These resources are recommended by author and educator Israel Galindo, who facilitated the workshop Teaching to Transform in September 2017. For additional resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at http://thecrg.org/.
Estep, James Riley, and Jonathan H. Kim, eds. Christian Formation: Integrating Theology & Human Development. Nashville, TN: B & H Academic, 2010. This book provides a composite view of human development and learning from integrated theory, theology, and educational practices in the church. By design, the book integrates these elements into a cohesive foundational piece for Christian education.
Everding, H. Edward. Viewpoints: Perspectives of Faith and Christian Nurture. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1998. This book focuses on four ways adults think about faith and how they relate to the understandings persons hold about religious symbols and concepts. Sample exercises and teaching strategies translate the theory into practical application for anyone involved in congregational education.
Galindo, Israel. Mastering the Art of Instruction: The 9 Instructional Skills Every Teacher Needs to Master. Richmond, VA: Educational Consultants, 2015. Research in classroom instruction has identified one hundred and twenty-one specific teacher behaviors that directly relate to increased student learning and positive classroom behavior. The nine skills reviewed in this research-based book are demonstrated to be the most essential of the instructional acts used in teaching that influence learning positively. Other important instructional skills will be introduces along the way.
Galindo, Israel. Theories of Learning: Approaches to Teaching and Learning for Christian Educators and Theological Faculty. Didache Press, 2015. This book helps answer the question, “How do people actually learn, and therefore how should we teach them?” That’s an important question that every effective educator keeps at the forefront every time he or she teaches a class, writes a lesson, designs a program or plans a curriculum.
Groome, Thomas H., and Harold Daly Horell, eds. Horizons & Hopes: The Future of Religious Education. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2003. Here is a collection of essays that brings together the latest ideas regarding religious education from a group of highly regarded people in the field. What is new is the emphasis given to adult and young adult faith formation in the context of total catechesis.