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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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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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Making Schedules, Making Time

By Carol Blosser / November 28, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! As we head into a holiday where we get some time from school for giving thanks, we want to reflect on how we spend time in school. Time is the commodity we take for granted until we don’t have enough of it. As our lives get faster and faster, without thinking we begin…

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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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