2016 Conference Details

Location: InterContinental Hotel, Dallas, TX

Pre-Conference: June 15

Main Conference: June 16–18



Every school must answer a few basic questions, consistently and substantively.

What is the current cultural moment in which we educate? What beliefs do my students bring in the door as they engage with us? How have their hearts been shaped that might enable or deter the efforts of their Christian teachers and administrators? What beliefs or convictions do we want them to adopt?

We want to turn our attention to this group of questions this summer. The involves intentional reflection on our communal life together as a faculty and staff and the theological foundations that undergird our relationships. Further considerations include the way we reflect Christ to our families, providing example and support as to how they should navigate these times.

Conference Workshop Schedule Updates

Download Breakout Sessions Scheduling Changes (PDF)

Note: The reception on Thursday evening has been changed to 5:30-7:30 PM.

Conference Booklet

2016 Conference Booklet

Download Conference Booklet (PDF – 13MB)

Special Concert Friday Night (Optional)

Andrew Peterson

For more than twenty years now, Andrew Peterson has been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments. In the city of Nashville where music is an industry in the same way fast food, generic greeting cards, and bumper stickers are industries, Peterson has forged his own path, refusing the artistic compromises that so often come with chasing album sales and radio singles and creating instead a long line of songs that ache with sorrow, joy and integrity, and that are, at the end of the day, part of a real, ongoing, human conversation.

To register only for the concert, purchase a ticket here.


In addition to the main conference, SCL offers a choice of tracks for a one-day pre-conference (June 15) which precedes the main conference (June 16–18).

Track 1: Leading the Small School led by Eric Cook
Track 2: Classical Christian 101 led by Andrew Smith and Kevin Clark
Track 3: Best Practices for Boards led by Keith Nix



Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura, recently appointed Director of Fuller’s Brehm Center, is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts.

Andy Crouch

Andy is the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, published in October 2013. His book Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling was named one of the best books of 2008 by CT, Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach and Leadership—as well as receiving a shout-out in Lecrae’s 2014 single “Non-Fiction.” In December 2012 Andy became executive editor of Christianity Today.

Louis Markos

Louis Markos holds a BA in English and History from Colgate University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, where he teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Film.

George Sanker

George Sanker has served as Headmaster of The Covenant School since 2011. Working in education since 1996, George has served as principal of two charter schools in Washington, D.C. and Longmont, Colorado. George graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Political Science. He also received an M.A. in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary. George and his wife Jeannette have seven children.