What Alternative High Schools Are Getting Right

Flexibility. Low student-teacher ratios. Valuing relationships more than attendance. Dr. Laura Pardo is finding that successful alternative high schools have these features, among others, in common. She wants to equip aspiring teachers to replicate their impact in traditional schools, too. “There are some things that we can pull from, as a profession, that can help … Continue reading “What Alternative High Schools Are Getting Right”

Spera 2019
Damage Control

Bad News Travels … Slowly

If you’ve ever put off telling your boss that a project’s running late, you’ve got company. Over and over in his controlled experimental studies, Dr. Jayson Dibble finds the same pattern: If a person has bad news to deliver, it’s going to take some time. He’s heard of doctors waiting years to convey a diagnosis … Continue reading “Bad News Travels … Slowly”

Spera 2019
The Inner Life

Understanding “Calling” in a Multi-Faith Society

Hands down, here’s a college senior’s least favorite question: What are you going to do after graduation? Since 2003 Hope College has taken a focused approach to helping students answer it well. Dr. David Cunningham arrived at Hope in 2003 to launch the college’s CrossRoads Project, in which students explore what gives them joy — … Continue reading “Understanding “Calling” in a Multi-Faith Society”

Spera 2018
Education and Vocation

Opening Research Doors for College Students Worldwide

On a spring Thursday morning, climb the stairs to the Schaap Science Center biochemistry lab and you’ll find a dozen detectives at work. Each pair of student researchers is analyzing a protein that scientists don’t yet understand. Interpreting 3-D images, culturing bacteria and using gel electrophoresis to assess the size and behavior of particles, they … Continue reading “Opening Research Doors for College Students Worldwide”

Spera 2018
Education and Vocation

Jeremiah and Lamentations Through 16th-Century Eyes

Hope College church historian Dr. Jeff Tyler has spent the past 10 years in conversation with Reformation writers. As the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation approached, he combed through books, lectures, sermons and other texts by nearly 50 Reformation thinkers to assemble an anthology of Protestant Reformers’ comments on the Old Testament books of … Continue reading “Jeremiah and Lamentations Through 16th-Century Eyes”

Spera 2018
Looking Back at the Reformation