Expanding Your Language Offerings

Language department chairs, looking to expand your language offerings and efficacy? Teachers, interested in professional development opportunities? This coaching call will explore opportunities for growth, professional development, teacher onboarding, preparing for new Latin students, etc.

Marcus Foster

Marcus Foster graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Classics in 2000. He worked with youth in Berlin, Germany for five years, part of which was also spent studying theology at Humboldt Universität. He completed a M.Hum. in Classics/Theology from the University in Dallas in 2011. Heavily invested in languages, Marcus aims to stir a love for language and literature in his students at Covenant Classical School (Fort Worth, TX) teaching Latin and chairing the languages department. He and his wife, Julie, have been married for 15 years, blessed with three beautiful daughters and one strapping son.

The Canon at Work in Today’s Complex World | Fri, Dec. 4

Friday, December 4 | 1-2 pm CST

What does it mean to be a good citizen, and how do good citizens make the decision to resist or rebel against governing authorities?  This is an enduring question faced by citizens and subjects for millennia, and it is a question at the root of many of the social and political struggles we are witnessing in this very tumultuous year.  Although some argue that the idea of a canon is outdated and unresponsive to our diverse communities, in this session we see how canonical works, when placed into conversation with contemporary texts and experiences, provide excellent guidance that helps us to navigate complex issues with wisdom and humility. The texts we will examine are: Sophocles’ Antigone, the Declaration of Independence, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”.

Dr. Angel Adams Parham

Dr. Angel Adams Parham is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nyansa Classical Community. Nyansa provides after-school programming and curricula designed to connect with and draw students of color into the beauty of classical literature and the great conversation. She is also Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University-New Orleans. Dr. Parham's sociological training provides an in-depth understanding of the social and economic challenges facing many low-income communities of color, while her Christian faith emphasizes the importance of combining this sociological knowledge with a commitment to students’ spiritual formation and the cultivation of their moral imagination. She is also a wife and mother of two beautiful girls who are homeschooled according to classical Christian principles and pedagogies.

Handling Leadership Challenges During Difficult Times | Fri, Oct. 30

Friday, October 30 | 1-2 pm CDT

What do the stories of Bill Belichick, Condoleezza Rice, and Francis Collins have to teach us about transition? How can we best handle the leadership challenges brought on by COVID-19? Be sure to join Gordon College President Michael Lindsay as he pulls from a decade of leadership in Christian Higher Education to illuminate how we can serve God and His people well in challenging times.

Dr. D. Michael Lindsay

D. Michael Lindsay serves as the eighth president of Gordon College. Prior to arriving at Gordon, President Lindsay was a member of the sociology faculty at Rice University, where he won multiple awards both for his teaching and his scholarly research. The author of two dozen scholarly publications, Dr. Lindsay’s Faith in the Halls of Power was nominated for the nonfiction Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His most recent book, View from the Top, won two awards and has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. As a scholar and educational leader, President Lindsay has lectured on six continents and works tirelessly to create opportunities worldwide for Gordon students, faculty, and staff. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University and graduate theological degrees from Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Baylor University where he has been named Outstanding Young Alumnus. He has been married for twenty-five years to Rebecca, a writer and speaker who serves as Gordon’s Ambassador for the College. They are the proud parents of three daughters: Elizabeth (16), Caroline (10) and Emily (10). The Lindsays live on the Gordon campus, which allows them to regularly cheer on the Fighting Scots.

Three Core Partnerships on the Board | Fri, Oct. 2

Friday, October 2 | 11-12 pm CDT

For this coaching call, John Littleford will explain why the Head and Chair, Chair and Board, and Head and Board must all function at a high level in order for any independent school to thrive. He will also focus on how the pressures and variables from Covid have made these partnerships even more difficult to maintain. After hearing John define some of the essentials of these three partnerships he will field questions from the participants.

John Littleford

John Littleford founded Littleford & Associates in 1994. Mr. Littleford has served as head of school for 18 years, a teacher for 25 years, and a board member and chair of schools and nonprofit agencies. He has written and spoken extensively worldwide on each area of the firm's consulting expertise. John Littleford is the co-author, with Valerie Lee, of the book, "Faculty Salary Systems in Independent Schools". This landmark publication on this topic was published by NAIS from 1983-94. His articles on the career ladder concept of faculty compensation are found in Larry Frase's book, entitled "Teacher Motivation and Compensation", published in 1992 by the Technomic Press.