Renaissance Module: Curriculum Planning

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 2:00pm - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:00pm

SCHEDULE: This module is offered just prior to the NE LREDA Spring Retreat on March 31, 2016. The schedule allows for downtime before the start of the retreat, so that religious educators can fully participate in both.

  • Cindy BealTuesday, 3/29 - Session 1, 2-5 pm and Session 2, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 3/30 - Session 3,  9:00 am - 12:00 pm and Session 4, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, 3/31- Session 5,  9:00-12 pm

LOCATION: Best Western Plus Wynwood Hotel & Suites, Portsmouth, NH (Directions)

Lynne Weygint

FACILITATORS: Cindy Beal and Lynne Weygint

The goals for participants in the Curriculum Planning module are:

  • To clarify and expand one’s understanding of curriculum.
  • To understand the total curriculum planning process and practice strategies to use the process effectively in one’s own congregation.
  • To learn about a variety of curriculum sources and resources, including what is new, what is working well, and where to find these resources.
  • Working in teams, to develop useable curricular projects that can be brought home to congregations.
  • To practice evaluating and enriching curricular plans.
  • To network with other religious educators and to feel affirmed and nurtured by a supportive community of religious educators.

These goals can be summarized by two compelling needs most participants share: to receive practical information and skills to apply in their congregations, and to feel renewed and inspired by their experiences with a group of people who share many of the same professional challenges. Participants want to come away from this workshop with specific ideas and resources and with feelings of increased confidence and commitment. This module is designed to address both of these needs in depth.

Readers & Handouts - Participants are responsible for acquiring these materials. The book may be purchased, and the two PDF documents are linked below for downloading and printing.

This learning experience is appropriate for religious educators, RE committee members, RE teachers, divinity students, and parish ministers. Preference is given to religious educators if the workshop is oversubscribed.

MODULE FEE: $300 - Includes the training and some meals. Overnight accomodations are the responsibility of the participant. Please read our Cancellation Policy before you register.

OVERNIGHTS: If you wish to stay overnight at the Best Western Plus Wynwood Hotel, please contact them directly at 603.436.7600 to book your room at a special rate of $71/night. Tell them the name of our group is "North Atlantic Religious Educators." If you plan to attend the NARL retreat immediately following this training, you can book those ovenights at the same time. The special rate is only available until March 8; after that the regular hotel rates apply.

REGISTER NOW! Class size is limited to 20, register early to ensure a seat. 

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Cindy Beal, M. Div., is the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, and Director of Justice and Peace Consulting. Cindy has been leading workshops about sexuality, anti-racism, consent education and healthy boundaries, and abuse and violence prevention for over 25 years and with varied populations.  

Lynne Weygint is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, who has served two Massachusetts congregations as a professional religious educator. She was the DRE at First Parish in Lexington from 2004 - 2014, and now serves First Parish in Waltham as DLRE. Before becoming a professional DRE, Lynne spent 12 years as an active volunteer in the religious education program at Follen Church in Lexington, the congregation where she and her husband raised their two sons, now young adults.