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Plenary 3: Al Mohler

by Al Mohler November 9, 2018
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The Music of the Spheres and the Hidden Places of the Mind

by Greg Wilbur

It is no secret that music affects the brain in particular ways that other types of learning do not and cannot. How can we seek to engage all of our mind with a proper understanding of musical studies—not as enrichment or extracurricular, but as an integrated part of knowledge and educational disciplines?

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What Does the Kingdom of God Look Like? An Apology for Diversity in Classical Christian Schools

by Peter Vande Brake

We all have “blindspots” in our lives, or things that we just can’t see. This isn’t because those things aren’t right in front of us, but because we don’t have eyes to see them. Having students from diverse backgrounds – racially, ethnically and socio-economically – helps us to eliminate the blindspots from our lives. Having […]

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Time to Mind: A Story of “Much, Not Many” and Logic School Flourishing

by Brett Tohlen

Because learning is “slow, effortful, and uncertain,” the Classical principle of “much, not many” shapes a program at all levels – classroom culture, pedagogical structure, curriculum and scheduling – to provide time for students to know and love.

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Taking Classical Mainstream

by Jeremy Tate

Classical educators should be the ones to set new standards of excellence for the entire nation. Currently, Classical schools have to defer to the standardized tests of the failing educational establishment. These standards, especially as seen in the SAT and ACT, communicate to students and families that the most salient features of classical schools are […]

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Essential Logic: What Every Teacher Should Know in Order to Effectively Utilize and Integrate Logic Into His or Her Subject Area

by Jeremy Sturdivant

As Classical Christian educators, we see logic as so essential to what and how we teach that we refer to the second stage of learning as dialectic and to the corresponding school as the school of logic. While many Upper School teachers would like to integrate logic into their classes, many have not received formal […]

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Voting for Nazis: Cultivating Empathy in the Secondary History Classroom

by Alana Speth

Teaching European history to 15- and 16-year-olds presents dual challenges. One must get students genuinely invested in events of the past before getting them to empathize with people and situations they perceive as different from themselves. There are two significant barriers that must be overcome: lack of humility and possession of too much information. Without […]

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Rhetoric at Your School: Centerpiece or Add-On?

by Andrew Smith

More than likely, your school views its Rhetoric program as a distinctive. It is an aspect of your school that sets it apart from other schools in your geographic community and it is something that allows your constituencies to rest assured that you really are offering a Classical curriculum. But can you say in all […]

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The Common Topics: Threads That Hold the Verbal Arts Together

by Andrew Smith

The verbal arts are related to one another, particularly through the means by which we teach them. Since the verbal arts are skills, not terminating subjects, they are taught throughout the curriculum. But as we focus on teaching them singularly, how can we do so in a way that most naturally leads to teaching the […]

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Leading the Team

by Andrew Smalley

How can you help raise teacher and student engagement? How must your approach differ between creative types and educators? Come explore the challenges many schools face and find some answers. We’ll discuss how to harness the creative spirit in your school and examine strategies for follow-through.

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Fostering Cultural Harmony Among the Student Body

by Brandon Shuman

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus told his disciples, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant” (Mark 10:42-43). In […]

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Dorothy Sayers Was Wrong About the Art of Grammar

by Andrew Selby

Dorothy Sayers famously wrote that Grammar is the “poll parrot” stage in which younger students memorize many facts. In her influential and often valuable essay, The Lost Tools of Learning, she asserts that she is replicating the medieval understanding of the trivium. We’ll explore the perspective that Sayers’ definition of the art of grammar actually […]

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Using Primary Sources to Teach History at the Grammar Stage

by Barbara Seidle

Many teachers at the Grammar stage feel intimidated by teaching history and wonder if there is a way to make it more interesting. Introducing primary sources into your history curriculum will help your students understand and engage history in deep and meaningful ways. Participants will learn how to add flavor to their history curriculum using […]

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A Crash Course in Latin

by Paul Schaeffer

Latin is an intimidating subject to teach! Pronunciation, declensions, conjugations – it is enough to make your brain hurt. In this presentation, attendees will learn the basics of Latin so they can feel confident to teach their students introductory Latin in the upcoming year.

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Henri Nouwen: Spirituality for Teachers

by Charlie Ritch

Join this session to examine the intense spiritual nature of the job of teaching. We’ll also explore how the writings of Henri Nouwen might aid in cultivating a healthy inner life and create an atmosphere of spiritual growth in ourselves and our students.

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Recruiting and Retaining Talented Teachers (w/Bob Ingram)

by Jim Reynolds

Recruiting and retaining talented teachers is a challenge for school leadership. This workshop focuses on the systems in place at The Geneva School to understand staffing needs, recruit talented teacher, and interview and vet prospective teachers. We will focus on the evaluation and retention of talented teachers, including strategies for monitoring and improving the teaching […]

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Cultivating a Culture of Affirmation in the Classical Classroom

by Martha Reed

Teachers often view their role in the classroom as one of instruction, correction and encouragement. But this perspective overlooks a key element of any successful classroom culture: affirmation. How can teachers correct and affirm students without buying into the worldly philosophy of promoting self-esteem? By promoting God-esteem. This workshop explores practical ways to promote God-esteem […]

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Guide and Warning From America’s Classical Education Past: The Yale Report of 1828

by Shea Ramquist

In the early 19th century, Yale College stood as the last, great bastion of Classical education in the United States. Buffeted by demands for “useful learning” and scathing critiques of “dead languages,” the Yale faculty produced an eloquent apology for Classical education, the famed Yale Report of 1828. This document provided an aegis for the […]

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Art Through the Humanities

by Cathye Price

In a strong Classical education, it can be difficult to find the time and place for a rigorous focus on the arts. Many classical schools seek to integrate their subjects, weaving content between the disciplines. Although we celebrate a rich history of integrating subjects in order to address and train the whole intellect, teaching the […]

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When Classical Meets Contemporary: What Do We Keep, What Do We Kick Out and Why?

by Christopher Perrin

We regard the Classical tradition of education as tried and true, the well-worn path of wisdom that we are wise to follow. We also know that just because something is old doesn’t make it best; nor is something that is contemporary necessarily bad. The reverse is also true: Just because something is old doesn’t make […]

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Churches: For or Against Us?

by Davies Owens

Success for Classical Christian schools is highly dependent on the engagement and health of the local Church. But despite many school’s efforts to require church attendance from families, all too often the students who show up on Monday morning lack basic biblical and theological knowledge and are often struggling to find the practical role of […]

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The Head and the Board: Making it Work

by Keith Nix

Perhaps the most important relationship in the school, the Head of School’s relationship with the board can be a tricky one. In this workshop, we will discuss principles and practices that can build trust, confidence and effective leadership.

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Identifying Unknowns: Real Science for Logic-Stage Students

by Steve Mittwede

Many teachers engaged in science education may recall that, when they themselves were students of high school chemistry, they were assigned the task of identifying an unknown solution. Such an assignment brilliantly thrusts the student into the heart of the scientific enterprise – namely, observation and experimentation. But why wait until so late in a […]

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Mastery, Integration and Wonder: The Model That Transforms Science Instruction

by John Mays

The first goal of science instruction is for students to learn science. This requires replacing the ubiquitous “cram-pass-forget” cycle with a pedagogy aimed at learning, mastery and retention. But mastery is not a goal that can be pursued in isolation from the whole realm of qualities that make us human – the immense spectrum of […]

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The Seven Secrets of Successful Capital Campaigns

by Brad Layland

Your school is growing and you are ready to acquire permanent space, expand your campus or fund a key initiative. Is it time for a capital campaign? Join us to learn the seven “must haves” for your campaign to succeed. Time will be available to discuss attendees’ specific questions.

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Generative Governance and Effective School Leadership

by Emory Latta

Most schools have made the transition to governance in providing leadership and direction. Yet, even in schools that have made this transition, many continue to struggle to become strategically oriented and almost none advance to the level of vision-casting and mission-driven decision-making that Chait, Thomas and Taylor call Generative Governance. The purpose of this presentation […]

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“What’s a Trivium? And Who’s Plato?” – How to Speak “Classical” for Progressively Trained Educators

by Dusty Kinslow

The way that Classical educators think and talk about education is fundamentally different than the way most of us have been taught to think our entire lives. When training new teachers – who are rarely trained in Classical education – we like to say it is like crawling out of the Atlantic Ocean, running across […]

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Teaching in the Light of Christ’s Achievement

by Andrew Kern

Christ was born of the Virgin, incarnating the Word, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, resurrected and ascended into heaven. Join us to examine His person and His accomplishments, as well as their influence over the establishment of the foundations and goals of our teaching.

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Calling Our Students to Lead: A Leadership Class for High School Students

by Sara Kennedy

Classical schools beautifully prepare students for a lifetime of learning. Classical Christian schools interweave that scholarship with discipleship. Such graduates are well-prepared to continue their studies at the university level and to flourish as life-long learners, employees, parishioners, artisans and more. But are we doing enough to explicitly call and equip our students to lead? […]

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Instructional Support Program

by Lori Jill Keeler

Westminster’s Instructional Support program wants to share its success with other schools looking to increase the student/teacher ratio, give students more individualized attention and increase opportunities for students to have needed remediation, enrichment or reinforcement of required content and skills. From the how and why the program was established to practical scheduling and logistics issues, […]

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The Enchanted Cosmos: Mathematics Among the Liberal Arts

by Ravi Jain

This session will introduce a curriculum and pedagogy for mathematics grounded in the Classical Christian tradition. It will give special attention to 7th through 12th Grades (or pre-algebra through calculus), though many topics will be of interest to K-6 teachers. This classical approach, which is under active development for release through Classical Academic Press, will […]

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Healthy Student Culture: It Starts with the Faculty

by Jonathan Horner

Perhaps the best way to have students who love to learn, love each other, and love God is to do those things ourselves. A faculty committed to the historic disciplines of the Christian faith may be the best way to cultivate these types of students.

