How Do We Become Better People?

Friday, April 15, 2022
1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT

How Do We Become Better People?: Battling Screens for Our Imaginations

How do we become better people? How do we, as educators, raise up a generation that deeply loves what God loves – creating a faith so dynamic that it tangibly governs our lives and the choices we make?

Reading great literature isn’t just for mental push-ups, it is to engage living stories with powerful, influential narratives that shape how we see ourselves and the world around us. If we are ever going to compete with the world of screens, it is through great literature. And it is ultimately through the renewal of our stories and our imaginations that we gain the perspective and encouragement we need to be more like Christ.

Join us for an engaging conversation with Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson as she shares from her new book: The Scandal of Holiness-Renewing your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints along with a book out in May: Learning the Good Life: Wisdom from the Great Hearts & Minds That Came Before.

Whether a school leader or a classroom teacher, join us to reignite your faith and catch a glimpse of what Jessica will offer at this summer’s conference.

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About our Speaker

Jessica Hooten Wilson, Scholar in Residence at the University of Dallas
Jessica Hooten Wilson is currently serving as the Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Dallas. She has been a teacher for almost two decades, starting at Covenant Classical School, and teaching in the Baylor Great Texts program. Along with a group of friends in Siloam Springs Arkansas, she founded a K-12 classical school. She is the author and editor of six books, including the award-winning Giving the Devil his Due: Flannery O’Connor and The Brothers Karamazov, and most recently The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints.


Attention Deficit Crisis Disorder

Tuesday, April 5, 2022
1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT

Coaching Call Info

The pain is real. ADCD is a plague to school leadership. One crisis gets resolved and then another pops up, so our plan for the day gets wrecked and we end up playing “Whack-a-Mole” trying to stay slightly ahead of the game.

But that’s no way to lead educators!

Our influence is too important to allow ourselves to burnout on a constant barrage of “emergencies.” In this coaching call, we will share some techniques to consider for overcoming ADCD and staying focused on what matters most.

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About our Speaker

Scott Barron, CRO of School Growth LLC
Scott Barron is an educator, entrepreneur, and author recognized as a leading voice advocating for and encouraging educators in their calling and influence. He serves as the Chief Reinvention Officer of School Growth LLC and the Executive Director of Educators Fellowship. Scott earned his M.Ed from Johns Hopkins University, along with a B.A. in Religion and a B.S. in Computer Science from Mars Hill University. His combination of experience as a school head, business leader, EdTech advisor, college instructor, author, and executive coach gives him a unique perspective to encourage and elevate those who educate.


Shepherding a Successful Leadership Transition


Coaching Call Info

All school leaders, every one of them, will serve in their roles for a finite period of time. Is your school prepared for this reality? Do you have a plan in place that ensures a successful transition of your Head of School? Division Heads? McKinsey consultant Scott Keller reports that “studies show that two years after executive transitions, anywhere between 27 and 46 percent of them are regarded as failures or disappointments.” However, when transitions are well planned, not only can it go well, but there can be an increase in morale, execution, and even employee retention. Every school can take some simple and practical steps to prepare for the inevitable reality of leadership transitions and do so with wisdom. This coaching call explored these topics and addressed attendees’ questions about leadership transition.  

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About our Speaker

Eric Cook, President of SCL
Eric previous served as the Executive Director and Board Chair, Eric has been formally associated with SCL for over a decade, and he will soon transition full-time in his role as SCL President. Eric has served for 12 years as the Head of School at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, TX. Prior to Covenant, Eric served as the Head of Upper School at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, VA.

A Lexington, KY native, Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Transylvania University and a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University. Eric worked in schools in Ohio and Virginia before joining Covenant in 2009. He has taught history, political science, psychology, and philosophy in public schools, and served as an assistant principal for several years.

In 2006, Eric felt called to join the classical Christian school movement and became the Middle and Upper School Head at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to his leadership roles, Eric has taught apologetics, theology, philosophy of religion, and served as a thesis director. Eric and his wife, Liz, have six children. Eric enjoys reading a good book and playing a round of golf in his free time.


Ancient Hinges: How the Classical Virtues Inform Transformational Leadership

The cardinal virtues of temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice were espoused by Plato, Cicero and Marcus Aurelius long before Christianity formally adopted them. Through the classical influence on the scholastics, Christian scholars like Thomas Aquinas and poets like Dante Alighieri came to understand the immense value of these virtues. If 2,000 years of scholarship has defended these virtues, we would be wise to take note. Drawing from his own research, D. Michael Lindsay argues for a renewed understanding of everything the cardinal virtues have to offer us in fulfilling our own callings and in shaping the lives of the next generation of leaders.

D. Michael LIndsay

Award-winning sociologist and educator D. Michael Lindsay is the eighth president of Gordon College, and an expert on religion, culture and leadership. In his book, View from the Top, Dr. Lindsay reports the findings of his 10-year Platinum Study, the largest-ever, interview-based study of organizational leaders – including former presidents and CEOs. Since his appointment to President of Gordon College in 2011, the school has experienced banner years in terms of enrollment, fundraising, financial strength, campus diversity, sponsored research, athletic success and faith expression. He regards these gains as evidence of a winning team. He also serves on the boards of Christianity Today and the Veritas Forum.

