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.

Attention Deficit Crisis Disorder

Tuesday, April 5, 2022
1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT

Coaching Call Info

The pain is real. ADCD is a plague to school leadership. One crisis gets resolved and then another pops up, so our plan for the day gets wrecked and we end up playing “Whack-a-Mole” trying to stay slightly ahead of the game.

But that’s no way to lead educators!

Our influence is too important to allow ourselves to burnout on a constant barrage of “emergencies.” In this coaching call, we will share some techniques to consider for overcoming ADCD and staying focused on what matters most.

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About our Speaker

Scott Barron, CRO of School Growth LLC
Scott Barron is an educator, entrepreneur, and author recognized as a leading voice advocating for and encouraging educators in their calling and influence. He serves as the Chief Reinvention Officer of School Growth LLC and the Executive Director of Educators Fellowship. Scott earned his M.Ed from Johns Hopkins University, along with a B.A. in Religion and a B.S. in Computer Science from Mars Hill University. His combination of experience as a school head, business leader, EdTech advisor, college instructor, author, and executive coach gives him a unique perspective to encourage and elevate those who educate.

Shepherding a Successful Leadership Transition

Coaching Call Info

All school leaders, every one of them, will serve in their roles for a finite period of time. Is your school prepared for this reality? Do you have a plan in place that ensures a successful transition of your Head of School? Division Heads? McKinsey consultant Scott Keller reports that “studies show that two years after executive transitions, anywhere between 27 and 46 percent of them are regarded as failures or disappointments.” However, when transitions are well planned, not only can it go well, but there can be an increase in morale, execution, and even employee retention. Every school can take some simple and practical steps to prepare for the inevitable reality of leadership transitions and do so with wisdom. This coaching call explored these topics and addressed attendees’ questions about leadership transition.  

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About our Speaker

Eric Cook, President of SCL
Eric previous served as the Executive Director and Board Chair, Eric has been formally associated with SCL for over a decade, and he will soon transition full-time in his role as SCL President. Eric has served for 12 years as the Head of School at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, TX. Prior to Covenant, Eric served as the Head of Upper School at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, VA.

A Lexington, KY native, Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Transylvania University and a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University. Eric worked in schools in Ohio and Virginia before joining Covenant in 2009. He has taught history, political science, psychology, and philosophy in public schools, and served as an assistant principal for several years.

In 2006, Eric felt called to join the classical Christian school movement and became the Middle and Upper School Head at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to his leadership roles, Eric has taught apologetics, theology, philosophy of religion, and served as a thesis director. Eric and his wife, Liz, have six children. Eric enjoys reading a good book and playing a round of golf in his free time.

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.

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.

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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.

The Love of Learning with Margarita A. Mooney

Through examples of people who have pursued excellence through liberal arts education, this book explores the key ideas and thinkers who shape the way we think about and practice education. The chapters of the book emerged from webinar dialogues between Margarita A. Mooney and the contributors about why and how they practice the liberal arts tradition of teaching. The enriching conversations in The Love of Learning show how the liberal arts tradition of learning can make each of us more fully human — and our culture more humane.

Margarita A. Mooney

Margarita Mooney Suarez is associate professor of congregational studies in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned her MA and PhD in sociology from Princeton University, and her BA in psychology at Yale University. She has also been on the faculty of Yale University, Princeton University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Pepperdine University. At Princeton Theological Seminary, she teaches classes on philosophy of social science, Christianity and the liberals arts tradition, aesthetics, research methods for congregational leaders, intentional communities, and sociology of religion. Her research has received approximately $3 million in funding from the John Templeton Foundation.

Professor Mooney Suarez’s most recent book with Cluny Media, The Love of Learning: Seven Dialogues on the Liberal Arts (2021), grew out of her decades of experience as a teacher and scholar. Her book Faith Makes Us Live: Surviving and Thriving in the Haitian Diaspora (University of California Press, 2009) demonstrated how religious communities support the successful adaptation of Haitian immigrants in the U.S., Canada and France, and she’s the co-author (with Camille Z. Charles, Mary S. Fischer, and Douglas S. Massey) of Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities (Princeton University Press, 2009).

In addition to her scholarly books and articles, Professor Mooney Suarez has written for publications that reach wide audiences both inside and outside academia such as Real Clear Policy, Scientific American, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Miami Herald, Plough Magazine, America Magazine, First Things, Hedgehog Review, Public Discourse, Church Life Journal, and the National Catholic Register. Professor Mooney Suarez is a frequent speaker to women’s organizations, think tanks, schools, church groups, and a variety of other nonprofits, as well as businesses about faith and values. Her research has been cited by David Brooks in the New York Times, and she has been interviewed by organizations such as Duke Divinity School and the Institute for Humane Studies.

