SCL PRECONFERENCE

FOCUSING ON THE KEY AREAS OF THE MOVEMENT!

This year’s SCL Preconference focuses on six key areas of need in the classical Christian movement: Boards and Governance, Classical Christian 101, Grammar School Reading, Kingdom Diversity, Languages, and Leadership.

Please read the Preconference overviews with attached schedules below, and register today! Space is limited and the Preconference will be offered in person at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC, and online.

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BILL MOTT

AUTHOR & PROFESSOR,
Peabody Leadership Institute for Independent Schools

Boards & Governance

The Path to Flourishing Schools: Examining Best Practices to Clarify Roles and Responsibilities for the Board of Trustees and Head of School

The work of Classical Christian schools and their value to educating students reveals the critical nature of their mission. This places the responsibility for thriving on the shoulders of both the Head of School and the Board of Trustees. The path to success is filled with many challenges! This pre-conference session will examine the essential work of the Board of Trustees and the Head of School in a thorough review and understanding of roles, responsibilities, and the benefits of adhering to accepted best practices. Drawing on the content from Healthy Boards, Successful Schools, we will engage in a robust discussion, review case studies, and take away strategies, ideas, and action steps that will lead to flourishing governance and leadership for your school.

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CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN 101

In this day-long series of sessions, we will explore and discuss in-depth the Classical Christian model of education, according to both the big ideas in its purpose and form, and also according to the details in its parts and practices. These sessions are intentionally designed for teachers, administrators, and board members who are either new to CC schools or who are in roles of training and developing teachers and curriculum. Participants in this pre-conference track will come away not only with concrete ideas and examples but also with confidence, as they prepare for the coming school year. 

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ANDREW SMITH

Academic Dean,
Veritas School

JESSICA GOMBERT

Head of Grammar School,
The Geneva School of Boerne

Melissa Siller

Reading Specialist,
The Geneva School of Boerne

Grammar School Reading

This workshop will focus on reading – a subject that occupies great significance in the Grammar School curriculum. To teach reading well, teachers must have strong knowledge of how reading “works” in order to analyze students’ needs, successes, and difficulties with it. Teacher preparation and knowledge are fundamental to reading achievement, yet an understanding of how the brain functions during the reading process is equally necessary. Together, we will discuss these best practices, as well as why a systematic phonetic approach to reading instruction is classical, brain-based, and effective. We will address the obstacles of the reading process and how to come alongside struggling readers, along with practical strategies for providing necessary support in the Grammar School classroom. We will also discuss the importance of reading throughout the Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric stages. Participants will leave knowing how to apply their knowledge of reading development into effective instructional practices.

We will address the following essential questions:

  • How can we establish a strong reading environment in the Grammar School?
  • How can we assess students’ reading progress and act on that information in our teaching?
  • What types of instructional and intervention strategies help students reach those goals?


Our learning will include both what reading is about as well as how to assess and teach it.  Throughout our inquiry together, we will develop defensible reasons to support why we teach reading in particular ways.

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KINGDOM DIVERSITY

The issues of race and diversity have saturated our culture. Every school community has engaged the issues differently, but none of us can or should ignore them. Developing a clear, mission-focused, gospel-centered understanding of the issues and working with our faculty, parents, and students is critical. Where do we start? What resources are available? How does this fit within our classical Christian commitments? These issues and questions will be discussed among a thoughtful and wise panel of educators and scholars.

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AARON HOWARD

Founder & CEO,
As One Diversity

Marcus Foster

MARCUS FOSTER

LANUGAGES DEPARTMENT CHAIR,
COVENANT CLASSICAL SCHOOL

LANGUAGES

This pre-conference focuses on the essentials of an excellent Classical Languages program, from eggs to apples. From an appreciation of diverse languages and methods, age & stage, scope & sequence, assessments & discipline, parent & departmental relationships, lateral entries & remediation, and much more set the table for discussion and practical application. Resources including classroom-ready deliverables and examples of the above will also be available for use and critique.

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LEADERSHIP

Relational Wisdom

Being a relationally wise leader is tough! Education is all about relationships – with students, parents, teachers, and administrators – each of whom can make your job of leading a school either a joy or an ordeal. Therefore, one of the wisest investments you can make is to enhance your relational skills by learning relational wisdom (RW). Relational wisdom—an enhanced form of emotional intelligence—is your ability to discern emotions and interests in yourself and in others, to interpret them in the light of Scripture, and to use these insights to manage your responses and relationships successfully. This workshop presents the neurological and theological basis for relational wisdom. It provides tools you can use to enhance relational skills, improve job performance, reduce conflict at home, church, in the workplace and enhance your witness for Christ.

In this pre-conference training, David Kelly will present real-life examples and provide strategies for utilizing RW360 skills in your crucial leadership role. A vital component of the workshop will be developing your RW aptitude and practices to empower your teams to follow you with trust and enthusiasm. Learning how to build strong, cohesive, and effective teams will put you on the right path.

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Dave Kelly

Dave Kelly

COO, RW360