Taking Classical Mainstream

by Jeremy Tate November 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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Essential Logic: What Every Teacher Should Know in Order to Effectively Utilize and Integrate Logic Into His or Her Subject Area

by Jeremy Sturdivant November 2018

As Classical Christian educators, we see logic as so essential to what and how we teach that we refer to the second stage of learning as dialectic and to the corresponding school as the school of logic. While many Upper School teachers would like to integrate logic into their classes, many have not received formal […]

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Voting for Nazis: Cultivating Empathy in the Secondary History Classroom

by Alana Speth November 2018

Teaching European history to 15- and 16-year-olds presents dual challenges. One must get students genuinely invested in events of the past before getting them to empathize with people and situations they perceive as different from themselves. There are two significant barriers that must be overcome: lack of humility and possession of too much information. Without […]

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Rhetoric at Your School: Centerpiece or Add-On?

by Andrew Smith November 2018

More than likely, your school views its Rhetoric program as a distinctive. It is an aspect of your school that sets it apart from other schools in your geographic community and it is something that allows your constituencies to rest assured that you really are offering a Classical curriculum. But can you say in all […]

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The Common Topics: Threads That Hold the Verbal Arts Together

by Andrew Smith November 2018

The verbal arts are 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 focus on teaching them singularly, how can we do so in a way that most naturally leads to teaching the […]

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Leading the Team

by Andrew Smalley November 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 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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Dorothy Sayers Was Wrong About the Art of Grammar

by Andrew Selby November 2018

Dorothy Sayers famously wrote that Grammar is the “poll parrot” stage in which younger students memorize many facts. In her influential and often valuable essay, The Lost Tools of Learning, she asserts that she is replicating the medieval understanding of the trivium. We’ll explore the perspective that Sayers’ definition of the art of grammar actually […]

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Using Primary Sources to Teach History at the Grammar Stage

by Barbara Seidle November 2018

Many teachers at the Grammar stage feel intimidated by teaching history and wonder if there is a way to make it more interesting. Introducing primary sources into your history curriculum will help your students understand and engage history in deep and meaningful ways. Participants will learn how to add flavor to their history curriculum using […]

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A Crash Course in Latin

by Paul Schaeffer November 2018

Latin is an intimidating subject to teach! Pronunciation, declensions, conjugations – it is enough to make your brain hurt. In this presentation, attendees will learn the basics of Latin so they can feel confident to teach their students introductory Latin in the upcoming year.

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Henri Nouwen: Spirituality for Teachers

by Charlie Ritch November 2018

Join this session to examine the intense spiritual nature of the job of teaching. We’ll also explore how the writings of Henri Nouwen might aid in cultivating a healthy inner life and create an atmosphere of spiritual growth in ourselves and our students.

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Recruiting and Retaining Talented Teachers (w/Bob Ingram)

by Jim Reynolds November 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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Cultivating a Culture of Affirmation in the Classical Classroom

by Martha Reed November 2018

Teachers often view their role in the classroom as one of instruction, correction and encouragement. But this perspective overlooks a key element of any successful classroom culture: affirmation. How can teachers correct and affirm students without buying into the worldly philosophy of promoting self-esteem? By promoting God-esteem. This workshop explores practical ways to promote God-esteem […]

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Guide and Warning From America’s Classical Education Past: The Yale Report of 1828

by Shea Ramquist November 2018

In the early 19th century, Yale College stood as the last, great bastion of Classical education in the United States. Buffeted by demands for “useful learning” and scathing critiques of “dead languages,” the Yale faculty produced an eloquent apology for Classical education, the famed Yale Report of 1828. This document provided an aegis for the […]

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Art Through the Humanities

by Cathye Price November 2018

In a strong Classical education, it can be difficult to find the time and place for a rigorous focus on the arts. Many classical schools seek to integrate their subjects, weaving content between the disciplines. Although we celebrate a rich history of integrating subjects in order to address and train the whole intellect, teaching the […]

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