to thrive — and lead — within a larger Christian community. RESOURCES:Mark 12:30-31Positive Office Referral Form (incorporating core values)

13 MIN2 d ago
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13 | Core Values and Culture Making, Paya Sample

12 | CCS for the City with Noah Brink, Interim Head

"If from an early stage we can shape our students so that not only have they learned to accept the diversity of God's Kingdom but they crave it, that's what I want to see." - Noah Brink, Interim Head of School. In Episode 12, we welcome back Interim Head, Noah Brink to kick off the 2019-20 podcast season and discuss the concept of "CCS for the City". Why is important for an elementary school to be "for the city"? Noah and host, Christan Perona, dialogue about our role in strengthening God's Kingdom and how Central Christian School is uniquely positioned to do so. RESOURCES:Jeremiah 29:7The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren: "It's not about you."Psalm 8

17 MINSEP 8
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12 | CCS for the City with Noah Brink, Interim Head

11 - 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing A School (Director of Admissions & Communications, Christan Perona)

Choosing a school for your child can be daunting, yet all the emotional energy and planning are worth it. As you explore different schools for your child -- whether they're in preschool now or you're looking at high schools -- be sure to ask these 5 questions:1. What is your school's or school district's mission?2. What is the solidity of your academic program?3. How does your school nurture students?4. What do graduates of your school look like?5. Can I see myself here?Join us as the host of EmpowerCentral, our own Director of Admissions & Communications, unpacks these questions and gives you suggestions on how to get the answers you're looking for.And for some ongoing perspective: Isaiah 49:15, 16

10 MINJAN 10
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11 - 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing A School (Director of Admissions & Communications, Christan Perona)

10 - The Incarnation | A Christmas Episode (5th/6th Bible Teacher, Pastor Vince Hall)

Word + Became + Flesh. What's the significance of God entering into history, entering into His own creation? What does pride have to do with Christmas? Listen in as Pastor Vince Hall, Central's Summit (5th/6th) Bible teacher, shares about the reality of "God with us" and explains how the incarnation shatters our theology of good works. The same God who breathed life into the void of pre-creation breathes life into your chaos and brokenness today. RESOURCES: John 1:14Luke 2:7Hebrews 2:17John 1:1, Genesis 1, Deuteronomy 5:24, Psalm 107:20New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel by I. Howard Marshall

13 MIN2018 DEC 24
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10 - The Incarnation | A Christmas Episode (5th/6th Bible Teacher, Pastor Vince Hall)

9 - The Counter-Narrative | Part 2: Starting Conversations (Principal, Paya Sample)

How do we begin conversations with our children and students to explore the counter-narrative? How do we find places for the voices that are often not listened to? In Part 2 of The Counter-Narrative, Central Christian School's principal, Paya Sample, defines "counter-narrative" and explains the importance of it. By giving practical examples, she inspires listeners to consider a different path as you motivate children to think critically and empathetically while engaging with history and different people groups. Dialogue further with Mrs. Sample by contacting her at info@centralschoolstl.org. RESOURCES:TEDTalk: "The Danger of a Single Story"Project 562 Conversation Starters:--I wonder how we can find out more information about...-- Who's voice is missing from the story or movie? Why do you think that voice is missing?-- Do you think this is always the case?-- What do you think it would be like to be on the other side of this story?

12 MIN2018 DEC 20
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9 - The Counter-Narrative | Part 2: Starting Conversations (Principal, Paya Sample)

8 - The Counter-Narrative | Part 1: Culturally Responsive Books (Librarian, Nancy Gruneisen)

We want to talk with our kids and students about diversity and inclusion, about perspectives and having an others-centered orientation, but we often don't know where to start. Part 1 of our two-part series on The Counter-Narrative features Central's librarian, Nancy Gruneisen, who quite vulnerably opens up about her own journey toward cultural responsiveness and understanding. From personal experiences within her own family to her work within Central's library, Mrs. Gruneisen gives practical suggestions about choosing books that represent a broader view of humanity.RESOURCES:WebsitesBrightlyThe Brown ShelfWe Need Diverse BooksNavigating these websites requires thoughtful discernment. Some books on these sites may may not suit your family or your beliefs. As a reminder, Nancy Gruneisen and Central Christian School recommends you check a book out of the library and read it prior to sharing it with your child. Book TitlesFish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly HuntMy Two Grannies by Floella Be...

12 MIN2018 DEC 17
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8 - The Counter-Narrative | Part 1: Culturally Responsive Books (Librarian, Nancy Gruneisen)

7 - Intrinsic Motivation (Spanish Teacher/International Admissions Assistant, Marcela Casco-Lee)

How do we foster within our children a love of learning -- simply for the sake of learning rather than to gain rewards? Join us as we dialogue with Central's Spanish teacher, Marcela Casco-Lee. In Episode 7, she explores ways to cultivate natural curiosity and intrinsic motivation within kids, so they grow up to be healthy, independent adults. Hear her suggestions for growing critical thinkers and lifelong learners in today's world. RESOURCES:"A New Kind of Reward Increases Intrinsic Motivation", Psychology TodayUnconditional Parenting by Alfie KhonThe Danish Way of Parenting by Jessica Joelle AlexanderThe Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori To dialogue further about instrinsic motivation, email Marcela Casco-Lee at info@centralschoolstl.org.

12 MIN2018 DEC 8
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7 - Intrinsic Motivation (Spanish Teacher/International Admissions Assistant, Marcela Casco-Lee)

6 - Fostering a Love of Fitness through Lifetime Sport (Athletic Director/PE Teacher, Coach Crystal Burklo)

We're raising kids in a different sports culture than we ourselves grew up in. How do we foster activities that will provide lifetime fitness well beyond their childhood? What could that look like in our families? And what role should organized sports play in our kids' lives?In Episode 6, our host Christan Perona dialogues with Coach Crystal Burklo, Central's Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher. Listen in to learn suggestions to incorporate into your family's lifestyle that can benefit everyone -- mom and dad included. RESOURCES:Family Fitness,Active Play,and Exercise Adherence at verywellfamily.comLifetime Sports recommended by the AAP at healthychildren.org To dialogue with Coach Burklo about lifetime sport -- in your home or at your school -- email info@centralschoolstl.org.

12 MIN2018 NOV 20
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6 - Fostering a Love of Fitness through Lifetime Sport (Athletic Director/PE Teacher, Coach Crystal Burklo)

5 - Engaging Children for Transformation (Interim Head of School, Noah Brink)

Are we trying to create children in our homes and schools who don't need Jesus? Are we modeling conformity or transformation as the next generation watches? Interim Head of School, Noah Brink, challenges us to embrace a gospel of rescue -- for ourselves and for those we are teaching and mentoring. By promoting the modeling of confession and speaking out against self-righteousness, Mr. Brink gives a wake-up call to Christian parents and Christian educators. RESOURCES:Your Christian School: A Culture of Grace? by Paul David TrippLuke 15:11-32 To dialogue with Noah Brink about engaging children for transformation, email him at info@centralschoolstl.org.

13 MIN2018 NOV 2
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5 - Engaging Children for Transformation (Interim Head of School, Noah Brink)

4 - Anxiety and Children (School Counselor, Valerie Hubbard)

It's a topic on many of our minds as we talk with parents and educators -- anxiety. How do we equip the next generation to navigate tough situations rather than immediately rescuing them from the struggle? Listen in as our host, Christan Perona, interviews Central's school counselor, Valerie Hubbard, on what to do - and NOT do - when we see anxious kids. Mrs. Hubbard offers a good dose of perspective that will inspire adult listeners to practice the same principals in their own lives. RESOURCES:Exodus 3:1-4:20Philippians 4:6-7"The Truth About Anxiety" by Valerie Hubbard, PLPC To dialogue with Valerie Hubbard, School Counselor at Central Christian School, email info@centralschoolstl.org.

10 MIN2018 OCT 21
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4 - Anxiety and Children (School Counselor, Valerie Hubbard)