CAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ENGAGE THE SPIRITUAL SIDE OF STUDENTS?  THE ANSWER IS A RESOUNDING YES!  JOIN US AS WE DISCUSS HOW TO DO IT WITHOUT MIXING CHURCH AND STATE

In today's world, more and more educators are seeing the importance of addressing not only the intellectual and physical needs of students, but also their emotional, social, and health needs. However, what is often missing in the current dialogue about “Whole Child Education” are ideas for addressing the spiritual needs of students.

Welcoming and engaging students’ deepest beliefs as they apply to learning is academically helpful and can be done in ways that are legal and very appropriate for public schools. We will examine how this is

  • Supportive of academic goals 
  • Supportive of college-readiness
  • Supportive of Twenty-first-century skills
  • Culturally relevant and responsive
  • Legally balanced
  • Grounded in research 

We will also share tools and resources that will aid you and those you know, around this important topic!

Link will be provided in registration confirmation email.

Speaker:

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Eric Buehrer President, Gateways to Better Education

Eric Buehrer was a public school teacher before founding Gateways to Better Education. He is a published author and nationally-recognized authority on the subject of religion and public education. His advocacy for clarity on religious freedom in public schools led to the 2020 updated release of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools.” In today’s often contentious climate, his approach is unique as it emphasizes camaraderie, not conflict; and reason, not rage. Eric and his wife, Kim, have three grown, public-school-educated daughters and a Yorkie-poo.

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