Are you ready for the post-holiday slog? Christmas is behind us and spring break seems a million miles away. Meanwhile, unmet goals and unfulfilled expectations threaten to sabotage your classroom even before the tinsel comes down.

Just in time for the "dog days of winter," director Adam Andrews leads another Teachers In Service event for parents and teachers seeking to avoid the winter blues!

Our theme this January is Identity, and we'll be asking and answering questions like Where Does My Identity Come From? Who Are My Students, and Who Says? What Are My Most Important Goals? and What is the Definition of Success as a Teacher? Our goal is to remember who we really are and what we're really striving for, and to build each other up for a 2018 full of rest and peace.

It is not necessary to have attended the August 2017 Teachers in Service seminar to benefit from this one. However, for those who did join us in August, our goal will be to look deeper into our creaturehood as a reinforcement of the definitions of "education," "teacher," and "student" that we developed last time.  


Purchase includes the class syllabus containing short readings from classic books which are to be read prior to each session. Note: Day 2 requires you to find a copy of Gary Schmidt's Straw Into Gold on your own and read it before the discussion. You will also receive both video and audio-only recordings, as well as supplemental handouts to each discussion.


Day 1 (January 22, 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST): Identity Defined

  • Selections from Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
  • Participants will discuss the implications of the Christian Gospel for an understanding of personality and self-image, and apply these ideas to the teacher's calling.

Day 2 (January 23, 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST): Our Children and Students

  • Straw Into Gold by Gary D. Schmidt.
  • Participants will examine the contributions of the author to a discussion of identity and engage him and each other in a discussion of its place in the family, classroom, and society.

Day 3 (January 24 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST): Our Identity as Teachers

  • The Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32).
  • Participants will study this famous passage from the New Testament and discuss how its message brings freedom to the work of both teacher and student.

Day 4 (January 25 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST): Practical Approaches

  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen.
  • Participants will discuss this classic children's story with an eye toward its treatment of the theme of identity. They will receive a primer on the Socratic method of teaching and wrap up with a conversation about the practical implications of all the ideas discussed in this course.