The One-Room Schoolhouse

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school houseRequest for Proposal

The UU Leadership Institute wishes to offer a class on different models of a “one-room schoolhouse” children’s faith development program using for ages 5-12.

  • Description of the proposed course:
    The course will provide tools and examples of how to provide solid, engaging faith development in a small congregation.
  • To whom the course would be directed:
    Small congregation religious educators, RE chairs, ministers with no RE staff and religious educators in churches who have a second service with low RE attendance.
  • Goals:
    This course will provide several frameworks for a one-room school house and real examples (including photos) of how to implement them.  It will also suggest some ways to include monthly themes into such programming.
  • Learning objectives:
    Participants will have nominal understanding of faith development and pedagogy as practiced in the one-room schoolhouse model.
  • The instructor’s qualifications:
    Someone who has successfully implemented this model. We will pay an honorarium once the semester is successfully completed.
  • Please note:
    It is not necessary for a proposal to include all models of one room RE that a presenter wishes to present. There are UUA staff eager to be in partnership with such a class who have suggested successful programs which could be curated, including interviewing religious professionals and review session materials.. Stipends include support for the creation of a class, such as investigating models to share with the participants. This work could be done in the Fall of 2016 for a class in the Spring of 2017.

Before submitting a proposal, please understand the ethos of the UU Leadership Institute:

How to Submit a Proposal

A proposal should include:

  • A cover letter that summarizes the course proposal, describes the instructor’s qualifications, and explains why the proposed course is appropriate for the online format of the UU Leadership Institute
  • A draft syllabus describing the six modules with brief descriptions, goals, learning objectives and bibliography. Each of the six modules should include:
    • 20-40 minutes of recorded presentation
    • Curated readings (book chapters or articles)
    • Additional videos
    • Optional resources
  • A description (or, preferably, a link to a sample video presentation) of ways that you make your recorded online presentations engaging.
  • Names and emails of three references who can speak to your presentation/teaching skills

All submissions must be sent electronically to rruchotzke@uua.org, with all of the required elements in one email.

Proposals accepted for either Fall 2016 (Deadline: July 15, 2016) or Spring 2017 (Deadline: October 15, 1016)