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 […]

View More...
discovery Grammar Literature logic teachers The Hobbit To Kill A Mockingbird

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 […]

View More...
group lead Leadership leading Principles

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 […]

View More...
classical christian education ideals Principles Vision

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.

View More...
classical christian schools Mission mission drift

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 […]

View More...
Art classical christian schools commonplace Fine Arts modern science

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 […]

View More...
classical home-school Physical education program

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 […]

View More...
Admissions Faculty re-enrollment

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 […]

View More...
bonaventure common arts human good Theology

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 […]

View More...
language instruction mechanics Methods visual

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 […]

View More...
Community Imago Dei Students Teachers

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 […]

View More...
humanity Rhetoric Students tools

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 […]

View More...
concepts introduction Rhetoric

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 […]

View More...
Love Natural History strategy Students Teachers

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 […]

View More...
Christian schools Church Discipleship Education Religion

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.

View More...
Art Biology Development Science Students

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 […]

View More...
Aquaponics Biology Chemistry curricula Geneva Physics

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 […]

View More...
Development Singapore Math Student

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 […]

View More...

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 […]

View More...
Elements Euclid Geometry Mathematics

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.

View More...
long division manipulatives models Students

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 […]

View More...
Augustine descartes Liberal Arts Mathematics pascal

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, […]

View More...
design Mathematics projects service learning Students

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) […]

View More...
Singapore Math

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 […]

View More...
Education Educators Rhetoric The Good Life

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 […]

View More...
Bill Pentak Dr. Kevin Leman management managing

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 […]

View More...
consulting management schools

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 […]

View More...
Education master's programs programs

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 […]

View More...
mission statements Planning Teachers

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 […]

View More...
biblical Debate Senior Thesis Student

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 […]

View More...
lower school preparation Senior Thesis Upper School

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 […]

View More...
cram forget Mastery Math pass Science

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 […]

View More...
reading comprehension teaching reading

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 […]

View More...
Bible biblical lower school Techniques

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. […]

View More...

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 […]

View More...
assimilation Greek Languages Latin

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 […]

View More...
classical christian schools journalism

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 […]

View More...
child development Students Teachers

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.

View More...
Motor Development motor system Pedagogy

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 […]

View More...
Classical Education context urban school urban students

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 […]

View More...
head of school Mission Teachers

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 […]

View More...
best practices in reading reading skills Students Teachers

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.

View More...
best teaching practices teaching with excellence

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 […]

View More...
hearts learning process teaching students

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 […]

View More...
Good Life mental health Parents

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 […]

View More...
christian history Curriculum History Rhetoric

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 […]

View More...
Curriculum Europe History

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 […]

View More...
Good Life Liturgy seniors

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 […]

View More...
Character classical Christian Morals

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 […]

View More...
Catechism Josh Gibbs Nominalism The Good Life

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 […]

View More...
Diener Metaphors Plato The Cave
Urban Classical Schools Urban Education

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 […]

View More...
Benedict Monastic Tradition

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 […]

View More...
Capital Campaign consultant money

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 […]

View More...
anti-politics politics Rod Dreher The Benedict Option

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.

View More...
Culture Faculty Student

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 […]

View More...
Christian Christian culture conflict resolution

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 […]

View More...
Christian Curriculum Education Liberal Arts Teacher

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 […]

View More...
Christian Curriculum Liberal Arts Teacher

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 […]

View More...
Grammar Rhetoric verbal arts

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 […]

View More...
Classical Education Liberal Arts Modern Education

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 […]

View More...
best practices Grammar School Reading Students

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 […]

View More...
Christian teachers Discipline Grammar School Students

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.

View More...
Classroom Practical Techniques Teacher Teaching

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 […]

View More...
exercises mathematical Socrcatic

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 […]

View More...
best practices Mathematics Memory Pedagogy Singapore Math

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 […]

View More...
christian curriculum classical christian education Pedagogy truth

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 […]

View More...
administrators Educators Teachers

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 […]

View More...
Education Plato Students Virtue

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 […]

View More...
Education Plato Students Virtue

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 […]

View More...
Education Plato Students Virtue

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 […]

View More...
Education Plato Students Virtue

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 […]

View More...
Classroom Motor Development Values Webinar

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, […]

View More...
Community Conversation Parents Professional Development Webinar

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.

View More...
C.S. Lewis Classical Education Medieval

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.    

View More...
Art Creativity Music Telos

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.

View More...
Math Mindset Students

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 […]

View More...
Argumentation Learning Skills Logic

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 […]

View More...
Culture Schedule Worship

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 […]

View More...
Poetry Robert Frost Theology

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 […]

View More...
Grammar School Literature Reading

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 […]

View More...
Capital Campaign Fundraising Strategic Planning

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.

