Future Ready

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ACSI and Cardus are pleased to provide an excerpt from their new ground-breaking research study called “Future Ready: Innovative Missions and Models in Christian Education.” The research in this book traces the stories of eleven Christian schools and networks that have engaged in fundamental mindset changes around what it means for Christian schools to be sustainable into the future.

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      About the Authors

Lynn E. SwanerLynn Swaner, Ed.D., serves as a Senior Fellow for ACSI. She is the President, US at Cardus—a non-partisan think tank dedicated to clarifying and strengthening, through research and dialogue, the ways in which society’s institutions can work together for the common good. Dr. Swaner is the editor or lead author of numerous books, including Future Ready: Innovative Missions and Models in Christian Education (Cardus & ACSI, 2022); Flourishing Together: A Christian Vision for Students, Educators, and Schools (Eerdmans, 2021); and MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education (ACSI, 2019). Dr. Swaner previously served as the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ACSI, as well as a professor of education and a Christian school leader in New York. She holds a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jon EckertJon Eckert, Ed.D., is the Copple Professor for Christians in School Leadership at Baylor University and a Cardus senior fellow. He taught intermediate and middle-school students outside Chicago and Nashville for twelve years. He completed his doctorate at Vanderbilt University and served at the US Department of Education during the Bush and Obama administrations. For ten years, he prepared teachers at Wheaton College. He is the author of The Novice Advantage: Fearless Practice for Every Teacher and Leading Together: Teachers and Administrators Improving Student Outcomes, as well as numerous book chapters and articles.

Eric EllefsenErik Ellefsen is Director of Network and Improvement at Baylor University’s Center for School Leadership. He has served in education for more than two decades as a teacher, coach, consultant, and as dean of academics at Boston Trinity Academy, principal at Chicago Christian High School, and grievance chairman for the American Federation of Teachers. He currently serves as senior fellow for both the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education and Cardus.


Matthew H. LeeMatthew H. Lee, Ph.D.,  is a Senior Fellow at the Association of Christian Schools International and Clinical Assistant Professor of Economics at Kennesaw State University. He is an Adjunct Professor of Education Policy at Johns Hopkins University, Non-Resident Scholar at Baylor University’s Center for School Leadership, co-editor of Religious Liberty and Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), co-author of Future Ready (ACSI/Cardus, 2022), and author of numerous peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, technical reports, and op-eds on faith and education.