How Do We Become Better People?

Friday, April 15, 2022
1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT

How Do We Become Better People?: Battling Screens for Our Imaginations

How do we become better people? How do we, as educators, raise up a generation that deeply loves what God loves – creating a faith so dynamic that it tangibly governs our lives and the choices we make?

Reading great literature isn’t just for mental push-ups, it is to engage living stories with powerful, influential narratives that shape how we see ourselves and the world around us. If we are ever going to compete with the world of screens, it is through great literature. And it is ultimately through the renewal of our stories and our imaginations that we gain the perspective and encouragement we need to be more like Christ.

Join us for an engaging conversation with Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson as she shares from her new book: The Scandal of Holiness-Renewing your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints along with a book out in May: Learning the Good Life: Wisdom from the Great Hearts & Minds That Came Before.

Whether a school leader or a classroom teacher, join us to reignite your faith and catch a glimpse of what Jessica will offer at this summer’s conference.

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About our Speaker

Jessica Hooten Wilson, Scholar in Residence at the University of Dallas
Jessica Hooten Wilson is currently serving as the Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Dallas. She has been a teacher for almost two decades, starting at Covenant Classical School, and teaching in the Baylor Great Texts program. Along with a group of friends in Siloam Springs Arkansas, she founded a K-12 classical school. She is the author and editor of six books, including the award-winning Giving the Devil his Due: Flannery O’Connor and The Brothers Karamazov, and most recently The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints.


Coaching Call with Leslie Moeller

February 11, 2022
1:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm CT

Leading a classical, Christian school is an increasingly complex endeavor requiring inspirational vision casting, sophisticated management skills, and careful risk management. If the unique business model of independent schools, the increasing cultural hostility to the basic tenants of Christianity and the Western Canon, and the challenge of identifying and attracting and retaining like-minded families were not challenge enough, the 21st Century classical, Christian school must also navigate the increasingly mercurial legal terrain involving contracts, torts, employment discrimination regulations, and gender issues.

In this Coaching Call, we will highlight the major sources of institutional risk which require regular review by your school’s leadership. You can also join us at the February Winter Symposium to explore in more depth these potential threats and your school’s best defenses.
Bio

Leslie Moeller

Leslie Moeller has been a member of the Board of the Society for Classical Learning for 14 of the last 16 years and Chair for 10. She also serves on the Board of New Covenant Schools in Lynchburg, Virginia, teaches a class on law and Governance for the Gordon College Masters in Educational Leadership program, and consults with Heads and Boards of classical, Christian schools around the country. She is a former Board Chair, Head of School, and Rhetoric teacher of the Geneva School of Boerne, Texas; a former Head of Upper School for The Covenant School in Charlottesville, Virginia; and a former board member of Prince of Peace Christian school in Carrollton, Texas. She received her J.D. from Boston College and her B.A. in Economics and English Literature from the University of Virginia. She and her husband Eric have three children, all of whom have attended classical, Christian schools.

Coaching Call with Kristin Cole & Kerri Ridenour

January 28, 2022
1:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm CT

More info coming soon, but go ahead and reserve your spot today!

Kristin Cole

As President, Kristin Cole provides strategic leadership to the agency account team, consults on crisis communications and reputation management projects, and leads the company’s vision and mission. She is constantly looking for cutting-edge ways the Agency can serve its clients.
Kristin joined ALRC in 2006 as an account executive. Her strong writing skills and strategic thinking enable her to serve high-profile clients garnering national media attention through creative strategies. During her time at the Agency, Kristin has managed a variety of film, book and ministry campaigns including working with high-profile leaders and clients such as Pastor Rick and Kay Warren and Saddleback Church; Anne Graham Lotz; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and NHCLC; Christine Caine; and Dr. Albert R. Mohler, the Discovery Channel’s “Planet Earth” series, “Jesus Camp,” Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries and I Am Second.
Kristin’s leadership of the strategy and implementation on the public relations campaign for the release of Rosenberg’s novel, The Kremlin Conspiracy, resulted in the ALRC team winning the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Dallas’ 2018 Pegasus Awards for “Media Relations, Consumer” as well as “Projects Best in Show.”
Prior to joining the ALRC team, she acquired extensive experience working for an award-winning public relations and marketing firm in Nashville, Tenn. There, she served nationally-known clients such as The PGA of America, Durango Boot and Thomas Nelson Publishing.
Kristin is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she earned a communication arts degree with an emphasis in public relations/advertising and was elected President of the Student Government Association.
She currently serves on the Union University Board of Regents and Religion Newswriters Association Membership Committee and co-chairs PRSA Dallas’ Honors and Awards Committee.