View More...
Art Culture

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. […]

View More...
Administration Leadership Melville

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 […]

View More...
History Humanities Literature Subject Integration

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,” […]

View More...
C.S. Lewis Humanities Literature Reading Habits

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 […]

View More...
Classical Education Philosophy Plato

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 […]

View More...
Culture Spirituality Technology

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 […]

View More...
Affections Classical Education

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.

View More...
Fundraising School Heads

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.

View More...
Classical Education Liberal Arts

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.

View More...
Ayn Rand Objectivism Senior Thesis

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.

View More...
Curriculum Formation Students Teachers

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.

View More...
Classical Education Formation

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.  

View More...
Classical Education Critical Thinking Gymnastic

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.

View More...
Math Philosophy Science

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.

View More...
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.

View More...
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 […]

View More...
Jesus Methods Pedagogy Teaching

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, […]

View More...
Curriculum Mathematics Plato Wisdom Wonder

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 […]

View More...
natural science Wisdom Wonder

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 […]

View More...
Classical Education engage Students

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 […]

View More...
paradigm performance small school structure

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, […]

View More...
Financial Financial Leadership managers strategic

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 […]

View More...
child development Classical Education dualism Gymnastic Modern Education

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.

View More...
Latin Strategies Students

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 […]

View More...
Classroom Development Educators Technology

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 […]

View More...
Covenant Classical School Curriculum Planning practical

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 […]

View More...
Christian education intellectual character Modern Education

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 […]

View More...
Character intellectual Rosslyn Academy School Culture

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 […]

View More...
Fiction Reading Rhetoric Trivium

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 […]

View More...
Grammar Imagination Language Teaching

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 […]

View More...
Discipleship teaching methods Wonder Worship

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.

View More...
approach Discipleship Paideia trilogy

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 […]

View More...
Christian hermeneutics classical christian education modern postmodern premodern

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 […]

View More...
classical Christian practical Relationships Students

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 […]

View More...
Rhetoric subject Teaching

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 […]

View More...
Humanities Methods Principles Veritas School

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 […]

View More...
Cicero exercises practical Students

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) […]

View More...
apologetics classical christian education Faith reason

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 […]

View More...
Christian Deism post-Christian teens

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 […]

View More...
Acedia Sin Students Virtue

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 […]

View More...
christian educators History Renaissance The Middle Ages

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 […]

View More...
Classroom design scheduling The Stony Brook School

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 […]

View More...
information librarians literacy Teaching Wisdom

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, […]

View More...
Education Plato Training

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 […]

View More...
Methods Modern Education systematic Teaching

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 […]

View More...
Grammar Language Rhetoric Senior Thesis

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 […]

View More...
Evolution Pedagogy Science

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.

View More...
Faith Science Students Teachers Understanding Upper School

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 […]

View More...
Bible Classical Education Discussion Theology

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.

View More...
Classical Education

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 […]

View More...
Beauty Business Classical Education Curriculum Economics Interdisciplinary Upper School Worldview

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 […]

View More...
Beauty Classroom Lewis Liturgy Students Teachers

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, […]

View More...
Excellence Paideia Pedagogy Teachers Teaching

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 […]

View More...
Discipleship Interdisciplinary Strategies Worldview

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 […]

View More...
Charlotte Mason Development Image Bearers Pedagogy Teachers Worldview

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.

View More...
Charlotte Mason Classical Education Discipleship Pedagogy Science

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.

View More...
Charlotte Mason Classical Education Learning Pedagogy Science Worldview

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 […]

View More...
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.

View More...
Curriculum Grammar School Languages Latin Upper School

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 […]

View More...
Classical Education Leadership Mission Parents Worldview

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. […]

View More...
Administration Classical Education Curriculum Pedagogy Strategies Worldview

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.

View More...
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 […]

View More...
Administration Leadership Liturgy Mission Pedagogy Policy Strategies Vision Worldview

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 […]

View More...
Community Leadership Marketing Mission Parents Strategies

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.

View More...
Administration Business Community Discipline Fundraising Growth Leadership Marketing Mission Policy

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.

View More...
Intelligent Design Science Theology Worldview

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, […]

View More...
Leadership Lewis Pedagogy Science Upper School Worldview

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 […]

View More...
Classical Education Curriculum Lesson Planning Logic Rhetoric Science Worldview

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 […]

View More...
Ancient Grammar Greek Languages Rhetoric Teachers Upper School Writing

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 […]

View More...
Grammar Greek Languages Latin Logic Rhetoric Teachers Upper School

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 […]

View More...
Art Curriculum Discipleship Interdisciplinary Literature Music Science Strategies Subject Integration

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 […]

View More...
Image Bearers Science Theology Worldview Worship

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 […]

View More...
Curriculum Discipleship Grammar School Pedagogy Science Strategies Upper School

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 […]

View More...
Assessment Curriculum Discussion Humanities Strategies Upper School

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 […]

View More...
Administration Business Community Fundraising Leadership Strategies

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.

