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Schedule of Events

July 11, 2018
Time Track Topic Speaker Description
8:00 am All Announcements and Prayer Gene Liechty
8:15 am All Classical Education from a Christian Worldview Marlin Detweiler

Covering the value and benefits, this talk will also define the terms and approaches that make an education distinctively classical and from a biblical worldview. Learn of the Trivium, the first three of the seven liberal arts and how applying them to a K – 12 education provides, arguably, the best way to educate.

9:15 am Administrative Know the Job’s Done: A Lesson From The Seven Laws of Teaching Tom Garfield

If you're an administrator wanting his teachers to implement the great teaching strategies described in Gregory’s The Seven Laws of Teaching, what obvious indicators should you watch for during an observation? Let’s look at a fictional lesson you might observe from one of your rock star teachers and dissect what works and why.

9:15 am Rhetoric, Dialectic Ten Keys to Successful Dialectic Teaching Rick Davis

It has been said that the purpose of an education is to learn how to think. However, many students don’t move beyond the desire to simply get the right answer. This lecture will teachers and parents tips for dialectic teaching that can create students who think and reason well.

9:15 am Grammar Keys to Successful Grammar School Teaching Emily Fischer

At times, educating children seems to be an insurmountable task. Grab onto these key principles and find some solid foundational points to direct, inspire, and focus your classroom, heart, and mind.

10:30 am Grammar Reading Strategies for the New Reader with the Phonics Museum Jacqueline Lake

This session will offer suggestions to those teaching young children on how to motivate them to learn the alphabet, blends, words, and sentences and become enthusiastic independent readers. But more importantly, we want to help them gain a love for reading!

10:30 am Grammar Bringing History and Bible to Life Emily Fischer

With the focus in grammar school on drill and memorization of key information, it is easy to fall into monotonous, worksheet-driven teaching. In this workshop, educators will be encouraged to emphasize their teaching with creative ways to cover Bible and history in exciting and memorable ways. Prepare for lots of practical ideas.

10:30 am Rhetoric, Dialectic Omnibus: Apologetic and Overview G. Tyler Fischer

Omnibus: Apologetic and Overview - the first of a three-part series of workshops exploring the Omnibus Curriculum. This workshop looks at what Omnibus is, how it is constructed, and why it came into being. It seeks to answer all the deepest questions that Omnibus teachers might have and will help you understand all the parts and pieces of the curriculum.

10:30 am Rhetoric, Dialectic Best Practices in Teaching Secondary Math Dave Heineman

A discussion of effective techniques to enhance student learning by providing opportunities for success by pursuing methods of increasing student responsibility for learning as well as providing ample opportunities for teacher support.

1:00 pm Grammar Teaching English Grammar With Shurley English Emily Fischer

Learn how to successfully use the Shurley English grammar program and find out what makes it so successful. Get tips from an experienced teacher on how to adapt the Shurley method to integrate with your other curriculum and how to make it fun.

1:00 pm Rhetoric, Dialectic Omnibus: Nuts and Bolts G. Tyler Fischer

Omnibus: Nuts and Bolts - the second of a three-part series of workshops exploring the Omnibus Curriculum. This workshop looks at the types of sessions used in the Omnibus. It focuses not only on understanding the structure of each type of session. It also aims at helping teachers understand the techniques that can help them bring the Omnibus to life. We want teachers and parents to leave this workshop with an understanding of Omnibus and the tools necessary to implement it effectively.

1:00 pm Administrative Five Key elements to Successful Teacher Reviews Tom Garfield

Just like eating vegetables, everyone knows that conducting teacher evaluations is a healthy thing to do. And teachers really want to know how they are doing. However–also like eating certain vegetables–many find the evaluation process off-putting. We will consider five key elements to not only making the process valuable, but possibly less distasteful too.

1:00 pm Rhetoric, Dialectic Teaching Geometry with Jacob's Geometry Dave Heineman

A brief overview of important strategies and topics included in Jacobs' book. Emphasis will be on traditional Euclidean geometry including inductive and deductive reasoning, direct and indirect proof, and other topics. We will also discuss the importance of algebraic concepts and examine ways in which algebraic concepts intersect with geometry.

