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2020 Spring Showcase

By Cory Bys / May 1, 2020

THE WORLD IS ALWAYS OPEN FOR LEARNING—EVEN NOW What do we study during a historical pandemic? We look at the old questions, and find new relevance. Spring Term 2020 was like nothing we had planned even just two weeks before it began.  Yet the world is always open for learning, even now. There is a…

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“Learning-in-place”

By Craig Doerksen / April 10, 2020

Learning at Waterloo in the time of COVID-19

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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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Waterloo Deep Dive Series

By Bryce Carlisle / April 24, 2019

Waterloo is offering a Community Deep Dive Series—events designed to unpack the ideas animating Waterloo’s vision and offering practical tools to help address pressing questions like these: How do we remain relational when conflict threatens to embitter a cherished relationship? When tempted to check out online, what habits can we develop to do deep work…

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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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Whole Person, Whole Education

By Carol Blosser / February 18, 2019

At the end of January, we were thrilled to take part in the GCSLS conference in San Antonio, a conversation among educators worldwide about the future of schooling in a world that is changing more rapidly every day. The theme of the conference was one near and dear to our Waterloo hearts: education must meet…

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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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