Institutional Apprenticeship: Understanding Organizational Growth

Based on a multiple sample case study of six cce schools, this seminar offers a holistic framework for thinking about a school’s journey from apprentice to journeyman to master. Two schools were examined under each maturity level, and the conclusion of this case study is a clear improvement pathway focused on (1) diagnosing stage of maturity, (2) develop future targets with stage-based wisdom, and (3) discerning the best means to measure progress on those targets. The schools were studied by examining public records about the school as well as interviewing the leadership of the school.

The benefit of this study is that it helps smaller schools not try to be Geneva, Veritas or Ambrose but instead offers them a framework that can guide them to chart a faithful path for their schools’ future. Moreover, this leadership study for schools is explicitly guided and governed by both the philosophy and theology of the classical Christian movement rather than the philosophical pragmatism and materialistic empiricism of many leadership and management works.

David Seibel

As the Head of School, David Seibel aims to cultivate a generation of scholar-disciples who are passionate about learning. Husband to Brooke and father of one current and an additional three future Coram Deo students, David holds an MDiv from Southern Seminary, an MEd from Marian University, and BA in Economics and Spanish from Wabash College. He is also a doctoral candidate studying the classical Christian movement at Southern Seminary.

Cohort Value

SCL provides numerous opportunities to be involved in a cohort involving others in similar positions the opportunity to learn and grow together. Our Heads of School cohort is one of our most popular. Learn from Keith Nix, the HOS cohort leader and Jessica Gomber the Grammar School Head cohort leader and David Seibel the participant and hear just how valuable they can be for not only HOS’s but for others on your administrative team.

Keith Nix

Keith Nix has served as the Head of School at Veritas School in Richmond, Virginia since 2010. Mr. Nix is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) and President of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Classic Learning Test (CLT), and was the prior Chairman of the Society for Classical Learning (SCL). Keith and his wife Kim have two grown sons, and a daughter in college. Keith enjoys tennis, golf, travel, and reading.

Jessica Gombert

Jessica Gombert is the Grammar School Headmaster at The Geneva School of Boerne. She has been the Head of Grammar School for 16 years. She holds a master's degree in education and has been involved in many aspects of education for over 30 years. Her teaching experiences include special education, Kindergarten, alternative certification programs and student teacher supervision at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has a passion for encouraging students and teachers to become lifelong learners and for classical Christian education. She enjoys teaching reading and training teachers in Lusaka, Zambia, in the summers and is currently writing children's readers to supplement Geneva's phonics curriculum.

David Seibel

As the Head of School, David Seibel aims to cultivate a generation of scholar-disciples who are passionate about learning. Husband to Brooke and father of one current and an additional three future Coram Deo students, David holds an MDiv from Southern Seminary, an MEd from Marian University, and BA in Economics and Spanish from Wabash College. He is also a doctoral candidate studying the classical Christian movement at Southern Seminary.

What Has COVID Taught Us About Leading Well

This panel shared COVID plans at the SCL digital conference. They will reflect on what they have experienced since that time and what they have learned about leading in a crisis.

Travis Koch

Travis Koch earned his B.A. in History from Stanford University and his M.A. in History from Yale University. Mr. Koch has developed curriculum and taught history, literature, rhetoric, theology, and biology for over 12 years before coming to St. Stephen’s Academy as the Dean of Academics. He began serving as Headmaster in 2018.

David Nees

David Nees is husband to Kate and father of four. For the past 6 years, he has served as Head of School at Heritage Classical Academy in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Headshot: attached.

Katharine Savage

Katharine Savage is the founder and Head of Philadelphia Classical School and is grateful to have worked alongside colleagues in the classical Christian school movement for almost ten years. She leads the ACCS Northeast regional cohort of schools and has written for the Classical Difference magazine. Prior to founding PCS, she was the energetic "starter" - starting other community based endeavors, leading parenting seminars, writing church curriculum, and being a wife and mom to three children. She and her husband Brian have been serving in the city of Philadelphia, PA for twenty years. She loves rereading old books and watching ballet performances.

David Seibel

David Seibel is the father of five, the husband of Brooke and a rider of bikes. When he's not working on his doctorate from Southern on Organizational Leadership, he is playing baseball with his sons or chasing kids at recess. He is the Head of School at Coram Deo Academy in Carmel, IN. Carmel is one of the top places to raise a family in the country.