ICLE’s 2024 National Conference

Behold the Beauty of the Lord

JULY 9-12, 2024

National Conference Program

Questions can be submitted for the Q&A following each presentation in the O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium (St. John Paul II Student Center) via the form above. Due to time constraints, a limited number of questions will be addressed. We are sorry if we do not get to yours!

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are granted for participation in ICLE workshops, programs, and events. You may request a certificate of attendance for full, in-person attendance at the Conference here.

Heads of school can request certificates for teachers who have completed the livestream training HERE. The head of the school will need to confirm that the teacher participated in the full event and sign the certificate.


Freedom in Christ
Peter D. Crawford, Academic Dean, ICLE

The Imago Dei and Imago Christi: The Role of Catholic Education
The Most Reverend Earl K. Fernandes, S.T.D., Bishop of Columbus


Building Beauty; An Architect’s Apology
Nic Charbonneau & John Parker Wilmeth, Harrison Design

Beauty of the Saints — Virtue Lived
Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen, Openlight Media

Moral Education in an Age of Relativism
Dr. Arthur Hippler, Providence Academy

Beauty in Sacred Art: Praying with Visio Divina in Your Classroom
Marie Kelly, ICLE

An Encounter of the Euclidean Kind: Reconsidering How To Teach Math (& Everything Else)
Krystyn Schmerbeck, Benedictine College

Teaching Like Christ: Support Struggling Students to Help Them Access Content and Faith in the Classroom
Margaret Walsh, Secret Garden Educational Pathways & Bishop Machebeuf High School

From Bland to Beautiful: Improving Student Essays
Dr. DeAnn Stuart, ICLE

The Socratic Method and Socratic Conversation
Dr. Jeffrey Lehman, Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology

Amo, Amare, Amavi, Amatum: In Defense of Latin Amateurism
David Gockowski, ICLE

How to Make the Eucharist the Heart of Your Curriculum
David Bonagura, Regis High School / St. Joseph’s Seminary / Catholic Distance University

Cultivating Wonder Throughout the School: Developing a ‘Wonderated’ Mind​
John Mays, Classical Academic Press/Novare Science

Building and Nurturing a Catholic Culture in Our Schools (A Culture that Can Carry Mission)
Dr. Michael Naughton, University of St. Thomas (MN)

Saving Beauty: The Gift of J.R.R. Tolkien
Andrew Seeley, Ph.D., Co-Founder, ICLE


Progressive Solemnity – Restoring Beautiful Music in the School
Sr. Peter Joseph Wardlaw, OP, with Sr. Peter Thomas Burson, OP, Sr. Pio Maria Boland, OP, Sr. Mary Esther Downey, OP, & Sr. Mary Avila Corpany, OP, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Rich Encounters with Truth: Unit Planning from Multiple Sources
Monica Clarke, ICLE

The Catholic Educational Tradition and the Boy Crisis
Dr. Arthur Hippler, Providence Academy

Seeing What History Frees Us to See
Andrew Zwerneman, Cana Academy

A Union of Love Through Catechesis – Theology and Catechetical Studies through the Lens of the Love of Christ
Michele Chronister, The St. Austin School

For the Love of Story: Practical Tools for a Catholic School Library (and Classroom Library)
Mallory McKee, Saint Paul Catholic Classical School

Living and Teaching the Liturgical Year
Veronica Cruz Burchard, Sophia Institute for Teachers

“Virtue in the First Place”: The Education of Thomas More’s Children
Dr. Benjamin Beier, Hillsdale College

Recovering the Quadrivium: Where We Are and the Road Ahead
Dr. Jeffrey Lehman, Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology
Dr. Andrew Seeley, ICLE

Beauty Will Save the World: The Beauty of Redemption in Imaginative Literature
Ralph Pesce, Bishop Machebeuf High School

The Socratic Method of Fundraising: The Beauty of Dialogue with Your Donors
Killian Beeler, Faithful Catholic Fundraising

Forming Wojtylas: Catholic Schools’ Mission to Transmit Culture
John Bacon, Divine Mercy Academy

Educational Leaders Panel
Mary Pat Donoghue, Executive Director, Secretariat of Catholic Eudcation, USCCB
Dr. Michael Naughton, Director, Center for Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Elias Moo, Director of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Portland
Elisabeth Sullivan, Executive Director, ICLE

Mathematical Wonder: Verum, Bonum, Pulchrum
Jake Tawney, Chief Academic Officer, Great Hearts Academies

Please check the SignUp Genius list if you cannot recall which seminar you signed up to participate in.