Leading the Team

How can you help raise teacher and student engagement? How must your approach differ between creative types and educators? Come explore the challenges many schools face and nd some answers. We’ll discuss how to harness the creative spirit in your school and examine strategies for follow-through.

Andrew Smalley

Andrew Smalley is the Director of Fine Arts at the Regents School of Austin in Texas. He came to the United States from England, his native country. Andrew has served in a number of administrative capacities in schools and takes leadership development very seriously.

Generative Governance and Effective School Leadership

Most schools have made the transition to governance in providing leadership and direction. Yet, even in schools that have made this transition, many continue to struggle to become strategically oriented and almost none advance to the level of vision-casting and mission-driven decision-making that Chait, Thomas and Taylor call “generative governance”. The purpose of this presentation is to share how Providence Christian School in Dothan, Alabama, has begun to utilize a tri-modal model for fiduciary oversight, strategic planning and generative governance that makes it possible to connect the school’s vision with its decisions and make it more effective and dynamic.

Emory Latta

Emory Latta is married to Debbie, and they are the parents of six grown children and the grandparents of eight beautiful grandchildren.

Calling Our Students to Lead: A Leadership Class for High School Students

Classical schools beautifully prepare students for a lifetime of learning. Classical Christian schools interweave that scholarship with discipleship. Such graduates are well-prepared to continue their studies at the university level and to flourish as lifelong learners, employees, parishioners, artisans and more. But are we doing enough to explicitly call and equip our students to lead? This workshop will explore the goals and design of a leadership course for students that aligns with the ethos of classical Christian education, equips students to be active and thoughtful members of their local communities and offers a model for schools to consider as they develop their own programs.

Sara Kennedy

Sara Kennedy is a graduate of Mary Washington College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She has served as a scheduler, special assistant and writer for numerous campaigns and elected officials. From 2006 to 2009, she served as the Marketing Director for the Tianjin International School in China. Upon her family’s return to the United States, Sara worked for the Attorney General of Virginia prior to beginning her role as the Director of Communications at Veritas School in 2012. For several years, Sara also served on the board of the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute, which inspired her work to develop a high school Christian leadership program.

Between the Head and the Teachers

Teachers are the hands of the school. Between them and the Head of School, division heads must animate and extend the Head’s vision and leadership to support teachers executing on that vision—and give the Head of School the information and understanding he or she needs to continue to lead the school in fulfilling its mission. Craig will draw on a decade as division head at Regents School of Austin, sharing lessons, insights and stumbles, and discuss ways division heads can expand their capacity to ful ll their school’s mission.

Craig Doerksen

Craig Doerksen has been the Upper School Head at Regents School of Austin for 10 years. Prior to that, he worked with bluetower arts, a foundation that supports Christians in the arts in the Paci c Northwest. He has also taught and led at Trinity Academy of Raleigh. He has many years of experience in Young Life as well. He has a bachelor’s in English from The University of Oregon, and a Masters of English from the University of Ireland in the Maynooth.

The Capital Campaign A-Z: An Introduction to the Critical Steps

For most schools, the launching of a capital campaign is a huge undertaking that often produces fear and anxiety. “How will we ever be able to raise that much money?” This fear can lead a Board and its Headmaster to automatically assume that they must hire a consultant. This workshop will help you not only understand each of the critical aspects of a capital campaign, but will also help you properly evaluate whether or not your school has the necessary resources to succeed without outside consultants.

Tony Jeffrey

Dr. Tony Jeffrey has a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from American Christian College, a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas. This is Dr. Jeffrey’s 34th year in Christian school administration. He is in his twelvth year as Headmaster of Providence Christian School of Texas and previously served at Trinity Christian Academy for 23 years in a variety of roles. Dr. Jeffrey is married to Kathy and has three children: Cole-29; Clark-28; and Cate-21. Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey have homeschooled all of their children. Dr. Jeffrey recently served as Chairman of the Board of Summit Ministries.

Seven Secrets of Managing People

This workshop is based on The Way of the Shepherd: Seven Secrets to Managing Productive People by Dr. Kevin Leman and Bill Pentak. The authors state that “The Way of the Shepherd will teach you how to lead the people around you so they will view their work as a calling rather than merely a job. A place to belong rather than a place to work. It shows you how to infuse work with meaning and how to engage and energize your workforce”; the principles are “timeless, challenging and uncommon, so uncommon that it will inevitably set you apart as a rare, highly effective leader if you learn and follow its precepts…it will show you how to call forth greatness from your employees by cultivating it in yourself.”

Tony Jeffrey

Dr. Tony Jeffrey has a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from American Christian College, a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas. This is Dr. Jeffrey’s 34th year in Christian school administration. He is in his twel h year as Headmaster of Providence Christian School of Texas and previously served at Trinity Christian Academy for 23 years in a variety of roles. Dr. Jeffrey is married to Kathy and has three children: Cole-29; Clark-28; and Cate-21. Dr. and Mrs. Je rey have homeschooled all of their children. Dr. Jeffrey recently served as Chairman of the Board of Summit Ministries.