View More...
Dante History Philosophy Rhetoric Upper School Worldview

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.

View More...
Dante Literature Rhetoric Theology Upper School

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 […]

View More...
Administration Business Fundraising Growth Leadership Strategies

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 […]

View More...
Ancient Homer Literature Rhetoric Understanding Upper School

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.

View More...
Curriculum Interdisciplinary Rhetoric Subject Integration Upper School

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.

View More...
Classical Education Classroom Learning Strategies Teaching Understanding

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 […]

View More...
Assessment Grammar School Learning Lesson Planning Student Understanding Upper School

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 […]

View More...
Administration Curriculum Lewis Pedagogy Reductionism Science Subject Integration Worldview

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 […]

View More...
Classroom Community Discussion Leadership Parents Science Strategies

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.

View More...
Education Philosophy Science Upper School

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.

View More...
Classical Education Literature Milton Pedagogy Philosophy Poetry

Socratic Dialogue Demonstration and Analysis

by Grant Horner

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

View More...
Discussion Pedagogy Strategies Subject Integration Upper School

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 […]

View More...
Classical Education Conceptual Curriculum Grammar School Reductionism Science Subject Integration Wonder

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’ […]

View More...
Curriculum Leadership Mathematics Singapore Math Strategies

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 […]

View More...
Creation Evolution Intelligent Design Philosophy Science Students Thesis Worldview

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 […]

View More...
Administration Business Classical Education Community Equality Growth Leadership Marketing

It’s Always Fun Until Someone Loses an Eye – Finding the Delight and the Beauty in the Tragedy of Oedipus

by Rachel Greb

How do we get past the “ewww” factor and help our students appreciate the depth of Greek tragedy more fully? Focusing on the Oedipus plays, we will address finding beauty in the midst of tragedy, and how it is necessary to complete the experience of reading the Greek tragedians.

View More...
Beauty Greek History Literature Upper School

Common Core, AdvancED, and Changes in the Works

by David Goodwin

There’s much in the news about Common Core– less about AdvancED. Put together, these two developments represent what may turn out to be, arguably, the biggest educational change in the past century. As classical Christian schools, we need to understand the ideas behind these organizations so that we can look toward the changes that may […]

View More...
Accreditation Classical Education Common Core Education

Fundamental Framework of Fundraising

by Steve Godfrey

Are you consistently meeting your annual fund goal, or do you find yourself falling short or just getting by? In this session, participants will learn the fundamentals of fundraising: articulating the case for giving, developing leadership, clarifying and growing a prospect list, developing strategies, and building a plan.

View More...
Administration Business Fundraising Growth Leadership Marketing Strategies

Considering a Capital Campaign?

by Steve Godfrey

Are you looking to grow or strengthen the impact of your mission with a capital campaign? This session serves as an introduction to the essentials of planning and implementing a feasiility study and capital campaign. Participants will learn the foundational principles of a capital campaign and the fundamental marks of a successful campaign.

View More...
Administration Business Fundraising Growth Leadership Marketing Strategies

Science Alive!

by Lynn Gilpin

How do you breathe life into your science curriculum? If you want to know how to integrate science with history, math, writing and more, this is the workshop for you. Come receive practical tips and a hands-on demonstration that will set the stage for future stimulating lessons.

View More...
Curriculum History Lesson Planning Mathematics Science Subject Integration Writing

The Stones Cry Out… and the Flowers, and the Insects, and the Clouds: Finding the Creator in the Creation with Grammar Students

by Harlan Gilliam

This workshop features an historical overview of the Regents Science and Nature Center and the programs goals and practices. It will cover the methods which have shown the best results including lesson planning and leveraging parent volunteers. There will also be time for questions/answers.

View More...
Grammar School Lesson Planning Pedagogy Science Strategies

Lost and Found in the Cosmos: Saving Time with Plato and Walker Percy

by Josh Gibbs

How classical education lifts a man from the doldrums of wondering “Who am I?” (and an endless series of mediocre answers to this question)

View More...
Classical Education Cosmos Philosophy Plato

Redeeming Science Instruction: Some Proposed Principles with Applications in the Middle School Classroom

by Jason Faulkner

In this seminar, Jason will summarize his takeaways from the 2014 Alcuin Retreat by way of a proposal of principles essential to a classical, Christ-centered approach to science instruction. Jason will discuss what he believes must be rejected as well as what must be embraced if we are to recover the true nature of science […]

View More...
Classical Education Education Logic Pedagogy Philosophy Science

Making Mathematics Memorable

by Andrew Elizalde

This session will begin with a brief survey of works on the art of memory from those of the ancients to modern works on neuroplasticity. Then implications for the teaching of grammar school mathematics will be described, including the teaching of arithmetic proficiency through memorable concrete and visual experiences that result in enduring understanding.

