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South Dallas academy provides material for education students

Kendall Lyons |February 22, 2021
(From left to right) Criswell College professor Dr. Vickie Brown and Criswell adjunct Karen Gosby
Criswell College professor Dr. Vickie Brown and Criswell adjunct Karen Gosby

Kingdom Collegiate Academy at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship provided a generous donation of teaching material for Criswell College’s education program.

Several books that Kingdom Collegiate Academy no longer uses include teaching manuals and age-appropriate curriculum guides.

The unique opportunity to acquire material for Criswell’s education students came from Kingdom Collegiate Academy administrator Karen Gosby, who also serves Criswell as an adjunct professor and a board member of the Bachelor of Science in Education Advisory Group.

Criswell College education students can also experience teaching in-person on the Kingdom Collegiate Academy campus.

“The interaction with Criswell students has given my staff the opportunity to serve as mentors, as partners in encouraging young people to get into education and stick with it,” Gosby said.

Gosby graduated with a degree in architecture, but her interest in teaching put her on an education certification path. She hopes that students are encouraged to teach, even though a teacher’s role is challenging, unpopular, and underpaid.

“Our teachers see it as a chance to pour into these young people and help them bridge the theory of learning with reality. Criswell students have been a breath of fresh air in engaging with our kids. Our kids are seeing these students come with interest in education, and that encourages them,” Gosby said.

Criswell College Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Vickie Brown said Criswell students are delighted with the donation from Kingdom Collegiate Academy.

“When the material came into my classroom, my students were so excited,” Brown said. “Some of it, especially the curriculum, is going to go into the library for future classes. But the students will get to choose from a lot of it.”

“Now, as they are doing their assignments, they will have an actual curriculum they can use as a resource. It makes the experience more real. They must design lessons. They must teach. It is not theoretical or off the internet, but hands-on,” Gosby said.

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.