Helping Students with Disabilities Thrive in Classical Christian Schools, Part II

How disability benefits the classical Christian school. Distinguishing between stumbling blocks and caving to culture. Myths and mysteries of student support. Staying in charge of your program. Understanding Language Development—With a Speech Therapist if possible. Understanding Physical Development– With a PT or OT if possible. Understanding Dyslexia intervention – With A Reading Specialist if possible. Improving Reading Instruction for Everyone. Nurturing Emotional Development. Observations on How Adoption Impacts Learning

Leslie Collins

Leslie and her husband, Dave have been working in classical and Christian education since 1995. Leslie was the founding headmistress of Rockbridge Academy in Millersville, Maryland and was privileged to briefly serve in Kailua, Hawaii as Trinity Christian School transitioned to a classical model. She is currently the Head of School at Covenant Academy in northwest Houston. Leslie and Dave have four children and one adorable granddaughter. Leslie holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the University of Maryland.

Helping Students with Disabilities Thrive in Classical Christian Schools, Part I

How disability benefits the classical Christian school. Distinguishing between stumbling blocks and caving to culture. Myths and mysteries of student support. Staying in charge of your program. Understanding Language Development—With a Speech Therapist if possible. Understanding Physical Development– With a PT or OT if possible. Understanding Dyslexia intervention – With A Reading Specialist if possible. Improving Reading Instruction for Everyone. Nurturing Emotional Development. Observations on How Adoption Impacts Learning

Leslie Collins

Leslie and her husband, Dave have been working in classical and Christian education since 1995. Leslie was the founding headmistress of Rockbridge Academy in Millersville, Maryland and was privileged to briefly serve in Kailua, Hawaii as Trinity Christian School transitioned to a classical model. She is currently the Head of School at Covenant Academy in northwest Houston. Leslie and Dave have four children and one adorable granddaughter. Leslie holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the University of Maryland.

Cultivating a Thriving Use of Memory in the Grammar Stage

This workshop will present practical ideas for implementing grammar methodology in the classroom. Attendees will leave with tools for helping students memorize information effortlessly as they are filled with excitement, joy, and wonder. Whether this is your first year or your twenty-first, this conference will give you tips and tools for the journey.

Leslie Collins

Leslie and her husband, Dave have been working in classical and Christian education since 1995. Leslie was the founding headmistress of Rockbridge Academy in Millersville, Maryland and was privileged to briefly serve in Kailua, Hawaii as Trinity Christian School transitioned to a classical model. She is currently the Head of School at Covenant Academy in northwest Houston. Leslie and Dave have four children and one adorable granddaughter. Leslie holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the University of Maryland.

How To Support Students with Learning Differences So That Everyone Benefits

This session will present practical ways that schools can and should support students with learning differences. Principles for considering what, how, when and why to intervene and support students will be shared as we present problems and find solutions together.

Leslie Collins

Leslie has been working in classical Christian education since 1995. She was the founding Headmistress of Rockbridge Academy in Maryland, and was privileged to brie y serve in Hawaii as Trinity Christian School transitioned to a classical model. She is now the Head of School at Covenant Academy in Cypress, Texas. Leslie and her husband, Dave, have four children, the youngest of whom is entering his senior year. Leslie is passionate about the people of God’s Kingdom welcoming others from di erent abilities and backgrounds.

Inclusion of Students With Disabilities in the Classical and Christian Classroom

Classical Christian education is the best possible way to nurture the soul. It involves the best methods, materials and message to build the kingdom of God that is intended for the “least of these.” What are we doing to make this blessing available for students with disabilities? Schools are often unsure of how to make it work and are frequently unskilled in how to proceed. This workshop will present a philosophy of inclusion and practical principles for providing student support. Come see how your school can be blessed.

Leslie Collins

Leslie has been working in classical and Christian education since 1995, and has been working with students with disabilities for 30 years. She is passionate about the people of God’s kingdom welcoming others from different abilities and backgrounds. She is currently the Head of School at Covenant Academy in Cypress, Texas, a diverse and welcoming community. Covenant’s vision is for each child to be equipped to achieve his or her fullest potential as he or she embarks on the journey of the liberal arts tradition.

Tuning Hearts to Learn

Instead of merely controlling students, can we empower and equip them to take more ownership of their learning process? How do we cultivate joyful, curious learners as we strengthen their abilities to develop self-control? How do we cultivate habits that will lead to a love for learning? In short, how do we tune their hearts to learn, not for a class period, but for life? This workshop will share strategies that have been successful and offer an opportunity for attendees to share ideas as well.

Leslie Collins

Leslie has been involved in classical education for 20 years. When Rockbridge Academy started in 1995, she served as the Headmistress and continued to serve in many roles as her family grew. She also worked for Trinity Christian School in Hawai‘i as they made the transition to a classical curriculum. She is currently the Head of School at Covenant Academy in Cypress, TX. Leslie’s passion lies in researching how Biblical truth has been passed down through the ages to children and how children can apply this to their own lives today. Leslie holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s University.