High School Leaders Forum

February 28 - March 1, 2024 | Add-On Visit February 27-28, 2024
St. Mary’s Catholic High School, Phoenix, AZ | Add-On Visit at Ville de Marie Academy, Scottsdale, AZ

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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The High School Leaders Forum opens the doors to an ICLE flagship school to give educators an opportunity to see Catholic liberal arts education in practice at an upper school (high school). Registrants observe classes, speak with faculty, and participate in seminars and workshops on various aspects of transitioning into, launching, and running a Catholic liberal arts school with special emphasis on curriculum and pedagogy. Due to the limited size of the program, the number of registrants from each school is limited to five.

We cordially invite you to our High School Leaders Forum Wednesday, February 28 – Friday, March 1, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix, Arizona. This will be a unique opportunity to see a liberal arts curriculum in action at a large, diocesan high school.

New this year is an optional add-on visit at ICLE Premier Member School, Ville de Marie Academy in Scottsdale, AZ, February 27-28. For those who wish to arrive a day early, this optional add-on offers an opportunity to round out your High School Leaders Forum experience and make full use of your travel to Arizona by also observing a Catholic liberal education curriculum at a smaller, independent school.

We have had fruitful friendships with both St. Mary’s and Ville de Marie for many years, and we are eager to share the wisdom of these educators with other school leaders and teachers through this event. We hope to see you this February in the Valley of the Sun!

SCHEDULE:

The program at St. Mary’s Catholic High School will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, with check-in, a welcome reception, and an introductory talk, followed by a day of observation at St. Mary’s High School on Thursday, February 29. Participants will have the opportunity to observe classes and speak with faculty members about their experience of teaching in a Catholic classical liberal arts high school. On Thursday evening, participants will be able to meet and talk with school leaders and faculty members at dinner. Friday, March 1, will feature seminars and workshops on various aspects of transitioning into, launching, and running a Catholic classical liberal arts high school, with special emphasis on curriculum and pedagogy. The program will conclude by 3 p.m. on Friday. We strongly encourage participants to attend the full program.

For those registering for the optional add-on visit (Tuesday, February 27 – Wednesday, February 28) at Ville de Marie Academy: The Ville de Marie program will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, with check-in, a welcome reception, and an introductory talk, followed by a full day of observation at Ville de Marie Academy on Wednesday. Participants will have the opportunity to observe classes and speak with faculty members about their experience of teaching in a smaller, independent, Catholic liberal arts high school. At the conclusion of the day, you will have a break for dinner on your own before you travel to St. Mary’s Catholic High School (about a 20-minute drive) for the Wednesday evening activities.

COST FOR 2024:

$795 per person (plus $100 for the optional add-on visit to Ville de Marie Academy)

The $795 registration cost includes all program sessions and materials, and all lunches, dinners, and refreshments, beginning with the Thursday evening welcome reception and concluding with lunch on Saturday. Breakfast is not included.

For those registering for the optional add-on visit (Tuesday, February 27 – Wednesday, February 28) at Ville de Marie Academy: The cost of the add-on registration ($100) includes all program sessions and materials at Ville de Marie Academy, a welcome reception on Tuesday evening, February 27, and lunch and refreshments on Wednesday, February 28. Breakfast and dinner on Wednesday, February 28, are not included.

TITLE FUNDING:

Title funds (federal monies administered by your Local Educational Agency) may be available to help offset participant costs related to this event. Past participants in this event have successfully secured title funding. Please review some helpful information here.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

A limited number of partial, needs-based scholarships are available for priests and vowed religious interested in participating in this program. To apply for a scholarship, please complete this scholarship request form.

TRAVEL & LODGING:

Participants are responsible for their own travel (including transportation between lodging and the flagship schools) and overnight accommodations. There are multiple hotels in varying price ranges within a 2-mile radius of the high schools.

ACCESSIBILITY:

At St. Mary’s Catholic High School: Please note that the St. Mary’s Catholic High School campus comprises several separate buildings. Observing classes requires the ability to navigate between buildings. Elevators are available for access to upper floors. See this overview video to get an idea of the campus layout.

At Ville de Marie Academy (if registering for the optional add-on visit): Ville de Marie Academy is situated on a single level, and there are no stairs to navigate.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE:

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are granted for participation in ICLE workshops, programs, and events. You may request a certificate of attendance for a previous event HERE.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

For all ICLE programs, cancellations received at least 60 days in advance of the event will be honored with a full refund. Cancellations received at least 30 days in advance will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received less than 30 days in advance will receive no refund. Please allow up to 30 days for a refund to be processed.

QUESTIONS:

Please contact Program Manager Megan Fassero with questions: mfassero@CatholicLiberalEducation.org.

What Past Participants Say

"The High School Leaders Forum provided both the inspiration and practical advice that we need to continue working toward the renewal of authentic Catholic education in the high school grades at our school. These two days probably saved us years of work!"

"This was an inspiring and eye opening conference on how a true classical school operates. A conference like this should be mandatory for all teachers and staff of schools transitioning or thinking of transitioning to a classical education."

"The Forum provided me with the opportunity to observe an intentionally Catholic, integrated, classical school AND hear from every category of stakeholders with the result that I left with inspiration and energy to contemplate how to take the next steps to lead my school forward."

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