ISM’s Characteristics of Board Leadership

This is a presentation and discussion of ISM’s research project on board leadership; comparison and contrast of these outcomes with those of ISM’s research projects on Head of School Leadership.

Walker Buckalew

Executive Consultant, Independent School Management

In additon to his role as a consultant with ISM, a firm serving more than 4,000 school clients, Dr. Buckalew is also the author of eight non-fiction books and three Christian fiction books.

Memory Work

A recent Google query for “how to memorize” turned up 2,380,000 matches. This is amazing and telling when the current view among progressive educators and our culture at large is that memorization is merely “drill-and-kill.” Without any real learning and that information can be easily accessed through available technology that memorization is unnecessary. At Trinity Academy of Raleigh, the view is different. memorization is a curricular area. Our community developed a curriculum guide that establishes purposeful expectations, prevents redundancies, and establishes clear expectations for student learning. Come see how one school developed a memory curriculum, established instructional methods, and created rubrics for assessing student progress in that area.

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.

Curricular Planning From the Top Down

This session will address the need for curriculum planning to “begin with the end in view.” What outcomes do we want for our graduates? what knowledge, skills and virtues are essential for a graduate to reap the full benefits of the education that our mission claims to offer? We will explore a process that ensures that each grade level prepares students for the next level in a program that delivers these benefits to every student.

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.

A Cord of Three Strands

This seminar looks at how a community of colleagues, supporters, and followers helps to sustain the faith and persistence of a person in life and in leadership, encouraging and helping to achieve far more together than any one “heroic” individual could ever accomplish alone including lessons in how to lead and forge a great team.

Ray Blunt

Ray Blunt graduated with a B.S. in engineering and political science from the U.S. Air Force Academy followed by Master’s degrees in Economics from Central Missouri University and in Theological Studies, with Honors, from Wesley Theological Seminary. A er a 35-year career in public service culminating as a Senior Executive, he has spent the last two decades helping to grow the next generation of servant leaders as a teacher, mentor, writer, speaker, and consultant. Ray is an avid kayaker, cyclist, and B.J.’s husband since 1964. They are members of Restoration Anglican Church where they mentor young couples and singles. They have two grown children, and are grandparents to two Ad Fontes graduates and three younger AFA and home schooled grandchildren. This is his h year teaching at Ad Fontes.

Get Your Students Reading

This seminar will offer ways for teachers to encourage students to increase their recreational reading in grades 3-6. These students have learned the skills needed to read, but now need the opportunity to experience the wide world of literature. Ideas for encouraging students’ reading will be shared such as unique book reports, class book sharing, and incentive programs for beyond classroom reading. As students have multiple experiences with literature, they learn the joy of reading.

Mary Poole

Mary Poole began her teaching career in her hometown, Fayetteville, North Carolina. After teaching in Fayetteville, she began teaching with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Colombia, South America. She has taught in Raleigh and has been at Trinity Academy of Raleigh for the last eight years. She is always lookig for new ways to make the material "come alive" for her students. Mary believes that learning should be fun and memorable. She wants her classroom to be the place her students want to come daily because they are cared about and are learning.

Classroom Film Production: Learning Literacy By Making Movies

One of the most effective ways to teach film literacy and elicit higher order thinking skills from students is to teach them how to make their own movies, a skill that can then be applied to a variety of academic areas and learning projects. This seminar will provide resources and a start-to-finish “how to” approach for making commercials, research documentaries, music videos, and dramatic short films in the classroom, including script writing, technology needs, pre-production, acquisition, post-production, assignment evaluation methods, and project ideas. See your students go from putting in five hours on a research paper to fifty hours on a research documentary.

Charlie Starr

Charlie Starr is a professor of English and Humanities at Kentucky Christian University. He took an MA in Humanities at the University of Dallas under Louise Cowan and finished his DA in English at Middle Tennessee State Univeristy with the dissertation, The Triple Enigma: Fact, Truth and Myth as the Key to C.S. Lewis' Epistemological Thinking. Charlie has published three books, most recently a biblical study entitled Honest to God. His essay, "The Silver Chair and the Silver Screen" is the lead chapter in Revisiting Narnia and he has published on C.S. Lewis in Seven, C.S.L and Mythlore.