Kerri Ridenour

Kerri Ridenour, PHR, SHRM-CP, has worked with ALRC for over 15 years as a consultant specializing in the areas of operations, human resources and strategic planning. She permanently joined the Agency in May of 2006.
As Chief Operating Officer, she leads the Agency’s new business acquisitions and day-to-day operations as well as utilize her human resources expertise and certifications to consult on client crisis communications projects.
Kerri is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and also a SRHM Certified Personnel (SRHM-CP) Consultant who has been President of The Bask Group, Inc., a Dallas based consulting firm specializing in operations, personnel, strategic planning and compliance, started in 1983.
Her past clients with The Bask Group included TXU Energy, the Ronald McDonald House, A Pea in the Pod, CDC-USA, BGEM+D P.C., Murex N.A. Ltd and the Cosmetic & Maxillofacial Surgery Center.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1979 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from The University of South Dakota.

The Changing World with Josh Gibbs

January 20, 2022
3:30pm ET / 2:30pm CT

Joshua Gibbs discusses the vexing, liberating truths of Ecclesiastes in relation to classical Christian education. Solomon did not believe the world would get better, or that it would get worse, but that the world was caught in a constant, eternal present. What does this mean for a culture obsessed with “changing the world”?

Josh Gibbs

Mr. Joshua Gibbs is the son of an Army diver, and the grandson of a man who once landed a passenger plane after the pilot had a heart attack. Now in his eleventh year as an educator, Gibbs is also the editor of FilmFisher, a sought-after conference speaker, and a frequent contributor at the Circe Institute. Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Idaho. At fifteen, Joshua fell in love with the woman he would one day marry. Paula and Joshua have two daughters, both of whom have seven names. Joshua's greatest academic interest is Late Antique Roman history, though he is also a caseophile and a collector of jazz records.

The Common Rule with Justin Earley

About The Common Rule

Habits form more than our schedule, they form our hearts as well. In these sessions, we’ll look at how the default habits of busyness and connectedness function as modern liturgies of worship. We’ll explore the ancient concept of a “rule of life” and ask how these technology rituals function as an invisible American rule of life. Then, we’ll ask how the good news of the gospel might change our daily and weekly habits. We’ll use the Common Rule as a resource for examining what a contemporary, gospel-based rule of life might look like in practice. We’ll see how actually, we follow Jesus and lead others better when we’re attentive to this kind of daily spiritual formation.

Learn More About Justin Earley

The Common Rule - Official Book Trailer

  • ECPA 2020 Christian Book Award Finalist – New Author
  • Christianity Today 2020 Book of the Year Award, tied for top honor Christian Living/Discipleship
  • 2020 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year (“Also Recommended,” Leadership)


Habits form us more than we form them.

The modern world is a machine of a thousand invisible habits, forming us into anxious, busy, and depressed people. We yearn for the freedom and peace of the gospel, but remain addicted to our technology, shackled by our screens, and exhausted by our routines. But because our habits are the water we swim in, they are almost invisible to us. What can we do about it?

The answer to our contemporary chaos is to practice a rule of life that aligns our habits to our beliefs. The Common Rule offers four daily and four weekly habits, designed to help us create new routines and transform frazzled days into lives of love for God and neighbor. Justin Earley provides concrete, doable practices, such as a daily hour of phoneless presence or a weekly conversation with a friend.

These habits are “common” not only because they are ordinary, but also because they can be practiced in community. They have been lived out by people across all walks of life―businesspeople, professionals, parents, students, retirees―who have discovered new hope and purpose. As you embark on these life-giving practices, you will find the freedom and rest for your soul that comes from aligning belief in Jesus with the practices of Jesus.

Habits of the Household - Official Book Trailer

Discover simple habits and easy-to-implement daily rhythms that will help you find meaning beyond the chaos of family life as you create a home where kids and parents alike practice how to love God and each other.

You long for tender moments with your children–but do you ever find yourself too busy to stop, make eye contact, and say something you really mean? Daily habits are powerful ways to shape the heart–but do you find yourself giving in to screen time just to get through the day? You want to parent with purpose–but do you know how to start?

Award-winning author and father of four Justin Whitmel Earley understands the tension between how you long to parent and what your daily life actually looks like. In Habits of the Household, Earley gives you the tools you need to create structure–from mealtimes to bedtimes–that free you to parent toddlers, kids, and teens with purpose. Learn how to:

  • Develop a bedtime liturgy to settle your little ones and ground them in God’s love
  • Discover a new framework for discipline as discipleship
  • Acquire simple practices for more regular and meaningful family mealtimes
  • Open your eyes to the spirituality of parenting, seeing small moments as big opportunities for spiritual formation
  • Develop a custom age chart for your family to more intentionally plan your shared years under the same roof


Each chapter in Habits of the Household ends with practical patterns, prayers, or liturgies that your family can put into practice right away. As you create liberating rhythms around your everyday routines, you will find your family has a greater sense of peace and purpose as your home becomes a place where, above all, you learn how to love.