View More...
Ancient Grammar School Mathematics Memory Strategies Teachers Understanding

Building Community with Cardboard

by Jason Edwards

Board games have been played since antiquity, enjoyed a late twentieth century renaissance in Europe, and are now rapidly growing in popularity in the United States. Though largely misunderstood stateside, knowledge of modern games suggests that if incorporated wisely, they may prove quite valuable for students, teachers, and parents alike. This seminar will explore the […]

View More...
Classroom Community Games Pedagogy Students Teachers Training

Upper School Electives: Navigating between Scylla and Charybdis

by David Diener

The role that electives and student course choice should play in a secondary (and post- secondary) education is a complex issue that has been debated for centuries. In this seminar we will begin by examining some philosophical and historical considerations regarding the educational significance of electives and the role that they should play in an […]

View More...
Administration Electives Pedagogy Strategies Upper School

The Centrality of Virtue in the Ancient Understanding of Education

by David Diener

In the contemporary discourse about education, discussion of virtue as the goal of education is strikingly absent. When “virtue education” is mentioned, it is generally treated as an add-on to the curriculum, not as the overarching goal of everything that is studied. This conception of education, however, stands in stark contrast to the ancient understanding […]

View More...
Ancient Aristotle Education Pedagogy Philosophy Plato Virtue

Developing a Dynamic Leadership Team

by Eric Cook

Growing schools are complex institutions that require strong leadership in order to thrive. Often school growth, even under the best of circumstances, creates stress and tension for every constituent within the community. This session will explore how the Head of School can develop a leadership team that is able to communicate effectively, adapt to their […]

View More...
Administration Business Growth Leadership Strategies Vision

Cultivating Organizational Health Through Leadership

by Kevin Clark

In his book The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, Patrick Lencioni argues that becoming a great and successful organization has everything to do with a humble and cohesive leadership team that creates, over-communicates clarity, and reinforces clarity in everything they do. The Geneva School leadership team recently worked through the exercises […]

View More...
Administration Business Leadership Strategies

Cultivating A Sense of Wonder

by Mary Clifford

What does it mean to have a sense of wonder and why is it so essential for our students? We will explore these questions as well as the challenges we face as educators in cultivating the quality of wonder in our classrooms, from kindergarten through high school. Please bring your own ideas and experiences as […]

View More...
Grammar School Pedagogy Teachers Upper School Wonder

Singapore Math in the Classical School

by Patti Chesney

This session will focus on four topics: the basics of the Singapore math philosophy, how the Singapore math philosophy aligns with classical model of education, teaching Singapore math with fidelity, and how parents can support the children at home.

View More...
Classical Education Grammar School Mathematics Parents Singapore Math

Beauty Will Save the School

by Jamie Cain

What role does beauty play in a school’s development? In what ways does attention to beauty help a school fulfill its mission and vision? This seminar will consider the nature of beauty in a school setting, as well as practical means for incorporating beauty at every level of school life.

View More...
Aesthetics Beauty Classical Education Classroom Leadership Mission

The Science of Learning in the Creative Classical Classroom

by Annie Bullock

The best teaching takes the human mind and its development into account. In particular, understanding how we think and the way we form memories, and thus learn, is an essential foundation for good teaching. This seminar will explore research in the science of memory and cognition and offer suggestions for how that knowledge can be […]

View More...
Classical Education Classroom Learning Memory Pedagogy Research

An Old Solution to a Modern Problem: How Classical Christian Education Can Meet the Loss of Faith in the Millennial Generation

by Ray Blunt

The loss of faith among young Christians in the Millennial Generation (est. 50-70%) is now well established and is based upon solid research in the last ten years. The solutions emerging all hone in on the role of the church, in general, and youth ministries in particular with an ancillary role for parents. Universally ignored […]

View More...
Classical Education Education Millennial Pedagogy Training

Crafting a Classical Music Curriculum: One School’s Ongoing Journey

by Lilli Benko

Lilli Benko, music teacher/administrator and violinist at Veritas School in Richmond, VA, will share the story of her growing school’s developing music program and the successes and ongoing challenges. Her presentation will include a teaching demonstration of the “Paper Orchestra” and her blueprints for a distinctively “classical” and integrated K-12 curriculum. All are welcome, especially […]

