Today, I read this article that was posted on the Family Legacy Blog. These amazing teachers touch the lives of their students everyday! I am so blessed that I will get to work with them in just a few weeks!Equipping our LIFEWAY Teachers
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September 26, 2013
Earlier this month, American educators Mike and Teri Rhodes joined our Family Legacy education staff to conduct a week long professional development conference for the teachers working at Family Legacy’s LIFEWAY Christian Academies. The special focus of the training was creating schools of excellence through defining excellence, setting expectations and discussing potential challenges in the future. During initial sessions addressing these ideas, the teachers created Legacy Vision statements for their specific schools.
In addition to times of devotion and worship, teachers received specialized programs throughout the week on subjects including math, reading, and leadership. Each session expanded on these using a Socratic teaching method and focused on ways to enhance learning and comprehension. During the math instruction time, math teacher Teri Rhodes provided a variety of teaching activities using cards, dice, and other techniques. She also demonstrated and highlighted different ways to teach multiplication from sets to hand signals for teaching math vocabulary. The reading workshop, led by Family Legacy’s Superintendent of Schools Kathryn Shindoll, focused on the importance of reading, phonemic awareness, comprehension strategies, book and print awareness, vocabulary, and using newspapers to promote reading.
Trainings such as this are incredibly rare in a country like Zambia. Once a teacher graduates from an education program and becomes certified to teach, there are few resources that will help them continue to improve and grow in their profession. We are so grateful for Mike and Terri Rhodes, as well as our Family Legacy education staff, for their support in ensuring our LIFEWAY Christian Academy teachers are truly the best educators in Zambia. It is truly a priceless gift to give the orphans and vulnerable children of Zambia – the “least of these” – the greatest education in the city of Lusaka!