grammar school heads
(year TWO)

About the cohort

The Grammar School Heads cohort is designed to support, equip, and encourage classical and Christian Grammar School Heads and future Heads, through training, collaboration, and fellowship.  This cohort will explore a key topic each month, with discussion of the reading material assigned.  It will include time for fellowship to encourage one another in our good and challenging work and access to Jessica Gombert as your mentor. The Year Two cohort is for individuals who have already completed Jessica Gombert’s Year One cohort. 

Meeting Dates and Time: Beginning on September 29th, will meet the last Thursday of the month at 11:00CST (except Nov/Dec due to holidays and Oct due to the cohort retreat). 

Meeting Dates: 9/29, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/26, 2/23, 3/30, 4/27, 5/25, 6/22.

Meet Your Cohort Leader​

Jessica Gombert has been the Grammar School headmaster for 16 years at the Geneva School of Boerne. She holds a MA in Education and has been involved in many aspects of education for over 30 years. Teaching experiences include: special education, kindergarten, adult classes for Region 20 Alternative Certification program, and university student teacher supervision. She has a passion for teaching students to become lifelong learners, encouraging and leading teachers, and for Christian and classical education. Jessica has led the SCL Grammar School Heads cohort for two years and has presented at several conferences. She is currently writing children’s readers to supplement the phonics curriculum. She also has a love for serving and teaching children in Africa. She has taught and trained teachers in Zambia and is currently helping to build a classical and Christian Grammar School in Uganda.
Jessica Gombert
Grammar School Head, Geneva School of Boerne

Cohort Syllabus

We will discuss the importance of our leadership skills, strengths and making the most of our weaknesses as we lead teachers, students, and parents. 

Goal setting: The goals we choose for the year give us focus. The group will work together to define and prioritize the most important goals of the Grammar School.

Reading Resources for Module1: Leading with A Limp by Dan Allender and Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

Our understanding of the Grammar Stage is imperative to the understanding of a classical and Christian education. 

Reading Resource: The Liberal Arts Tradition by Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott

“Compared to a robust understanding, the notion that the grammar is concerned only with memorizing facts and learning the rudiments of the disciplines is threadbare and impoverished.” Clarke and Scott

We will discuss how to build godly and healthy relationships with parents, plan and prepare parent education, and brainstorm ideas for gatherings that build community and camaraderie

The group will discuss the importance of developing and maintaining culture in the Grammar School. Everything we do must align with God’s Word, principles of predictability and excellence. The work we do is counter cultural in many aspects and therefore how we lead the school culture is important. 

Reading instruction in Grammar School is of utmost importance in a classical and Christian education. Our knowledge as administrators is critical as we lead our program. In this module we will learn essential reading information and strategies to lead our teachers.

Resources: Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf

Equipped for Reading Success by David A. Kilpatrick, Ph. D

Members will have opportunity to present problems in advance for the group to problem solve together. Many of us face the same issues during the school year. Knowing the truth that “where there is a problem there is a solution” should encourage us. The beauty of the cohort is we get access to each other’s ideas, support, encouragement, and the knowledge that we are not alone in our leadership.

The mission of our school is important. Mission drift is a problem we should work hard to avoid. How we remain mission focused in our role as Grammar School Heads will be discussed in this module.

Reading Resource: Mission Drift by Peter Greer and Chris Horst

Members will have opportunity to present problems in advance for the group to problem solve together. Many of us face the same issues during the school year. Knowing the truth that “where there is a problem there is a solution” should encourage us. The beauty of the cohort is we get access to each other’s ideas, support, encouragement, and the knowledge that we are not alone in our leadership

I have recently heard May called Maycember. The month of May is busy. How are we prioritizing? Are there ways we could make May less hectic and restful?

Individually and as a group we will assess the school year. Did we meet our goals? Have we grown as leaders? How healthy is our team, faculty, the parents and community?

TOTAL COST

grammar school heads (Year TWO) cohort

$ 2,499
  • SCL Member Schools receive 10% discount
  • Monthly Payment Options Available

Joining a cohort

In order to keep group sizes small, and maximize effectiveness, groups are limited in size (typically 10-12) and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are asked to commit to the work and engagement involved.
 
Due to the limited size, some individuals will be waitlisted until there are enough applicants to form a new group. Also, a minimum of six participants are needed for each group to make.

Questions?

Please reach out to Sarah Spencer at sarah@societyforclassicallearning.org