View More...
Classical Education Music Orchestra

Beyond Academics, the Transforming Power of Seeing God’s Glory in Your Students

by Peter Baur

What does it mean to see our students as fellow image bearers… to see in them, and call out of them, God’s glory? As teachers we have a responsiblity to teach, but we also have an incredible privilege to speak into the hearts, minds and souls of each student the distinct, God given qualities that […]

View More...
Classical Education Imago Dei Pedagogy Students Teachers

How a Theology of Wisdom Undergirds Classical Education: The Figure of Speaking Wisdom in Proverbs and Beyond

by Jason Barney

“Wisdom cries aloud in the street; in the squares she thunders!” (Prov 1:20). The figure of speaking Wisdom is more than just an interesting literary device. Jewish and Christian tradition saw in a theology of Wisdom a foundation for what we would call classical education. In this presentation I propose to show how the theology […]

View More...
Classical Education Pedagogy Theology Wisdom

Narrative Approach to Darwin and his critics: From Darwin to the ENCODE project

by Robbie Andreason

This seminar will use a narrative approach to understand the complexities of the creation/ evolution debate in a way that reduces the pressure and heat often generated by the topic. The goal of the seminar is argue against the materialism and naturalism of modern science and at the same time avoid simplistic arguments about evolution […]

View More...
Creation Darwin Evolution Philosophy Science

Philosophy of Biology: From Dante to Darwin

by Robbie Andreason

This seminar will survey how change in thought and growth in knowledge from the Middle Ages into the 19th century led to Darwin’s theory of evolution. We will explore the shift from the motivating ideal of love to struggle and competition as well as the shift from sacramental participation to nothing but mechanistic motion. Particular […]

View More...
Biology Dante Darwin History Interdisciplinary Literature Philosophy Science

How big is their iceberg? Connections between conceptual and procedural understanding in mathematics.

by Janet Andreason

Participants will explore the difference between conceptual and procedural understanding and how each can be viewed and applied in the mathematics classroom. Discussion will center around strategies for developing and identifying conceptual understanding and instructional strategies for supporting student learning of mathematics.

View More...
Classroom Mathematics Pedagogy Strategies

The Integrated Imagination

by Andrew Peterson

The creative act, as suggested by J. R. R. Tolkien, is one of the purest expressions of the image of God in us. Andrew Peterson discusses the redeemed imagination and the way stories, music and art can be signposts to the Kingdom.

View More...
Imagination Music Story / Stories Tolkein

The Return of the God Hypothesis

by Stephen Meyer

Has modern science proved that God is a delusion? Is it still rational to believe in God in the 21st century? Join philosopher of science Dr. Stephen Meyer as he discusses a series of revolutionary scientific discoveries that point to the reality of God. Meyer, who is known for his groundbreaking work on the evidence […]

View More...
Biology Creation Evolution Intelligent Design Philosophy Science

Darwin’s Doubt

by Stephen Meyer

When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue, but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the “Cambrian explosion,” many animals suddenly appeared in […]

View More...
Biology Creation Evolution Intelligent Design Science

Why Read Stories? Connecting the Great Books and the Good Life

by Cherie Harder

In many ways, hosting reading and discussion groups is a highly counter-cultural exercise: In our distracted, virtual, and isolated world, it is a hospitable invitation to paying rigorous attention to a challenging text within a community. This seminar will provide practical how-tos for creating, launching, and maintaining a compelling reading group.

View More...
Discussion Great Books Literature Story / Stories

Spreading Classical Christian Education to All God’s Children

by Russ Gregg

Both David Hicks (Norms and Nobility) and Mortimer Adler (The Paideia Proposal) encouraged educators to wrestle with the application of the belief that “the best education for the best is the best education for all.” Russ Gregg will share his story of how God led him to love his neighbors by starting Hope Academy, a […]

View More...
Education Equality Inner-city

How to Get the Education You Never Had

by Martin Cothran June 21, 2015

Those who are teaching students how to think, how to act, and the basic story of the civilization they live in are already doing classical education, whether they know it or not. But in order to do it well, parents and teachers need to know these things themselves. Classical educator Martin Cothran gives you practical […]

View More...
Classical Education Parents Teachers

SCL Journal Spring 2015—Serving the Youngest: Classical Education in the Early Years

by SCL Journal April 18, 2015

One of the distinctives of classical education is that it begins at the beginning. It gives students a solid grounding in the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic and doesn’t start with higher level thinking activities until this foundation is in place. This edition of The Journal is devoted to helping us think about what should […]

View More...
Grammar School Imagination Pedagogy

SCL Journal Winter 2015—How Do We Know: Challenging the Modern Paradigm

by SCL Journal January 26, 2015

One way among many which causes those of us involved in Christian Classical education to be seen as dinosaurs is our emphasis on the importance of virtue. Virtue is a lost concept in our modern age; it is certainly no longer part of the common vocabulary. C. S. Lewis says that when a word dies, […]

View More...