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Logic for the Real World: How to Apply Logic in Today’s Chaotic and Often Irrational World

by Joelle Hodge

Now more than ever it seems our culture is in need of thoughtful, reasoned discourse and argument. Far from being merely an academic subject, logic brings clarity to our own thinking and also enables us to engage with ideas across disciplines, media and culture. Sometimes teaching students how to think can seem like a daunting, […]

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Studying Rhetoric for College Success: How the Study of Classical Rhetoric Can Prepare Students to Excel in Higher Education (cont’d)

by Joelle Hodge

Rhetoric seeks to prepare students to “observe all the available means” of persuasion, enabling them to more easily master every kind of writing from analytical reports to argumentative essays. Sadly, many high school educators seek only to have their students write longer papers with long lists of resources and citations, calling that “higher-level” work. The […]

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Studying Rhetoric for College Success: How the Study of Classical Rhetoric Can Prepare Students to Excel in Higher Education

by Joelle Hodge

Rhetoric seeks to prepare students to “observe all the available means” of persuasion, enabling them to more easily master every kind of writing from analytical reports to argumentative essays. Sadly, many high school educators seek only to have their students write longer papers with long lists of resources and citations, calling that “higher-level” work. The […]

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Enrollment Management: A Case Study in Attrition and Retention (PART 2)

by John Heaton

Enrollment and Re-Recruitment: Why do students come to your school? More importantly, why do they stay? Do you know? Are you sure? If not, you are quite possibly jeopardizing your ability to deliver on your mission. Building on the data of the preceding session, we will explore management and teacher strategies that will make a […]

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Enrollment Management: A Case Study in Attrition and Retention (PART 1)

by John Heaton

What Matters Most at School: Data can show us precisely the driving factors that sustain academic excellence over time. How is this to be accomplished with GenX’ers and Millenials? This session will explore those drivers using New Covenant as a case study. The practical takeaways will include what school boards, administrations and faculties must do […]

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Virtuous Investment: A Finances Project for Late Grammar/Early Logic School Mathematicians

by Chris Hall

Let’s say that someone gave you $100,000. What would you do with it? Math students in 5th Grade at The Covenant School said they’d purchase Ferraris, primo Super Bowl tickets, and lots and lots of Legos! The hearts of these newly-minted investors were gradually changed, as well as their knowledge of how mathematics works in […]

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Planting an Urban Classical Christian School

by Russ Gregg

The education of at-risk youth is the civil rights movement of our day. Public and charter approaches can’t get to the heart of the crisis. Come learn about the story and distinctives of Hope Academy and its “start small, dream big and grow slow” strategy. Participants will walk through an overview of the school’s model […]

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Institutional Excellence: Best Practices for Conducting a Legal Audit of Your School

by Institutional Excellence: Best Practices for Conducting a Legal Audit of Your School

Classical Christian schools rightly focus on academic and programmatic excellence. But institutional excellence must likewise be a priority for a school to flourish. Operating a Classical Christian school is full of legal risk. A legal audit focuses on legal compliance and best practices. A school that takes the time to assess its compliance with applicable […]

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Singapore Math Strategies: An In-Depth Look (w/Susy Willetts)

by Mo Gaffney

What does a Singapore Math classroom look like and sound like? Throughout this in-depth session, we will demonstrate effective Singapore instructional strategies, including questioning, mathematical discussions and writing in the math journal. You will view student samples and experience the importance of inquiry through the anchor tasks. Come join the conversation and learn this approach […]

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Nurturing Our Youngest Writers

by Mo Gaffney

“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God” (John 1:1). Come learn about research on beginning writers and how to develop early writing skills beginning in Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade. This session goes beyond handwriting and spelling. Our youngest learners are full of stories and […]

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Introducing Spoken Latin: A How-To for Beginner (w/Stephen Bryan)

by Marcus Foster

This seminar will develop the theory and practice of introducing spoken Latin into the classroom. If you’ve ever wondered about the benefits of spoken Latin, your ability to implement it as a beginner or whether it will compromise the core content of your currrent course, then this session is for you. These questions will be […]

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Loving God With Our Minds in Milton’s Paradise Lost

by Jeremiah Forshey

Perhaps there is no work of imaginative literature in all the Western canon more preeminently about loving God with our minds than John Milton’s Paradise Lost. This session will highlight three ways that Milton’s poem invites its reader to consider what it means to love God with our minds. Practically, the poem presents several vivid […]

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Christian Classical Education as a Mission Strategy in Africa

by Karen Elliott

Africa may be reached by the gospel, but Africans say that Christianity “is 2000 miles wide and a centimeter deep.” In the next 30 years, one out of every two human beings will be born in Africa. Should we not be concerned? That explosive growth – combined with extensive poverty and great educational challenges – […]

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C. S. Lewis and The Abolition of Man

by David Diener

C. S. Lewis’s 1944 book The Abolition of Man is widely considered to be a classic work in the history and philosophy of education. The National Review, in fact, chose it as number seven on their “100 Best Nonfiction Books of the 20th Century.” In this seminar, we will examine the central themes of this […]

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The Nature and Vision of Classical Christian Education

by David Diener November 8, 2018

What is Classical Christian education? How is it different from other approaches to education? How can we clearly and succinctly explain the nature and vision of Classical Christian education despite its long and complicated history? This seminar addresses these questions by examining some of the essential defining characteristics of Classical Christian education, such as its […]

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Heroes and Villains: Civic Virtue Through Inquiry and Primary Sources

by Rachel Davison Humphries

Participants will work through three Bill of Rights Institute lessons to develop skills for providing students with primary sources, content-rich narratives and critical thinking as part of integrated civic learning and character development.

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Why is Discipleship Key to What We Are Trying to Accomplish in CCE?

by Howard Davis

It may seem obvious, but discipleship is key to what we are trying to accomplish through our Classical Christian schools. However, discipleship is increasingly harder to accomplish in our post-everything world, and it often gets lost as background among all the other goals that we are seeking to accomplish. This seminar will look at the […]

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Why Knowledge Matters: How an Over-Emphasis on Skills is Corrupting the Classroom and What Can Be Done About It

by Martin Cothran

Modern education theory emphasizes skills and downplays content. But is there really such a thing as “reading skills,” “critical thinking skills,” or “problem-solving skills” apart from specific content knowledge? What does research say about whether skills can be learned outside of content domains? Can abstract skills be tested and what do these tests really measure? […]

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Inclusion of Students With Disabilities in the Classical and Christian Classroom

by Leslie Collins

Classical Christian education is the best possible way to nurture the soul. It involves the best methods, materials and message to build the Kingdom of God that is intended for the “least of these.” What are we doing to make this blessing available for students with disabilities? Schools are often unsure of how to make […]

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Navigating Middle Earth: Creating Community in Logic School

by Mary Clifford

Logic School is often viewed as just a bridge between the Grammar and Rhetoric years, but these years are a time of great change and growth for students. Enriching these years with a true sense of community among the students is essential to a successful Logic School. However, creating a sense of belonging and a […]

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He Who Has Eyes to See: Drawing From Life

by Matthew Clark

People say it all the time: “I can’t even draw stick figures!” Perhaps you’ve said this yourself. Perhaps you’re even an art teacher! Many people are intimidated by the idea of making drawings – the blank page induces fear! Drawing must be approached with confidence because it is the foundation of all the visual arts […]

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A Practical Introduction to the Liberal Arts

by Kevin Clark

As the tools and seeds of learning, the liberal arts of language and math have important implications for teaching and learning in the classical classroom. This session introduces the basic logic of liberal arts teaching through concrete examples.

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Asking the Right Questions: Categories of Study and Thought for Mathematics

by Jeff Chambless

All too often, math is taught as a set of irrelevant, isolated algorithms. In this workshop, we will explore how to combat this and learn how to teach math in alignment with Classical thought by asking better questions. We will practice and use specific categories of inquiry about a mathematical concept, such as historical context, […]

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Poetic Knowledge: Horse Sense in Our Classrooms

by Robyn Burlew

How do we prevent our students from simply learning facts about our subjects? We must foster “poetic knowledge,”the pre-rational and experiential knowledge that equips students to connect information and concepts to the world. Poetic knowledge is necessary for full understanding, appreciation and love for a topic. Application will be aimed at Lower and Middle School […]

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Choosing and Using Books Well

by Allison Buras

In this workshop, which draws upon the Charlotte Mason method and Aristotle’s “four causes,” we will look at the role that synthetic texts play in shaping an ethical response to content in nonfiction texts.

