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Learning how to fail

By Craig Doerksen / October 25, 2021 / Comments Off on Learning how to fail

I was in Atlanta recently at an education conference and a colleague who I’d not seen since we had started Waterloo wanted an update on how we were doing. Being an educator he asked an important question, “How do you know what you are doing is working?” So I shared with him one of the…

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Do we need managers or leaders?

By Craig Doerksen / September 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Do we need managers or leaders?

The pandemic has disrupted a lot, right? A lot in the workplace, and a lot in schools. And, when things get stirred up, we notice status quo features of life, school, or work we had not seen before. They were always there, but once we see them in the light, we realize—that’s not a feature, that’s a…

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Why Waterloo? Personal student-teacher relationships (VIDEO)

By Waterloo School / March 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Why Waterloo? Personal student-teacher relationships (VIDEO)

At Waterloo, students can build personal relationships with a faculty of incredibly caring and passionate teachers. Learn more from the students themselves as they answer the question “Why Waterloo?”

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How to be RARE in the time of Coronavirus

By Craig Doerksen / August 7, 2020 / Comments Off on How to be RARE in the time of Coronavirus

I have always appreciated the cool head and heart in a hot room. You know the person: something happens that others react emotionally to in fear and alarm, and the cool, calm, collected person brings confidence, peace, and hope to those around him or her. I appreciate the coolness, because that kind of calm creates…

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Learning Whimsy

By Carol Blosser / July 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Learning Whimsy

In his New York Times bestseller Love Does, Bob Goff proposes that “the language of love is laced with whimsy. It sometimes borders on the irrational. Like I’ve been saying, though, love is a do thing. It’s an energy that has to be dissipated.” “Whimsical” is not how most of us would think about love,…

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Two Views of a School Building

By Craig Doerksen / March 27, 2019 / Comments Off on Two Views of a School Building

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 / Comments Off on Whole Person, Whole Education

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 / Comments Off on The City is the School—announcing Waterloo’s location.

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 / Comments Off on Learning from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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 / Comments Off on It is a New Year—“Do you need a vision?”

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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