Dan Beerens is an educational consultant, author, international speaker, and educational leader. Before starting DB Consulting in May 2010, he served as Vice President of Learning Services and Director of Instructional Improvement at Christian Schools International from 2006 to 2010, and as a building principal and then Director of Curriculum and Instruction with Holland Christian Schools from 1993 to 2006. He regularly presents on teacher evaluation and professional growth, curriculum design, school improvement, technology integration, faith integrated learning, and student faith development at regional, national and international conferences. Dan is the author of “Evaluating Teachers for Professional Growth: Creating a Culture of Motivation and Learning” published by Corwin Press in January 2000 and he wrote the Nurturing Faith blog from 2006-2014. In March 2014 he was named as the Senior Fellow for Improvement and Innovation at the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE) at Dordt College, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor. Additionally, he has been selected as a Consulting Partner in the area of Curriculum Development and Innovation for the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools.

 

Professional Activities

Speaker/Teacher

  • Over 200+ presentations since 1997 to national and international audiences (see Current/Past Work tab.)
  • Topics have included teacher evaluation and professional growth, leadership development, curriculum design, educational change, and faith development (see Services tab for complete descriptions.)
  • Adjunct professor – Dordt College – Sioux Center, IA – 2011, 2012, 2013, ongoing – teaching ED 501 (Foundations of Christian Education course)
  • Online course – six weeks Distinctives course via Christian Schools International and Calvin College – 2008-2012.

 

Author/Editor

  • Author, five recent journal articles for Christian Educator’s Journal, 2010- 2014, one for Christian Education Journal, September 2013 (see Dan’s Writing under Resources tab on this website.)
  • Author/Editor of Nurturing Faith blog for Christian School International, 297 blogs posted from 2006-2014.
  • Editor, Christian School Teacher online magazine, 2007-2011.
  • Author of Evaluating Teachers for Professional Growth: Creating a Culture of Motivation and Learning, published by Corwin Press, 2000.

 

Leader

  • Senior Fellow for School Improvement and School Innovation, Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE) at Dordt College, appointed March 2014 – ongoing.
  • Co-founder and co-convener of Strengthening Christian Schools conferences: Dyer, IN, November 2013, Dyer 2014, Florida 2014, and California 2014.
  • President of Midwest Christian Educator’s Association, 2006 – Midwest regional professional organization for 3,000 + teachers and administrators
  • Board Member, 2005-2009, Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning – Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • School improvement site team chair, Advanc-ED and CSI accreditation, co-led team to develop Measuring the Mission accreditation model
  • Advanc-ED lead evaluator training, Atlanta, GA – August 2012
  • Harvard Change Leadership, 2007

 

Community Involvement

  • Classis Holland Leadership Development Team, 2006- 2012
  • Board member, Turning Pointe School of Dance, 2001- 2005
  • Elder and Education Committee chair, 14th Street Christian Reformed Church, Holland, MI
  • Summit on Racism Education Task Force, 2000 – 2002