SCL Journal Fall 2014—The Case for Keeping the Western Tradition Alive

by SCL Journal October 26, 2014

Classical schools are sometimes accused of o ering a narrow, outdated curriculum. While it may seem to these detractors that the goals of modern progressive education are much broader and all-encompassing than those of classical education, the opposite is actually the case. Modern education appears to be broader because it stands the student on the […]

View More...

Regent’s Thesis Presentation | Brandon Dickey Presents and Defends

by Peter Alvarez June 29, 2014

During this plenary session, a Regents School of Austin senior presents a 20-minute speech. Subsequently, the student defends his/her ideas before a panel of four expert judges, during a 20-min Q&A exhibition. (After this plenary session, join Alvarez and a panel of 12th-grade students for a breakout discussion on helping students to research, write and […]

View More...
Students Thesis Upper School

Leading For The Common Good

by Michael Lindsay

Based upon my research of 550 interviews with American CEOs, senior government leaders, and nonprofit executives, this talk explores how a liberal arts approach to leadership helps develop leaders for the common good.

View More...
Arts Leaders Leadership Liberal Arts

The Music of the Spheres: Dante’s Pre- Copernican Universe

by Louis Markos

Dante’s Divine Comedy presupposes a universe and a perspective on that universe that is radically different than our own. Aside from positing the earth as the center, Dante and his contemporaries conceived of a perfectly ordered, innately poetic cosmos of exquisite beauty, balance, and harmony. Even more vitally, they beheld in the starry heavens a […]

View More...
Dante Poetry Theology

Where Athens and Jerusalem Meet: Why Dante Chose Virgil as his Guide

by Louis Markos June 28, 2014

Dante’s Divine Comedy, perhaps the single greatest expression of the human imagination, sets itself the daunting task of embodying in verse the full medieval vision of God, Man, and the Universe. However, when he chose what great figure of the past would function as his guide through Hell and Purgatory, the Catholic Dante chose not […]

View More...
Literature Theology Virgil

Confronting Concupiscence of the Ears: Music and the Moral Imagination

by Ken Myers

Education is typically structured to sharpen dull minds, to re-order confused thinking. But the senses are also in need of discipline. God has given us five senses with which to know and engage Creation and — through Creation — something of Himself. St. John (I John 2:16) starkly warns that disordered desires can afflict the […]

View More...
Creation Education Faith Habits Music Theology

Faith-Learning Integration

by Steve Mittwede

Faith-learning integration is a stated goal of classical education that is also Christian (CCE). However, such an aspiration does not guarantee that faith-learning integration actually is or becomes a hallmark of CCE. In some CCE settings, faith-learning integration is impeded because of undue emphasis on the humanities, whereas in other CCE contexts it is waylaid […]

View More...
Classical Education Faith Science Subject Integration Teachers

Panel: Logical Categories and Rhetorical Topics of Invention: What is the Difference, and Why Does it Matter?

by Phil Donnelly

The logical “Categories of Being” and the rhetorical “Topics of Invention” bear a striking resemblance; nevertheless, they seem not to be reducible to one or the other. Why is that? What exactly is the relationship between them? Why is that relationship important for teachers to understand? with: Martin Cothran and James Selby

View More...
Discussion Rhetoric Teachers

Discussion of The Rhetoric Program at Regents School of Austin

by Peter Alvarez

Breakout Session: During the first part of this session, Alvarez discusses the conceptual frameworks used to help students research, write, and publicly defend meaningful senior thesis speeches. During the second part of the session, Alvarez and a panel of 12th-grade students answer questions about the goals, outcomes, and practices of vibrant thesis programs.

View More...
Rhetoric Students Thesis Upper School

Web Tools for Schools

by Mark Palmer

Learn how to increase back-office efficiency and reduce costs by using low-cost, cloud-based solutions. Gain practical ideas for saving staff time, eliminating process steps, and reducing the number of paper documents that you process and store. Topics covered include marketing, admissions, staffing, finance, electronic payments, academics and governance.