Professor Mooney Suarez founded Scala Foundation in 2016 and continues to serve as Scala’s executive director. Scala’s mission is to infuse meaning and purpose into American education by restoring a classical liberal arts education. At Scala’s conferences, reading groups, seminars, webinars, student trips, intellectual retreats, and intensive summer program, Scala equips students, writers, artists, intellectuals, and teachers with the ideas and networks needed to revitalize culture.

Covid Best Practices

There are still many challenges to overcome and issues to consider as we slowly climb our way out of the pandemic. In addition to reflecting on the lessons Covid has taught us from an educational perspective, several other social issues have emerged as well that need attention in our schools and communities. So, how should classical Christian educators respond? How do we wisely navigate these issues and stay faithful to our mission?

Join our panel of heads of school from across the country as they discuss and share wisdom and insight, plus the lessons they’ve learned over the past few months. Hear about what policies and practices worked and which ones didn’t.

Eric Cook

Eric Cook is from Lexington, Kentucky, but worked in schools in Ohio and Virginia before joining Covenant Classical School in 2009. Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Transylvania University, and a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University. He has taught history, political science, psychology and philosophy in public schools, and served as an assistant principal for several years. In 2006, Eric felt called to join the classical Christian school movement and became the Middle and Upper School Head at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to his leadership roles, Eric taught apologetics, theology, philosophy of religion, and served as thesis director. He is also the President of the Society for Classical Learning.

Katharine Savage

Katharine Savage is the founder and Head of Philadelphia Classical School and is grateful to have worked alongside colleagues in the classical Christian school movement for almost ten years. She leads the ACCS Northeast regional cohort of schools and has written for the Classical Difference magazine. Prior to founding PCS, she was the energetic "starter" - starting other community based endeavors, leading parenting seminars, writing church curriculum, and being a wife and mom to three children. She and her husband Brian have been serving in the city of Philadelphia, PA for twenty years. She loves rereading old books and watching ballet performances.

Peter Hansen

Peter Hansen joined Trinity Christian Academy as its Head of School in July of 2020. Originally born and raised in California, Mr. Hansen moved to Texas in high school where he graduated from a classical Christian school and met his future wife, Lisa. He graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and theology and then went on to earn his Master’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. Mr. Hansen has taught history, philosophy, apologetics, political science, logic, rhetoric, senior thesis, Bible, Latin, and literature in prominent classical Christian schools throughout the nation including Regents School of Austin, Rockbridge Academy, and Annapolis Christian Academy. He also served as the Head of School for Annapolis Christian Academy for twelve years and Lancaster County Christian School for two years prior to his tenure at TCA. Mr. Hansen is married to Lisa and they have four teenage children, three of whom attend TCA while his oldest attends the University of Kentucky. In his free time, Mr. Hansen enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, eating at good restaurants, visiting coffee shops, and staying active through golf, soccer, playing drums, snowboarding, and surfing.

Eric DeVries

Eric was born in Oklahoma, but spent most of his childhood in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Whitworth University where he met his lovely wife, Jen. Eric and Jen have been happily married for 22 years. They have 5 children, spanning from a senior in high school down to a first grader! He began working at The River Academy in Wenatchee Washington in 2004 as a teacher. In 2008 he was promoted to Head of School where he continues to serve today. Eric is working on his Masters in Christian Leadership with a focus on Classical Schools from Gordon College. When he is not immersed in classical education, he and his family enjoy the outdoors. They love taking advantage of the hiking, mountain biking, and snow skiing that the Wenatchee Valley has to offer.

How to Achieve Schole Amidst the Chaos of Culture

Ironically the Greek word scholé is the root of our word “school”. Scholé as articulated by Aristotle and then adapted and transformed by the early church, means something like undistracted time to study the things most worthwhile (usually with good friends, usually in a lovely place, usually with good food and drink). In this presentation, we will consider how scholé is related to contemplative and restful learning that complements the active learning that is also part of education. We will also consider the practical ways we can bring restful learning or scholé back into our schools. 

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Chris Perrin

Christopher Perrin, MDiv, PhD, is CEO with Classical Academic Press, and a national leader, author, and speaker for the renewal of classical education. He is the author of An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, Greek for Children Primer A, and co-author of the Latin for Children series. He serves as a consultant to classical Christian schools, and to schools converting to the classical model. He is the director of the Alcuin Fellowship, former co-chair of the Society for Classical Learning, and an adjunct professor with the honor's program at Messiah College. Chris previously served for ten years as a headmaster of a classical Christian school in Harrisburg, PA