The Teacher’s Seminar: A School within the School

Peter Vande Brake June 5, 2011

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2011


In Norms and Nobility, David Hicks suggests that a classical school must have a teacher's seminar to drive faculty improvement and to insure proper classical pedagogy. This seminar is a scheduled weekly gathering of faculty to discuss readings, questions, tests, topics for debate, teaching methods, and more. It also serves as an excellent mentoring program, an effective platform for teacher evaluation, and a continual source of faculty development. This seminar will look at the abundant benefits of the teacher's seminar for a classical school and how it could be implemented.


Classical Education Pedagogy Strategies Teachers


Peter Vande Brake
Peter Vande Brake attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where he was a 4-time All-American decathlete. He went to seminary at Union Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and then did his doctoral work at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids obtaining a Ph.D. in systematic theology in 2000. He was ordained in the PCUSA in 2001. He taught, coached, and was Headmaster at North Hills Classical Academy from 1996-2010. He is a leadership consultant for the CiRCE Institute and a teacher and administrator at The Potter’s House School in Grand Rapids, MI. H He is married and has two daughters.

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