1 February 2022

Cultivating Learning Communities of Grace

Cultivating Learning Communities of Grace is a course for instructional leaders and school administrators in the consideration of both school and classroom cultures. Course content will include attention to social and cultural contexts, racial justice, indigenous perspectives, human sexuality, and restorative practices and how these topics impact and form school and classroom cultures.

This course seeks to help students find clarity in answers to the following questions:

  • What is the relationship between the daily behaviour of educational leaders and the cultures of schools?

  • How do we awaken our students’ knowledge, creativity, and critical reflective capacities in our schools and classrooms?

  • How do racism and other forms of oppression underlie achievement gaps and alienation within our schools?

  • How can classroom learning be linked to larger movements seeking to effect change in the community?

  • How can school culture be a vehicle for social change?

  • How do we cultivate learning communities of grace in our schools?

Course Format

This course is an online course consisting of six synchronous discussions and ten weeks of asynchronous online interaction. Specifically, participants will:

  • Write weekly reflective responses to the assigned readings (April 25 - June 30)

  • Participate in ten weekly forum discussions (April 25 - June 30)

  • Participate in six 3-hour online, interactive Zoom sessions (starting late in April and concluding in an intensive series of sessions on three consecutive days early in August)

    • Zoom 1: Thursday, April 28

    • Zoom 2: Thursday, May 19

    • Zoom 3: Thursday, June 16

    • Zoom 4: Tuesday, Aug. 9

    • Zoom 5: Wednesday, Aug. 10

    • Zoom 6: Thursday, Aug. 11

  • Complete a project that applies their understanding of Cultivating Learning Communities of Grace (Final draft due September 2);

  • Provide feedback on the projects of other course participants;

  • Share their project with an authentic audience; and

  • Post their project in an e-portfolio.

Dr. Edith van der Boom
ICSD 260008 S22*
Blended (Online Asynchronous/Synchronous)



Enrolment Notes:
To register for this course, email academic-registrar@icscanada.edu. Last date to register April 19, 2022. Maximum enrolment of nine (9) students. ICS reserves the right to decline registrations.

*Approved for Area 2 or 3 of the CSTC