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I used to think…

By Craig Doerksen / August 8, 2019

“I used to think…” “I used to think…” It is such a great way to be able to start a sentence, isn’t it? To start a sentence that way requires change and growth. It implies learning new things and letting go of perspectives. I used to think it meant admitting I was wrong, which, in…

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21st c. Education

By Craig Doerksen / June 6, 2019

Making School for Kids, not Kids in Schools ’21st Century Skills’ is a buzz word in education right now. In fact, it has been for…a few decades. Yes, we are twenty years into the century, but it is a buzz, because educators feel painfully that the 20th century way we do education is disconnected from…

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Two Views of a School Building

By Craig Doerksen / March 27, 2019

Building a new school has two distinct elements.  The first: defining the academic program, creating the policies, procedures, and administrative backbone to lead an effective, efficient school.  Here Waterloo leans heavily on educational and institutional ‘best practices’—from governance policies, financial practices, and research-based pedagogies and programs.  It is why we are using CESA standards and NBOA to ground our…

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The City is the School—announcing Waterloo’s location.

By Craig Doerksen / January 29, 2019

Title: The City is the School—and Waterloo has a home in it! Waterloo School has a home! We have used “The city is the school” as a shorthand slogan for the kind of school we are building, one where teenagers discover how they can learn from and contribute to where they live. But this leads…

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Learning from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Craig Doerksen / January 24, 2019

Question: How does a school that hasn’t opened yet let students shadow school and learn what it will be like? Answer: Waterloo Experience Days! Through the winter we are holding Experience Days where students can experience a half day of school (one class), not as an observer, but as a student.  Core to Waterloo is…

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It is a New Year—“Do you need a vision?”

By Craig Doerksen / January 9, 2019

I learned to cook at a Young Life camp in Canada from a dear friend who is an artist by personality, outlook, and talent, and who ran the kitchen accordingly. It was never dull and the food was amazing. One of her hallmark questions to us volunteers in the course of feeding 500 was ‘Do…

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Doing School After the Word Became Flesh

By Craig Doerksen / December 5, 2018

Note: see below for opportunities to learn more about Waterloo Many years ago a dear friend told me about a Christmas season tradition—to read Athanasius’ On the Incarnation as an Advent devotional. His tradition hasn’t replaced mine of using this excellent digital Advent devotional from BIOLA that draws on art, music, poetry and scripture to…

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Designing a Different Kind of School

By Craig Doerksen / November 9, 2018

As we get ready to launch Waterloo School publicly, this is a place to get updates and read thought-provoking words about education. Some of you have known about us from the beginning, while others may be just hearing about us. The Waterloo School Update will help everyone dive deeper into our vision. What is Waterloo…

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