Dates Offered: July 15 - August 2, 2019
“People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care.” John C. Maxwell
Relational teaching is timeless - back to Socrates and Aristotle's Accademia. Today the need for the human side of teaching is as great as it ever was before. Regardless of school type and mission, a strong teacher-student connection lies at the heart of excellent teaching.
Join Nat Damon, educator and writer of the recently published book, Time to Teach: Time to Reach – Expert Teachers Give Voice to the Power of Relational Teaching (Relational Schools Foundation, Cambridge UK, 2018) and founding director of Reach Academics, LLC, on this reflective and instructional course focused on the human side of teaching.
Learning is cognitive, emotional and social. Relational teachers promote this through adhering to the six key elements: building trust, encouraging exploration, presenting authentically, establishing connection, nourishing hope and prioritizing time for reflection.
This course is being offered over the summer to be used as an academic and reflective experience. It draws its material from case studies, articles, book excerpts and video interviews with expert teachers that communicate the heart of teaching through story. Additional material is drawn from the work of Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Louis Cozolino, Parker Palmer, Rita Pierson, Angela Duckworth, Carol Dweck and John Hattie.
Course Format: Participants in the course will be guided in a three-week long, asynchronous online course on relational teaching taught by Nat Damon. Participants will hear from Nat and many other expert relational teachers, and read related texts. Nat will pose prompts and questions for participants to consider while considering their own application of relational teaching to their instructional delivery. Participants should expect to spend four hours each week engaged in the course. Please note that much of the work expected from participants is reflective in nature. Nat will review each individual contribution with a focus on helping to improve each participant’s connection to their own teaching.
Registration: Participation in this course is limited to thirty, to allow for a high level of engagement between participants and Nat. For our current professional development tuition, please click here.
Course Facilitators: Nat Damon is a 25-year educator currently living in London, England as a writer and educational consultant with Reach Academics. Nat is the author of the book, Time to Teach: Time to Reach – Expert Teachers Give Voice to the Power of Relational Teaching (Relational Schools Foundation, Cambridge, UK, 2018). Previously, Nat was the Assistant Head of School at The John Thomas Dye School in Bel Air, CA. Nat was the founding Dean of Academics and Students at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, CA., and served as Board Chair for Valley Charter Schools in Los Angeles, CA. With an M.A. in English Literature from Middlebury College, Nat’s teaching experience brought him to Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, CA, Derby Academy outside Boston, MA, and The Park School in Brookline, MA. Nat founded Reach Academics, LL, which facilitates seminars on building and strengthening the student-teacher, teacher-teacher and teacher-parent relationships in schools. His co-facilitator for the course is Brad Rathgeber, Head of School of One Schoolhouse, and a veteran teacher and administrator in independent schools.
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