Christian Deeper Learning Presents

2022 Deeper Learning Institute

Deeper Learning in Christian Schools

June 19-24 – Boston, Massachusetts Area

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About

Deeper Learning invites our students to be engaged in God’s story, equips them to play their unique role, and empowers them to apply knowledge and skills to produce real work that meets real needs of real people.

Is this institute for you?

  • Do you want to deepen your thinking about what Christian education looks like not only in chapel and Bible class, but in curriculum, instructional practices, and assessment in all subjects?
  • Are you a teacher, instructional guide, principal, or someone interested in innovation, creativity, and teaching practices that engage all students?
  • Do you desire to go beyond commercial textbooks to design curriculum that forms the self and shapes the world?
  • Would you like to learn assessment strategies that equip students to take responsibility for their own learning?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should attend this institute!

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Come to Deeper Learning Institute 2022 to Learn About

Spiritual Formation

How to define your Christian values and move them from the posters on the walls into the minds, hearts, and behaviors of your students.

Curriculum design

How to design curriculum that provokes complex thinking, inspires beautiful work, and forms students into the character of Christ.

Instructional practice

How to plan lessons that engage students as active participants - making creative connections and constructing meaning together in accord with God’s word.

Assessment

How to use assessment to help students learn, grow, and take responsibility for their own progress. They work as if for God, and not for grades.

I will forever be grateful for Deeper Learning! It completely changed my perspective on teaching and has brought a joy and desire for exploring further what it means for all of us to be image bearers and part of God’s greater narrative!

C. M., Norfolk Christian School

Meet Your Instructors

Steven Levy has spent 27 years in the classroom and 20 consulting for Expeditionary Learning (EL Education). He is now a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE), offering independent consulting to Christian schools. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and Disney National Elementary Teacher of the Year. He has written various articles for educational journals, and his book, Starting From Scratch, tells stories of his classroom adventures.

Joanna Levy has been a parent, classroom assistant, classroom teacher, instructional coach, and principal of New Covenant School, in Arlington, Massachusetts, where she continues to serve as spiritual director. In her work beyond New Covenant School she supports teachers in designing engaging curriculum that serves an authentic audience, meets academic standards, and fosters discipleship in the students. Her passion is to inspire and equip educators to create an intentional culture that develops practices in their schools in which both students and teachers desire to become more like Christ.

She offers workshops to teachers and administrators on character growth and spiritual formation and co-facilitates a master class on Christian Deeper Learning with her husband, Steven.

Schedule

Course Time Schedule

  • Sunday, June 19: dinner 6:00 p.m.; opening session 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 24: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Optional evening activities

The Venue

Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center
660 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA 01845

Contact Us

For more information about the conference, contact steven at [email protected] or joanna at [email protected].

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the venue address?

Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, 660 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA 01845

Venue Information

Website: www.RollingRidge.org
Phone: 978-682-8815
Contact: Laurie Brown
Email: [email protected]

Check In/Out Time

You can check in at Rolling Ridge at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. Luggage drop off is available at 3 p.m.  Checkout time is 10 a.m. on Friday.

Travel Information

If you are traveling by air, we recommend you fly into Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) or the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in Manchester, NH. Rolling Ridge is about a 45- minute drive (without traffic) from each. You will need to provide your own transportation to and from the airport. NOTE: PLEASE SCHEDULE RETURN FLIGHTS AFTER 3:00 ON FRIDAY. It is important that we are all together for our closing circle, ending at noon. You should be able to get to the airport by 1:00 if you leave Rolling Ridge at 12:00.

Commuter Directions/Public Transportation

From North Station in Boston, take the commuter train (Haverhill Line) to the Andover Station, just a few minutes away from the retreat center. From there, taxi service is available to Rolling Ridge, or you could use Uber or Lyft. If you are driving, upon arrival at Rolling Ridge please park in the “Guest Parking” area and follow the signs to the entrance.

Ground Transportation

Rolling Ridge is located approximately half way between the Logan and Manchester airports. Uber estimates from both airports are approximately $60-70, depending on traffic. Check out these services for other options.

Emergency Numbers

Call Steven Levy on his cell phone at: 617-901-5046, or Joanna Levy at 781-929-5004.

Accommodations

Be advised that we will be staying in a non-profit retreat center, in some cases sharing rooms and bathrooms like college days, not in a hotel with private baths and room service. All participants will be responsible for cleaning and maintaining their own space. Sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, soap and fans are provided. Participants should pack shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and other personal toiletries and medications. It’s fine to bring an extra towel or pillow for your comfort or a hair dryer if you need one. Rolling Ridge also has complimentary Wi-Fi, P/C in the library with printer and a guest refrigerator.

Room Assignments

Your room assignment will be provided to you by Rolling Ridge when you arrive. Roommate requests were identified on your registration form. If you requested a double/multi room and did not indicate a roommate preference, we will pair you up.

Commuters

Local participants will need to be on-site for the institute Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for opening session, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. Meal passes will be provided for lunch Monday through Friday, included in your fee.

Meals

Full breakfast will be provided to lodgers, and pastries and coffee for commuters from 8:00 to 8:30 Monday through Friday. Lunch will be provided Monday – Friday for all participants, (box lunch Friday at 12:00), and dinner for lodgers Sunday – Thursday at 6:00. Commuters are welcome to stay for dinner or come early for a full breakfast for an additional fee. We hope you will be able to join us for some optional evening activities. (One evening will feature storytelling, modeled after the Moth Story Hour on NPR. Check it out at themoth.org). Food allergies and dietary restrictions/preferences (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free) were obtained from your registration form.  If your circumstances have changed, or if someone else registered you, please notify us of your dietary requirements as soon as possible. 

Clothing and Special Needs

Casual clothes are appropriate. Be prepared for temperatures ranging from the 50’s in the evening to the 90’s. It’s Boston – bring layers. Please bring comfortable walking shoes. When considering sleepwear, remember that you might be sharing bedrooms and bathrooms. If you have any special needs that have not been communicated to us yet, let us know.

Please bring a computer to conduct research and to access electronic templates and resources. Also bring a water bottle if you like to carry water at your side wherever we go. Insect repellent is advisable.

Worship

We begin everyday with worship. Would you like to lead worship one morning? Is so, please email Steven at [email protected] (There is a piano there, and we could bring a guitar if you let us know that you need one.)

Invoice / Payment

If you paid by credit card on the website, thank you. Let us know if you need any further receipt.