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Expanding Access to Classical Christian Education: The story of the Eccleisal School Initiative

By June 25, 2021January 12th, 2023No Comments

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A Classical Christian Education can seem prohibitive for many families. While many schools are very generous in offering scholarships, they often fall short in providing access to a classical Christian school. How can schools consider the least of these and provide access to those who are academically disenfranchised, culturally diverse, and economically disadvantaged? Financial accessibility is only one aspect, we will also do well to consider the catholicity of the Church as well as how we can provide access curricularly. Using a better/best paradigm, come to this workshop to hear how your school can eliminate potential barriers and leverage strategic partnerships that can make classical education accessible for all.

Kevin Clark

“Kevin Clark, DLS, is the founder and President of The Ecclesial Schools Initiative, Inc. He believes his vocation as a Christian educator to be in service of the Church and the family as they seek to train children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. For Kevin, education is not simply a matter of academic preparation; it’s about seeing Christ’s Church flourish as a new generation of men and women bring the wisdom, beauty and justice of New Creation to bear for God’s glory and the life of the world. Kevin’s Christian Classical Education experience spans 17 years, including 15 at The Geneva School, Winter Park, FL. During this time he taught broadly across the upper school—logic, classical guitar, Old and New Testament survey, New Testament Greek, rhetoric—though Christian philosophy and theology were his main interests and perennial areas of teaching. He served five years as academic dean before leaving to found The Ecclesial Schools Initiative. Also active at the national level, Kevin has ten years of leadership as a fellow for The Society for Classical Learning, providing academic leadership to Christian classical schools throughout the country. He also joined the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University in 2018 as a teaching fellow in their new Master of Arts in Classical Teaching program. Kevin and his wife, Taryn, have four children—Aubrey, Caedmon, Naomi, and Eleanor”

Jeffrey Andre

“Jeffrey Andre is the assistant dean and a teacher at the Eccessial School Initiative at Saint Alban’s. He is a passionate, K-6, licensed teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools in the state of Florida from grades 2 to 6. Jeffrey was first introduced to Christian Classical Education in 2013 when he joined the faculty of The Geneva School in Winter Park, FL. Jeffrey graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Florida’s ProTeach program. He is currently working on another Master’s degree in theological studies from Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando. Jeffrey has been serving on the board of the Christian Study Center of Gainesville for over five years where they intersect Christian faith and academic discourse. Jeffrey is passionate about teacher development, curriculum design, school policy, and Christian formation. Because everyone is made in the image of God, (Imago Dei) Jeffrey seeks to teach the whole child to reflect their creator. He knows the importance of cultural competence and brings a wide range of pedagogical practices to best meet the needs of each student. Jeffrey and his wife Colleen live in Winter Park and they have two little boys.”