Faculty Culture: the Key to Student Culture

by Leslie Moeller February 2017

We will detail why your student culture and satisfaction starts with a healthy faculty culture. We will also explore the key elements of healthy and unhealthy faculty cultures and the steps that you, as Head, must take to ensure that your school has one.

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Conflict of Interest: Developing a Culture of Peace at Your School

by Eric Cook February 2017

If there is one constant at our schools, it is conflict. Mix money, children, faith and sin and you have the recipe for problems. At its worst, conflict can dismantle a Christian community. At its best, conflict can be a means of growth, sanctification, reconciliation and extraordinary Christian witness. In this session, we will discuss […]

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The Teacher as Curriculum Part 2

by Andrew Smith February 2017

One of the pitfalls of modern education has been the centrality of methodology and the corresponding technical specializations of the educator. Instead of being encouraged to learn how to learn or to love a particular discipline, professionalized teachers have been trained to manage people and schedules and to disseminate information according to standardized system. In […]

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The Teacher as Curriculum Part 1

by Andrew Smith February 2017

One of the pitfalls of modern education has been the centrality of methodology and the corresponding technical specializations of the educator. Instead of being encouraged to learn how to learn or to love a particular discipline, professionalized teachers have been trained to manage people and schedules and to disseminate information according to standardized system. In […]

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The Common Topics as Threads that Hold the Verbal Arts Together

by Andrew Smith February 2017

As a practical outworking of his plenary talk on the liberal arts, in this session, Andrew Smith will talk about how the verbal arts related to one another, particularly through the means by which we teach them. Since the verbal arts are skills, not terminating subjects, they are taught throughout the curriculum. But as we […]

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The Liberal Arts as a Model, not a Modification

by Andrew Smith February 2017

The Christian, classical school renewal movement does not consist of one-size-fits-all method and curriculum. Rather, it is filled with excellent, timeless, and effective practices and purposes for engaging in education. While these practices and purposes manifest themselves in varying and nuanced ways from school to school, they share two things in common: 1) they are […]

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Best Practices in Reading

by Lori Jill Keeler February 2017

Best Practices in Reading will help classroom teachers better equip their students to be good readers. We know how important it is for students to develop good reading skills, so providing the best foundation possible should be one of or primary goals as classical grammar school teachers. This seminar will provide you with teaching strategies […]

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Shepherding a Child’s Heart in the Grammar School Classroom

by Lori Jill Keeler February 2017

One of our primary responsibilities as Christian teachers is to point our students to their need for Christ. Shepherding a Child’s Heart in the Grammar School Classroom will help teachers develop a grace-saturated, and gospel-centered culture in their classrooms. We will discuss how to handle specific discipline scenarios including conflicts between students, cheating, lying, and […]

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Teaching with Excellence

by Lori Jill Keeler February 2017

Teaching with Excellence is a seminar for you if you want to be more confident in your role as a classroom teacher. You will be equipped with practical techniques and teaching frameworks that you can implement in your classroom on Monday.

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Slaying Mathematical Dragons – Teaching Socratically Through Problem Solving

by Andrew Elizalde February 2017

In this session we will look at the benefits (and challenges) of introducing new mathematical concepts through a Socratic problem solving experience, wherein students labor together to solve (slay) challenging and complex problems (mathematical dragons) barely within their reach. In this way lessons may more often feel more like stories, even heroic epics, to participate […]

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Teaching Arithmetic Classically

by Andrew Elizalde February 2017

In this session we will challenge popularized notions of the “grammar of mathematics” as well as critique the prominence of “rote memorization’ in our grammar school instruction. Then we will explore an alternative approach to teaching arithmetic, moving from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract in a way that honors the structure of […]

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Reviving the Pedagogy of our Tradition

by Andrew Elizalde February 2017

Much work has already been done to understand and clearly articulate a distinctly classical and Christian curriculum. Meanwhile many teachers are still left wondering what instructional methods and modes of learning actually ought to look like within the daily grind of their classrooms. In this session we will address nine essential elements of distinctly classical […]

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Teachers as Intellectuals, Not Technicians

by David Diener February 2017

Many 21st-century teachers view themselves primarily as technicians: they are professional educators who have been trained with a set of skills that, when correctly employed, will produce the desired outcomes. In this seminar, however, I argue that teachers should view themselves primarily as intellectuals, not as technicians. Teachers are master learners whose primary job is […]

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The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 4

by David Diener February 2017

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

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The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 3

by David Diener February 2017

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

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