Effort Alone will not Develop a Growth Mindset in Math

by Patti Chesney June 2016

Carol’s Dweck’s book Mindset has revolutionized classrooms across the country. But in an effort to get on the bandwagon, many people have mistakenly associated effort alone with growth mindset. In this session we will explore best teaching practices to develop and maximize the benefits of a growth mindset in teaching mathematics.

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Math Mindset Students

Using Argument Maps to Develop Argumentation Skills

by Bryce Carlisle June 2016

Students’ ability to design and understand their arguments can improve by teaching the relatively simple skills of argument mapping. While dozens of software programs such as Rationale and Augumentative make applying this skill relatively easy, teachers and students can apply simple rules with blank pieces of paper and colored pencils to practice the process of […]

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Argumentation Learning Skills Logic

Modern Pressures, Ancient Practices, Space for Grace – A Chapel Theme for Christians in the current cultural moment

by Bryan Verbrugge June 2016

“Teenagers live today in a world of competing allegiances.” How disoriented our students must feel! The questions provoked by life in America today in some ways aren’t new, but in many ways are deeper and more pressing than ever before. Because of this, at Covenant we chose a chapel theme to help us as a […]

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Culture Schedule Worship

Falling in Love with Words: Or, How to Read a Poem

by Christopher Benson June 2016

To really fall in love with words, a Christian teacher of poetry must first be in love with the Word, that is to say, Jesus Christ – the poet par excellence. Right belief (orthodoxy) about the Word precedes and pervades a right practice (orthopraxy) of studying words. For an exercise in slow reading, we will […]

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Poetry Robert Frost Theology

The Good Man Reading Well

by Heather Arabie June 2016

The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, The Odyssey…some of the most cherished and challenging literature in history. Knowing that our students will one day read these texts, how do begin to prepare children in the Grammar stage? This presentation will provide an overview of the “why & how” of teaching children to read in the grammar […]

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Grammar School Literature Reading

The Feasibility Study: It’s About More than Just the Money

by Jason Lewis June 2016

The purpose of a campaign feasibility study is generally intended to provide an answer to the questions of whether or not an organization is ready to proceed with a capital campaign and the extent to which a campaign can be successful. More often than not, the organization’s leaders expect an affirmative response and a specific […]

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Capital Campaign Fundraising Strategic Planning

Culture Care

by Makoto Fujimura June 2016

Mokoto Fujimura discusses the relationships between Christianity, art, culture, and family, and reflects on the work of the artist in a fallen world.

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Art Culture

Harpooner’s Calm

by Robert Ingram June 2016

Herman Melville describes in Moby Dick the frenzied mad dash across the wine dark sea as whalers strained with every muscle fiber to chase a whale to its death. During what could be hours long chases the oarsmen labored while the harpooner calmly reserved his strength for the moment he would unleash his deadly dart. […]

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Administration Leadership Melville

Benefits & Principles of Integrative Teaching

by Christine Godwin June 2016

One of the fundamental insights of classical education is that knowledge is unified, and yet the way many of us teach treats subjects like history and literature as though they are distinct by separating them into two different classes. Whether you teach these classes separately or you teach Humanities in one “block”, it is possible […]

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History Humanities Literature Subject Integration

The Clean Sea Breeze of the Centuries: Literary Experience as Perspective on Culture

by Jeremiah Forshey June 2016

One of the primary benefits of reading literature is that it allows us to inhabit another person’s experiences, to see the world through other eyes and to perceive it with other minds, and in so doing, broaden our own limited experience of the world. In particular, C. S. Lewis says that in reading “old books,” […]

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C.S. Lewis Humanities Literature Reading Habits

Plato: Understanding the Foundations of the Classical Education Tradition

by David Diener June 2016

Plato is one of the principal founders of the western intellectual tradition, and his understanding of education has had a profound impact on the development of educational theory and practice around the world for nearly two-and-a-half millennia. The study of his views is thus of great benefit, both as a means of examining fundamental questions […]

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Classical Education Philosophy Plato

Cultivating Spirituality and the Challenge of Technology

by David Diener June 2016

Digital screen technologies are playing an ever-increasingly present role in our lives and the lives of our students. While such technologies have many benefits, they also pose a number of significant challenges to the cultivation of spirituality. In this seminar we will begin by briefly looking at some statistics about how today’s youth use digital […]

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Culture Spirituality Technology

Recovering the Lost Tools of Loving: The Missing Link Between Truth and Goodness in Christian Education

by Scott Aniol June 2016

Douglas Wilson’s 1991 book Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning set off an interest in classical Christian education that enjoys continued growth to this day. Since that time much has been written about the conservation of the Judeo-Christian liberal arts tradition of academics. Classical teaching methods and curricula have been emphasized as tools to help children learn […]

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Affections Classical Education

What Every Head of School Needs to Know to Succeed at Fundraising

by Ame Eldredge June 2016

What are the critical fundraising activities that a head of school must perform? What should be delegated to other staff and volunteers? This seminar will provide an overview of an end-to-end framework for relational fundraising, and then explore the unique and key role that a head of school plays in the fundraising effort.

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Fundraising School Heads

The Christian Liberal Arts: An Education for True Freedom

by George Sanker June 2016

George Sanker shares his journey to classical Christian education and discusses the value of the liberal arts for every student.

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Classical Education Liberal Arts