View More...
Academics Admissions Governance Marketing Technology

Purposing to Partner and Empower: Cultivating Relationships with School Parents

by Cyndi McCallister

How can our classrooms be the catalyst in redeeming the education of multiple generations, past and present and future? Each time we touch a child we are touching the Covenant. We are invited into this partnership by the parents of the children that grace our classrooms. How do we inspire and invite parents to join […]

View More...
Classical Education Parents Students

Building a Classically-Based Orchestra and Music Program

by B. Sterling Archer

This seminar will discuss ways to start and develop a successful ensemble (band or orchestra) in a private school setting as well as avoiding common pitfalls.

View More...
Arts Classical Education Music Orchestra

A Brief History of Moral and Political Thought

by Sean Riley

But have you ever struggled with how you will teach your science class when students have a range of ideas about creation? Have you wondered how you will teach science accurately while respecting each student’s family values and beliefs? Hear how one teacher encourages lively, respectful discussion and deals with difficult questions from logic-level students. […]

View More...
Creation Philosophy Science Teaching Worldview

Grammar: Paradoxes, Divisions, Methods

by Andrew Pudewa

A contemplation of the first of the Liberal Arts: Some oddities about teaching it and some thoughts about learning it

View More...
Grammar Learning Teaching

Latin Literary Analysis

by Karen Moore

Literature is the artful use of language to paint images and convey emotions through a variety of techniques based on vocabulary and syntax. What better way to study this art form than by reading the master works of such literary artists as Vergil and Cicero as composed in their own tongue? Author and teacher Karen […]

View More...
Language Latin Literature Teachers

Latin, Memory, and Oration

by Karen Moore

The ancients do us the great courtesy of providing many wonderful examples of orations with both invention and arrangement already selected and crafted. With these first two canons of rhetoric already in place, the use of such orations allows students to focus on the remaining canons of rhetoric: style, memory, and delivery. This presentation will […]

View More...
Latin Oration Rhetoric Students

The Sacramental Classroom: Creating Assignments that Invite The Holy Spirit

by Annie Bullock June 27, 2014

The integration of faith into the learning environment requires a delicate balance between guidance and permission to wrestle with core issues, including faith and doubt. Young people need leadership but they also need the freedom to be vulnerable and honest as they explore. This seminar will address practical ways to facilitate trust between teachers and […]

View More...
Classroom Faith Growth Students Teachers

Forum: The Teacher as Cultivator of Music

by Ken Myers June 26, 2014

Cultivating music is not just the responsibility of music teachers. This panel, led by Ken Meyers, considers the role of music in the mission of classical schoo

View More...
Mission Music

Becoming More Fully Human: Art Education as Stewarding the Physical

by Jim Watkins

As art educators we are teaching students to love, understand and respect the physical world. This session aims to situate art education within the larger project of becoming more fully human. By bringing the doctrine of creation into conversation with art education, this seminar aims to explore three different ways that the arts can enrich […]

View More...
Art Theology

Greatest Challenges For School Heads – learning from one another?

by Peter Baur

This session provides a unique opportunity to bring up any subject of interest, issues you face, and or problems you need solved and benefit from the wisdom and experience of others. As subjects are raised, Peter will facilitate an efficient and effective dialogue among those gathered providing wisdom and input from others. At the least, […]

View More...
Classical Education Discussion Learning

A System for Staff Development – Moving and Growing Together

by Kay Belknap

Utilizing the Administrative structure to develop leaders and to provide targeted training for faculty and staff.

View More...
Development Leadership Learning

Round Table Conversation: Arts Integration in Classical Education

by Round Table Conversation: Arts Integration in Classical Education

Designed to facilitate conversation among leading art/music ‘thinkers’ in the classical movement, this seminar will connect educators and administrators to share their best practices and pedagogy for integrating the arts into all subjects.

View More...
Arts Classical Education Educators Music Pedagogy

Establishing A Peace-Making Culture

by Eric Cook

How much time do you spend in conflict with others at school? Whether it is teachers and parents, students and students, administrators and teachers, board members and administrators, every type of relationship in your school community has or will experience pain, miscommunication, broken trust, and disappointment. What you do next speaks volumes about your school […]

View More...
Classroom Communication Environment Relationships

Building a Classical School: A Panel on Design and Construction

by Eric Cook

Are you about to start a building project? Are you completing a master plan? These can be very daunting and challenging projects. In this session, Eric Cook, David Goodwin, and Rod Gilbert will share their experience from constructing buildings that reflect the principles of classical, Christian education and serve the students well. Each panelist will […]

View More...
Building Construction

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 prescribed 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 […]

View More...
Educators Students Teachers Teaching

Story-telling in Daily Lessons

by Trish Detrick

This workshop will introduce techniques to enliven the content of all subject areas into vivid stories that will captivate your student and nourish their souls

View More...
Classroom Methods Teachers Teaching

Teaching with Excellence

by Trish Detrick

Explore ten skills that every teacher should master in order to achieve maximum effectiveness in the classroom.

