The Spirit & Craft of Teaching

in the Catholic Liberal Arts Tradition
June 2022 TBA
Aquinas College, Nashville, TN
The event registration is now closed.
Check back in the fall for the 2022 program information.

Our most hands-on, sequential program immerses teachers in the theory and practice of classical liberal arts pedagogy. Designed for both new and veteran teachers who are unfamiliar with Catholic liberal arts education.The program size is limited to 30 and designed for maximum personal attention; participants prepare and present lessons and receive feedback. Teachers are encouraged to bring a current unit or lesson planning project to work on during the week with guidance from seasoned classical educators.

The program begins on a Monday at 4 pm, with check in beginning at 2 pm.  The program ends on the following Friday at 12 pm. Food and lodging is included in the registration fee for Monday dinner through Friday breakfast. Participants are expected to be present for all sessions, as the program is cumulative.

Registration Options

– ICLE Member School rate: $1,600
– Non-Member rate: $1,750

Our Leaders

The 2021 program was led by Elisabeth Sullivan, ICLE Executive Director, Colleen Richards, ICLE Director of School Services, and Dr. Alyssan Barnes, ICLE Senior Faculty Consultant.

For more Information

For more information, contact Colleen Richards at or 844-425-3832 x704.

What Past Participants Say

“Excellent and eye-opening. I can’t thank you enough for introducing Catholic liberal arts education to my co-worker and me. This was the best professional development I’ve ever attended!”

“This was a powerful experience that I really needed. I think the best word is transformative.” “I felt every presentation was outstanding–there was variety, time for reflection, and always something included that I could relate to and do.”

“The pacing and care that presenters took to guides us through what we were learning and practicing shows that the leaders of the conference know how to teach, especially how to help teachers….Thank you for giving us the opportunity to try what we learned.”

“I enjoyed the hands-on activities. I liked the teaching, but also the discussions.”