The Spirit & Craft of Teaching in the Catholic Liberal Arts Tradition
June 22-26, 2020
Aquinas College – Nashville, TN

Our most hands-on, sequential program immerses teachers in the theory and practice of classical liberal arts pedagogy. The program is designed for both new and veteran teachers who are unfamiliar with Catholic liberal arts education. Participants will explore seven pedagogical principles that can be integrated across the curriculum for any subject and any grade level.

The program size is limited to 30 and designed for maximum personal attention; participants prepare and present lessons and receive feedback. With this in mind, 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 2020 program will be led by Elisabeth Sullivan, Executive Director of ICLE, and Colleen Richards, ICLE’s Director of School Services. 

Here’s what past participants have had to say:

“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 teaaching, but also the discussions.”
 
“Most helpful were the physical practice and in-depth study of mimetic instruction, as well as the great binder of resources and the presence of  a variety of teachers and administrators there”.
 
“The culmination of the week: working on, wrestling with, and presenting a lesson – and the feedback, most especially.”
 
“The presenters were so helpful. friendly, and approachable. They were also there to answer any questions anyone had.”
“The daily workshops were very informative and provided a practical means for developing a classical school model in a Catholic setting. I found the presentation and breakout session covering the adaptation of existing lessons to the classical model most helpful.”
 
“There were many useful takeaways; small bits and the larger picture stuff.”

Space is limited to 30 total participants and has sold out the last three years.

2020 Early Bird Registration Options (until March 31 – fees increase by $100 April 1)

– Early Bird Member rate: $1300
– Early Bird Non-Member rate: $1400

Registration includes all program sessions and materials, meals, and housing.

SCHOOL LEADERS: Be aware that many schools are able to fund program participation via Federal Title funding. Importantly, see here for a recent policy letter from Secretary DeVos indicating that such funding for secular services from religious organizations does not violate the Establishment clause. If you have questions regarding Title funding, please feel free to contact us for guidance.

For more information, contact Colleen Richards at crichards@catholicliberaleducation.org or 844-425-3832 x704. 

 

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PLEASE NOTE: 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.