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Higher Education Roundtable Overview

“Wheaton College, the premier Christian liberal arts College in the US, will be hosting this regional SCL event. In addition to professional development and networking with colleagues, you’ll learn more about Wheaton’s commitment to liberal arts education, enjoy its beautiful campus 20-miles west of Chicago, and receive a special tour of the Wade Center, one of a kind archives and museum featuring documents and artifacts from seven members of the Inklings, including C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, and J.R.R. Tolkien.”

Guest Speakers


Jon Eckert

Professor, Educational Leadership
Baylor Univeristy

About Jon Eckert:
Dr. Jon Eckert serves as Professor and Copple Chair of Christian School Leadership at Baylor University.  Before entering the collegiate classroom, Jon spent twelve years teaching and coaching intermediate and middle school students outside of Chicago and Nashville. After completing his doctorate at Vanderbilt University, he was selected as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education where he worked in both the Bush and Obama administrations on teaching quality issues. His research interests include teaching effectiveness, evaluation, and strategic compensation to enhance that effectiveness, collective leadership of teachers, administrators, and policymakers in the service of student learning, teacher preparation, and science education.

About Dr. Eckert’s Sessions:
School leadership does not have to be lonely or exhausting. We can do the work of leadership better together. In fact, there has never been a better time to be in education – we know more about how people learn, we have more tools for instructional leadership, and more educational delivery models than ever. Classical schools provide unique and powerful opportunities for education. What we need are catalytic leaders. In science, catalysts accelerate reactions. They are not the focus of the reaction or used up in the process. In our time together, we will work on how to develop catalytic leadership that accelerates school improvement. You will leave with tools, strategies, and an expanded network of colleagues to help you develop the emerging leaders at your schools. The work will be grounded in Jon’s work with the Carnegie Foundation’s Networked Improvement Communities, the Center for Teaching Quality, collective leadership improvement communities of Christian schools across the U.S., and his most recent book, Leading Together.


Monday, March 23

8:30 – 9:00 AM | Welcome & Introductions
9:00 – 10:30 AM | Session I
10:45 – 12:15 PM | Session II
12:30 – 1:30 PM | Lunch
1:45 – 3:15 PM | Session III
3:30 – 5:00 PM | Session IV
6:00 – 7:00 PM | Reception

7:00 – 9:00 PM | Dinner


Higher Education Event: $50

*Event capacity is capped at 40 people*

Location & Lodging

Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL