Board Leadership

Outcomes of to-be published findings from Independent School Management’s (ISM) 2007-2008 Board Leadership research projects.

Walker Buckalew

Executive Consultant, Independent School Management

In additon to his role as a consultant with ISM, a firm serving more than 4,000 school clients, Dr. Buckalew is also the author of eight non-fiction books and three Christian fiction books.

Strategic and Financial Planning – Part 1

Walker Buckalew

Executive Consultant, Independent School Management

In additon to his role as a consultant with ISM, a firm serving more than 4,000 school clients, Dr. Buckalew is also the author of eight non-fiction books and three Christian fiction books.

Tools for Teacher Evaluation

Performance evaluation is usually an uncomfortable experience for educators. But, when educators help design a process that drives improvement and leads to better learning, everyone benefits. This session describes such a process, and provides examples of survey instruments and data summaries that form the basis for positive formative assessment of teaching and learning.

Robert Littlejohn

Dr. Littlejohn is Head of School at Trinity Academy of Raleigh, North Carolina. As a Ph.D Biologist, he has authored two college biology laboratory texts and has published 26 reports of original research in the fields of Ecology, Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Science Educational Theory. In 2006, he coauthored Wisdom and Eloquence: a Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning, published by Crossway Books, Chicago. His career spans 26 years in K-12 and higher education, during which he has served in a variety of teaching and administrative capacities, including Academic Vice President for a liberal arts college and Director for a consortium of ten colleges and universities. He was founding headmaster for New Covenant Schools in Virginia, founding executive director for the society for Classical Learning and a founding board member for the American School of Lyon, France. He is a certified facilitator for Appreciative Inquiry, an AQIP reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and a Consultant to Colleges and schools across the nation.

The Beauty of Teaching Music Classically

Ms. Love explains how to encourage all ages of students to hear, understand, and personalize great works. She outlines how to provide the necessary historic, scientific, and thematic context before listening to a piece. Ms. Love demonstrates how to use recognition and “the art of music naming”. In addition, Ms. Love guides educators to see that Jesus is woven throughout all creation and that educators must “keep him in the conversation” as they teach. Ms. Love encourages educators to consider that God created music “good” and that He made us able to understand, appreciate, and create music for His glory alone.

Nancy Love

Nancy Love has a BS from Bemidji State University, MN in Music and Elementary Education. She taught elementary music in public schools in North Dakota and Minnesota before she took a missionary position as a music educator at Rift Valley School in Kenya, East Africa. During her 20 years at the boarding school for children of missionaries. Ms, Love created and developed the elementary music program, an elementary choral program, wrote curriculum for general music classes, and directed a variety of performances. Ms. Love also worked briefly in the Seychelles, Islands in the Indian Ocean, organizing, creating and developing national grammar school choral ensembles for the Seychellois government under the auspices of the Conservatoire of Seychelles. Since 2004, Ms. Love has been a lower school music educator at Hill Country Christian School of Austin where she has worked with teachers to develop a music program that is integrated with classroom studies.

Effective Teaching

Every teacher wants students to learn. Attend this workshop to learn how to present knowledge in the way it produces learning. Learn to teach with the grain of the child to reach your classroom goals.

Lynn Gilpin

Lynn Gilpin is the Lower School Principal at Veritas Christian Academy in Fletcher, North Carolina. She was a Founding Board Member for 10 years. Mrs. Gilpin also served as the Lower School Dean of Faculty for 12 years and has traveled the U.S. training teachers in the classical methodology. She has been presenting at the SCL Conferences for the past 13 years. Mrs. Gilpin is also certi ed in Orton- Gillingham, and regularly tutors students in OG in addition to her duties as principal. She has also done training in Linda-Mood Bell and holds a degree in Special Education. She has 3 wonderful boys who all attended Veritas and appreciate their classical and Christian education. She lives in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina with her husband and one son.

Behavior Health for Educators

Overview of major concepts and techniques in the psychophysiology of wellness under pressure.

Walker Buckalew

Executive Consultant, Independent School Management

In additon to his role as a consultant with ISM, a firm serving more than 4,000 school clients, Dr. Buckalew is also the author of eight non-fiction books and three Christian fiction books.

The Five Canons of Rhetoric in the Upper School

Classical Rhetoric is more than just a stage in a child’s development – it’s a culmination of one process and the commencement of another. By examining each of the five cannons of classical rhetoric, you will see the immense power of the classical curriculum to prepare young men and women for leadership, for service, and for the kingdom of God.

Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern is the Founder and President of CiRCE Institute. He has also helped found Providence Academy, Ambrose School, Great Ideas Academy and Regents Schools of the Carolinas. Andrew is the co-author of Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, The Lost Tools of Writing and The CiRCE Guide to Reading. Andrew is also a consultant and founded the CiRCE apprenticeship.

Writing Fiction and Screenplays

Walker Buckalew

Executive Consultant, Independent School Management

In additon to his role as a consultant with ISM, a firm serving more than 4,000 school clients, Dr. Buckalew is also the author of eight non-fiction books and three Christian fiction books.

ISM’s Faculty Evaluation

ISM’s recommended alternative to mission statements as the sole centerpiece in marketing: a) the 12-word mission statement b) the ‘portrait of the graduate’ and c) the ‘characteristics of faculty professional excellence.’

Walker Buckalew

Executive Consultant, Independent School Management

In additon to his role as a consultant with ISM, a firm serving more than 4,000 school clients, Dr. Buckalew is also the author of eight non-fiction books and three Christian fiction books.

Crafting Purpose and Outcome Statements

ISM’s approach to strategic planning: viability-focused planning that is simultaneously conceptual and financial: an overview of both process and product.

Walker Buckalew

Executive Consultant, Independent School Management

In additon to his role as a consultant with ISM, a firm serving more than 4,000 school clients, Dr. Buckalew is also the author of eight non-fiction books and three Christian fiction books.