2:15 pm Rhetoric, Dialectic Science and Labs in a Classical Setting Mary Sam

In this session, Science and Labs in a Classical Setting, we will discuss the objectives of science in the dialectic and rhetoric stages and explore practical methods to achieve these goals. Where do labs fit into the classical setting? Labs and experiments are wonderful hands-on experiences. In this session, we will discuss how they are the practical tools to help students apply and demonstrate understanding of the material in both the dialectic and rhetoric stages.

2:15 pm Rhetoric, Dialectic Omnibus: From Hell to Heaven—Omnibus through The Divine Comedy G. Tyler Fischer

Omnibus: From Hell to Heaven—Omnibus through The Divine Comedy - the third of a three-part series of workshops exploring the Omnibus Curriculum. Workshop takes you through Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Learn how to use the Omnibus curriculum to help your child or student understand this very challenging epic poem. The session will go from the overview to the nuts and bolts and take you through some of the sessions that would be most useful as you plot “your way toward the love that moves the Sun and the other stars.”

2:15 pm Grammar Making Spelling Stick Pixie Lichenstein

Linguistics is a word that makes our brain to ask, “How do you spell that?” but thanks to The Phonetic Zoo, the world of words has become a fun adventure. The Veritas Linguistics course will take you on an excursion that will have your students reading and spelling with a smile. It’s a zoo out there, so join Pixie in the journey as she shares how and why we spell and pronounce words the way we do.

2:15 pm Administrative Hiring Great Teachers: Five Non-Negotiables Dr. Robert J. Cannon

Don't just rely on your gut when looking for the right talent; it's both an art and a science. While the wrong hires can cost you your shirt, the right ones will have families - and the board - applauding your decisions.

3:30 pm Grammar Teaching Writing with the Institute for Excellence in Writing Pixie Lichenstein

Pixie will share the practical side of teaching writing through the exceptional curriculum, The Institute for Excellence in Writing. This comprehensive system shows teachers how to teach competency, creativity and independence via key word outlines and stylistic techniques. With the help of the IEW Modeling structure, practical examples, student writing samples, and an opportunity for audience members to try their hand at applying these techniques, you will learn how to help your students to acquire skills that will last a lifetime.

3:30 pm Rhetoric Ten Keys to Successful Rhetoric School Teaching Michael Eatmon

The Rhetoric years are the polishing of a crown. Yesterday’s youth are becoming today’s adults. In this session, we’ll consider who these students are: what they are made of and what moves them toward excellence. We’ll consider, too, how best to prepare them for their destiny—to be kings and queens of Narnia.

3:30 pm Administrative Administrators Discussion Forum Marlin Detweiler
G. Tyler Fischer
Tom Garfield
July 12, 2018
Time Track Topic Speaker Description
8:00 am All Announcements and Prayer Gene Liechty
8:15 am All Building a Theology of Gender: Why it Matters Sam Andreades

A basic introduction to the principles the Bible teaches about gender, which lays a foundation for listeners to handle whatever questions confront them. A few, easy-to-follow lessons open up the wisdom of God's gift to us.

9:15 am Administrative Leadership Principles: The Five Key Traits of All Great Leaders Dr. Robert J. Cannon

Are leaders born, or made? Is leadership reserved for management, or are we all leaders? What water cooler doesn't hear daily conversation about leadership? Come learn how the very best leaders set themselves apart, and how those who fail to lead also make a name for themselves.

9:15 am Dialectic Keeping Students Hooked on Logic Rick Davis

Let’s face it: Logic, especially formal Logic, can be an abstract subject at times. Students wonder whether there is any practical value in the terms, rules, and skills that they’re asked to learn in Logic class. This lecture provides ideas for how to keep students interested and hooked on Logic even when the going gets tough.

