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

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 […]

The Essential Head of School Toolbox

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.

Increasing the Effectiveness of Your School’s Small Development Shop

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Who’s Missing From Your School

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 […]

Fundamental Framework of Fundraising

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.

Considering a Capital Campaign?

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.

Upper School Electives: Navigating between Scylla and Charybdis

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 […]

Developing a Dynamic Leadership Team

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 […]