Other Voices: Gerard Manley Hopkins and Science Instruction

In classical and Christian schools we seek rigorous academics and a robust Christian worldview, but these are not the only necessary ingredients for instruction that ennobles the mind and educates the whole person. In any discipline, there are “other voices” that speak to our hearts and minds. In this workshop we will explore ways that […]

Science: Discovery and Discipleship

The history of science is a history of discovery, but the historical role of discovery is now threatened by the limited exposure to nature that is now common among young people. In this seminar, we will examine ways teachers can reinvigorate the study of science in the midst of a culture that has lost a […]

What is a Harkness discussion?

This seminar will discuss the history of round table discussions at Veritas School in Newberg. It will attempt to explain why we implemented these graded discussions in the upper level Humanities courses, howe we set up discussions, and how we assess them. This seminar will share tested procedures for implementing and managing fruitful Harkness discussions […]

Integrating the Curriculum With Rhetoric

If we want to integrate the curriculum (and we do), we need a principle of harmony that is both big enough to include everything and practical enough to prepare for everything. [Kern] shows how classical rhetoric is the necessary practical tool to integrate the curriculum.

A New Natural Philosophy: Implementing the Vision of C.S. Lewis

In The Abolition of Man C.S. Lewis noted that the “triumphs [of science] may have been too rapid and purchased at too high a price: reconsideration, and something like repentance, may be required.” This can easily leave an eager science teacher confused even if he agrees. How do we do this? What decisions and steps […]

Re-Imagining Grammar School Science: A PK-6 Curriculum

We want our graduates to be the best technical scientists, without exception. At the same time, we also know that all of us, teachers and students alike, are called to something more than technical proficiency when it comes to understanding science. Scientists in our schools need to be masters of facts and frameworks, knowledgeable in […]

Why Before How: Making A Math Transition (Chris Hall, Dr. Mo Gaffney)

Whether you are implementing Singapore Math or are simply looking to rev up the math culture in your school, this session is for you. Changing the way math is taught requires more than a change of textbooks. A successful transition requires thoughtful navigation through a constellation of considerations, from the scripts that guide your teachers’ […]

Science Alive!

How do you breathe life into your science curriculum? If you want to know how to integrate science with history, math, writing and more, this is the workshop for you. Come receive practical tips and a hands-on demonstration that will set the stage for future stimulating lessons.

Strategies for Refining/Reforming a Mathematics Program

An overview will be given of steps taken and lessons learned during the last four years of mathematics reform at Veritas School. Particular attention will be given to four critical components: one, composing a comprehensive curriculum map; two, repairing / reconnecting a disconnected / excessively modularized curriculum through “essential questions” and “concept threading”; three, refining […]

Understanding the Current Condition: Mathematics in America

An overview will be given of recent changes in mathematics curriculum and pedagogy. Then findings of recent international studies on mathematics education will be summarized with a particular focus on explanations for the ongoing mediocrity of students performance in mathematics in America. Opportunities for refinement and/or reform of current practices will be identified thereby setting […]