Classical schools can choose to keep their rhetoric and theology curriculum in separate tracks or to blend them into one. This workshop will present the benefits and ways of weaving these courses together from 9th-11th grade to build both the knowledge and skills instrumental to giving a successful senior thesis in 12th. It will also touch upon the challenges schools can face using this model. This workshop is designed to be discussion-based like a Harkness, rather than a lecture. So participants should expect to share their experiences and knowledge so that we can learn from one another, reflective of the classical approach.
Rose Usry is currently the thesis director and chair of the Rhetoric & Theology Dept. at Regents School of Austin. This is her 9th year teaching at Regents and 3rd year of chairing the dept. She is also the mock trial coach. She got her BA in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley and her MA in Biblical Studies from New College Berkeley. Her introduction to classical education came from enrolling her 1st child at Regents in 2002. After 10 years of experiencing classical education through her 4 children (3 of whom have graduated from Regents), she decided to enter the field herself as a teacher of classical education. Her understanding of classical education has continued to deepen through reading, teaching and attending conferences such as SCL.