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Educating Philosopher Kings

by Matt Bianco

In Plato’s Republic, Socrates sets forth the curriculum for educating children to be future philosopher kings, the kind of people who can know truth, control their passions and lead others to truth. Join us to walk through the curriculum, consider its strengths and weaknesses, and consider how it might be implemented in our lives and […]

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The Challenge of Cultural Correctness

by Bob Benne

More threatening to Christian Classical schools than “political correctness” is “cultural correctness,” the widely disseminated moral and religious assumptions that are often embedded in Christian parents and students, even those who are likely to come to Christian Classical schools. What is “cultural correctness,” and how does it operate to undermine Christian institutions? How should we […]

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God’s Glory in Your Students

by Peter Baur

What does it mean for our students to be image-bearers? Do our students all bear God’s image in the same way? Can we play a significant role in communicating to our students about God’s unique image borne out in them? Through personal stories and powerful imagery, this session will deepen your understanding of the profound […]

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Enrollment Data Analysis, Forecasting and Reporting

by Tammy Barron

Enrollment data is extremely valuable for the achievement of school growth. You can use it to uncover trends and truths about your target market of families, and to more accurately forecast enrollment and tuition. Learn how to collect and use data to produce more useful reports and brand stories that will advance your leadership capacity. […]

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Metaphysics for Science Majors: Practically Connecting With the Humanities Department (LAB)

by Robbie Andreason

This workshop follows upon the material discussed in the prior seminar and is designed to help fellow science and humanities colleagues work together to create practices that will form a Christian metaphysic into their students.

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Metaphysics for Science Majors, or How to Build a Conceptual Bridge From the Sciences to the Humanities

by Robbie Andreason

Without forethought, science class will unwittingly form reductionistic, materialistic assumptions about all of reality in the minds of students. These metaphysical assumptions are not from science and need to be removed before connecting with the humanities.

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Connecting Grammar School Mathematics to High School Algebra

by Janet Andreason

Do you ever wonder why we teach specific representations in Grammar School? Do you wonder how you can connect your high school algebra curriculum to Grammar School mathematical knowledge? Come explore how areas of Grammar School mathematics connect to high school mathematics. We will explore multiplication, specifically, and will examine the connection between the early […]

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Everyday Themes in Literature: Using Narrative to Develop the Whole Person

by Alicia Brummeler July 22, 2017

Quality literature opens the door for discovery and discussion into developing the whole person. As grammar and logic teachers, we often design novel studies to fulfill curricular goals; this workshop will guide participants to think about designing novel studies that incorporate a holistic, everyday view of persons. Using The Hobbit and To Kill a Mockingbird […]

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Leading Your Team Through a Strategic Organizational Structure: Principles and Guidelines for All Sizes of Schools

by Rod Gilbert

Leading a team of visionary adults through changes and organizational patterns can be daunting. Everyone has opinions. all opinions need to be heard. And then somebody has to make a decision to “go” or “no-go” on a change or advancement. Come to this workshop, and I will share the ways that I have done this […]

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Principled Leadership: Making a Vision Actually Work

by Craig Doerksen

The ideal vision of a classical Christian education is very attractive. It can be easy to, in the name of that ideal, try to do things as a school that actually don’t work. But you know that they should! Come learn how to start with principles and apply them so that you can turn your […]

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Staying Mission True (or Preventing Mission Drift)

by Jean Kim July 21, 2017

Facing mission drift is inevitable unless your school intentionally seeks to and works to remain mission true. Starting from the assumption that classical Christian schools have  a fantastic mission to protect, this session will outline common ways that schools can suffer mission drift and provide practical suggestions for remaining mission true, generation after generation.

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The Liberal, Common, and Fine Arts

by Ravi Jain

Over the past three decades, Christian classical schools have championed the recovery of the liberal arts and discovered lost wisdom in the Trivium as the arts of language and the Quadrivium as the arts of mathematics. But while unearthing these treasures, many have also noted C.S. Lewis’ warning in The Abolition of Man. If we […]

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Get Moving!: Creating a P.E. Program for Your Classical School

by Karise Gililland

Get your students fit with a program that fits your situation! I’ll take you step-by-step through the process of creating a Physical Education program for your new, fast-growing, co-ops, or home-school classical school. Together, we’ll explore the evolution of Covenant’s P.E. program, foundational principles, and pivotal philosophy. You’ll leave with resources, games, supply, lists, yearly […]

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The Role of Faculty in Re-Enrollment

by Elizabeth Perkins

Are you an admission office of one? Or an admission office of five? What if you could harness the power of your entire faculty and staff? In this session, we will explore the role of faculty in re-enrollment and retention and how you can inspire them to assist you! Session will include a lecture and […]

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A Theology of Knitting? Bonaventure, the Common Arts, and the Human Good

by Phil Donnelly

One of the most remarkable features of contemporary culture is that many of the “common” (mechanical) arts of tangible making that were once understood to be practical, now seem useless. The practitioners of almost any common art today, whether black-smithing or bread baking, now find that they can no longer earn a living through these […]

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Loving Language in the Youngest Years: Harnessing Movement, Music, Image, and Memory for Good

by Marcus Foster

This seminar will develop the theory, methods, mechanics, and materials for differentiating language instruction to young students (4th and below), emphasizing kinesthetic, auditory (melodic, rhythmic, dynamic), and visual elements (using color, images, graphs, art, motions). While much of the source material will stem from Latin, the content will be applicable to other languages. The seminar […]

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Students are People Too

by Matt Bianco

Assuming students are lazy, disinterested, and rebellious are among the easiest assumptions teachers can make. Where we would excuse our own behavior because of a lack of sleep, food, or other comforts, we do not for our students. If the Good Life is to live up to our fullest human potential, how much of that […]

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Recovering the Humanity of Rhetoric

by Matt Bianco

Rhetoric is more than just winning arguments or persuading opponents. It is the act of bringing two minds into harmony; it is the act of harmonizing a community. Rhetoric and its canons, Invention, Arrangement, Elocution, Memory, and Delivery, are themselves designed to harmonize. They are, moreover, designed to honor the humanity of our audience, our […]

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An Introduction to Rhetoric: 34 Terms You Should Know

by Alyssan Barnes

Ever wondered what goes on in the rhetoric classroom? This workshop teachers the essential concepts covered in a rhetoric course – perfect for teachers curious about how this master discipline ties in with their own. We will create a mind map for these 34 terms, a one-page handy visual of the essential concepts of the […]

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Natural History and the Pursuit of Love of Place

by Matthew Clark

As an artist by profession and a naturalist by inclination, I have created a science class that seeks to understand art as a natural human phenomenon that is accessible to everyone. I then take art – this basic human activity – and use it as a lens to see and examine the wildlife of my […]

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American Civil (Ir) Religion and Christian Peoplehood: Education and the Intuition of Membership

by Ken Myers July 20, 2017

In recent years, there has been a widespread recovery of an awareness that education (like discipleship) is a process of formation that addresses the imagination and the affections. This process involves embodied practices (“liturgies”) within communities that have specific moral and theological horizons. Because children are likely to be malformed by many conventional practices in […]

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Using Classical Art Pieces to Integrate History and Biology

by Robbie Andreason

Art is a powerful way to capture the ideas of a time period. Come and see mini versions of presentations I have done with my ninth-grade biology class to help my students understand the development of science and biological thought throughout the flow of history.

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Aquaponics as a Way of Integrating Science Curricula

by Robbie Andreason

Aquaponics is the combination of the raising of fish (aquaculture) and growing plants without soil (hydrophonics). Come and see how a system such as this can be a practical way to tie together concepts between biology, chemistry, and physics. This is the first year that The Geneva School has used such a project. Find out […]

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Habits of Mind and Singapore Math

by Mo Gaffney July 19, 2017

Whether you are implementing Singapore Math or are simply looking to improve the math culture in your school, this session is for you. Changing the way math is taught requires more than just a change of textbooks. A successful transition requires the development of habits of mind in our teachers and students. This session will […]

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Cross-Curricular Integration in the Lower School Latin Classroom

by Shannon Walker

The workshop will present specific strategies on integrating Latin into every core content area of a lower-school classical Christian curriculum. Demonstrating for students the relevance of Latin instruction on History, Science, Math, Literature, ELA, Bible, Art, Music, P.E., etc., will help strengthen not only students’ mastery of Latin, but also their performance across the curricular […]

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Teaching Geometry through Euclid’s Elements

by Arron Kau

Euclid’s Elements is the most successful and influential mathematics textbooks ever written, served as the foundation of mathematical understanding for students for over two millennia, and stands as one of the greatest and most beautiful achievements of the human intellect produced by Western civilization. While it’s obvious that the Elements ought to stand at the […]

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Goes Into What? Making Long Division Make Sense

by Janet Andreason

Long division is often an area of mathematics where students (and teachers) struggle to make sense. Come explore how different models of division help to make long division make sense. We will also discuss how to use manipulatives and context to support students making sense of division.

