See you at AHEA
We are getting ready for the AHEA convention this weekend, and look forward to seeing many WISDOM families there.
Here are a few things to note:
- You've been asking whether we will be issuing Purchase Order Numbers at AHEA again this year. Yes, we are! How does it work? Click Read More below.
- We will have WISDOM hoodies, mugs, totes and much more available for you to pick up at the booth this year. We are accepting cash or cheque at this time.
- A new and exciting item is our 2017 Grad Tassel and Charm! Click Read More for details.
- Our office remains open for normal business hours during AHEA, but with a reduced staff. Thank you for your patience.
Welcome, Michelle and Nicole
In the February e-Newsletter, we announced that Therese McDonald, the manager of both WISDOM's Mediated Learning Program and Socratic Dialogue Online Program was retiring from WISDOM after more than 13 years of dedicated service. Therese has been an integral part of the work that we do, and she will be greatly missed. We know that she is pursuing exciting new things, and wish her every blessing as she does so.
Today, we would like to introduce the new team members who are stepping up to fill these important roles with us.
While our Dynamic Assessment and ML Workshop provider John Hoekstra will be managing the ML program beginning in June, we still needed to find someone to present workshops and provide family mediation.
Michelle McLay is a long-time WISDOM mother who utilized her own post-secondary training in special education with her own children - that is, until she found the Mediated Learning Program. Using the ML program enriched her family life and home education in new and exciting ways, and Michelle was quick to take in more workshops and apply the principles at home.
When Michelle heard about the opportunity, she was an obvious fit for the position. She was enthusiasic about joining us in our work, and on March 1, Michelle became an official WISDOM team member. She has been job-shadowing Therese, and will be trained in presenting workshops and providing Family Mediation.
Nicole Noster was home educated for 10 years (Gr. 3 – 12) and upon graduating, obtained her Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, a classical liberal arts college in California. The College uses only primary sources, in particular the great books of Western civilization, to teach students to think logically and objectively across an array of subjects. Rather than lecture, professors guide students using Socratic dialogue, a process that Nicole realized as ideal for prompting students to grapple with questions and come to the answers as conclusions rather than memorized information. After graduation, Nicole worked in program development and management, putting her skills to good use with programs she believed in. Nicole and her husband home school their children and strive to always create a culture of learning in their home.
Nicole applied for the position of Socratic Dialogue Online Program Manager and was selected by the Trinity Board as the candidate most qualified to fill the position. Nicole will be job-shadowing Therese until June 1st, at which time she will assume management of the program.
We are thankful to those who applied for the positions, and are very excited to be working with Michelle and Nicole. Welcome!
High School Workshop - Calgary
Pursuing High School at Home
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Registration begins at 9am
Day wraps up at 3:30pm
Bonavista Baptist Church. 1507 Acadia Dr. SE, Calgary
Join us for a one-day High School & Beyond Workshop in Calgary, where you will be inspired for the years of high school at home and learn the options open to you. (Hint: the sky's the limit!) This event is for students age 12 and up with their parents; non-WISDOM families are welcome.
Talk #1: “Take Hold of Your High School & Run With It!”
Talk #2:“Planning For Post-Secondary Study”
Talk #3: “Making the Most of High School With or Without a Diploma”
Talk #4: Panel Discussion Q&A - ask home schooling parents, facilitators and home schooled grads how to get from 'here' to 'there'.
Register now - event is filling up.
Find out more about WISDOM
Find out more about us and how we can serve your family's unique needs as you pursue your home schooling vision.
Please join us at any of our Spring Socials & Information Sessions across Alberta, meeting WISDOM staff, facilitators and PAC, as well as other home schooling families. Current WISDOM families, seeking families, curious individuals and alumni are all welcome.
High School Workshop - Sexsmith
Pursuing High School at Home
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Please bring a bagged lunch.
Peace River Bible Institute, Sexsmith, AB
Featuring: Ken Noster, TobyLauren Burgess, Rae LaRocque & Simon Noster
Rosetta Stone Blowout Sale
Because of the increasing minimum purchases and the availability of group buys through other groups, WISDOM is going to stop selling discounted Rosetta Stone tickets after January 30th.
To take advantage of this option before it expires, we are selling the remaining tickets for only $110 instead of our usual $150 - that's $69 off regular price.
Contact Carolyn in our office right away - this deal expires at the end of the day on January 30th.
Sign up now!
Sign up now for the Spring Term of our Socratic Dialogue Online Program.
Classes start the week of February 6.
WISDOM’s online program can be considered a classical program in two senses of the word. The majority of the readings are original classics, whether in Literature, Mathematics, Science, Philosophy, or Theology. The method of learning in most of the online courses is through Socratic dialogue, which means that the students are expected to use their minds in defending their ideas, and challenging one another’s grasp of the book and of the truths contained within it. This method strengthens the students’ memory, and begins to accustom them to using correct grammar, logical thinking, and persuasive speaking, which are the first three liberal arts.
Click here to learn more about WISDOM's Socratic Dialogue Online Program.
Settled out of Court
January 5th, 2017
Today, a Consent Order was filed in Court at Grande Prairie. This document formalizes an agreement whereby Trinity will continue to have the ability and funding to run the school, including the home school program.
By our agreement, there will be some administrative and governance changes, but our families will continue to be served with the same quality and attention to your needs as in the past.
Funding will be promptly reinstated and we should begin processing resource refunds by the middle of January. We will be starting with a bit of a backlog, so please let us know the level of urgency your refund requires.
We are thankful for your prayer and support throughout this challenge, standing with us through recent events.
Merry Christmas from all of us, including those who didn't make it into the photo. We are honoured to serve you.