Series 4: Episode 1 – What does Plato say about education?

In our first episode of this series, we discuss selections from Book 5, 6 and 7 of Plato's Republic. We consider how the allegory of the cave connects to education. Additionally, we discuss the tripartite soul and other features of education for the polis that Plato outlines in the Republic. https://open.spotify.com/episode/3U9gDMugmbtJ1StWfR1oJq?si=f0169e22a15f4d58

Series 3: Episode 9 – How should we lead through crisis and difficulty at classical Christian schools?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0cafkRmLdf9somiYgiXgXV?si=8b1d3101d01b4896 In this episode, we apply the concepts of authority, leadership, and submission to the context of crisis and difficulty. In the midst of crisis, panic is too easily the first response. We discuss how leaders can be sober minded, tethered, and communicative when diagnosing the issue and implementing solutions. Often times when there is … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 9 – How should we lead through crisis and difficulty at classical Christian schools?

Series 3: Episode 8 – How do we help students become leaders?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1JmXlNSJcg8cbuRYFpz5kJ?si=be22b1684b2f4bb2 In this episode, a very special guest, Justin Dillenschneider (Danielle's husband), shares about his work with house leaders within a classical Christian school. The ideas of authority, leadership, submission, and service are revisited within student leadership contexts. We discuss the goal of the house system, leadership selection and training, various leadership opportunities for students, … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 8 – How do we help students become leaders?

Series 3: Episode 7 – How do classical Christian teachers lead their students?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0ludqfWwPdZc4ZDWjdrcLs?si=dcb99122587c4946 We may not exactly consider teachers to be leaders - but they certainly are. We discuss teachers as "tour guides" and "coaches" who lead students academically and spiritually. We compare the mental models of classroom management, which focuses on detail-oriented task-completion, to classroom leadership, which focuses on empowerment and a grander vision. 

Series 3: Episode 6 – How should classical Christian administrators lead their faculty and staff?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3pxXg3gKZf5Ig8y7uBa5YZ?si=372ddff86b304879 In this episode, we focus on the structures of leadership and the ways that administrators can use their authority to lead and empower their staff. We also brainstorm alternative ways to structure administrative leadership and faculty development. For administrators, building relationships, supporting those they lead, and empowering those they lead are core concepts for … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 6 – How should classical Christian administrators lead their faculty and staff?

Series 3: Episode 5 – How do boards lead at classical Christian schools?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0h11FLMUovZIewIV7aWPoE?si=e54130c303914bf1 The boards of classical Christian schools operate differently than public school boards. In this episode, we unpack the nature of authority, leadership, and submission when serving on a board of a non-profit organization. Knowing the role of boards will help us understand the whole organization and give us a sense of gratitude for the … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 5 – How do boards lead at classical Christian schools?

Series 3: Episode 4 – How do parents partner with schools to lead in their homes?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5Xu3PDHGelOmEW3zy5FEK9?si=0ea420ae12d54267 In classical Christian schools, we see the relationship between parents and educators as a partnership. We discuss approaches for parents to consider to foster strong relationships with schools and how to handle concerns and difficulties within a classical Christian school. Likewise, we consider ways that parents can be vigilant about upholding their authority when … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 4 – How do parents partner with schools to lead in their homes?

Series 3: Episode 3 – What is the role of submission?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2lVWK01ZYL3erZEVqNyrIQ?si=c91540ed66504f8b Spoiler: submission isn't just for followers. We discuss how all authorities must submit to the ultimate authority, God. While submission might not always be easy, the authorities found within classical Christian education are put in place through God's sovereignty. We discuss how even when we disagree or think our authorities may be wrong, we … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 3 – What is the role of submission?

Series 3: Episode 2 – What is a leader? (And what if I am just not a leader?)

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0SKTJJEKofTTCkBPfjhxAx?si=124ccbd5ca7e4cc9 Classical Christian schools need great leaders. In this episode, we consider the marks of a great leader as one who builds trust, shows compassion, provides stability, and creates hope for those they lead. Character is paramount for the leader; leaders cultivate a sense of authority with their followers through the various types of power … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 2 – What is a leader? (And what if I am just not a leader?)

Series 3: Episode 1 – What does it mean to be an “authority”?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0NHrTfEO34E2yG20Ah9tCl?si=4c8f3c08834842b5 In this episode, we define authority and its many manifestations within a classical Christian school setting. We consider auctoritas, authority's connection to ethos, and authority's connection to various types of power. We discuss reward power, coercive power, referent power, expert power, information power, and legitimate power in terms of the family and school settings. … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 1 – What does it mean to be an “authority”?