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Mathematics in the Liberal Arts Tradition

by Ravi Jain

While today math teachers often struggle to convince their students of the usefulness of the discipline, the tradition famously advocated the study of mathematics for a completely different reason. The ancients and Medieval believed the study of mathematics to play a crucial role in developing wisdom and the faculty of human reason in students. But […]

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Cultivating Mathematical Affections through Service-Learning

by Josh Wilkerson

This seminar will focus on the integration of service-learning projects in the mathematics curriculum as a means of cultivating mathematical affections in students-developing a habitual inclination to view mathematics as a worthwhile endeavor. This seminar will equip participants to design, implement, and evaluate service-learning projects in which students partner with nonprofit organizations. Through these projects, […]

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Navigating the Challenges and Pitfalls of Transitioning to Singapore Math, and the Fruitful Harvest that Awaits Those Who Do

by Cynthia Leakey

Implementing Singapore Math, though well worth the effort, is not without an abundance of obstacles. Teachers are unfamiliar with how to teach it, and interpreting the teacher’s manual can feel like trying to teach math in Mandarin! Engineering parents of fifth – and sixth-graders don’t know how to help their child (who hasn’t learned algebra) […]

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Whence Rhetoric for The Good Life?

by Joshua Butcher

Most, if not all, classical educators acknowledge the importance of rhetoric in the curriculum of the liberal arts. Many also recognize that the skills of rhetoric are not limited to one or two classes taken on the subject and persuasive writing or public speaking, but are inculcated throughout the education of a child; from getting […]

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Seven Secrets to Managing People

by Tony Jeffrey

This workshop is based on The Way of the Shepherd: Seven Secrets to Managing Productive People by Dr. Kevin Leman. and Bill Pentak. The authors state that “The Way of the Shepherd will teach you how to lead the people around you so they will view their work as a calling rather than merely a […]

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I’m Not Here to Make Your Life Easier: Choosing and Using Consulting Well

by Chuck Evans

There was a time when a management consulting was a luxury that only elite independent schools could afford. Increasingly, though, as more middle-of-the-road private schools engage with large, complex projects or problems, consulting can seem necessary. This workshop will describe an insider’s view of the private educational consulting landscape, the varieties of consulting foci, and […]

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Master’s Programs for Teachers and Leaders and in Classical Education

by Matthew Post

The classical education movement is more vital than ever before, proving to skeptics that the education it offers is the best preparation for academic and professional success, and assuring the rest of us that American education again takes seriously the spiritual aesthetic, moral, and civic formation of the country’s youth. But as this movement becomes […]

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Mission Aligned Planning, Assignments, and Assessments

by Robyn Burlew

Mission statements too often grace brochures and walls without informing day-to-day practice in the classroom. Teachers need to consider their school’s mission statements as they plan and execute their classes. When we fail to do so, students perceive that we don’t really mean what is written in our lofty documents. This workshop will focus on […]

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The Art of Debate: Developing Students Who Cling to Truth

by Tim Goodwin July 17, 2017

The Word of God is clear that Christians are to hold ethics in a place of utmost importance. The purpose of debate is to show students that they are called to think eternally, following an avenue that impacts the way they live in 21st century America. Therefore, the focus is to build the students’ Biblical […]

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Style and Substance: Preparing Seniors for Their Thesis Defnese

by Jason Merritt

Many classical Christian schools rightly expect their seniors to prepare, present, and defend thoughtful, clearly written, and well-argued senior thesis. We do a great deal of over the course of their education to prepare them intellectually for the written aspect of this task, but what do we do to prepare them for the public presentation […]

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Slaying the Cram-Pass-Forget Dragon

by John Mays

The norm for classes in contemporary schools is the Cram-Pass-Forget cycle. Students cram for tests, pass them, then forget most of what they crammed in just a few weeks. Instead of cramming and forgetting, students should learn, master; and retain what they have learned. This workshop presents an overview of a tested and proven mastery-oriented […]

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How to Read a Book: Teaching Reading Comprehension in the Grammar School Years

by Allison Buras

Many would summarize a classical education by the pithy phrase “Read and Discuss.” Reading quality literature is at the heart of what we do as classical schools. Journey with us as we walk through the various sources that we have turned to for guidance on teaching students how to read well, and learn how we […]

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Theology in the Lower School Classroom

by Nate George

Lower-school teachers have a unique opportunity to weave theology into all subject areas and to explicitly teach Biblical material. This session will explore both the big picture of what theology can be in the lower school and propose some specific teaching practices to enhance Bible instruction. In the big picture, we will look at Christian […]

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Cicero on The Good Life and His Influence on the Modern World

by Christian Kopff

The first entrance requirement to Harvard College in 1642 was to be “able to read Tully or such like classical Latin Author ex tempore.” Tully is Cicero. Why did Harvard and other colonial colleges want students to read Cicero’s writings before admission? I believe the decisive factor was Cicero’s character as found in his writings. […]

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Stewarding Lateral Entries into Language: Successes and Failures in Growth and Assimilation

by Marcus Foster

This seminar will relate the success (and failures) of expanding the language program at Covenant Classical School (Fort Worth) over the past years. From adding Greek, to doubling class sizes and sections, to widening the capabilities of student support, this department has seen more lateral entries nearly every year. Challenges abound, such as dealing with […]

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We Have Issues: Why Classical Christian Schools Should Have Strong Journalism Departments

by Becky Ryden

We teach a lot of Rhetoric in classical schools, and put it to good use through writing and thesis presentations. However, there is an argument to be made for using those same skills to produce a Rhetoric School publication for and by the student body. These publications benefit the school and the student. In this […]

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A Classroom Full of Embodied Beings: How Does That Change Our Pedagogy? Part 1

by Athena Oden

Teachers are often exasperated at the end of a long day. Why can’t the students just sit still? We all operate with a conceptual idea of what students and classrooms should look like. But does it encompass embodied beings, or a dualism of mind/body? Are the students as exasperated as we are? This seminar will […]

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A Classroom Full of Embodied Beings: How Does That Change Our Pedagogy? Part 2

by Athena Oden

This session will build heavily on Part I. If we understand embodied cognition, how does that create a paradigm shift in our pedagogy? We will explore the sensory and motor systems of our human makeup, classroom strategies, handwriting, and yes, behavior.

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Classical Education in an Urban Context

by Peter Vande Brake July 16, 2017

This seminar will explore the challenges of providing classical and Christian education in the urban context. I have often used the following analogy: doing classical education in a suburban context is to doing classical education in an urban context as as general practice physician’s work is to a trauma surgeons’s work. The needs of students […]

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Between the Head and the Teachers

by Craig Doerksen

Teachers are the hands of the school. Between them and the Head of School, division heads must animate and extend the Head’s vision and leadership to support teachers executing on that vision – and give the Head of School and information and understanding he or she needs to continue to lead the school in fulfilling […]

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Best Practices in Reading

by Lori Jill Keeler July 14, 2017

Best Practices in Reading will help classroom teachers better equip their students to be good readers. We know how important it is for students to develop good reading skills, so providing the best foundation possible should be one of our primary goals as classical grammar school teachers. This seminar will provide you with teaching strategies […]

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Teaching with Excellence

by Lori Jill Keeler

Teaching with Excellence is a seminar for you if you want to be more confident in your role as a classroom teacher. You will be equipped with practical techniques and teaching frameworks that you can implement in your classroom of Monday.

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Tuning Hearts to Learn

by Leslie Collins

Instead of merely controlling students, can we empower and equip them to take more ownership of their learning process? How do we cultivate joyful, curious learners as we strengthen their abilities to develop self-control? How do we cultivate habits that will learn to a love for learning? In short, how do we tune their hearts […]

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Why the Good Life Sometimes Seems Hard to Find – Keith McCurdy

by Keith McCurdy

Ever find yourself wondering who is parenting whom as you interact with families? Does what you experience give you pause as parents (and students) pressure you to make allowances for irresponsibility? This session provides insight into the impact current parenting has, directly on your students and indirectly on you and your entire school. With over […]

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The Place and Importance of Historical Theology in a Rhetoric-Stage Curriculum – Steven Mittwede

by Steve Mittwede

In the Upper School of Providence Classical School, the Bible/Theology scope and sequence is as follows: seventh grade – Bible Study Methods/Hermeneutics; eighth grade – Old Testament Survey; ninth grade – New Testament Survey; tenth grade – History of Theology, eleventh grade – Ethics; and twelfth grade – Apologetics. can such a scope and sequence […]

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Developing a Safe, Curriculum-Centered Europe Trip – Josh Simmons

by Josh Simmons

As classical educators, we love our ideals and ideas, but there’s something magical about seeing students interact with the “concrete” reality of places studied in literature and history. European school trips can incarnate the ideas presented in the classroom, and so serve as a  key part of any school’s curriculum. Nothing makes the French Revolution […]

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The Liturgy of Small Talk – Jon Jordan

by Jon Jordan

“Where are you going to study next year? Do you have a job lined up yet? What do you want to be when you grow up?” These questions, asked by countless pastors, teachers, youth leaders, and other adults, have plagued graduating seniors since there have been graduating seniors. It is not the mere repetition of […]

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Character Education: Why it Doesn’t Work (and How it could) – Al Zambone

by Al Zambone

As modern American culture has grown more pluralistic, it has a reduced number of common assumptions, commitments, and language. This has led to two important results. The first is the rise of a tacit positivism: the belief that all public claims to knowledge should be empirically, scientifically, or mathematically justified. The second result is a […]

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How a Catechism Can Transform Your Classroom || The Good Life in Confessional: Nominalism vs. Wonder

by Josh Gibbs July 13, 2017

Aside from secularism, nominalism is the villain most commonly blamed by Christians for all that is wrong with the world. What is nominalism? The lukewarm Christian is nominal. The mediocre Christian is nominal. The nominal Christian is the Christian who doesn’t really get it. The Christian who is in it only for show. But how […]

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The Formative Power of Educational Metaphors – David Diener

by David Diener July 12, 2017

Metaphors are powerful tools that profoundly affect how we think and live. Throughout history, numerous metaphors have been used to describe the  nature of education, and these have had a formative impact on educational theory and practice. In this seminar we will examine three particularly influential educational metaphors: Plato’s cave, the industrial factory, and a […]

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The Monastic Tradition of Education – Christopher Perrin

by Christopher Perrin

In this seminar, we will trace the history of classical education as it resided in the Western monastic tradition. At a time when many are considering “The Benedict Option,” it is worth studying Benedict (480 – 543 AD) and the tradition of monastic education that preserved and extended classical Christian education. In one of the […]

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The Capital Campaign A-Z: An Introduction to the Critical Steps – Tony Jeffrey

by Tony Jeffrey

For most schools, the launching of a capital campaign is a huge undertaking that often producers fear and anxiety. “How will we ever be able to raise that much money?” This fear can lead a Board and its Headmaster to automatically assume that they must hire a consultant. This workshop will help you not only […]

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Anti-Political Politics & The Benedict Option – Rod Dreher

by Rod Dreher

The role of Christian in politics is changing as the light of faith grows dim in the West. Christians will continue to lose power and influence in the public square, but cannot let themselves be pushed out of it. There is a different kind of political engagement they must pioneer, one that draws lessons from […]

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Faculty Culture: the Key to Student Culture

by Leslie Moeller February 15, 2017

We will detail why your student culture and satisfaction starts with a healthy faculty culture. We will also explore the key elements of healthy and unhealthy faculty cultures and the steps that you, as Head, must take to ensure that your school has one.

