What in the World Is Classical Christian Education?

“Classical Christian Education” is one of the most difficult products to market. A simple and memorable definition eludes most people. We give an elaborate answer that includes Latin, uniforms, old books and the Trivium. The response back is often a look of curiosity… like being told that the best form of transportation is a covered wagon. Knowing who is asking the questions – parents, teachers, students, donors or college advisors – and how to tailor your response makes a difference, too. In this session, we will examine various definitions and how to explain it clearly, winsomely and accurately in the areas of marketing, parent education and retention.

W. Davies Owens

W. Davies Owens is the Head of Vision and Advancement at the Ambrose School in Boise, Idaho, where he also served as the Dean of the Upper School. Prior to moving west ve years ago, he served for 10 years as a board member, and later, as Head of School at Heritage Preparatory School, an ACCS member school in Atlanta, Georgia. Five years prior, he was the Executive Director of BlueSky Ministries, an innovation lab and consulting organization launched after his work for Christianity.com during the dot-com days of Silicon Valley. He is also an ordained Presbyterian minister who served as a local church pastor for 12 years in both suburban and urban congregations. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Furman University, a master’s degree in divinity from Duke Divinity School and a doctorate from Gordon Conwell Seminary in Boston. He has studied on a number of occasions at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and England. He has a heart for international missions and has been leading teams from Ambrose to work with schools in Rwanda for the past four years. He is the host of the BaseCamp Live podcast, which is dedicated to helping promote classical Christian education nationally and equip parents and leaders involved in raising up the next generation. He and his wife, Holly, see the consistent fruit of classical Christian education in the lives of their three children, Hannah, 19, Liam, 16, and Bennett, 14.

The Christian Liberal Arts: An Education for True Freedom

George Sanker

George Sanker has served as Headmaster of The Covenant School since 2011. Working in education since 1996, George has served as principal of two charter schools in Washington, DC and Longmont, CO. George graduated from Colgate University with a BA in Political Science. He also received an M.A. in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary. George and his wife, Jeannette, have seven children.

A New Apology for Classical Christian Education

In this seminar I present a defense of Classical Christian Education that features seven reasons why it the best educational approach for our sons and daughters: 1) It provides a coherent means of understanding God, the world and ourselves 2) It cultivates the human 3) It develops and imparts powers (arts) to students 4) It cultivates a love of beauty 5) It develops character 6) It trains leaders 7) It cultivates community. I will also refute several familiar objections to CCE such as 1) CCE is elitist 2) CCE is old-fashioned and out of touch 3) CCE was discredited by the educational establishment 100 years ago 4) Studying classical subjects like Latin are a waste of time in this cultural moment. The goal of this seminar is to give participants a clear, concise and cogent defense of CCE that presents is superior qualities and refutes common objections.

Chris Perrin

Christopher Perrin is the publisher with Classical Academic Press, and an author and speaker for the renewal of classical education. He serves as a consultant to classical schools, schools converting to the classical model, and classical homeschool co-ops. He is the director of the Alcuin Fellowship and former the vice-chair of the Society for Classical Learning. Christopher received his BA in History from the University of South Carolina and his MDiv and PhD in Apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was also a special student in literature at St. John’s College in Annapolis. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as the founding headmaster of a classical school in Harrisburg, PA, for 10 years. He is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, Greek for Children, and co-author of the Latin for Children series published by Classical Academic Press.

Help, My Students are Too Overcommitted – Organization and Time Management Tips for Middle and High School

Organization and time management can be learned. In fact, at some point for most students they MUST be formally taught these skills. This seminar will give practical, easy-to-use ideas on how to teach students to be more organized and to work “smarter” not “harder”.

Rhonda Peyton

Mrs. Peyton holds a B.S in Social Studies and Language Arts Education from Radford University. She has served at Caldwell as a classroom teacher prior to her current administrative roles.

Teaching the Non-Traditional Older Student

Non-traditional older students need tools and strategies to help make them successful. In fact, all students can use these skills to become independent, life-long learners in any academic arena. This seminar will give practical ideas and strategies for all types of learners.

Rhonda Peyton

Mrs. Peyton holds a B.S in Social Studies and Language Arts Education from Radford University. She has served at Caldwell as a classroom teacher prior to her current administrative roles.

Latin: The Dead Language Lives

This seminar will argue that Latin is perhaps the most important subject a student should study. Why? Because as a student studies Latin he is doing advanced study in a dozen different subjects. How can this be the case? Come and see. This seminar will also trace the history of Latin and note the ways it is reviving in education.

Chris Perrin

Christopher Perrin is the publisher with Classical Academic Press, and an author and speaker for the renewal of classical education. He serves as a consultant to classical schools, schools converting to the classical model, and classical homeschool co-ops. He is the director of the Alcuin Fellowship and former the vice-chair of the Society for Classical Learning. Christopher received his BA in History from the University of South Carolina and his MDiv and PhD in Apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was also a special student in literature at St. John’s College in Annapolis. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as the founding headmaster of a classical school in Harrisburg, PA, for 10 years. He is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, Greek for Children, and co-author of the Latin for Children series published by Classical Academic Press.