Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa

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Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer …

Dr. Christopher Perrin

Dr. Christopher Perrin

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Christopher Perrin, a former homeschooling father and headmaster of a classical school, is the CEO and publisher at Classical Academic Press. He is a nationally-recognized leader, author, and speaker for the classical education movement. Christopher serves as a consultant to classical Christian schools and homeschool co-ops in the United States and overseas. He is the …

Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern

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Andrew Kern is founder and president of the CiRCE Institute, the founding author of The Lost Tools of Writing, a co-author of the best-selling book Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, which he wrote with Dr. Gene Edward Veith, and is on the board of The Society For Classical Learning (SCL). Since establishing CiRCE as …

Martin Cothran

Martin Cothran

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Martin Cothran is director of the Classical Latin School Association and is the father of four homeschooled adult children. He is the editor of Memoria Press’s “Classical Teacher” magazine and the author of several books for private and home schools, including Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic, and Classical Rhetoric programs, as well as Lingua …

Dr. Carol Reynolds

Dr. Carol Reynolds

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Dr. Reynolds was long a professor of Music History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Since retiring, she has focused her professional career outside of the university walls, teaching and speaking on the importance of the fine arts to homeschoolers, concert audiences, and travel enthusiasts. For decades, she has served as an educator for …

Adam Andrews

Adam Andrews

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Adam Andrews received his B.A. in Political Economy and Christian Studies from Hillsdale College in 1991. He earned his M.A. in History from the University of Washington in 1994, and is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. in History. He is writing his doctoral dissertation on the history of American higher education. Adam is a …

John De Gree

John De Gree

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John De Gree is the founder of The Classical Historian. Originally from California, he studied history and language and worked and lived in Turkey, Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia for five years. Working in private, public, and homeschool education for over twenty years, he saw the great lack of critical and independent thinking in history education. …

Leigh Bortins

Leigh Bortins

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Leigh Bortins is a nationally-acclaimed educator, perhaps best known for her ability to demystify the fundamental tools of learning. As a teacher, author, and commentator, Leigh is credited with helping to launch the “home-centered learning” education movement. After earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Leigh worked in the aerospace industry …

2B or 3 Christ, the Wisdom and Virtue of God

Christian classical educators believe that wisdom and virtue are the goals of education. How does the revelation that Christ is the Wisdom and Virtue of God guide our teaching and keep us from making the sorts of mistakes that harm or even destroy our children’s souls?

An Introduction to Effective Socratic Discussion: Why We Do It and How to Do It Well

Mortimer Adler once said, “A lecture is an exercise where the notes of the teacher become the notes of the student without passing through the minds of either.” How can classical educators avoid the folly of such lecturing and lead discussions so that both the mind of the teacher and the minds of the students …

Classical Education Unhinged

We’d call this session on classical education a “panel discussion,” but that would sound too boring, and the conversation among these six speakers is anything but boring! They discuss what classical education is and how it is done. In the process they agree, disagree, comment, criticize, tell funny stories, dispense advice, and (in the case …

From Copywork to Composition: Learning Writing by Imitation

Come and contemplate the underestimated value of simple copywork, discover the power of text reconstruction, experience the delight of author imitation, and learn the surprising relationship between text analysis and creativity.

From Critic to Curator or Creator: How to Stop Noticing Everything That’s Wrong & Start Making or Supporting Something Good

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Is your first instinct to evaluate and critique? Do you find yourself ferreting out flaws in stories, sermons, and people? The ancient Christian virtues of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness are best sung in harmony. An over-emphasis on any one, combined with a neglect of the others, is a recipe for a warped cultural posture. There …

However Imperfectly: Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Teaching

In this talk, Andrew shares many humorous experiences (and painful lessons) he has learned over thirty years of teaching and homeschooling, including these: It’s hard not to do to your kids what was done to you Process over product All kids are different “Progressive” education doesn’t mean progress What real “college and career readiness” is …

It’s Never Too Early! Instilling a Love of Beauty in Our Little Ones

From the youngest age, children appreciate beauty. They are drawn towards music, color, movement, and dramatic expression. The arts can—and do—open a child’s mind and heart, develop his cognitive abilities and motor skills, and help shape his character. Come explore a simple strategy for bringing delight and wonder into a child’s life.

Learning from Rest: Cultivating Your Student’s Habits and Virtues to Become Lifelong Learners

For a few years now, many have been thinking about the importance of teaching from rest. This seminar is based on Dr. Perrin’s forthcoming book, Learning from Rest, and will explore the ways we can help our students to learn from rest. What does it look like when a student can restfully engage in learning …

Loving the Things That Are Lovely: How to Cultivate Affection for the True, Good, and Beautiful in Our Students

Augustine, following Plato, argues that education should largely be a matter of teaching children to love that which is lovely. In this seminar, Dr. Perrin will explore the tradition that sees the education of younger children largely as a matter of cultivating the taste or affection of the true, good, and beautiful. The seminar will …

Planned Amenesia: Knowledge and Its Fashionable Enemies

Modern education theory emphasizes skills and downplays content. But is there really such a thing as “reading skills,” “critical thinking skills,” or “problem-solving skills” apart from specific content knowledge? What does research say about whether skills can be learned outside of a subject? Can abstract skills be tested and what do these tests really measure? …

Short Story Seminar

Martin Cothran teaches a short story in an hour-and-fifteen-minute interactive session that shows an audience how a story works by corporately meditating on a great story. In the process of reading a story together and asking important questions, teachers and parents will learn how a narrative story works and why literature is such a powerful …

The Power of Our Early Christian Music

Why do we sing in worship? How did our Christian music traditions arise? Come partake in this lively session, filled with beautiful images and music. Journey from the songs of the Old Testament to the hymns of our great-grandmothers. You need no musical background for this workshop.

What is Classical Education?

The term “classical education” has become a buzzword in many education circles, but few of those who use it can define it. Of those who can, some consider it merely an educational “method,” others that it has something to do with the study of the Great Books. But the term has a historical definition that …

What Is Music Theory?

It’s not just reading notes or learning chords! And it’s not only for people who play instruments. Let’s discover the mathematical, analytical, and creative benefits of studying how and why music works, using a step-by-step program that takes student from the rudiments to an understanding of music’s vast expressive capacity.

Why College Freshmen Fail: A Professor’s Perspective

Based on decades of university teaching and her own schooling, Dr. Reynolds will take you step-by-step through the top reasons college students fail in their freshman year. These will not necessarily be the reasons you expect to hear, so prepare for some surprises. This session is designed for older children, too, so bring them along!

Why Should Christians Embrace Classical Education?

For over 20 years, a growing number of Christian home educators have adopted the Classical approach to education. Should you? Have you? What is classical education? Why are Christians from so many backgrounds and educational philosophies embracing it?