A New Professional Development Resource
Couldn’t join us for the Fall Retreat? We missed you! There is certainly no substitute for the connections made and the friendships developed. BUT, for the first time, we are making high-quality video-recorded sessions available to all! This is an introductory offer, as we explore how best to make much-needed resources available to our schools. Survey feedback from this Fall Retreat was our best yet, so we hope you’ll take advantage of the excellent main session teaching from these CCE leaders. And let us know what you think!
Abstract: We believe that the affections of our students are being ordered and transformed as they contemplate all that is true, good, and beautiful in our curriculum. If our own affections are still in need of the same kind of continued transformation then why would we not also submit ourselves to be transformed by the works and ideas of our own liberal arts tradition? Over the span of two sessions, I will share principles and practical steps for building a faculty culture committed to lifelong learning wherein the most transformative professional development happens on your campus, amongst your colleagues, led by your own people, scheduled throughout the weeks of your academic year, oriented around the works and ideas of your own mission and vision.
Session I will begin with a call for us all to be transformed by the works of the liberal arts tradition. This includes exemplifying a sincere personal commitment to lifelong learning with an emphasis on the reading and studying of our own curriculum as well as those works that have shaped the history, philosophy, and pedagogy of our tradition. Then our attention will shift to ways of shaping the affections and habits of our teachers so that they desire and practice this same commitment. The session will conclude with strategies for engaging parents.
Session II will describe a thriving faculty culture with clear channels of communication and opportunities for collaboration. A case will be made for eventually establishing department chairs to lead curriculum and instruction reform. Particular meeting types and frequencies will be recommended. The session will conclude with strategies for normalizing the giving and receiving of warm and cool feedback. Following each of the two sessions, attendees will be led through an examination of their own school’s practices and an exploration of opportunities to improve their faculty culture through application of the principles presented.
Abstract: We are all aware that “the teacher is the text,” but how do you evaluate the faculty culture that is shaping your teachers and consequently shaping your students? How do we shape the shapers so that our schools deliver upon their promises to our parents? In this session, we will look at the components of a healthy faculty culture, provide tools for evaluating yours, and discuss ways to close a gap between current reality and your ideal.
In today’s ever-evolving cultural landscape, technological advancements, particularly in Artificial Intelligence (AI), bring with it a mix of excitement, anxiety, and fear. As leaders committed to Classical Christian Education (CCE), we’re often left pondering: how can we blend the fundamental principles and traditions of CCE with these innovative technologies?
Abstract: This talk delves into the transformative potential of AI within the CCE framework, drawing insights from a 6-week workshop titled “Synthetic Virtue: Understanding AI and Classical Christian Education.” We will explore real-life examples, ethical considerations, and practical applications of AI in our educational settings. The session will end in a collaborative roundtable discussion, offering a platform for attendees to share experiences, voice concerns, and brainstorm solutions. Join us as we navigate the intersection of ancient wisdom and modern innovation, seeking ways to enhance our educational endeavors through thoughtful AI integration.
After completing your purchase, you will receive an email with a link to all four video sessions.
After completing your purchase, you will receive an email with a link to the video session(s).