Robyn Burlew’s first course on ClassicalU, the Essentials of Effective Teaching, has been one of the most highly-praised and popular courses on the platform. In this second course, Robyn (upper school and academic head at the Veritas School in Richmond, VA) shares her accumulated wisdom and practical insights for forging meaningful partnerships with parents in order to develop a rich and healthy classroom culture. When teachers, students, and parents work together in harmony education can be a joy. When there is confusion, strife, and stress, it can be a trial! This course is ideal for relatively new teachers who need to acquire the skill and wisdom for crafting harmony among students and parents.
Robyn’s recorded presentations are clear, pithy, precise, and practical. You will also enjoy her conversation with Dr. Christopher Perrin, at the end of the course.
Robyn Burlew is the Head of Upper School at the Veritas School in Richmond, VA. Her career spans a couple decades in classical education. She first served as a 6th grade teacher, then as an upper school principal, and then as academic dean at Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, PA, before taking the upper school and academic head position at the Veritas School. Robyn has 3 grown daughters who have all been classically educated. Robyn excels at bringing classical, pedagogical principles to bear practically and effectively in the classroom. She is a committed mentor of teachers who devotes an entire day every other week to faithfully observing classes and coaching teachers. Robyn has a BS in biology from Houghton College, where she also minored in mathematics. She also holds an MEd from Covenant College in integrated curriculum and instruction.
To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete each presentation lesson or discussion in the course (by marking it complete or by taking the quiz) and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload one or more essays demonstrating your understanding of the course. (Please note that essays are simply evaluated by word count.) When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will become available within “My Courses” (accessible under “Courses” in the main menu when you are signed in as an active subscriber).
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By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 1 certification.