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Harpooner’s Calm

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. […]

Cultivating Well-Educated Resident Aliens

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 […]

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.

Rejecting the Magician’s Bargain: Lewis’ Charge to Science

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, […]

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 […]

Encouraging Unity in the Body of Christ: Framing Science Discussions While Seeing Through a Glass, Darkly

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 […]

Why Before How: Making A Math Transition (Chris Hall, Dr. Mo Gaffney)

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’ […]