Meet Your Cohort Leader
Jessica Gombert is in her 16th year as the Grammar School Headmaster at the Geneva School of Boerne. She holds a MA in Education and has taught and equipped fellow teachers for 30 years. Teaching experiences include special education, kindergarten, adult classes for Region 20 Alternative Certification program, and student-teacher supervision at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has a passion for teaching students to become lifelong learners, mentoring teachers, and for classical and Christian education. She teaches reading in the summers in Africa and is currently writing children’s readers to supplement the phonics curriculum.
Purpose of the Cohort
To support, equip and encourage classical and Christian Grammar School Heads and future Heads, through training, collaboration, and fellowship.
10 virtual meetings 1.5 hours in length covering:
- A key topic per month with a discussion of the reading material assigned
- Open dialogue to discuss issues, challenges, and victories
- 1-3 hours of homework monthly
- Resources, shared documents, and training material
- Access to a Jessica Gombert as your mentor as needed
- Time for fellowship to encourage one another in our good and challenging work
Direct access to a seasoned mentor in between monthly virtual meetings when special needs/issues arise.
Intimate group of 10 participants to ensure relational depth and connection with colleagues from across the country.
Access to a “tool box” via a shared folder of carefully curated collection of tools, resources and articles.
Social gatherings with cohorts at SCL regional and national gatherings.
Scope & Format
- 10-12 monthly virtual meetings, each 90 minutes in length, to include a brief presentation on a key topic and open discussion time for issues and challenges
- Running January 2021 to December 2021 (possible month or two break to help with crunch periods in year i.e. May!)
- One to three hours of monthly homework in between meetings (readings, videos etc)
The 10 module program will cover training &discussion in the following areas:
Grammar School is the foundation of a classical and Christian education. The importance of what takes place in these formative years has an impact on the future growth and success of students. Understanding the development of young learners is vital to the implementation of the Grammar School curriculum and program. The formation of a student’s mind, body and soul is critical at this stage. Therefore, the importance and commitment to lead a Grammar School well improves the likelihood of lifelong learners ready for the stages of Logic, Rhetoric and life. The goal of the cohort is to strengthen Grammar School Heads. Through intentional discussions and readings, we will cultivate our knowledge and skill while applying them to planning, leading, and building effective Grammar School programs.
In this module we will discuss the importance of the Grammar stage of the trivium, get acquainted with the group and the format of the modules.
Whether you are serving in a small or large school, leadership is key to creating and maintaining a thriving and healthy Grammar School. Leadership does not come naturally to many; therefore, training and mentoring is necessary. As Grammar School Heads, our influence reaches students, faculty, parents and beyond. How we get others to follow and how effective we are as mentors and influencers is key. In this module we will study and discuss practical leadership principles.
In order to lead the faculty, students, parents and maintain an age-appropriate learning environment,Grammar School heads must have a deep understanding of how young children learn. In this module, we will discuss development of a Grammar School student, programming, curriculum and goals for future learning. We will discuss ways to develop a K-5 (6) program and how to choose and implement curriculum. We will discuss mindset and grit as it relates to successfully completing a challenging but attainable Grammar School program. We will also look at a Portrait of a Graduate as it relates to current curriculum choices and purpose of the Grammar School.
Knowing the power of words and that we wield them on a constant basis, we must be aware of when and how to use them. We must not take for granted the impact that we and our words have on those around us. Though we may forget much of what we say, many students, teachers and parents take our words to heart. We should be alert, accurate and wise with our words in leadership and life. In this module, we will learn tools and techniques to effectively communicate with faculty, students, parents and in difficult conversations.
In this module, we will discuss how to develop and implement a training program for new teachers and continued teacher education for experienced teachers. Knowing what type of teacher is best for your program is essential to a thoughtful hiring process. Using the Portrait of a Teacher, we will prepare a guide with attributes and goals of a grammar school faculty.
Planning for the school year must be intentional and thoughtful. In this module, we will discuss planning for the upcoming school year, teacher inservice and impactful programming. We will discuss weekly teacher contact, evaluations, parent meetings and school programs.
Culture guides your organization by aligning values and mission. It provides a path to maintaining the mission of your school. Understanding classical education and the purpose of the trivium is essential for Grammar School Heads. In this module, we will use our mission statements to establish a Grammar School culture.
Leaders need to model being a life-long learner and maintain a plan to care for our souls, minds and bodies. In this module we will discuss ways to schedule our days, delegate and manage time. We will read a book that will encourage and shepherd the soul of our leadership.
In the Grammar School, teaching reading is one of the most important skills for future learning. Understanding how the brain works, being familiar with neuroscience and effective reading programs is essential for a Grammar School Head. Students are not considered expert readers until they are about 16 years of age, making it imperative that the Head lead the K-5 faculty equipped with knowledge. In this module we will further our learning regarding young readers, how to train and support teachers and struggling readers.
Evaluation is intended to give clear and honest feedback on how a student is performing against your school’s standards and expectations in academics, study habits and behavior. The goal should be that they meet expectations, both consistently and independently. Recognizing Grammar School students may need more time to reach goals and are continually developing, additional support and practice is needed. In this module, we will discuss the importance of formal and informal assessment. We will also address admissions testing.
SCL Member Schools will receive an additional 10% off, making it a total of 35% off = $1,430 annual / $119 per month