A Old Solution to a Modern Problem

The loss of faith among young Christians in the Millennial Generation (est. 50-70%) is now well established and is based upon solid research in the last ten years. The solutions emerging all hone in on the role of the church, in general, and youth ministries in particular with an ancillary role for parents. Universally ignored has been the contribution of secondary school experience. A 2014 study of all alumni of Ad Fontes Academy, revealed the vital role classical Christian education can play in addressing this challenge and the principles and practices upon which any school can contribute to reversing the current trend among emerging Christian adults.

Ray Blunt

Ray Blunt graduated with a B.S. in engineering and political science from the U.S. Air Force Academy followed by Master’s degrees in Economics from Central Missouri University and in Theological Studies, with Honors, from Wesley Theological Seminary. A er a 35-year career in public service culminating as a Senior Executive, he has spent the last two decades helping to grow the next generation of servant leaders as a teacher, mentor, writer, speaker, and consultant. Ray is an avid kayaker, cyclist, and B.J.’s husband since 1964. They are members of Restoration Anglican Church where they mentor young couples and singles. They have two grown children, and are grandparents to two Ad Fontes graduates and three younger AFA and home schooled grandchildren. This is his h year teaching at Ad Fontes.

Beyond Academics: The Transforming Power of Seeing God’s Glory in Your Students

What does it mean to see our students as fellow image bearers… to see in them, and call out of them, God’s glory? As teachers we have a responsibility to teach, but we also have an incredible privilege to speak into the hearts, minds and souls of each student the distinct, God given qualities that make him or her unique image bearers. Does it strike you that a nearly universal experience is people mentioning a particular teacher or coach as having had a transformational role in their lives? After hearing this workshop, a veteran teacher of forty years commented, “I have never been more encouraged about my role as a teacher than I am now.”

Peter Baur

Peter Baur has been professionally involved in the field of independent school education for nearly forty years. His tenure has been marked by rsthand experience in nearly every aspect of K-12 private schools: Headmaster, admission, college guidance, development, community service, capital campaigns, conferences, strategic planning, events, marketing, camp director, teaching, and coaching. Stints include “elite” 150 + year old private schools in Philadelphia, Pa. as well as young Classical Christian schools. He has taught in the middle and upper schools (Math and Economics) and coached soccer, basketball, baseball and at the college level in soccer. Peter holds two patents in Mobile Advertising. Peter is known for his ability to articulate the power and simplicity of a classical and Christian education. He has presented at national conferences including the Association of Classical Christian Schools, The Society for Classical Learning and the CiRCE Institute and has been a featured speaker at Classical Christian Schools across the United States.

Real Life Stories: Controversial Topics and Discussion

An explanation of a unique program for upper school students that draws on content from TED, the Q Conference, as well as local and video conferenced speakers to present students with a variety of subjects to consider and debate. The session will explain how these subjects give students valuable practice in analyzing a topic, forming an opinion, and debating with classmates while also providing a means to engage some of the area’s most intriguing thinkers in conversation with our students.

Standards and Accountability for Christian Schools

This session will continue upon the theme established in Dr. Wiens’ first seminar, Qualities of Exemplary Schools. During this sessin, the CESA Standards of Accountability will be outlined and explained. These standards are research-based and are meant to inform and enable schools to maximize their potential and provide tools for ongoing growth and sustainability.

Timothy Wiens

Timothy Wiens is Assistant Professor and Secondary Education Coordinator in the Department of Education at Wheaton College. He also serves as the Executive Director for the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability, a council existing to motivate, support, and hold accountable Christian schools that aspire to superlative academic standards, institutional best practice and collaboration with like-minded schools. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and has served as a teacher, coach, dean, assistant principal, and headmaster in suburban, urban, and international schools. Tim is married to Dr. Kathryn Wiens. The couple has one son, Eliot, and a 160lb. Great Dane named Griswold. They reside in Wheaton, Illinois.

Qualities of Exemplary Schools

As schools consider their impact upon student learning, understanding the nuances of effective schooling is imperative. The implementation of researched-based best practices, both institutionally and academically, enables schools to prioritize that which is truly important and develop short and long-term plans that will serve to ensure appropriate schools growth and sustainability.

Timothy Wiens

Timothy Wiens is Assistant Professor and Secondary Education Coordinator in the Department of Education at Wheaton College. He also serves as the Executive Director for the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability, a council existing to motivate, support, and hold accountable Christian schools that aspire to superlative academic standards, institutional best practice and collaboration with like-minded schools. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and has served as a teacher, coach, dean, assistant principal, and headmaster in suburban, urban, and international schools. Tim is married to Dr. Kathryn Wiens. The couple has one son, Eliot, and a 160lb. Great Dane named Griswold. They reside in Wheaton, Illinois.

ISM’s Faculty Evaluation

ISM’s recommended alternative to mission statements as the sole centerpiece in marketing: a) the 12-word mission statement b) the ‘portrait of the graduate’ and c) the ‘characteristics of faculty professional excellence.’

Walker Buckalew

Executive Consultant, Independent School Management

In additon to his role as a consultant with ISM, a firm serving more than 4,000 school clients, Dr. Buckalew is also the author of eight non-fiction books and three Christian fiction books.

Crafting Purpose and Outcome Statements

ISM’s approach to strategic planning: viability-focused planning that is simultaneously conceptual and financial: an overview of both process and product.

Walker Buckalew

Executive Consultant, Independent School Management

In additon to his role as a consultant with ISM, a firm serving more than 4,000 school clients, Dr. Buckalew is also the author of eight non-fiction books and three Christian fiction books.

Budgeting Basics: Funding Your Mission With What You Have

Revenue and costs are the simple components of a school’s financial planning and management policies. But they are not that simple, are they? This workshop walks through the process of determining costs, matching price, and experience the benefit of prudent planning. This seminar provides a discussion of common problems like addressing rising costs, designing realistic budgets, dealing with negative cash flow, and collecting tuition.

Charles Evans

Chuck has been a proponent of classical Christian schooling since he became the founding Head of School of Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1996. As a consultant since 2006, Chuck has assisted dozens of schools in various aspects of development. He was involved in the original leadership of SCL and helped co-found the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA). He is an annual presenter at the Van Lunen Center for Christian School Management's Fellows Program, and he teaches each summer at Vanderbilt University. Chuck and his wife, Julie, live in Austin. They are blessed with seven children, three dogs, two cats and a rabbit. Really.

Is Your Classroom Mission Driven?

Teachers are every school’s greatest asset, and mission is every school’s most important objective. But, few things are more difficult for teachers than faithfully representing our far-too-often ethereal mission statements in the every-day trenches of the classroom. In this seminar, Dr. Littlejohn leads participants through practical steps that will ensure teachers that every lesson, every project, every field trip is mission driven, so that we are sure to deliver to our students and families exactly what they believe they are getting… mission relevant teaching.

Robert Littlejohn

Dr. Littlejohn is Head of School at Trinity Academy of Raleigh, North Carolina. As a Ph.D Biologist, he has authored two college biology laboratory texts and has published 26 reports of original research in the fields of Ecology, Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Science Educational Theory. In 2006, he coauthored Wisdom and Eloquence: a Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning, published by Crossway Books, Chicago. His career spans 26 years in K-12 and higher education, during which he has served in a variety of teaching and administrative capacities, including Academic Vice President for a liberal arts college and Director for a consortium of ten colleges and universities. He was founding headmaster for New Covenant Schools in Virginia, founding executive director for the society for Classical Learning and a founding board member for the American School of Lyon, France. He is a certified facilitator for Appreciative Inquiry, an AQIP reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and a Consultant to Colleges and schools across the nation.