The Word of the Gentleman – Part 2

When it comes to being a christian gentleman or lady, we should want to know something other than external behavior. Christian schools have a tendency to produce what Christ describes as “whitewashed tombs” or, as Evan Wilson warns, “One is not what one must pretend to be.” Through Evan’s seminars he developed 15 rules of mind for the true gentleman and the true lady. Approaching it philosophically rather than behaviorally makes this body of thought applicable regardless of era, culture, or economy. The philosophical principles that cause the gentled social behavior are fixed and beget it without pretension. It is always better to “transform your life by the renewal of your ‘mind’ than to be a poseur. This is the last in th series: Rules six through fifteen including: a gentleman will dress as one. A gentleman has graceful speech. A gentleman ins observant. A gentleman is attentive. A gentleman is attentive. A gentleman is knowledgeable of the world. A gentleman chooses good company. A gentleman is not a clown. A gentleman has sundry small accomplishments. A gentleman is employed. A gentleman understands the dignity of manners.

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.

Christianity and Culture: C.S. Lewis’s Approach

Lewis’s approach to culture, specifically the arts, flies in the face of a lot of what’s going on in Christian thinking, both on popular and intellectual fronts. On the popular front, are well meaning Christians who accept he model of “culture war”, and on the intellectual front, is an emphasis on “worldview” theory- analyzing the worldviews behind artistic texts to point out their hidden assumptions or to mine their truth value. And while these strategies may have their place, Lewis would look at what evangelicals have been doing in the arts for the last forty years and, for the most part, tell us we’ve been doing it all wrong – that we’ve failed to understand what art is really for.

Charlie Starr

Charlie Starr is a professor of English and Humanities at Kentucky Christian University. He took an MA in Humanities at the University of Dallas under Louise Cowan and finished his DA in English at Middle Tennessee State Univeristy with the dissertation, The Triple Enigma: Fact, Truth and Myth as the Key to C.S. Lewis' Epistemological Thinking. Charlie has published three books, most recently a biblical study entitled Honest to God. His essay, "The Silver Chair and the Silver Screen" is the lead chapter in Revisiting Narnia and he has published on C.S. Lewis in Seven, C.S.L and Mythlore.

Using the Tools of Classical Rhetoric: Writing

It’s not easy to write a great novel, but it’s not all that hard to make up a good story. Join a group of creative people (even if you don’t think you are one!) to help workshop leader Andrew Kern develop a story from scratch using the tools provided by the classical tradition.

Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern is the Founder and President of CiRCE Institute. He has also helped found Providence Academy, Ambrose School, Great Ideas Academy and Regents Schools of the Carolinas. Andrew is the co-author of Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, The Lost Tools of Writing and The CiRCE Guide to Reading. Andrew is also a consultant and founded the CiRCE apprenticeship.

Leisure and Experience: Recovering the Schole in School

Alfred Nock once noted that the result, if not the purpose, of a classical education is an experienced mind. Such a mind is also, not incidentally, a discaplined one. Rigor and discipline are part of the process, but they are not the summum bonum. Rather, we wish our students to acquire the faculty of discernment. As we are all too poignantly aware, experience, even condensed experience, requires time. The Greeks understood this, and that is why their word for leisure, schole, came also to be applied to the more worthy manners in which leisure can be employed, including to groups of students who spent their leisure listening to teachers. Currently, within the classical school community and beyond, there is considerable confusion as to the definition and characteristics of a classical education. I will postulate that the precondition of true learning is leisure and that this can be understood to mean limited and focused effort on sequential. (Not compartmentalized) study. As the Greek and Roman classical texts provide us both a continuous record of our antecedent culture and the advantage of having being written in demanding languages, we err in identifying classical education solely with rudimentary Latin classes or humanities surveys. The anecdotal evidence for the lingering blessing of a traditional classical education will be illustrated from a selection of classical texts and the testimony of the luminaries who have enjoyed such an education.

Erin Davis-Valdez

Erin Davis-Valdez is currently an Upper School teacher and the chair of the Foreign Languages dept. at Hill Country Christian School of Austin. She has extensive experience in developing Latin curricula and other classical courses both at HCCSA and at Grace Academy in Georgetown. Her master of arts in Classics degree is from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She also holds a BA in classical studies from Hillsdale College.