Upper School Heads Cohort


About the cohort

The Upper School Head cohort will focus on building and protecting school culture through work with faculty, students, and parents. We will examine the skeletal structures needed to support a healthy school atmosphere, along with practices helpful in nurturing it. Responding to threats to good culture—whether student misbehavior, conflicts, or disparities between classroom and co-curricular expectations—will be discussed throughout the year. Preparatory reading will include articles and book excerpts. Each session will include conversation of the month’s topic, updates from participants, and prayer for one another. Robyn will offer office hours between sessions during which participants can bring up situations that they face for mutual brainstorming and encouragement. 

Meeting Dates and Times: Cohort meetings will be the first Thursday of each month 3:30-5:00 (ET), beginning on September 1st.

Meet Your Cohort Leader​

Robyn Burlew is serving her ninth year as the Upper School Head at Veritas School in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to her time at Veritas, she spent fifteen years teaching biology and math and administrating in the Upper School at Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Robyn has three adult daughters who praise the benefits of their own classical and Christian education, one son-in-law, and two young granddaughters. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Houghton College and an M.Ed. in Integrated Curriculum and Instruction from Covenant College. In her free time, Robyn might be found paddling on the James River, knitting a baby blanket, or playing the piano.
Robyn Burlew
Upper School Head, Veritas School

Cohort Syllabus

Personal rhythms and practices of leadership, with the goal of building relationships with faculty, students, and parents.

Leading Faculty Culture and Professional Development

Building Student Culture with Guardrails and Scaffolding—clear expectations and consistent support.

Paying Attention to Student Relationships

Bringing Parents Along in Understanding the School’s Mission

Protecting School Culture: Dealing with Indifference and Resistance

Protecting School Culture: Dealing with Difficult Student Situations

Protecting School Culture: Dealing with Difficult Faculty

Planning Ahead: The Architecture of Next School Year’s Rhythms and Rituals



$ 2,499
  • SCL Member Schools receive 10% discount
  • Monthly Payment Options Available

Joining a cohort

In order to keep group sizes small, and maximize effectiveness, groups are limited in size (typically 10-12) and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are asked to commit to the work and engagement involved.
Due to the limited size, some individuals will be waitlisted until there are enough applicants to form a new group. Also, a minimum of six participants are needed for each group to make.


Please reach out to Sarah Spencer at sarah@societyforclassicallearning.org