Volume 8, Number 1 - Fall 2012

Educators Conference to Focus on the Common Core Standards

Dr. Ellen Lowrie Black, graduate professor of education at Liberty University, is the featured speaker for Covenantís annual Educators Conference on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Dr. Black, who earned her doctorate at Temple University and later completed post-doctoral work at Harvard Graduate School of Education, will help attendees understand what the common core standards are, where they came from, how they are being implemented, and what they will mean for education across the United States. Whether you are an educator in a public, private, Christian, or home school setting, this important conference will offer important information, updates, and practical advice on the common core which have now been adopted by 47 States.

The Educators Conference, titled this year Common Core Standards: What They Are and What They Mean for Your School, is an annual gathering of educators on Covenantís scenic Lookout Mountain campus. The conference is linked with another annual event, the Career Summit, at which school administrators and agency representatives come to campus to interview our graduating education students, which this year will total 48 students who are earning degrees and certification in May as elementary, middle grades, and high school teachers. Many educators come for both events which happen according to this schedule:

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Educators Conference 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Career Summit meeting with juniors, seniors,
and MAT students
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday, March 1, 2013

Career Summit group and individual interviews 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Further information and online registration is now available for both events:
Educators Conference
Career Summit

We hope you will attend!

Job Searching

Is your school looking for an outstanding teacher for the 2013-2014 school year? If so, you need look no further than the new Directory of Teacher Education Graduates 2013, a complete listing of all Covenant education students who will graduate and be certified this May.

Also, administrators looking to post and/or alumni looking to find teaching and administrative positions, please take advantage of Covenantís College Central website to both post and browse openings. Head of School openings tend to be posted in the fall, while teacher openings tend to be posted in the spring. There is no cost for your school to post through this service. Once you have registered and been approved, you will be able to add and remove individual job postings as you see fit. Our students and alumni will be able to view your position(s) and submit application according to your instructions.

Life After the MAT

On a recent afternoon in a coffee shop in Chattanooga, two Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduates from May were spotted, meeting after a day of teaching and comparing student work. Amy Carter Powell is teaching high school art at Notre Dame High School while Corban Brauer is teaching in the Hamilton County District at Dellwood Middle School.

The MAT program is now in its second year with an anticipated enrollment next summer of 15-20 students. The MAT is a one year certification program for college graduates who have their B.A. in one of the following areas: art, Bible, biology, chemistry, drama, economics, English, French, German, history, mathematics, music, physics, or Spanish. You can get the full details at www.mat.covenant.edu, and our MAT graduates are already teaching in public, private, and Christian schools in several states.

Covenant Comes to You

The following was listed in our spring newsletter, but we add it here again for your information.

The faculty in our department regularly lead in-service programs and offer workshops and other presentations around the country and internationally, but we are often asked what presentations our faculty can make for schools. So, in an effort to facilitate that process, we offer the following faculty and topics for your consideration. If any can meet a need for your school, their email address is listed:

Dr. Rebecca Pennington (rebecca.pennington@covenant.edu):
Topic Length of Workshop
Whatís the Big Idea: Teaching for Deep Understanding Half day
Spice Up Your Planning Life: Integrated Curriculum Variable
Common Core Standards: Understanding and Use Half to full day
Teaching Literacy Across the Curriculum Variable
Loving Our Neighbor Through Literature Variable


Dr. Bruce Young (bruce.young@covenant.edu)
Topic Length of Workshop
Diagnosis and Remediation of Math Difficulties Variable
Hands-on Science: Creative Projects for the Classroom Variable


Dr. Stephen Kaufmann (steve.kaufmann@covenant.edu)
Home Schools, Magnets, and Charters: Friends or Foes of Christian Schools
Reading Both of Godís Books: Mr. Hoag and the Bible on Student Nature
Common Grace and the Christian School


Dr. James Drexler (jdrexler@covenant.edu)
Topic Length of Workshop
Spiritual Warfare in Christian Schooling Half or full day
Professional Learning Communities for Christian Schools Full day
Biblical Framework for Christian Schooling Half or full day
Feeding Our Young: Comprehensive Induction for New Teachers Half day
Biblical Classroom Management and Discipline Half or full day

