Cross Cultural Community and Human Formation

“Human Formation within an Intercultural Learning Community” will outline the value of taking classical education into cities, with their naturally cross-cultural settings. Christian formation happens most effectively within such contexts. Through real-world anecdotes from Logos Academy in York, PA and the application of ideas from James K.A. Smith, this seminar will share successful approaches for the development of learning communities that bridge significant ethnic and socioeconomic divides.

Jesse Hake

Raised in Taiwan by missionary parents, Jesse studied history at Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA) and the University of St Andrews (Scotland) before marrying Elizabeth and taking his rst teaching job in Washington DC. Jesse has been teaching college and high school students for over nine years, with six of them at Covenant Christian Academy, a classical Christian school in Harrisburg, PA. At Covenant, Jesse has taught literature, rhetoric, theology and history as well as facilitating faculty development and overseeing upper school culture and discipline.

Making the Most of Poetry Out Loud

Reap the many benefits of participation in the national Poetry Out Loud contest with events and practices at your school that not only prepare your students to compete effectively, but help your students to begin a lifetime of loving and understanding poetry. With real-life demonstration and anecdotes, our team of presenters will introduce you to our school’s best practices and most substantive experiences, including our school-wide Poetry Festival, smaller ‘poetry liturgies’ attached to specific classes and our lunch-time faculty coaching sessions.

Jesse Hake

Raised in Taiwan by missionary parents, Jesse studied history at Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA) and the University of St Andrews (Scotland) before marrying Elizabeth and taking his rst teaching job in Washington DC. Jesse has been teaching college and high school students for over nine years, with six of them at Covenant Christian Academy, a classical Christian school in Harrisburg, PA. At Covenant, Jesse has taught literature, rhetoric, theology and history as well as facilitating faculty development and overseeing upper school culture and discipline.

Poetic Liturgy

This is a practice that we have used in our schools which uses poetry to consider a subject or a moment in the church calendar. It is a meditative and contemplative event where students prepare to read the poems (chosen according to their relevance and exploration of a subject or liturgical event) and meditations on the poems. They are often accompanied by musical interludes or paintings. We have discovered that employing literature in a manner that addresses its academic elements but leads us into worship is a type of embodied learning discussed in James Smith’s book “Desiring the Kingdom.” This is appropriate for all members of the school community: parents, board members, teachers, administrators. We encourage you to come and experience this liturgy with us and transplant it to your own school this year.

Christine Perrin

Christine Perrin has taught literature and creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, Messiah College, Gordon College’s Orvieto Program, through the Pennsylvania Arts Council to students of all ages, and at the local classical school where her husband was headmaster for a decade and where her children a ended K-12. She consults with classical schools in curriculum development and faculty development in poetry. She is a two time recipient of the PA Arts Council Artists Fellowship and a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference Fellowship. Her own work appears in various journals including The New England Review, Image, TriQuarterly, Blackbird, and Christianity and Literature, The Cresset. “The Art of Poetry” a text book for middle to high school students was published in 2009 by Classical Academic Press. She attended Johns Hopkins as an undergraduate and the University of Maryland for graduate school. She keeps a blog at: h p://blog.classicalacademicpress.com/poetry

Jesse Hake

Raised in Taiwan by missionary parents, Jesse studied history at Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA) and the University of St Andrews (Scotland) before marrying Elizabeth and taking his rst teaching job in Washington DC. Jesse has been teaching college and high school students for over nine years, with six of them at Covenant Christian Academy, a classical Christian school in Harrisburg, PA. At Covenant, Jesse has taught literature, rhetoric, theology and history as well as facilitating faculty development and overseeing upper school culture and discipline.

Embodied Imitation: Experiencing Nobility through History and Rhetoric

As schools seek to put flesh and bones on the liberal arts, expressing and experiencing rhetoric within their academic spaces and scholastic calendar, one powerful means is imitation and reenactment. History as a modern discipline tends to take an exclusively analytical view, where the student is investigating the past. While remaining critically aware, our students need to collectively conjure the past, enter its greatest moments and imitate its courageous actors. Rhetoric students in classical and medieval times spent much energy reliving pivotal moments. Some of their exercise required that they imagine alternative scenarios or new motives as they rewrote or recreated the moments n various forms. Our students need to apply their rhetorical theory while engaged in similarly challenging and inspiring historical scenarios. This seminar will consider how to design such school-wide events by providing two examples: a ninth grade reenactment of the Nicene Council and a set of eighth grade speeches imitating historic speeches while debating the merits of Greece and Rome (called the Forum et Agora). These events present students with genuine rhetorical, emotional and theological challenges as they tackle the complexities of the entire scenario and engage their whole persons for the benefit of their school community.

Christopher Perrin

Christopher Perrin is the publisher of Classical Academic Press, a consultant to classical, Christian schools and the Director of School Development with the Classical School Foundation. Chris has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary and Served as headmaster of Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, PA from its founding in 1997 until 2007. He received his BA in history from the University of South Carolina, his M.Div. and PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary. Chris and his wife Christine live in Camp Hill, PA with their three children Zoe, Noelle and Noah.

Jesse Hake

Jesse Hake spent his childhood in Kaohsiung, Taiwan with missionary parents. The oldest of nine siblings, Jesse's education included a missionary school (students from 18 counties), a Connecticut public school, and home school (junior high and high school). Jesse has a B.A. in history (with a philosophy minor) from Geneva College and a masters in Reformation history from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Teaching for the first time at the Chelsea School in Silver Spring, MD (serving mostly students from inner city DC with language-based leaning disabilities), Jesse grew to love the vocation and was offered the position of middle school principle. Jesse has also taught college courses in history, world religions and philosophy. He came to know and respect classical education while working at CCA for the past five years where he has taught primarily history, rhetoric, theology and literature. This past year, he took a position in the administration at CCA as Dean of Community Life. Jesse and his wife Elizabeth have a young daughter and son with whom they enjoy taking walks, reading aloud, and caring for small pets.