The Spirit & Craft of Teaching in the Catholic Liberal Arts Tradition
June 22-26, 2020 – SOLD OUT
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NEW LOCATION: Warwick Hotel – Denver, CO

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, Colleen Richards, ICLE’s Director of School Services, and Dr. Merrill Roberts, Nature Studies teacher at St. Jerome Academy, Catholic University of America professor, and NASA researcher. 

Space is limited to 30 total participants and often sells out.

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

Registration includes all program sessions and materials, meals (from Monday dinner to Friday breakfast, with the exclusion of Wednesday dinner), and housing. The program will begin promptly at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 22, and conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26. We ask that you make every effort to attend the entire program because it is highly sequential; we don’t want you to miss any portion.

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 U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy 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, email
 or 844-425-3832 x0.  

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 teaching, 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.”


PLEASE NOTE: Due to the impact of COVID-19, we were unable to host this program at Aquinas College in Nashville as we had planned. We look forward to returning to Aquinas College in the future. As we explored alternatives, Denver emerged as a city that has been less affected by the pandemic and its restrictions and is near a major airport to reduce the need for connecting flights. We also decided that a 4-star hotel would offer more cleanliness and predictability than an unknown dorm or other facility in these uncertain times. In this way, we are offering greater comfort, security, and private rooms and bathrooms without raising the cost of the program. Our meeting rooms will be in the same well-maintained property and, if guidelines permit, we hope to walk to the nearby Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (pictured above) for daily Mass. Of course, we will observe whatever social distancing policies are recommended locally, and we will send related information ahead of time.

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