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Conflict of Interest: Developing a Culture of Peace at Your School

by Eric Cook

If there is one constant at our schools, it is conflict. Mix money, children, faith and sin and you have the recipe for problems. At its worst, conflict can dismantle a Christian community. At its best, conflict can be a means of growth, sanctification, reconciliation and extraordinary Christian witness. In this session, we will discuss […]

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The Teacher as Curriculum Part 2

by Andrew Smith

One of the pitfalls of modern education has been the centrality of methodology and the corresponding technical specializations of the educator. Instead of being encouraged to learn how to learn or to love a particular discipline, professionalized teachers have been trained to manage people and schedules and to disseminate information according to standardized system. In […]

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The Teacher as Curriculum Part 1

by Andrew Smith

One of the pitfalls of modern education has been the centrality of methodology and the corresponding technical specializations of the educator. Instead of being encouraged to learn how to learn or to love a particular discipline, professionalized teachers have been trained to manage people and schedules and to disseminate information according to standardized system. In […]

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The Common Topics as Threads that Hold the Verbal Arts Together

by Andrew Smith

As a practical outworking of his plenary talk on the liberal arts, in this session, Andrew Smith will talk about how the verbal arts related to one another, particularly through the means by which we teach them. Since the verbal arts are skills, not terminating subjects, they are taught throughout the curriculum. But as we […]

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The Liberal Arts as a Model, not a Modification

by Andrew Smith

The Christian, classical school renewal movement does not consist of one-size-fits-all method and curriculum. Rather, it is filled with excellent, timeless, and effective practices and purposes for engaging in education. While these practices and purposes manifest themselves in varying and nuanced ways from school to school, they share two things in common: 1) they are […]

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Best Practices in Reading

by Lori Jill Keeler

Best Practices in Reading will help classroom teachers better equip their students to be good readers. We know how important it is for students to develop good reading skills, so providing the best foundation possible should be one of or primary goals as classical grammar school teachers. This seminar will provide you with teaching strategies […]

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Shepherding a Child’s Heart in the Grammar School Classroom

by Lori Jill Keeler

One of our primary responsibilities as Christian teachers is to point our students to their need for Christ. Shepherding a Child’s Heart in the Grammar School Classroom will help teachers develop a grace-saturated, and gospel-centered culture in their classrooms. We will discuss how to handle specific discipline scenarios including conflicts between students, cheating, lying, and […]

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Teaching with Excellence

by Lori Jill Keeler

Teaching with Excellence is a seminar for you if you want to be more confident in your role as a classroom teacher. You will be equipped with practical techniques and teaching frameworks that you can implement in your classroom on Monday.

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Slaying Mathematical Dragons – Teaching Socratically Through Problem Solving

by Andrew Elizalde

In this session we will look at the benefits (and challenges) of introducing new mathematical concepts through a Socratic problem solving experience, wherein students labor together to solve (slay) challenging and complex problems (mathematical dragons) barely within their reach. In this way lessons may more often feel more like stories, even heroic epics, to participate […]

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Teaching Arithmetic Classically

by Andrew Elizalde

In this session we will challenge popularized notions of the “grammar of mathematics” as well as critique the prominence of “rote memorization’ in our grammar school instruction. Then we will explore an alternative approach to teaching arithmetic, moving from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract in a way that honors the structure of […]

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Reviving the Pedagogy of our Tradition

by Andrew Elizalde

Much work has already been done to understand and clearly articulate a distinctly classical and Christian curriculum. Meanwhile many teachers are still left wondering what instructional methods and modes of learning actually ought to look like within the daily grind of their classrooms. In this session we will address nine essential elements of distinctly classical […]

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Teachers as Intellectuals, Not Technicians

by David Diener

Many 21st-century teachers view themselves primarily as technicians: they are professional educators who have been trained with a set of skills that, when correctly employed, will produce the desired outcomes. In this seminar, however, I argue that teachers should view themselves primarily as intellectuals, not as technicians. Teachers are master learners whose primary job is […]

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The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 4

by David Diener

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

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The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 3

by David Diener February 13, 2017

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

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The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 2

by David Diener

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

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The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 1

by David Diener

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

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Webinar: Why Can’t They Just Sit Still?: An Exploration of Dualism’s Impact on Modern Education

by Athena Oden October 13, 2016

The culture of American education is increasingly focused on one goal: higher performance at a younger age. As a result, very young hearts are anxious and fearful under the pressure of expectations that are perhaps beyond their ability. Our prekindergarten to elementary children struggle to sit ‘properly’ in classrooms and wield a pencil to demonstrate […]

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Webinar: Triangulating Community Outreach, Parent Education, and Professional Development

by Marcus Foster September 14, 2016

This webinar was led by Mr. Marcus Foster, Languages Department Chair at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, TX, on “Triangulating Community Outreach, Parent Education, and Professional Development: The Great Conversation Series at Covenant Classical School.” The webinar developed the Great Conversations Series at Covenant Classical School as a case study. Specifically, we looked at how seminars, lectures, […]

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Aslan in the Academy: What C. S. Lewis Can Teach the Modern Christian Educator

by Louis Markos June 17, 2016

Dr. Markos discusses the various facets of the work of C. S. Lewis and how it can inform the modern project of Classical Christian education, with a particular focus on the role of the past in Lewis’ thinking.

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Good to Very Good

by Andy Crouch

What is our role in the world as followers of Jesus Christ? Andy Crouch considers the place of humans in the creation as sub-creators and imitators of God Himself and how our acts of creativity bring glory to the Creator. From advertisements to birds to Bach, he contemplates the relationship between Christianity and creativity.    

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Effort Alone will not Develop a Growth Mindset in Math

by Patti Chesney June 16, 2016

Carol’s Dweck’s book Mindset has revolutionized classrooms across the country. But in an effort to get on the bandwagon, many people have mistakenly associated effort alone with growth mindset. In this session we will explore best teaching practices to develop and maximize the benefits of a growth mindset in teaching mathematics.

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Using Argument Maps to Develop Argumentation Skills

by Bryce Carlisle

Students’ ability to design and understand their arguments can improve by teaching the relatively simple skills of argument mapping. While dozens of software programs such as Rationale and Augumentative make applying this skill relatively easy, teachers and students can apply simple rules with blank pieces of paper and colored pencils to practice the process of […]

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Modern Pressures, Ancient Practices, Space for Grace – A Chapel Theme for Christians in the current cultural moment

by Bryan Verbrugge

“Teenagers live today in a world of competing allegiances.” How disoriented our students must feel! The questions provoked by life in America today in some ways aren’t new, but in many ways are deeper and more pressing than ever before. Because of this, at Covenant we chose a chapel theme to help us as a […]

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Falling in Love with Words: Or, How to Read a Poem

by Christopher Benson

To really fall in love with words, a Christian teacher of poetry must first be in love with the Word, that is to say, Jesus Christ – the poet par excellence. Right belief (orthodoxy) about the Word precedes and pervades a right practice (orthopraxy) of studying words. For an exercise in slow reading, we will […]

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The Good Man Reading Well

by Heather Arabie

The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, The Odyssey…some of the most cherished and challenging literature in history. Knowing that our students will one day read these texts, how do begin to prepare children in the Grammar stage? This presentation will provide an overview of the “why & how” of teaching children to read in the grammar […]

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The Feasibility Study: It’s About More than Just the Money

by Jason Lewis

The purpose of a campaign feasibility study is generally intended to provide an answer to the questions of whether or not an organization is ready to proceed with a capital campaign and the extent to which a campaign can be successful. More often than not, the organization’s leaders expect an affirmative response and a specific […]

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Culture Care

by Makoto Fujimura

Mokoto Fujimura discusses the relationships between Christianity, art, culture, and family, and reflects on the work of the artist in a fallen world.