Encouraging Messages

We always love hearing from our graduates and friends:

  • "I thank God for your continuing and expansive influence. God's Kingdom is advancing through your efforts!"
      - Janie Pickett, 2004 MED graduate

  • "Thank you for the Newsletter and the link for the Best of Technology Tools. Our tech teacher was very happy to receive this gift! I appreciate all you do in the area of teacher preparation. May the Lord continue to bless your many ministries to His glory!"
      - Dr. Phillip Tingle, Naples Christian Academy in Florida

  • "I can only say I miss and love all of you. My son Freeman Joshua Suruma is enjoying Covenant so much, Praise the Lord! You impacted me for life. God bless you."
      - Specioza Suruma, 2007 MED graduate from Everlight College in Kampala, Uganda

  • "I hope you and the rest of the Education faculty are well. I am sure that a week doesnít go by that I do not think to myself, ĎWhat a great opportunity it was to go through the MED program.í You are doing a great work, so keep it up."
      - Brian Carlisle, 2009 MED graduate, headmaster of ABC school in Malawi, Africa

  • "I can't tell you how much your MED classes have impacted my school. As the new head, I challenged our instructional leadership to create a new TPLT to clearly outline what great teaching is at New Hope. This living document has transformed the way we think about and approach teaching, learning, and discipleship. Its tentacles are also informing the development of a new faculty-led mentoring program, helping us to better delineate supervision and evaluation. It is the foundation of our work to continue establishing a professional learning community at New Hope. Thank you."
      - Stephen Steiner, 2012 MED graduate, head of New Hope Christian Academy in Memphis.

Faculty Happenings

Becky Pennington delivered one of the lectures in honor of President Derek Halvorsonís inauguration on October 5. The lecture, "The Grading Games: Which Game? Whose Rules?" can be listened to here.

Jack Beckman gave a presentation at the AERA annual conference in Vancouver, "Faithful Presence - The Christian School Head, Personhood, Relationships, and Outcomes" as part of the recent Cardus research on Christian schooling outcomes. In addition, Jack delivered a plenary address, "Past Speaks to Future - Charlotte Mason's Pedagogy in a Fast-Moving World of Educational Uncertainty" at the recent Childlight Conference in Chattanooga. Jack is exploring a doctoral program at Christ Church University in Canterbury, UK to study the impact of faith and learning on the pedagogy of teachers new to the field. Finally, Jack has been commissioned to write the Kindergarten framework paper and curriculum model for the ChildLight USA organization. The title of the work is Kinderleben - Paradigm Found: Children Engaging Their World.

Steve Kaufmann took a group of students as interns to the Mustard Seed School in Hoboken, New Jersey in May, and is currently planning a similar trip for May, 2013 to a Central European Christian school. Steve also spoke at the Childlight Conference in October and at a conference on worldview and education hosted by Annapolis Area Christian School. Finally, Steveís publications continue to gain a wider audience: First the Foundation: A Primer for Christian School Education is being translated into Slovak. Steve is also working with a graduate student to develop a teacher training course for Chinese educators using First the Foundation as a text. That book has now been translated into eight languages.

Phil Horton gave two presentations at the recent ACSI Educator Convention in Birmingham: Practical Strategies for Improving Student Assessment and Designing PowerPoint Presentations that Encourage Student Engagement and Learning. In addition, Phil completed the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Board of Examiners chair training program and served on a review team this fall at Thomas University. Finally, Phil served as a member of the Georgia Science Certification Task Force that met January through August, 2012 and recommended the new rules adopted by the Commission this fall.

Bruce Young spoke in Covenantís chapel in October on "What it Means to Know." His talk was enthusiastically received by the students.

Jim Drexler provided professional development faculty in-service programs in August at Davidson Academy in Nashville, Montrose Christian School, Covenant Life School, and Kingís Christian School in Maryland, and Delaware County Christian School in Philadelphia. He also gave the keynote address and a workshop for the Christian Schools Canada biannual Leadership Conference in September, and two plenary talks at the Childlight Conference in Chattanooga.

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