Educational Leadership: The Bishop as Teacher

The College for Bishops Leadership Institute was established to provide educational resources for new bishops as well as trending informational resources for all bishops. Educational Leadership: The Bishop as Teacher focuses on specific resources related to teaching: 

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Training the Trainers

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Recommendations for personal renewal at year’s end

No matter what you call the exhaustion you may be experiencing at the end of this year, one thing is certain: you can’t pour from an empty cup. Here are some strategies that have worked for others who are (understandably) fatigued by daily events and the need to respond. Let’s be clear: since you’re already exhausted, don’t think of this as another to-do list. Instead, consider it a menu of possibilities that may help you to refill your cup so you’ll have the energy you need to do the work you see as important.


The Tough Work of Improving School Culture

Collaboration is hard work and there is often not a clearly defined path for how we can best communicate with one another.  This is a problem not unique to school settings.  In this brief article form Edutopia, a principal discusses the process used in his school to move from a top-down, principal-driven school culture to a shared, collaborative community.


Weighing the Workshop

The professional development workshop merits careful examination in terms of the quality of learning it can provide. Designers, facilitators, and evaluators need tools to guide reflection on quality that will lead to the best possible learning experience for teachers. This article explores six key criteria in planning professional development.  Though developed as a tool for formative evaluation, this framework will be equally useful to planners as a guide for designing workshop-style professional development.


Why Give--Rethinking Clergy Education

What is good stewardship around educating our next generation of clergy? In this article, commissioned as part of ECF’s Lilly Endowment initiative, “From Economic Challenges to Transformational Opportunities,” Gary Shilling, economist and chair of the board of Episcopal Preaching Foundation, invites us to consider changes in the way our Church identifies, recruits, trains, and financially supports, the next generation of Episcopal clergy, the women and men who will guide seekers and followers into deeper relationship with Christ. 


Encouraging Lay Theology

Today, people receive a plethora of religious information on cable television and the internet, and it is imperative that the church add its voice to media presentations on the life of Jesus, scripture, God, the Gnostic scriptures, and world religions, not to mention the superficial and often harmful theologies often presented by popular televangelists.  In a time in which many assert that post-modernism privileges experience over doctrine, open-ended theological reflection has become more essential in the pulpit and the congregational classroom.


Why Don't We Differentiate Professional Development?

A great PD event can really energize teachers to improve classroom instruction. However, the sad fact is that the majority of PDs tend to be repetitive, simplistic, or downright boring. How can we improve the ways in which teachers are taught and energized to teach?


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