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Harpooner’s Calm

by Robert Ingram

Herman Melville describes in Moby Dick the frenzied mad dash across the wine dark sea as whalers strained with every muscle fiber to chase a whale to its death. During what could be hours long chases the oarsmen labored while the harpooner calmly reserved his strength for the moment he would unleash his deadly dart. […]

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Benefits & Principles of Integrative Teaching

by Christine Godwin

One of the fundamental insights of classical education is that knowledge is unified, and yet the way many of us teach treats subjects like history and literature as though they are distinct by separating them into two different classes. Whether you teach these classes separately or you teach Humanities in one “block”, it is possible […]

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The Clean Sea Breeze of the Centuries: Literary Experience as Perspective on Culture

by Jeremiah Forshey

One of the primary benefits of reading literature is that it allows us to inhabit another person’s experiences, to see the world through other eyes and to perceive it with other minds, and in so doing, broaden our own limited experience of the world. In particular, C. S. Lewis says that in reading “old books,” […]

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Plato: Understanding the Foundations of the Classical Education Tradition

by David Diener

Plato is one of the principal founders of the western intellectual tradition, and his understanding of education has had a profound impact on the development of educational theory and practice around the world for nearly two-and-a-half millennia. The study of his views is thus of great benefit, both as a means of examining fundamental questions […]

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Cultivating Spirituality and the Challenge of Technology

by David Diener

Digital screen technologies are playing an ever-increasingly present role in our lives and the lives of our students. While such technologies have many benefits, they also pose a number of significant challenges to the cultivation of spirituality. In this seminar we will begin by briefly looking at some statistics about how today’s youth use digital […]

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Recovering the Lost Tools of Loving: The Missing Link Between Truth and Goodness in Christian Education

by Scott Aniol

Douglas Wilson’s 1991 book Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning set off an interest in classical Christian education that enjoys continued growth to this day. Since that time much has been written about the conservation of the Judeo-Christian liberal arts tradition of academics. Classical teaching methods and curricula have been emphasized as tools to help children learn […]

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What Every Head of School Needs to Know to Succeed at Fundraising

by Ame Eldredge

What are the critical fundraising activities that a head of school must perform? What should be delegated to other staff and volunteers? This seminar will provide an overview of an end-to-end framework for relational fundraising, and then explore the unique and key role that a head of school plays in the fundraising effort.

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The Christian Liberal Arts: An Education for True Freedom

by George Sanker

George Sanker shares his journey to classical Christian education and discusses the value of the liberal arts for every student.

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Senior Thesis: Ayn Rand and Objectivism

by Collin Fredricks

Collin Fredricks, senior at Covenant Classical, Fort Worth, presents his thesis on Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy.

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Education as Formation

by Kevin Clark June 15, 2016

Kevin Clark discusses education as a process of being shaped by people and ideas outside of ourselves and the importance of teachers as models of that process.

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Education as Formation

by Robyn Burlew

Robyn Burlew discusses the problems that can result when when we think of classical education as a method rather than as a goal of formation.

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Panel: Deep Thinking and Embodied Thinking

by Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark, Andrew Smith, and Ravi Jain have a discussion about the nature of correct thinking and how we want students to engage the curriculum in our schools not just with their minds but with their hearts and bodies as well.  

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The Philosophy of Science and Its Impact on Math and Science Instruction

by Ravi Jain

What if everything has the property of number? What if everything can be thought of both as continuous and discrete? Ravi Jain presents a brief overview of the philosophy of science and how it can inform instruction in math and science in classical Christian schools.

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Panel: Ken Myers, Andy Crouch, and Makoto Fujimura on Culture

by Ken Myers

Ken Myers hosts a panel with Andy Crouch and Makoto Fujimura to discuss the nature of the Christian relationship to culture.

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Art Culture Gnosticism

Teachers as Learners: The Importance of Ongoing Faculty Development

by David Diener

Ongoing learning is an essential characteristic of being a good teacher. Dr. Diener discusses the importance of ongoing professional development and offers suggestions for how to accomplish this in your school.

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Professional Development

Would Jesus use a Harkness Table?

by John Scholl June 6, 2016

The study of classical Christian pedagogy should begin with the Gospels. Jesus is a Master Teacher, whose disciples adopted his teachings and faithfully transmitted them to an ever increasing group of students. As a result, Jesus presents a great model for us as teachers. In this workshop, we will examine Jesus’ teaching methods, in particular […]

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Puzzle, Proof, and Play: A Pedagogy of Wonder for Mathematics

by Ravi Jain

Most math teachers love mathematics and one of their greatest desires is to nurture a similar love in their students. But more often than they might like the structure of the mathematics curriculum seems opposed to the cultivation of this wonder in mathematics. This workshop will explore how teaching math through a pedagogy of puzzle, […]

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Finding Wonder, Work, Wisdom, and Worship in Natural Science

by Ravi Jain

Natural science teachers love to delight their students with natural wonders and see jaws drop. But as students get older teachers feel pressure to increase rigor which can squeeze out room for wonder. But Einstein says that the state of mind which enables a man to do serious scientific work is akin to that of […]

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Must Academic Rigor Lead to Rigor Mortis? How to Engage Your Students Through Classical Methods and Active Participation

by Allison Jackson

Classical education need not be stodgy or strictly lecture-based. Children (and adults!) benefit from a variety of instructional strategies and learning methods. Students can think deeply and stay engaged when they have the opportunity to play with ideas, to move to learn, and to articulate their understanding along the way. This practical workshop will equip […]

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Leading the Small School: A Paradigm for Operations and Management

by Peter Hansen

Session one of this two part workshop seeks to outline an “ideal small school” paradigm in terms of organizational structure and systems processes that can provide the optimum conditions for a small school to flourish. Session two will then explore more of the nuts and bolts details that drive the model by looking at different […]

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Financial Leadership In the Small School

by Charles Evans

Financial sustainability is one of the most urgent topics on private school agendas today. Most heads of school come to the position without much preparation for the complicated tasks associated with a school’s financial health. Financial leadership in a small school can be particularly challenging, because administrative staffs are small, competent financial managers are expensive, […]

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Why Can’t They Just Sit Still?: An Exploration of Dualism’s Impact on Modern Education

by Athena Oden

The culture of American education is increasingly focused on one goal: higher performance at a younger age. As a result, very young hearts are anxious and fearful under the pressure of expectations that are perhaps beyond their ability. Our prekindergarten to elementary children struggle to sit ‘properly’ in classrooms and wield a pencil to demonstrate […]

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Quo Properamus? How to Use Active Latin in the Classroom

by David Noe

This seminar provides Latin teachers at the primary and secondary levels with simple and tested strategies for developing active Latin use in their classrooms. Using the theory of Comprehensible Input as presented by Stephen Krashen, we will examine ways for incorporating ever-increasing amounts of spoken Latin for the benefit of students.

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Technology in the Classical School Classroom

by John Heaton

Technology tends to promote access to information for larger and larger groups of people, and contributes to the overall well-being of individuals and communities. Thus, technology is a sociological force with results that can be demonstrated, if not accurately measured. In the last 75 years, technology has been viewed by educators with narrower, but higher […]

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Triangulating Community Outreach, Parent Education, and Professional Development: The Great Conversations Series at Covenant Classical School (Ft.Worth, Texas) as a Case Study-Part II

by Marcus Foster

After a summary of last year’s seminar on the Great Conversation Series at Covenant Classical School (Ft.Worth, Texas), this seminar will further develop the GCS Seminars (for parents and teachers) as a tool for organically fostering cross disciplinary integration, cross grade level collaboration, and cross parent pollination with curriculum and pedagogy. The practical side of […]

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Intellectual Character 1/2 – Now what? How can I nurture virtuous intellectual character in my students and my school?

by Phillip Dow

The concept of intellectual character has strong biblical and classical roots, but until very recently has been largely ignored or missed by modern education. In this session, Phil Dow will define “intellectual character,” describe its potentially transformative impact on learning and life, and argue that the pursuit of virtuous intellectual character needs to be a […]

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Intellectual Character 2/2 – Now what? How can I nurture virtuous intellectual character in my students and my school?

by Phillip Dow

Let’s say that we have a clear understanding of what intellectual character is, and agree that it matters. Now what? In this interactive session, using examples from Rosslyn Academy, Phil will facilitate a dialog surrounding some simple and practical ways in which teaching for intellectual character can become a part of your classroom and school […]

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Teaching Grammar School Literature with a Rhetorical Lens

by Colleen Dong

This session desires to look critically at the unity of the Trivium. Rhetoric in the Grammar Stage does not only mean oral presentations. It will challenge this notion and ask the question, how can we give rhetoric a proper seat in each classroom? This session focuses on the Rhetoric of Fiction, laid out by Wayne […]

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Teaching Sentence Diagramming as Story Telling

by Catherine McChristian

In his book Teaching as Story Telling, Kieran Egan encourages teachers to incorporate imaginative story-telling techniques into our lessons. But how can we teach grammar as a story? How can diagramming sentences spark the imagination? The aim of this workshop is to explore how to set up the task of diagramming sentences as a mystery […]

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Wonder Leads to Worship

by John Mays

Constant saturation with technology can produce students who are jaded and apathetic. However, humans bearing the divine image are designed to contemplate the wonders produced by the divine hand and worship the creator in response. In this workshop, we will examine the role in of wonder at creation in the process of discipleship. We will […]

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Reclaiming Adler’s Three Pillars for Engaging the Great Books and Students

by Robert Woods

I would explain Adler’s three pillars as articulated within his Paideia trilogy and demonstrate how using this approach for teaching the Great Books is akin to discipleship and that it is the most engaging approach with rich rewards.