View More...
Classroom Education Teachers Teaching

14 Essential Elements of Classical Christian Mathematics Instruction

by Andrew Elizalde

Contextualize through storytelling; love your subject out loud; color your classroom with traditionas and routines; engage all of the senses as often as possible; contemplate truth, goodness, and beauty; present archetypes worthy of imitation; teach Socratically through problem solving; move from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract; derive and demystify formulas; canonize arguments […]

View More...
Classroom Mathematics Teachers Teaching

Proof Writing Across the Curriculum

by Andrew Elizalde

The practice of proof writing is too often restricted to rigid two-column format and limited to the one-year experience know as upper school geometry. In this session I will make a case for teaching proof writing, the composing and presenting of convincing mathematical arguments, in a variety of formats across the mathematics curriculum. Then I […]

View More...
Mathematics Teaching Upper School

5 Mistakes School Boards Make and How to Avoid Them

by William D. McGee

Good boards can help good schools become great schools. Poor boards can also tear good schools down. The common mistakes that boards make are not usually the result of wrong intent—in fact, it’s normally quite the opposite. But good intent applied to misunderstood circumstances can have a detrimental effect.

View More...
Classical Education Educators

Bulding an Effective and Healthy Parent Organization

by Rod Gilbert

Since parents are the primary educators of their children, then your school must connect with them. I guess that every school at this conference started because a group of parents wanted more for their own children and their city. In your school’s beginning, parents painted walls, mopped floors, bought used furniture, led the board meetings, […]

View More...
Education Parents Teachers

History of Regents School of Austin: Lessons Learned

by Rod Gilbert

Hear the story of Regents School of Austin, one of the most prestigous and highly acclaimed classical schools in the U.S. From capital campaigns to building to staff development and board relations, Rod Gilbert will share the Regent’s story and take questions and answers so that the lessons he learned are shared and make a […]

View More...
Classical Education Learning

Understanding and Using the CTP-4 by ERB

by Doreen Howell

Many schools who use the Achievement Test CTP from ERB will look at the test results with a “smile” and then file them away, never to be seen again. By doing that schools are losing valuable information that can help them improve instruction for children, improve teaching by teachers, and improve an administrator’s standing before […]

View More...
Classical Education Learning Teachers

What Hath Biology To Do With Physics

by Ravi Jain

In contemporary schools we often imagine that all the natural sciences fit neatly together. Casual observers sometimes assume that the scientific approach offers a simple methodology which must only be applied in each subject. But woe to the headmaster who asks a young biology teacher to tackle a senior physics class or requests a physics […]

View More...
Aristotle Biology Physics Teachers

Developing a Growth Mindset

by Lori Jill Keeler

Help your students develop a different way of thinking! The way students think about learning has major implications on what and how they actually learn. We will discuss Carol Dweck’s research on growth mindsets versus fixed mindsets to help improve our ability to more positively impact student learning and help students (and ourselves) think differently […]

View More...
Growth Learning Students Teachers

Building a Culture of Learning

by Lori Jill Keeler

This seminar is for lead teachers, principals, and other instructional leaders who want to build a better learning culture with common language for best instructional practices, develop shared mission and vision, and create more opportunities for collegiality and fellowship on your teaching teams.

View More...
Leaders Learning School Culture Teachers

Teaching from A Place of Rest -Christ-Centered Teaching

by Andrew Kern

We are counseled to, “Be diligent to enter his rest,” but what does it mean to enter His rest and how can we do so in our schools and classrooms? The answers are surprisingly practical, and unsurprisingly important. Come and reflect on how diligence and rest belong together in Christ.

View More...
Classroom Faith Teachers Teaching

Assessment that blesses

by Andrew Kern

When we assess, we can guide or confuse our students, sustain or undercut their work, and bless or curse them. Come and explore how to bless, edify, and ennoble your students while removing and overcoming common obstacles to the blessing we seek.

View More...
Classroom Learning Teachers Teaching

Beauty and Truth in Science

by Christian Kopff

The scientific worldview is often seen as soulless materialism, but from Classical Antiquity to the Twentieth Century scientists have found in beauty a source of discovery, confirmation and understanding. We shall discuss the significance of the role of beauty in science.

View More...
Beauty Classical Education Science

Slaying the “Cram, Test, Forget” Dragon

by John Mays

There are significant benefits to building an upper school science sequence around an introductory physics course in 9th grade. On the other hand, there are serious weaknesses and missed opportunities associated with the common practice of placing all students in biology in 9th grade. In this seminar we will explore the physics-first sequence in detail […]

View More...