Educators Conference 2014
The Education Department at Covenant College is pleased to announce that the topic for this year’s Educators Conference is Teaching the Whole Child: Using Faith, Art, and Purposeful Engagement to Bring Learning to an Urban Setting. Educators from the Mustard Seed School in Hoboken, NJ addressing this topic will be Tom Postema, Head of School, Shanna Pargellis, Early Childhood Director (pre-K-First Grade), and Kathleen Hanson, Director of Grades Two to Eight. Please plan to join us with expectations to be inspired by the unique approach of this school and to gain some practical insights that can be applied to your setting!
Conference date: Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Inner city education is struggling as never before. Insufficient funds. Unattainable performance standards. Escalating drop-out rates. In an environment of failure, can any school make a difference? Can a curriculum infused with faith and art honestly and positively impact the lives of a diverse student body? Those are the questions Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Brian Fuller asked when he came to Hoboken for three weeks in January 2010. Encounter the answers in his documentary A Shared Space.
Founded in 1979, the Mustard Seed School aims to address the educational needs of the urban community, to stimulate and broaden the experiences of city children, and to educate students in an intercultural, interdenominational Christian setting. This school has an intentional mission to the urban poor.
Mustard Seed school teaches the whole child: intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual. This is done through a hands-on, experiential education and a unique integration of strong academics, arts, faith and service. Students learn a core knowledge base and develop essential life skills.
The Nest is a Christ-centered learning community for three and four year old children integrating faith and the arts. Core components of The Nest's philosophy are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach.
The cost to register is $75 prior to the registration deadline of February 21, 2014 and rises to $100 thereafter. The fee is nonrefundable after the registration deadline. Lunch and refreshments are included.
Click here to register for the Educators Conference.
For further information regarding the Educators Conference, you may contact the Education Department at 706.419.1407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Career Summit
The annual Career Summit coincides with the 2014 Educators Conference. For those administrators coming to meet teacher education students, please consider attending the Educators Conference on Thursday, March 6, then plan on an evening with the juniors, seniors, and MAT students Thursday night, followed by regular interview times with the seniors and MAT students on Friday, March 7.
Click here for more information or to register for Career Summit.
More about our guest speakers and their school – taken from the Mustard Seed School website:
As a part of the Covenant College class Edu 296/396 May Practicum, college students, along with a professor, spend the month of May at Mustard Seed School. College students participate in a variety of classroom activities including daily seminars, a log, working with individuals and groups of students, teaching, and other classroom-related experiences.
“Covenant students have greatly benefited from Mustard Seed's learning environment. At Mustard Seed, students are treated as whole persons who are invited to explore God's creation with respect, awe, and wonder. Student delight rather than apathy is the norm at MSS.”
Dr. Steve Kaufmann,
Professor of Education, Covenant College
“Mustard Seed School is one of those places that I did not believe could exist. In my education classes we always discussed what a ‘model’ school would look like, but I always considered the perfect classroom to be idyllic and fictional. This viewpoint was pleasantly corrected at Mustard Seed.
"I was placed in Ms. Brasser’s first grade classroom where there were children from at least eight different nationalities and many different socioeconomic statuses. Ms. Brasser, like the other teachers at Mustard Seed, used a method of teaching called the responsive classroom. The students rarely sat at desks. Instead they sat on benches surrounding the teacher where most learning was done through discussion and hands on activities. Every minute was used for learning. Even simple tasks, like giving the students nametags for my first day, became both a math and spelling lesson. Mustard Seed students were responsibly involved in many aspects of their learning starting in kindergarten. I saw in my first graders more determination and motivation to learn and to be actively involved in their own learning than I had ever see in any of my peers.”
Aimee Horton Roberts,
2011 Covenant alum,
writing about her experience as an
intern at Mustard Seed School