Annual “Seminar Weeks” at Covenant Christian Academy give upper school students the opportunity to learn beyond the typical classroom format and have become a beloved tradition. The faculty chooses a topic, normal class schedules are suspended, and students work in mixed-grade groups for the week. An unofreseen benefit is the camaraderie and team-building that Seminar Week planning and implementation brings to the faculty. The theme for Seminar Week 2012 at CCA was the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and resulted in the entire school community learning more about the issue. This workshop will focus on an overview of what the CCA faculty has done as well as what has been learned for designing meaningful Seminar Weeks.
Robyn Burlew has served as Academic Dean and Upper School Principal at Veritas School in Richmond, Virginia, for four years. Prior to moving to Richmond, she served for 15 years as an administrator and taught biology and math at Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Robyn earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Houghton College and a master’s degree in integrated curriculum and instruction from Covenant College.