The January Series: Nicole Baker Fulgham on “Educating All God’s Children”

Don’t miss Brazos Press author Nicole Baker Fulgham speaking today for Calvin College’s The January Series on “Educating All God’s Children.”

Her presentation can be heard live today (Tuesday, January 14) at 12:30 p.m. EST (11:30 a.m. CST, 10:30 a.m. MST, 9:30 a.m. PST). Click here to listen live.

 

By the time kids in low-income communities are in fourth grade, they’re already three grade levels behind their peers in wealthier communities. More than 50% won’t graduate from high school—and many that do graduate only perform at an 8th grade level. Only one in ten will go on to graduate from college-and these students have severely diminished opportunities for personal prosperity and professional success.

America strives to be the land of equal opportunity, but our nation’s public schools are not leveling the playing field. Something must change, and in this presentation Nicole will explore the realities that exist today and what it is that needs to change. Nicole will address what Christians, and everyone, can and should do to help improve educational outcomes for America’s children by helping to improve our public schools. She will delve into the problems that cause educational inequity in the first place and what people of faith can practically do to help seek justice for all God’s children.

Nicole Baker Fulgham is the founder and president of The Expectations Project, a non-profit organization that develops & mobilizes faith-motivated advocates who help close the academic achievement gap in public schools. She is the author of Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can – and Should – Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids.

A native of Detroit, Nicole graduated from the University of Michigan and joined Teach For America where she taught fifth grade in Compton, California. Nicole received her doctorate in education from UCLA with a focus on urban education policy and teacher preparation. She joined the national staff of Teach For America, where she held several key leadership roles, including Vice President of New Site Development, Vice President of Teacher Training and Support and Vice President of Faith Community Relations.

Nicole is a Mind Trust Education Entrepreneur Fellow and a Pahara-Aspen Institute Education Fellow. She speaks at national faith-based and education conferences, has appeared on CNN and ABC News and authored several articles about educational equity. Christianity Today Magazine featured Nicole as One to Watch and also named her one of the 50 Women Leaders Influencing the Church and Culture. Nicole serves on the board of several non-profit organizations and lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and their three children.

The January Series: Kevin Schut on “Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games”

Don’t miss Brazos Press author Kevin Schut speaking today for Calvin College’s The January Series on “Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games.”

His presentation can be heard live today (Monday, January 13) at 12:30 p.m. EST (11:30 a.m. CST, 10:30 a.m. MST, 9:30 a.m. PST). Click here to listen live.

 

Of Games and God

Video games are big business, generating billions of dollars annually. The long-held stereotype of the gamer as a solitary teen hunched in front of his computer screen for hours is inconsistent with the current makeup of a diverse and vibrant gaming community. The rise of this cultural phenomenon raises a host of questions: Are some games too violent? Do they hurt or help our learning? Do they encourage escapism? How do games portray gender? Such questions have generated lots of talk, but missing from much of the discussion has been a Christian perspective.

In his book “Of Games & God” Kevin Schut, a communications expert and an enthusiastic gamer himself, offers a lively, balanced, and informed Christian evaluation of video games and video game culture. He expertly engages a variety of issues, encouraging readers to consider both the perils and the promise of this major cultural phenomenon.

Kevin is associate professor and chair of the department of media and communication at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. His research uses video games to investigate the intersection of communication, technology, and culture. He has published articles and chapters on video games and history, games and mythology, and evangelical involvement with video games.

Kevin was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and still cheers for the Oilers. After graduating from Calvin College, he married and taught overseas in schools for missionary kids in the Cote d’Ivoire and Hungary for three and a half years. He was overjoyed to have the opportunity to move back to Canada after grad school in Iowa (Go Hawks!) and still teach in a Christian university. He has three young daughters who love playing the Wii, PS3, and Xbox360 with him.