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Orthodox Hermeneutical Presuppositions: The Soul of Classical Christian Education

by Paul Wolfe

The soul of classical Christian education is found in our Confessions, perhaps more particularly in our theological and philosophical hermeneutical presuppositions. This talk will begin with a brief overview of major epochs of Christian hermeneutics in order to set up a demonstration of the distinctions and similarities between premodern, modern and postmodern interpretive presuppositions. Emerging […]

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The Winsome Instructor Teaching Well

by Rob Williams

After 23 years in the classroom, I’ve come to the realization that the key to successfully educating any student and encouraging them to embrace the classical, Christian model begins and ends with being a winsome instructor, which involves building and maintaining healthy relationships and structuring lessons in such a way that is captivating and leaves […]

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Why Rhetoric is Not a Subject, Why Every Subject Needs Rhetoric, and How to Teach It

by Andrew Kern

Our fragmented age tends to think of everything we do in school as a subject, no more or less important than any other subject. Kern contends that Rhetoric is so important that it should not even be considered a subject. Indeed, teaching Rhetoric properly may well be the most important thing you teach in your […]

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Teaching Writing in Humanities Courses

by Rick Trumbo

Join veteran teacher Rick Trumbo of Veritas School in a conversation about practical ideas for instructing students in writing in the context of an interdisciplinary humanities course. Rick will suggest general principles of writing instruction and specific assignments and methods of assessment which he has employed, as well as soliciting discussion from workshop participants in […]

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Eloquence and the Progymnasmata

by Christopher Schlect

How do you make students eloquent? It is one thing to theorize about eloquence; it is another thing altogether for students to attain it. This practical workshop will demonstrate basic exercises that date back to the days of Cicero, and will offer suggestions about how to adapt these exercises to today’s classrooms. These ancient exercises […]

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Whose Rationality? Classical Christian Education and the Ordering of Faith and Reason

by Ken Myers

The reform of education embodied in the classical Christian school movement represents a challenge to Enlightenment assumptions about the nature and ends of reason and about the scope and consequences of religious belief. But the terms and ramifications of this conflict are not always clearly understood. Moreover, much contemporary Christian discipleship and apologetics (perhaps unwittingly) […]

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Being Christian in Public: Lessons from St. Paul in Athens (and elsewhere)

by Ken Myers

Sociologist Christian Smith has observed that the religious lives of most American teens express what he calls “moralistic therapeutic Deism.” Even many church-going, professing Christians seem incapable of explaining their faith in terms that go beyond an up-beat greeting-card faith. But many critics who lament this sad state of affairs nonetheless assume a minimal religiosity […]

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Is Cultivating Virtue Wrong: Acedia and the Strange Beliefs of Our Students

by Josh Gibbs

Acedia is not a well-known sin in our day, not because we have overcome it, but because it is nearly omnipresent and has accordingly become invisible. Acedia is spiritual sluggishness, a dullness of soul. It is the sin that makes young men sing hymns in a mediocre fashion. It is the sin that makes young […]

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Did Rome fall? And other historical questions that we need to ask but seldom do.

by Christopher Schlect

Historical “facts” do not speak for themselves. They have meaning only when we place them into a narrative frame. As Christian educators we need to teach our history students to interrogate the historical narratives that frame our conceptions (and misconceptions) of the past: Was there a Renaissance? The Middle Ages occurred in the middle of […]

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Structuring Space and Time for Human Flourishing

by Sean Riley

In this workshop, we will explore ways of structuring space (primarily classroom architecture) and time (scheduling) to promote the flourishing of faculty and students. Every school has limitations regarding space and time, and no two schools are alike in their limitations, but employing a thoughtful design process can help schools make the most of what […]

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Teaching Information Literacy

by Francine Rader

Our students have access to an overwhelming amount of information, and whether it is communicated in cuneiform or hypertext, the skills required to understand and apply the information remain the same. We must teach our students to locate, evaluate, and effectively use this information in an ethical manner with wisdom, discernment, and savvy. Librarians play […]

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Why Children Must Play to Learn

by Christopher Perrin

We can all plainly see that children love to play. If you are honest with yourself, don’t you like to play too? In previous centuries, parents were content to let their children romp and play for hours every day, and no doubt some of the most deeply-retained lessons of life were derived from play, adventure, […]

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Teaching Is…. an Art

by Christopher Perrin

In 1950 Gilbert Highet wrote a book called The Art of Teaching. Highet was a well-regarded teacher of classics at Columbia University (a colleague with Jacques Barzun) and he knew very well that the teaching profession was rapidly be transformed into a science by his fellows at the nearby Columbia Teacher’s College. Highet was not […]

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SCL Journal Winter 2016—Speaking Well: The Centrality of Language in Classical Christian Education

by SCL Journal March 29, 2016

The senior thesis project, prevalent in most classical Christian schools, is built upon a deep and rich foundation that makes eloquent expression possible. Rhabanus Maurus, a monk and student of Alcuin, in his “Education of the Clergy,” said, “Grammar is the source and foundation of all the liberal arts. It should be taught in every […]

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SCL Journal Fall 2015—Recovering Wonder: Science in the Christian Classical School

by SCL Journal October 16, 2015

Science involves so much more than facts about how the natural world operates. What scientists see and how they interpret what they see are influenced by their worldviews. Knowledge, scientific knowledge included, is not made up of discrete bits of information. No scientist is free from presuppositions which color his interpretation of the phenomena he […]

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Encouraging Students to Pursue Science as Noble Profession

by Jeff Zweerink June 28, 2015

Many view science as an enemy of the Christian faith. Astrophysicist, Dr. Jeff Zweerink, will provide tools to help teachers equip students to pursue scientific careers in a way that will strengthen their faith while contributing to our understanding of the universe.

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Panel Discussion: Teaching Bible and Theology in a Classical School

by Jim Watkins

Teaching Bible and theology in a classical school comes with its own peculiar set of challenges. To what extent should a Bible/theology teacher be sensitive to the diverse influences that inform her students’ understanding of their faith? What is the best way to address controversial subjects in a Bible/theology classroom? What does it meant to […]

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An Introduction to Christian Classical Education

by Peter Vande Brake

This seminar will introduce participants to the classical education movement as it has taken shape over the last 35 years. It will also go over much of the literature that the movement has spawned during that period which expounds on the content and structure of the Christian classical education movement.

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Classical Economics

by Steven Tye

Let’s face it – not many of our students will be following in our academic footsteps. The vast majority will be entering the marketplace as businessmen and women. While a classical liberal arts education prepares them well for their careers, the ideology of modern economic scientism they are likely to encounter in college and the […]

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Educational Splendor: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

by Steve Turley

C.S. Lewis believed that at the heart of our current moral and spiritual crisis there was the loss of objective values. Truth, Goodness, and Beauty are today a matter of mere subjective preference. This workshop will explore the historic nature of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, how the objective values have been lost in modern secular […]

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Paideia in the Flesh: the Pedagogical Necessity of Incarnational Teaching

by Brent Stevens

What makes an excellent teacher? We’ve all had teachers who had a profound and lifelong impact on us – perhaps we are teaching precisely because of their influence! This seminar will take time to examine the theological and philosophical foundation that undergirds all great teachers. Beginning with a consideration of Matthew 10:24 and Luke 6:40, […]

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Integrating the Gospel using the Creation, Fall, Redemption, & Restoration Paradigm

by Pamela Stanford

All that we do has purpose and meaning, because as believers, we are going somewhere and should want to bring others along on the journey. We will discuss practical ways to help students discern the elements of the gospel across disciplines and specific ideas on how to train students to think redemptively and to put […]

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Charlotte Mason’s First Principles—Children are Persons

by Maryellen St. Cyr

Central to an authentic Christian philosophy of education is the conviction that “children are persons” who, though corrupted by original sin, remain bearers of the Imago Dei. Few classical Christian teachers would question this. Yet, too many fail to fully recognize the practical consequences of such a belief. If children are persons, it changes our […]

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Charlotte Mason, the Art of Student Formation and the Classroom

by Bill St. Cyr

Answering the question, What is optimal pedagogy? Bill St. Cyr, Ph.D., Executive Director of Ambleside Schools International, explores the insights of contemporary neuroscience and the ideas of British educator, Charlotte Mason.

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Charlotte Mason, Neuroscience, Personhood and the Nature of Human Formation

by Bill St. Cyr

Answering the question, ‘What forms the human heart and mind?’ Bill St. Cyr, Ph.D., Executive Director of Ambleside Schools International, explores the insights of contemporary neuroscience and the ideas of British educator, Charlotte Mason.

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Conversational and Communicative Latin

by Joshua Smith

The principles and practices of using conversation and communication in Latin instruction. In this seminar, I will present the meaning and goals of conversation and communication in Latin teaching, along with the reasons for this approach and some of its possible challenges. Secondly, I will introduce a variety of techniques and activities for implementing the […]

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Languages Latin Strategies

Expanding the Toolbox: Various Approaches to Reading Latin

by Joshua Smith

This seminar will introduce a variety of approaches to Latin reading or translation that can be used at a variety of levels in the Latin classroom. Reading in Latin word order, metaphrasing, top-down and bottom-up reading approaches, and disambiguation skills are some of the topics that will be addressed.

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Cultivating Well-Educated Resident Aliens

by George Sanker

Over the past year the church has come under increasing attack by a culture that is aggressively rejecting God’s order to reality. These social challenges are clear indications that some of the basic Judeo-Christian beliefs that have guided our culture for centuries have almost completely been eroded. In this context, a classical liberal arts education […]

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21st Century Classical: Theoretical and Practical Foundations for Embracing the Paradox

by Sean Riley

I will argue that education can be both genuinely and thoroughly Classical and at the same time preapre students to be leaders and innovators in the 21st century. I will argue that many of the 21st Century skills being enumerated by progressive educators are the same skills a Classical education is best equipped to offer. […]

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Q & A with Andrew Peterson

by Andrew Peterson

Singer, songwriter and author Andrew Peterson will engage in a discussion with those present about a life of music, writing and art.