9:15 am Grammar Teaching Principles in Grammar School Math Denise George

"This session will present a description of the Saxon Math Curriculum, including what it is, how it’s organized, and how it works. We will focus on how to implement the curriculum and use it effectively in the Grammar School level classroom in order to enhance mathematics learning with these younger students."

9:15 am Rhetoric A Rhetoric of Love, Part 1 (Veritas Press) Michael Eatmon

Christians must make wise use of their tools. We must learn how to press all our gifts into service of God and love of neighbor. And this includes our use of the tools of persuasion. In this session, we’ll introduce A Rhetoric of Love, a text that gives students practical guidance for a Christian rhetoric.

10:30 am Rhetoric, Dialectic Logic: Formal, Informal, and the Art of Thinking Well Rick Davis

Isaac Watts defined Logic as, “The right use of reason in the inquiry after truth.” In other words, Logic teaches us how to think well in order to ask the important questions in life. This talk gives an overview of what Logic entails, and how and when students should learn it.

10:30 am Grammar Latin: The Key to Grammar School Karen Moore

Latin is often considered a core element to a classical education, even in the younger years of grammar school. This session will explore the reasons why Latin is a key component in the grammar years and how this study can support and reinforce other subjects. Topics covered will include vocabulary, grammar, enrichment, and integrative opportunities with other subjects.

10:30 am Rhetoric A Rhetoric of Love, Part 2 (Veritas Press) Michael Eatmon

Christians must make wise use of their tools. We must learn how to press all our gifts into service of God and love of neighbor. And this includes our use of the tools of persuasion. In this session, we’ll introduce A Rhetoric of Love, a text that gives students practical guidance for a Christian rhetoric.

10:30 am Administrative The Governance Model for the Board Tom Garfield

What is the Board’s primary purpose? It’s the highest governing body in the school; it’s not to do admin work. Very few boards govern as they should. Imagine having the majority of a board meeting regularly given to actual vision setting and discussion, vs putting out fires. The Governance Model can help make that a reality!

1:00 pm Dialectic Remediating Grammar and Writing for Secondary School Carol Stoltzfus

UGG - Grammar exercises? And writing too? How painful! But it doesn't have to be! This session walks you through a year of curriculum that smoothly incorporates grammar into writing. Using some thrill tactics and the books Our Mother Tongue and Elegant Essays, we will discuss the building blocks of grammar and strategies to craft coherent paragraphs. 

1:00 pm Grammar Developing a Love of Literature Emily Fischer

With classical education's emphasis on reading great literature, comes the challenge of the teacher to teach these great books–often with limited teaching guides.  In this workshop teachers will be given some teaching tools that can be applied to many pieces of literature. Learn what very few literature guides will tell you about instilling a love of literature in your students.

1:00 pm Rhetoric Senior Thesis: The Capstone Experience Michael Eatmon

The senior thesis is the jewel in Rhetoric students’ crown. Students focus their studies and curiosities on a culminating project. The project spotlights both what they’ve learned from the Great Conversation and what they might contribute to it. In this session, we’ll explore how to set up and sustain these gems of the Rhetoric years.

2:00 pm Administrative Five Things All Successful Students Have in Common Marlin Detweiler
2:15 pm Administrative Successful Development Techniques Gene Liechty

Drawing upon 15 years of experience in Marketing & Development, Gene Liechty shares some secrets of the trade to help make your fundraising efforts more successful. Whether your school is just getting started or you're part of a well established development team, you will benefit from this workshop and its practical tips and strategies.

2:15 pm Grammar Latin: Taking it Beyond Vocabulary Karen Moore

This second session will build on the vocabulary skills introduced in session one. The goal of teaching Latin is to be able to read wonderful stories written in this ancient and beautiful language. In this session the class will move beyond vocabulary to consider how students can apply words to simple sentences, eventually reading simple stories. This class will use lessons within the Latin for Children series along with stories from the Libellus de Historia Reader series to demonstrate how to teach students to read Latin.