Making Every Class Catholic
Dr. Brett Salkeld, Archdiocese of Regina

Teaching Verse Craft in an Unpoetic Age
Dr. James Matthew Wilson, University of Saint Thomas (TX)

The Art of Language: Exploring Language Development, Words Manipulating Truth, and How Limitations Expand Creativity
Dr. Pamela Patnode, Institute for Catholic School Leadership

Lift Your Voices: Practical Singing for Every Catholic School
Alexander McCune, Christ the King Catholic Parish School

The Dramatic Read-Aloud: The Art of Interactive Reading and Discussion
Dr. Gwen Adams, Augustine Institute

Teaching Literacy Skills with Saint Thomas Aquinas
Dr. Caitlin Dillon, Mark Trinity, LLC / Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

Behold the Mystery of the Self: Dramatic Encounter with the Image of the Trinity
Nicole Scofield, Regina Caeli Academy / Chesterton Academy of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati

Creating Beauty through the Unity of Movement
Amy Zuberbueler, International Center for Ward Method Studies

Show Us Thy Face — an Introduction to Portrait Drawing
John Haigh, Benedictine College

A Musical Thesaurus — Using Improvisation in the Classroom
Sr. Peter Joseph Wardlaw, OP; Sr. Peter Thomas Burson, OP; Sr. Pio Maria Boland, OP; Sr. Mary Esther Downey, OP; & Sr. Mary Avila Corpany, OP, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Grafting the Vine: Cultivating Authentic School Culture Panel
Peter D. Crawford, ICLE
Jay Boren, St. Benedict Classical Academy
Sarah Dickerson, Regina Coeli Academy
Harold A. Siegel, III, Bishop Machebeuf High School


“America as a Catholic Country”: The River of the Immaculate Conception and Ecclesia in America
Dr. James Matthew Wilson, University of Saint Thomas (TX)

The Beauty of Vocation: Understanding Vocation as Catholic Educators While Avoiding Burnout
Dr. Pamela Patnode, Institute for Catholic School Leadership

Teaching Through Story: the Scientific, Pedagogical, and Spiritual Fruits of Reading Aloud
Christy Karako, Angelus Academy

Artificial Intelligence, Humanity, and Catholic Schools
John Brahier, Archdiocese of Detroit / The Fides Et Ratio Project

Lifting Our Gaze: Better, More Beautiful Math
Brad Jolly

Can You Really Grade Class Participation? (Yes.)
John Paul Thurau, Classic Learning Test

The Sentence Diagram: Tool for the Art of Thinking
Colleen Richards, ICLE

The U.S. Constitution and Catholic Liberal Arts Education
Dr. Thomas Varacalli, Belmont Abbey College

Logic 101: What Is Formal Logic, Why Do My Students Need to Study It, and Where Should We Start?
Dr. Alyssan Barnes, ICLE

Enhancing Faculty Onboarding with Backwards Design
David Denton, Arcadia Education

Reaching Parents: How School Leaders Connect with Millennial Parents
Rosemary Vander Weele, ICLE / Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Classical School

Learning the Beauty of the Lord in the Holy Eucharist
Dr. John Sehorn, Associate Professor of Theology, Academic Dean, Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology


In this time of great educational renewal, we are edified and blessed to know and partner with many organizations and apostolates who are each playing a unique role in expanding the return to truth, goodness, and beauty.

Our vendors represent a variety of apostolates working together to serve the vast landscape of school and communities seeking to capture the fullness of the Church’s rich offerings.

We are thankful for their presence at our National Conference, and we encourage you to get to know them by visiting their tables. Please take advantage of specific vendor time on the schedule, as well as other opportunities to interact with our vendors throughout the conference.

See the full list of vendors on our attendee information page.