Winter Symposium FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My Board Chair can’t make it. As Head of School, should I still come?

A: Absolutely. All of the content is equally relevant to you and your Board Chair. We encourage you to join us, build relationships with other Heads and Board Chairs, and take back all that you learn to your own Board. 

Q: Is the Symposium open to only Board Chairs or may other Board Members join? 

A: Absolutely. The more Board members the merrier. The Symposium is an excellent way for the Board Chair and Head to connect and establish or build trust as they work together. This relationship is critical. But all Board members help to create a healthy functioning Board, so what better way than for everyone to learn together. What an excellent way to invest in your Head of School! 

Q: My Head of School can’t make it. As Board Chair, should I still come?

A: Absolutely. What an excellent way to invest in your Head of School! We know your Head would be thrilled for you to come and learn and share. All of the content is equally relevant to both Heads and Boards. We encourage you to join us, build relationships with other Heads and Board Chairs, and take back all that you learn to your own Board and Head of School.. 

Q: I am unable to attend Friday. May I still come Saturday?

A: Yes! Purchase a Saturday-only ticket and enjoy a one-day Symposium.

The Common Rule: Habits and Purpose For Everyday Life

The Common Rule

Habits form more than our schedule, they form our hearts as well. In these sessions, we’ll look at how the default habits of busyness and connectedness function as modern liturgies of worship. We’ll explore the ancient concept of a “rule of life” and ask how these technology rituals function as an invisible American rule of life. Then, we’ll ask how the good news of the gospel might change our daily and weekly habits. We’ll use the Common Rule as a resource for examining what a contemporary, gospel-based rule of life might look like in practice. We’ll see how actually, we follow Jesus and lead others better when we’re attentive to this kind of daily spiritual formation.

The Common Rule - Official Book Trailer

  • ECPA 2020 Christian Book Award Finalist – New Author
  • Christianity Today 2020 Book of the Year Award, tied for top honor Christian Living/Discipleship
  • 2020 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year (“Also Recommended,” Leadership)


Habits form us more than we form them.

The modern world is a machine of a thousand invisible habits, forming us into anxious, busy, and depressed people. We yearn for the freedom and peace of the gospel, but remain addicted to our technology, shackled by our screens, and exhausted by our routines. But because our habits are the water we swim in, they are almost invisible to us. What can we do about it?

The answer to our contemporary chaos is to practice a rule of life that aligns our habits to our beliefs. The Common Rule offers four daily and four weekly habits, designed to help us create new routines and transform frazzled days into lives of love for God and neighbor. Justin Earley provides concrete, doable practices, such as a daily hour of phoneless presence or a weekly conversation with a friend.

These habits are “common” not only because they are ordinary, but also because they can be practiced in community. They have been lived out by people across all walks of life―businesspeople, professionals, parents, students, retirees―who have discovered new hope and purpose. As you embark on these life-giving practices, you will find the freedom and rest for your soul that comes from aligning belief in Jesus with the practices of Jesus.

Habits of the Household - Official Book Trailer

Discover simple habits and easy-to-implement daily rhythms that will help you find meaning beyond the chaos of family life as you create a home where kids and parents alike practice how to love God and each other.

You long for tender moments with your children–but do you ever find yourself too busy to stop, make eye contact, and say something you really mean? Daily habits are powerful ways to shape the heart–but do you find yourself giving in to screen time just to get through the day? You want to parent with purpose–but do you know how to start?

Award-winning author and father of four Justin Whitmel Earley understands the tension between how you long to parent and what your daily life actually looks like. In Habits of the Household, Earley gives you the tools you need to create structure–from mealtimes to bedtimes–that free you to parent toddlers, kids, and teens with purpose. Learn how to:

  • Develop a bedtime liturgy to settle your little ones and ground them in God’s love
  • Discover a new framework for discipline as discipleship
  • Acquire simple practices for more regular and meaningful family mealtimes
  • Open your eyes to the spirituality of parenting, seeing small moments as big opportunities for spiritual formation
  • Develop a custom age chart for your family to more intentionally plan your shared years under the same roof


Each chapter in Habits of the Household ends with practical patterns, prayers, or liturgies that your family can put into practice right away. As you create liberating rhythms around your everyday routines, you will find your family has a greater sense of peace and purpose as your home becomes a place where, above all, you learn how to love.

