This interactive learning experience will equip parents with Principle Approach® philosophies and practices that allow children to identify, understand, and apply truth in every learning environment and subject. In this hands-on workshop, parents will learn by doing as Mr. Gentile guides them through an exciting implementation of the “4R” (research, reason, relate, and record) methodology used by American Heritage School. Using Mr. Gentile’s original research about the revolutionary transformation of Marblehead, Massachusetts, between 1764 and 1775, parents will research never-before-seen transcriptions of primary sources to reason principles from the American Revolution. They will then relate these principles to their lives today as they discuss specific ways to apply them to their needs. Finally, parents will leave with a meaningful record of their learning experience: one that they can use to guide their own children in discovering the internal principles that lead to external application as disciples of Christ. Such LDS-oriented character education transforms both minds and hearts and allows children to see as the Lord sees: that all learning can be part of a spiritual quest to attain the “measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).
Presenter: Nicholas Gentile has absolutely loved helping students to reason and relate principles in his on-campus and Home and Distance Education American History and World History courses at American Heritage School, where he has received the Rosalie J. Slater Award for instructional excellence.Prior to teaching at American Heritage School and The Fenn School in Concord, Massachusetts, Mr. Gentile earned a 4.00 GPA and a Master of Arts (MA) degree in American History at Brandeis University, where he was a Crown Fellow in the PhD program and mentored by the Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian David Hackett Fischer. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History from Brigham Young University, where he graduated summa cum laude as the valedictorian of the History Department, the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate in History award, and an Edwin S. Hinckley Scholar. He has published several articles in scholarly journals, including one about Thomas Jefferson’s philosophical sympathy for Native Americans in the May 2010 issue of We Proceeded On. He is also the author of “Would He Calm My Storms?”—an article about the Lord’s hand in his battles to stand for truths about marriage and family during his years at The Fenn School—which was published in the September 2012 Ensign. He is currently a full-time instructor for Seminaries and Institutes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and also enjoys teaching an after-school directed readings seminar—“The Minutemen and Their World”—for American Heritage School. He and his eternal sweetheart, Christina, are passionate about teaching their soon-to-be four children to see gospel principles in the world around them and believe that, regardless of where children learn,education should be—first, last, and always—a stewardship of heart and home.