In November, Grace Academy’s school collaboration group composed of Broadfording, New Life, Shalom, Heritage and Grace academies hosted a professional-development training day as a community of learning. It was the second attempt at offering a common training day, and it was an overwhelming success. More than 125 faculty members attended the all-day training.
Kathleen Richards Hopkins, who presents workshops nationally and internationally on topics related to the enhancement of student learning ability, was the featured speaker. Her presentation was themed to the book she authored, “Teaching How to Learn in a What-to-learn Culture.”
Hopkins presented a practical, no-nonsense approach to classroom instruction. Her insights were masterfully presented and the faculty left with strategies that could be used immediately in their classroom.
Not only did the faculty feel the day was worthwhile, the school leaders also saw the day as a step forward not only with faculty training but for Christian education in general.
Dewitt Powell, superintendent of Heritage Academy, wrote, "I was most impressed with the seminar information; but more importantly, the collaboration between the Christians schools on the learning process, meetings they had together to discuss information and just being able to meet with other Christian educators."
Angie Petersheim, principal of Shalom Academy said, "Repeatedly throughout the day I heard comments from teachers and administrators expressing appreciation that our schools could come together in this way. It is a good reminder that we are not competing against each other. Our goal as Christian schools is to ultimately impact young lives for Christ no matter which setting they choose."
Jack Appleby, headmaster of Grace Academy, said, "This is just one example which shows that collaboration has huge benefits by the opportunities that can be provided when resources are shared rather than competed for. Christian education should be about excellence, and that can be reached when we work together to complete the mission that God has given us."
— Submitted by Ashley Evans