Communicating a Classical, Christian Mission and Vision in a Critical, Combustible Culture

Communicating a Classical, Christian Mission and Vision in a Critical, Combustible Culture

We live in a society with clashing values and beliefs. In the future, your institution will likely arrive at the intersection of faith and culture and find it necessary to reassure your community and constituency of your commitment to your school’s mission and distinctive classical learning environment. Preparing now can help you be ready to counter negativity around your rights to hire to mission, to create a volunteer community around a shared framework of faith, and to enforce policy and behavior in support of your sincerely held religious beliefs, all while demonstrating the love of Christ and conveying to outsiders that we can live together with our deepest differences in a civil public square.

A. Larry Ross

Larry Ross is Founder and CEO of A. Larry Ross Communications, a Dallas-based full-service public relations firm founded in 1994 to provide crossover media liaison at the intersection of faith and culture. In 2016, he served as Communications Director for Dr. Ben Carson and his presidential campaign.

Ross, whom Newsweek magazine headlined as “Point Man for God,” has more than 40 years of mainstream and Christian corporate, agency and non-profit experience influencing public opinion through strategic PR counsel to organizations and individuals. These include men and women on a mission for God or the common good, such as evangelist Billy Graham, for whom he served as principal spokesperson beginning in 1981; Dr. Rick Warren, Bishop T.D. Jakes and many other national and international Christian leaders; and theatrical film releases, such as “The Passion of The Christ.”

A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, Ross and his wife Autumn have three sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren, and live in Lewisville, TX. You can follow him on Twitter at @ALarryRoss.

Kristin Cole

As President of A. Larry Ross Communications (ALRC), Kristin Cole provides strategic leadership to the agency account team, consults on crisis communications and reputation management projects, and leads the company’s vision and mission. She is constantly looking for cutting-edge ways the Agency can serve its clients.

During her nearly 14 years at ALRC, Ms. Cole has served a variety of film, book and ministry clients, including Gordon College, I Am Second, Interstate Batteries, CURE International and HarperCollins Publishing as well as leaders such as Anne Graham Lotz, Dr. Tony Evans, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Joel C. Rosenberg, Christine Caine, Dr. Albert R. Mohler and Jon Weece. She also continues to coordinate media and public relations for Pastor Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church.

Ms. Cole is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she earned a communication arts degree with an emphasis in public relations/advertising and was elected President of the Student Government Association. She currently serves on the Union University Board of Regents and Religion Newswriters Association Membership Committee and chairs the Honors and Awards Committee for the Dallas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Kerri Ridenour

Kerri Ridenour, PHR, SHRM-CP, has spent her professional career focused in the area of consulting with small to medium-sized companies, non-profits, and academic institutions advising them on strategic preparation, human resources, and crisis planning. She permanently joined the ALRC team in May of 2006.

As Chief Operating Officer, she leads the Agency’s business acquisitions, day-to-day operations and utilizes her human resources expertise and certifications to act in an advisory capacity on a variety of crisis communications projects.

Kerri is a SRHM Certified Personnel (SRHM-CP) Consultant and a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) who before joining ALRC, served as President of The Bask Group, Inc., a Dallas based consulting firm specializing in operations, personnel, strategic and tactical planning, and compliance.

Playing Offense in a Chaotic Culture: Risk Management Fundamentals

Playing Offense in a Chaotic Culture: Risk Management Fundamentals

Leading an independent school is an increasingly complex endeavor.  If the unique business model, parent education, student alignment, and perceived value challenges were not enough, the 21st Century classical, Christian school must also navigate the increasingly mercurial legal terrain involving contracts, torts, employment discrimination regulations, and gender issues.  Our schools do all of this in the midst of a culture that misunderstands liberal arts and the Western Canon.  How does a strategic Board lead well in these stormy seas?  

In this session, we will explore the basics of risk management from a Board perspective, concentrating on: the primary areas of legal liability, the [likely] future of your school’s First Amendment protections, and the offensive steps you should consider to maximize your families’ and your communities’ understanding of and buy- in to your classical, Christian mission. 

Capital Campaign and Annual Fund Success

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How to Maximize Capital Campaign Success

There are several key factors that make a huge impact on whether a capital campaign achieves its goal, and within the desired timeframe. If a capital campaign is in your school’s future, then you can begin to lay the groundwork for success right now. This presentation will discuss those factors and share some helpful tips for preparing for your campaign. Time will be made available for questions during this session.

The Ideal Annual Fund Strategy

If your school’s approach to fundraising relies heavily on events and mass communication, you may not be raising as much as you could for your annual fund. What if you could have most of your annual goal committed at the beginning of your new fiscal year, and spend most of the year thanking your partners and showing them the impact of their investments? This presentation will lay out some key principles and a framework to help you do just that. Time will be made available for questions during this session.