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

by Peter Vande Brake November 9, 2018

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

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Taking Classical Mainstream

by Jeremy Tate November 9, 2018

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

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Leading the Team

by Andrew Smalley November 9, 2018

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

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Fostering Cultural Harmony Among the Student Body

by Brandon Shuman November 9, 2018

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

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Recruiting and Retaining Talented Teachers (w/Bob Ingram)

by Jim Reynolds November 9, 2018

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

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Churches: For or Against Us?

by Davies Owens November 9, 2018

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

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The Seven Secrets of Successful Capital Campaigns

by Brad Layland November 9, 2018

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

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Generative Governance and Effective School Leadership

by Emory Latta November 9, 2018

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

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

by Dusty Kinslow November 9, 2018

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

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

by Sara Kennedy November 9, 2018

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

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Instructional Support Program

by Lori Jill Keeler November 9, 2018

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

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

by John Heaton November 9, 2018

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

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

by John Heaton November 9, 2018

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

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From Empty Seats to Wait Pools

by Gretchen Gregory November 9, 2018

As the first touchpoint to your school, the Admissions Department has a tremendous opportunity to share your school’s mission and vision with hundreds of families each year. How does the admissions process and office need to evolve over time to accommodate increased interest and applications? We will walk through the steps from initial inquiry to […]

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