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Art Discussion Music Writing

Why a School without Scholé (Leisure) is No School at All

by Christopher Perrin

Our word “school” comes from the Greek word scholé which means leisure, refreshing conversation and activity–or restful learning. Ironically modern, American education is virtually anything but restful and so in a profound sense many American schools have ceased to be schools at all. In this seminar, we will trace the tradition of scholé and explore […]

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90 Days, 90 Dads: Finding Meaningful Connection and Insights from Parents in a Growing School

by Davies Owens

As any school grows in age and numbers there is an increasing risk of parents having less understanding and appreciation for classical Christian education. Parents with a weak understanding of what differentiates a classical Christian school from other choices are more vulnerable to the larger culture and less prepared to create home environments that are […]

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The Essential Head of School Toolbox

by Keith Nix

A seminar for heads, and potential heads, that will explore best practices and tools of the trade that will help you shine as you wear your various “hats” as the head of school. There will be plenty of Q & A so don’t hesitate to bring your questions.

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Detecting Intelligence: A Non-Materialist Science

by Paul Nelson

This seminar explores the basic asymmetry between teleology and physicalism (or materialism), namely, that designed-based reasoning can embrace physical discoveries, whereas physicalism can admit no part of teleology.

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Rejecting the Magician’s Bargain: Lewis’ Charge to Science

by Ken Myers

In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis argued that the project of modern science “was born in an unhealthy neighbourhood and at an inauspicious hour. Its triumphs may have been too rapid and purchased at too high a price: reconsideration, and something like repentance, may be required.” While there have been some scientists, philosophers, […]

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Envisioning, Structuring and Situating Earth Science in Classical Education: The Value and Planning of a Course in Earth Science, and Why Earth Science Should Be A Logic- or Rhetoric-Stage Subject

by Steve Mittwede

Earth Science (ES) enjoyed a prominent place in classical scientific enquiry, and the weight given to ES continued through medieval and modern times and into the present. Unfortunately, the centrality of ES as a field of study is being lost, even in many classical schools. Increasingly, ES is diminished to facts learned in the Grammar […]

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Ancient Rhetoric Drills: A Hands-on Workshop

by David Miller

Come to this workshop and practice short writing drills based on ancient Greek and Roman rhetoric drills. Participants will be asked to inflect eloquent phrases through shifting tense, case, and other grammatical attributes. This will show the strong relationship between grammar and rhetoric. Workshop participants will volunteer and publicly read their inflections while working on […]

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Trivium Incarnatum: The Work of a Grammarian

by David Miller

The classical teacher should strive to become a grammarian, logician, and rhetorician as they are the trivium incarnatum. A teacher takes their first steps toward the trivium incarnatum through the study of Latin or Greek. As they become a grammarian, their soul is prepared to be struck by truths outside of themselves as they learn […]

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Other Voices: Gerard Manley Hopkins and Science Instruction

by John Mays

In classical and Christian schools we seek rigorous academics and a robust Christian worldview, but these are not the only necessary ingredients for instruction that ennobles the mind and educates the whole person. In any discipline, there are “other voices” that speak to our hearts and minds. In this workshop we will explore ways that […]

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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

by John Mays

Christians have always affirmed this testimony from Psalm 19. But the breadth of the revelation of God’s glory in nature is far wider than we often appreciate. In this seminar we will examine a wide variety of ways in which the heavens declare God’s glory to us, including anthropic implications in contemporary science that have […]

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Science: Discovery and Discipleship

by John Mays

The history of science is a history of discovery, but the historical role of discovery is now threatened by the limited exposure to nature that is now common among young people. In this seminar, we will examine ways teachers can reinvigorate the study of science in the midst of a culture that has lost a […]

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What is a Harkness discussion?

by Geary Linhart

This seminar will discuss the history of round table discussions at Veritas School in Newberg. It will attempt to explain why we implemented these graded discussions in the upper level Humanities courses, howe we set up discussions, and how we assess them. This seminar will share tested procedures for implementing and managing fruitful Harkness discussions […]

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Increasing the Effectiveness of Your School’s Small Development Shop

by Jason Lewis

Schools with fewer than 500 students often have a difficult time identifying and cultivating donors who can make transformative gifts. Conventional approaches to high capacity fundraising often assume large development budgets and layers of fundraising activities that smaller schools simply can’t sustain. In this workshop, participants will discover how community alignment, hiring decisions, shared leadership […]

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Classical Dante: Rome and the Two Kingdoms

by Christian Kopff

In Paradiso 6 Justinian expounds the Roman Empire’s divine mission and the state’s role as God’s servant. These ideas, found in Comedy and Monarchia, anticipate the Two Kingdoms of Luther and Calvin and the American separation of church and state.

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Christian Dante

by Christian Kopff

In Paradiso 12 Dante says God rescued Christendom “through grace alone” (per sola grazia). Guido da Montefeltro (inferno 27) and his son Buonconte (Purgatorio 5) exemplify God’s grace, a theme that permeates the Comedy.

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10 in 10: Top ten lessons learned as a ten year old school

by Jean Kim

Is your school less than 10 years old? Are you thinking of starting a school? Are you involved in setting your slightly older school on a new trajectory for the future? If so, administrators and board members will want to hear the top ten lessons learned in the trenches over the first decade from Jean […]

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The Ultimate Rhetoric Handbook

by Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern proposes that Homer meant the Iliad to be understood and used as a guide to rhetoric – and that there is no better handbook available. It can and must be used to teach rhetoric, and rhetoric is a key to understanding the Iliad. If you like either (or if you like teaching) watch […]

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Integrating the Curriculum With Rhetoric

by Andrew Kern

If we want to integrate the curriculum (and we do), we need a principle of harmony that is both big enough to include everything and practical enough to prepare for everything. [Kern] shows how classical rhetoric is the necessary practical tool to integrate the curriculum.

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Total Participation Techniques — Making Every Student An Active Learner

by Lori Jill Keeler

Helping students increase their level of engagement and depth of thinking is one of the quickest, simplest, and most effective means of improving teaching and learning. Using these strategies can help you focus on what, and to what extent, your students are learning what you are teaching.

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Lesson Planning for Optimal Student Learning

by Lori Jill Keeler

The most effective teaching and the most meaningful student learning happen when teachers design the right learning targets and use them along with their students to aim for and assess understanding. This practical seminar will be helpful for elementary and secondary teachers as they strive to be more intentional in their instruction and assessment, with […]

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A New Natural Philosophy: Implementing the Vision of C.S. Lewis

by Ravi Jain

In The Abolition of Man C.S. Lewis noted that the “triumphs [of science] may have been too rapid and purchased at too high a price: reconsideration, and something like repentance, may be required.” This can easily leave an eager science teacher confused even if he agrees. How do we do this? What decisions and steps […]

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Encouraging Unity in the Body of Christ: Framing Science Discussions While Seeing Through a Glass, Darkly

by Allison Jackson

Christians may disagree about the details of ‘how’ and ‘when,’ but for our discussions we agree on this foundational doctrine: 1) Encourage a respectful discussion within the body of Christ and with those outside Christianity 2) Recognize that both strict naturalists who dismiss supernaturalism and strict adherents to certain secondary doctrines within Christianity can squelch […]

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Is Everything Better With Bacon? Assessing Modern Science

by David Innes

We will explore the origin and spirit of modern scientism in Francis Bacon’s 17th Century project to establish human mastery over the universe.

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John Milton: Classical Learning and the Progress Virtue

by Grant Horner

SCL Alcuin Fellow Grant Horner, Professor of Renaissance and Reformation Studies at The Master’s College, will speak on his new book from Classical Academic Press about the great seventeenth century Puritan poet and his inestimable influence on the history of classical learning for Christians.

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Socratic Dialogue Demonstration and Analysis

by Grant Horner

Join Grant Horner as he discusses Socratic Dialogue in the classical classroom.

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Re-Imagining Grammar School Science: A PK-6 Curriculum

by Chris Hall

We want our graduates to be the best technical scientists, without exception. At the same time, we also know that all of us, teachers and students alike, are called to something more than technical proficiency when it comes to understanding science. Scientists in our schools need to be masters of facts and frameworks, knowledgeable in […]

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Why Before How: Making A Math Transition (Chris Hall, Dr. Mo Gaffney)

by Chris Hall

Whether you are implementing Singapore Math or are simply looking to rev up the math culture in your school, this session is for you. Changing the way math is taught requires more than a change of textbooks. A successful transition requires thoughtful navigation through a constellation of considerations, from the scripts that guide your teachers’ […]

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Creation, Design, and Evolution

by Deborah Haarsma

Are students and parents in your school asking about creation and evolution? Students are growing up in a culture full of heated battles between young earth creationism and atheistic evolution. Yet Christians today are discussing many other options, including old earth creationism, intelligent design, and evolutionary creationism. Come for an overview of the key scientific […]

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Who’s Missing From Your School

by Russ Gregg

We know that our schools spread a daily feast of classical, God glorifying education. Are there any people in your city missing from the table? Come and hear how an emerging movement of schools are welcoming the children of urban poor families to “taste and see”. How could your school get in on the surprising […]

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