Issues in Education
This course critically examines the philosophical and historical background and context of contemporary educational practice. The focus is on key issues currently affecting the areas of teaching, curriculum, learning, and the school as an institution. Emphasis falls on relating philosophical and historical contexts to daily classroom practice. Course participants are equipped to use philosophical analysis as part of their reflective practice drawing on understandings and commitments in this course.
Best Practices in Instructional Strategies
This course examines practices and theories in advanced pedagogy and instruction. Geared for the classroom teacher who wants to take instruction to the next level as well as the instructional coach working with colleagues, the course uses a biblical foundation to explore the nature of teaching and learning and to examine a variety of research-based, objectives-driven teaching and instructional strategies.
Teaching for Transformation I
Participants in this course will recognize how worldviews (stories) shape and pervade all aspects of the educational endeavor. By identifying different historical and philosophical worldviews (stories) and by grounding their teaching in God’s story, participants will design and implement curricular, instructional and assessment practices that invite and nurture their students to live into their roles in God’s Story. Based on best practices of backward design, project-based learning and expeditionary learning models, participants will be guided through professional development workshops and guided readings to transform their teaching practices to empower their students to meet the real needs of real people by engaging real work.