First Touch – The Culture of the Admin Wing

First impressions are just that – FIRST Impressions. Is the mission of your school communicated clearly by your office staff? More importantly, does the “feel” of your admin wing welcome new and old members of your school? This seminar will address the culture of your Administrative Team, use of technology, and mission-based personal touch.

John Heaton

John Heaton is a native of Orlando, Florida. He has concluded his 20th year as the second Headmaster of New Covenant Schools in Lynchburg, Virginia. New Covenant is a classical Christian School serving around 450 students in Pre-K through 12th Grade.

Blunder and Lightning: The Glory and Tragedy of the Charge of the Light Brigade

Starting with the background of the key players of Lords Cardigan and Lucan and ending with the Pyrrhic success of the charge itself, this lecture will give meaning to Tennyson’s demand that the “folly” is still worthy of honor.

Evan Wilson

In 1980, Evan and his wife, Leslie, bought a large 8000 sq.ft. arts and crafts home to have a greater effect on college students through hospitality and conversation. The Big Haus is a Christian boarding house and philosophy and arts ministry, through which have traveled over 300 students and the Wilson's own four children. Mr. Wilson has also pastored All Souls Christian Church for 18 years and teaches seminars in Christian social philosophy and antiquities. In educational circles he has both taught at Montrose Academy and Logos School. While serving many years on the SCL board he has spoken at their's and other educational conferences on historic and philosophic topics.

Preparing the Older Grammar Student for Middle School

Research indicates that older grammer school students have particular developmental needs of which educators should be aware. This seminar will discuss some of these issues as well as the culture of your middle school.

Marion Patterson

Marion holds a B.S. in English from University and a M. S. in Education from Pensacola Christian College.

John Heaton

John Heaton has just completed his tenth year as Headmaster at New Covenant Schools, a classical Christian school serving about 335 students in Lynchburg, VA. He is a minister in the Reformed Episcopal Church with which the school is affiliated. He and his wife, Heidi, have four children in K-6th grade.

Curriculum Development – Make it Classical

Curriculum is the backbone of the academic program. It is the defining character of our school’s identity. But, how can we be sure our curriculum is really “classical?” How can we know that we aren’t just teaching what every other school is teaching, with “classical” trappings? We need a curriculum development process that ensures that we are classical. In this seminar, Dr. Littlejohn helps participants identify essential objectives that can clearly inform our curriculum development and ensure that our program is truly classical.

Robert Littlejohn

Dr. Littlejohn is Head of School at Trinity Academy of Raleigh, North Carolina. As a Ph.D Biologist, he has authored two college biology laboratory texts and has published 26 reports of original research in the fields of Ecology, Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Science Educational Theory. In 2006, he coauthored Wisdom and Eloquence: a Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning, published by Crossway Books, Chicago. His career spans 26 years in K-12 and higher education, during which he has served in a variety of teaching and administrative capacities, including Academic Vice President for a liberal arts college and Director for a consortium of ten colleges and universities. He was founding headmaster for New Covenant Schools in Virginia, founding executive director for the society for Classical Learning and a founding board member for the American School of Lyon, France. He is a certified facilitator for Appreciative Inquiry, an AQIP reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and a Consultant to Colleges and schools across the nation.

Marketing: Four Phases of Messaging: Following a Dynamic Enrollment Marketing Strategy

Do you have wheelbarrows full of information lined up in your admissions office that you readily dump on prospective parents when they inquire about your school? Do your enrollment materials and website provide an exhaustive explanation of your school, leaving no informational stone unturned? Actually, there’s a more successful way of introducing families to your school. mark Mountan of Peracto Counsulting will introduce you to a simple, 4-step process of presenting your school’s distinctive mission and vision to prospective families. The result is something that every school wants- increased enrollment inquiries and more opportunity to speak with prospective parents face-to face.

Mark Mountan

Mark Mountan is founder of Peracto Consulting and works exclusively with classical Christian schools in implementing comprehensive integrated marketing and communications strategies. He has worked with large and small schools alike. Mark is currently writing a book (scheduled for release in late 2008) designed to help classical Christian schools understand and implement best practices in marketing.

Writing a Rubric

Teachers are using projects, learning logs, performance assessments, and other alternative forms of assessment. When employing such assessment tools, how can they communicate expectations clearly, evaluate student performance fairly, and provide feedback that improves learning? Rubrics are tools that address these and other concerns teachers have about the assessment process. In this seminar we will explore when to use rubrics and how to design them.

Stephanie Knudsen

Stephanie M. Knudsen has spent the last eight of her 20 years in education teaching rst grade at Trinity Academy of Raleigh in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has taught in Japan, North Carolina, and Virginia. Her life outside of school includes her being a farmer, lover of the great outdoors, and a reader of books.

Classical Kindergarten

When most parents hear of classical education, they think of ivy covered brick buildings and thoughtful students reading the great works. They picture uniformed young men and women striving in their studies to be stellar students who are readying themselves for college. Parents are often not sure how grammar school and kindergarten more specifically, can really have an impact on their child for a classical education. “Doesn’t classical education seem a bit stuffy for five and six year olds to handle? Can’t you go to any kindergarten and get the same kind of education?” are questions heard most often from parents of young children just learning about the classical methodology. Kindergarten is the foundation of the grammar pillar of classically educating a student and can be the bridge for parents understanding the classical model.

Debra Sugiyama

Jim Selby has a BA from Oral Roberts University in English Literature and New Testament Literature and a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has taught and administered at Whitefield Academy, a classical Christian school in Kansas City, for the last eleven years. Jim currently teaches Great Books/Humanities, Rhetoric and English Literature as well as Logic in previous years. Founder of Classical Composition he authored a writing curriculum used both in the classroom and in the homeschooling community.

Help, My Students are Too Overcommitted – Organization and Time Management Tips for Middle and High School

Organization and time management can be learned. In fact, at some point for most students they MUST be formally taught these skills. This seminar will give practical, easy-to-use ideas on how to teach students to be more organized and to work “smarter” not “harder”.

Rhonda Peyton

Mrs. Peyton holds a B.S in Social Studies and Language Arts Education from Radford University. She has served at Caldwell as a classroom teacher prior to her current administrative roles.

The 21st Century Head of School

The Christian school movement has never been stronger – and never more threatened. A new generation of parenting values, new competition from private and public schools, new financial realities, and new philanthropy patterns all add up to one thing: Christians schools need a NEW kind of leader to building strong 21st century schools. How do you stack up?

Chuck Evans

Chuck Evans is a co-founder of both SCL and the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA). Over the course of more than 15 years, he has become an expert at hanging around SCL conferences without actually working or helping out in any way. Despite that, Chuck and his colleagues do work with and help classical schools to think through their impact on their communities and markets, to design strategies for growth, and to imagine creative ways to apply a classical Christian mission in relationships with students and families.

Gender Division in Middle and Upper School

Ever considered full or partial single sex schedule? Examine the rationale for single sex classes in middle and upper school with a discussion of the experience of a school that has tried it.

Leslie Moeller

Leslie Moeller started the debate program for Geneva School of Boerne and is completing her fourth year as Head Debate Coach. She has coached students at the local, state and national levels. This past year, she has had two Public Forum debate teams ranked as high as 5th in the Nation. Both teams plus one Student Congress debater quali ed for the 2013 Tournament of Champions. Mrs. Moeller has a BA from the University of Virginia in English Literature and Economics and a JD from Boston College. In addition to coaching debate, she has taught Middle School Language Arts, Dialectic and currently teaches Senior Thesis. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of Geneva and the SCL Board.