Harpooner’s Calm

by Robert Ingram June 16, 2016

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

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Administration Leadership Melville

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

by Sean Riley June 28, 2015

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

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Administration Classical Education Curriculum Pedagogy Strategies Worldview

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

by Christopher Perrin June 28, 2015

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

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Administration Leadership Liturgy Mission Pedagogy Policy Strategies Vision Worldview

The Essential Head of School Toolbox

by Keith Nix June 28, 2015

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

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Increasing the Effectiveness of Your School’s Small Development Shop

by Jason Lewis June 28, 2015

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

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

by Jean Kim June 28, 2015

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

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

by Ravi Jain June 28, 2015

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

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Administration Curriculum Lewis Pedagogy Reductionism Science Subject Integration Worldview

Who’s Missing From Your School

by Russ Gregg June 28, 2015

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

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Administration Business Classical Education Community Equality Growth Leadership Marketing

Fundamental Framework of Fundraising

by Steve Godfrey June 28, 2015

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.

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Considering a Capital Campaign?

by Steve Godfrey June 28, 2015

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.

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Upper School Electives: Navigating between Scylla and Charybdis

by David Diener June 28, 2015

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 […]

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Administration Electives Pedagogy Strategies Upper School

Developing a Dynamic Leadership Team

by Eric Cook June 28, 2015

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 […]

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Cultivating Organizational Health Through Leadership

by Kevin Clark June 28, 2015

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 […]

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