Fall Retreat

Who is the Fall Regional Retreat for?

What is the goal?

For 25 years the SCL has hosted regional "Arete" and "Alcuin" retreats. The best parts of these gatherings are...
Fellowship - meet others in similar roles; connect for ongoing conversations
Inspiration - hear from thought leaders to gain new strategies
Encouragement - conversation, stimulating thinking, and practical equipping

Going The Distance

Over the last few months, there has been a renewed discussion about race in the United States. Many classical Christian educators are thinking through a range of issues related to this topic within their school communities. In an age of extremes where some schools around us are “going woke” and others simply ignore the discussions, school leaders are seeking to find support and resources to help them answer the questions in a wise, biblical, and mission-focused way. Anchoring and exploring the philosophical, historical, and cultural questions of race through a biblical perspective is essential for retaining the core of our Christian identity and purpose. Therefore, we will consider the black classical tradition from such critical viewpoints, including practical sessions for academic leadership.

Secondly, we will focus on the other dominating issue for our schools this year, COVID-19. Now that the 2020 school year is underway, what have we learned so far about managing and leading through COVID-19? What did we anticipate and what practical classroom management strategies have we learned? We will explore these issues on the live main stage and in engaging breakout sessions, workshops, and “patio discussions.”

Thirdly, learn insights from a range of additional speakers who will address pertinent topics for classical Christian leaders.

Retreat Schedule & Dashboard

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main Stage Morning Session:

9:00-10:15 am CDT

Keynote speakers

Trauma and resilience - Latest research on the Impact and Opportunities for Our schools

Brooke Hempell
Senior VP of Research at the Barna Group

Interview with Juan Sanchez

Juan Sanchez
Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church

Getting the Culture Right for Academic Achievement

George Sanker
Head of School, The Covenant School

Leading and Caring for Yourself and Your Team

Keith McCurdy
President and CEO, Total Life Counseling, Inc.

Breakout Session I:

10:30-11:15 am CDT

Breakout Session II:

11:30-12:15 pm CDT

Main Stage Afternoon Session:

1:00-2:00 pm CDT

Keynote Speakers

Fear, Faithfulness, and Fatigue with fundraising during covid-19

Brad Layland
CEO, The FOCUS Group

Telling the Stories: Classical Education and the Black Intellectual Tradition

Dr. Brian Williams
Dean, Templeton Honors College

Interview with Kristin Cole

Kristin Cole
President, A. Larry Ross Communications

Listening for Truth in a Chaotic World

Dr. Angel Adams Parham
Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University-New Orleans

Breakout Session III:

2:15-3:00 pm CDT

Regional Workgroups:

3:15-4:45 pm CDT

This breakout session is an opportunity for you to connect with others in your affinity group and to discuss the issues you are currently facing at your school.

How Will It Work?

Option 1: In Person

Ideally, gather face to face with a handful of colleagues (“two or more…”) in your region. We suggest the following schedule:

  • Thursday, October 22: Dinner together (optional)
  • Friday, October 23: Watch Livestream main stage sessions; gather face to face in workgroups and/ or participate in optional online breakout sessions.
      • Dinner together Friday Night (optional)

Groups Already Formed:

  • Veritas School – Richmond, VA
  • The Ambrose School – Meridian, ID
  • Covenant School – Huntington, WV
  • The Cambridge School – San Diego, CA
  • Live Oak Classical School – Waco, TX   ***FULL***
  • New Covenant Schools – Lynchburg, VA
  • Classical School of Wichita – Wichita, KS
  • Providence Classical Academy – Bossier City, LA

If you are interested in joining one of the above groups or if you desire to start a new local gathering (2 or more leaders gathered), please contact Marissa Yanaga for more information.

We will send a special host kit to help you coordinate.

Option 2: All Digital

  • Watch Livestream main stage sessions.
  • Gather in Online Workgroup Sessions.
  • Connect to others in your “affinity group” who are in your geographical area and serving in a similar area of the school; these take place during the 4th breakout session.

Register Now

You don’t want to miss this opportunity for your leadership and admin team to receive the content and training they need to navigate this ever-changing world. 

Full Price

Per Person
begins Friday, October 2nd
$ 99
  • All Access
  • Includes all 20+ Recorded Sessions
  • and 90 day access to all recordings

Team Discounts:

Small School – 7 to 11 leaders – 10% discount
Medium School – 12 to 19 leaders – 15% discount
Large School – 20+ leaders – 20% discount

Scholarships Available

Cancellations are subject to a $25 fee. No refunds will be given after Friday, October 16.

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