Growing as a Teacher Through Charlotte Mason's Principles of education

About the Workshop

Growing in the craft of teaching is crucial for every classroom teacher. And yet, many teachers and principals struggle to find reliable methods of instruction that align with the values of classical education. In this workshop, we will explore the teaching philosophy and practices of Charlotte Mason, an educator passionate about cultivating curious, self-motivated learners. Each week, we will unpack a key tenet of Charlotte Mason’s thought, such as the personhood of the child, science of relations, the three instruments of education, habit training, nature studies, and narration. This workshop will be modeled after faculty orientation at a Charlotte Mason-inspired school. We will read and discuss excerpts from Mason’s writings on education, growing in our ability to instill a love of learning and habits for flourishing in our students.

Meeting Time:  Tuesdays at 7:30pm CST

Meeting Dates: 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8

Meet Your Workshop Leaders

Kolby Atchison is Head of School at Clapham School in Wheaton, Illinois, a classical school that implements the pedagogy of Charlotte Mason. In addition, Kolby regularly writes on the intersection of ancient wisdom and modern research at Educational Renaissance. He earned his BA in Philosophy from Biola University and his MA in Systematic Theology from Wheaton College. While at Biola, Kolby studied Great Books in the Torrey Honors College. Over the years, Kolby has taught a range of subjects across grade levels and served in a variety of administrative capacities, including Principal. In 2022, Kolby was selected as the new Head of School at Clapham. He and his wife Bethany live in the western suburbs of Chicago with their children Justus, Vivienne, and Lionel. In his free time, Kolby enjoys working on house projects, spending time outdoors, and rooting for Chicago sports.
Kolby Atchison
Head of School, Clapham School

Workshop Syllabus


Charlotte Mason workshop

$ 679
  • SCL Member Schools receive 10% discount


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