In this course, Keith is joined three times by upper school principal Robyn Burlew and one time by dean of academics Andrew Smith.
To learn more about the Veritas School, you may view a profile interview of Keith and Robyn here: Veritas School Profile Video
- Lesson 1: Overview of Six Essentials of Effective School Leadership
- Lesson 2: Vision
- Lesson 3: Strategy
- Lesson 4: Talent
- Lesson 5: Culture (Part 1)
- Lesson 6: Culture (Part 2)
- Lesson 7: Working with Your Board (Part 1)
- Lesson 8: Working with Your Board (Part 2)
- Lesson 9: Finances
- Lesson 10: Keith’s Favorite Books on Leadership
Mrs. Robyn Burlew came to Veritas as the upper school principal and academic dean in 2014, after serving in a classical and Christian school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for 15 years. Her childhood in rural upstate New York laid the foundation for a love of the outdoors and the created world. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Houghton College and a master’s degree in integrated curriculum and instruction from Covenant College. Robyn has 3 grown daughters. In her free time, she enjoys the piano, hiking, and her golden retrievers.
Keith mentions several books that have helped as he has grown as classical school leader. Most of these books are discussed by Keith in lesson 10 (Keith’s Favorite Book on Leadership).
Words that Work by Dr. Frank Luntz
Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Desiring the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith
You are What You Love by James K.A. Smith
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
Drive by Daniel Pink
The Politics of Gratitude by Mark T. Mitchell
The Ideal Team Player Patrick Lencioni
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher
Shine by Edward M. Hallowell M.D.
The War for Fundraising Talent by Jason Lewis
Visioneering by Andy Stanley
Them: Why We Hate Each Other – and How to Heal by Ben Sasse
Please Note: The certification credit component of this course is now active but also undergoing refinement and testing.
To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete the quiz that follows each presentation by Keith Nix and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload one or more essays demonstrating your understanding this course (with essays evaluated by word count only). When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will magically appear under the “My Courses” section of this website.
We recommend previewing the essay question at the end of the End-of-Course Test. This will help in guiding your note taking as you progress through the course.
Please allow approximately 2 weeks for essay submissions to be reviewed.
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Lesson 3: Strategy Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 4: Finding and Growing Talent Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 5: School Culture (Part 1) Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 6: School Culture (Part 2) Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 7: Working with Your School Board (Part 1) Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 8: Working with Your School Board (Part 2) Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 9: School Finances Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 10: Keith’s Favorite Leadership Books Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
End of Course Test: Essential School Leadership Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.