3:30 pm Grammar The Distracted Child Laurie Detweiler
3:30 pm Administrative Schoology
3:30 pm Rhetoric, Dialectic Latin I for All Children Michael Eatmon

As students mature their styles of learning change, and so must our style of teaching. The paradigms are the same, but we must move beyond them to find ways to make Latin come alive for our students. This session will briefly review the grammar fundamentals addressed in the Latin for Children sessions, but with attention to how the methods of instruction should differ for the dialectic stage. We will then spend time looking at the advanced grammar addressed in the first twenty-two chapters of Wheelock’s Latin (that which is not covered in LFC). Lastly, the session will offer advice on building reading skills through the Latin readings and the sententiae antiquae segments offered in Wheelock’s Latin. This class is for dialectic/rhetoric students with a strong Latin foundation who are ready for an accelerated course in Latin I. Attendees are encouraged to attend the earlier sessions on Latin for Children.

Evening Events

Dinner at the Detweilers

Enjoy dinner and fellowship with conference speakers and other attendees at the Detweilers’ home.
Dinner will be served under the oak trees in the back yard, weather permitting.

Thursday, July 12, 6:00 PM | Cost $22


Dessert and Coffee at Veritas Press

Join Veritas Press staff, conference speakers and attendees at the headquarters of Veritas Press, just two miles from the host hotel. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to walk through the warehouse and see all the curricular selections. You’ll even have an opportunity to shop, if you wish.

Thursday, July 12, 7:30 PM | Free

July 13, 2018
Time Track Topic Speaker Description
8:00 am All Announcements and Prayer Gene Liechty
8:15 am All How to Love Loved Ones Who Minimize Gender Sam Andreades

How do you respond to a loved one's life decisions that seem to discard God's gift? If your child, student, spouse, nephew, friend, or even parent, decides to embrace gayness, to deny asymmetrical callings in relationships, or to try to change sex, and you cannot agree that the decision is good for him or her, how do you love appropriately? Answers to the questions that rend our hearts when we cannot agree with the gender decisions of students, family and close friends.

9:15 am Grammar Memory Period: A Grammar School Building Block Kate Zappitella

Memory Period: a subject not normally included in most schools’ schedules! Come learn the what, why, and how of this short but important part of a grammar school student’s day. Discuss the challenges and benefits of Memory Period, learn how to organize the curriculum, and experience a hands-on demonstration.

9:15 am Rhetoric, Dialectic The Benefits of My Classical Education in My Adult Life Brandon Detweiler
10:30 am Grammar Teaching Art Classically Tom Garfield

“Art for art’s sake!”–this phrase, birthed during the Renaissance, must be replaced by “Art for God’s sake!” Art can and should be taught classically through all three stages of the Trivium. We will look at some classical, practical, and, most importantly, biblical ways to help children grow in their artistic skills in ways that glorify God.

10:30 am Dialectic Using Latin Alive Karen Moore

As students mature their styles of learning change, and so must our style of teaching. The paradigms are the same, but we must move beyond them to find ways to make Latin come alive for our students. This session will highlight teaching strategies for older students utilizing some of the lessons and tools of the Latin Alive program. Karen Moore, Latin teacher and author of Latin Alive, will also share a number of techniques she has developed as we review the finer points of Latin grammar, reading, and even a little composition.

10:30 am Rhetoric Modern Foreign Languages for a Classically Educated Student Michael Eatmon

The old joke asks, “What do you call someone who speaks two languages?” Bilingual. “And what do you call someone who speaks only one?” American. In this session, we’ll discuss the educational value of foreign language study, and we’ll dispel the myth that its only benefit is to pad a transcript.

10:30 am Administrative Gender Discussion - Q&A Forum Sam Andreades
11:45 am All Nurturing the Hearts of Children Dr. Robert J. Cannon

"What am I doing wrong?" "Did I fail in raising my wayward son?" "How do I keep my daughter safe?" Raising children "the right way" is something we all desire to do, but it seems elusive sometimes and we find ourselves discouraged. There's something missing in many well-known child-rearing books, and it's right under our noses as parents and educators.