Schedule of Events

July 10, 2019
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 Grammar 10 Keys to Successful Grammar School Teaching Emily Fischer
9:15 am Rhetoric, Dialectic 10 Keys to Successful Dialectic Teaching Michael Eatmon
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 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 Secondary Math in the Classical Tradition
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 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 Dialectic Teaching Geometry with Saxon
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 - Is the third of a three-part series of workshops exploring the Omnibus Curriculum. Workshop takes you through Dante’s The Divine Comedy. See 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 they plot “your way toward the love that moves the Sun and the other stars.”

2:15 pm Grammar Making Spelling Stick

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 Administrative Administrators Discussion Forum Marlin Detweiler
G. Tyler Fischer
Tom Garfield
3:30 pm Grammar The Efficient Classroom Deb Chapin
3:30 pm Rhetoric, Dialectic 10 Keys to Successful Rhetoric School Teaching Michael Eatmon

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.

Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 PM | Cost $25


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 11, 7:30 PM | Free

July 11, 2019
Time Track Topic Speaker Description
8:00 am All Announcements and Prayer Gene Liechty
8:15 am All Rooting for Rivals Peter Greer
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 Trisha Williams
9:15 am Dialectic Logic: Formal, Informal, and the Art of Thinking Well Michael Eatmon

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.

9:15 am Grammar Nurturing a Love of Math in Children
10:30 am Rhetoric A Rhetoric of Love 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 Grammar Latin: Grammar's Paradigm Discipline Dr. Kari Ceaicovschi
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.

1:00 pm Administrative 5 Things All Successful Students Have in Common Marlin Detweiler
1:00 pm Dialectic Grammar & Writing Transition Rebecca Tunstall
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 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.

2:15 pm 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.

2:15 pm Dialectic Making the Most of Latin Dr. Kari Ceaicovschi
3:30 pm Grammar The Distracted Child Laurie Detweiler
3:30 pm Rhetoric, Dialectic It's all Greek to Me Michael Eatmon
3:30 pm Administrative Trips Around the World: Learning & Service Trisha Williams
July 12, 2019
Time Track Topic Speaker Description
8:00 am All Announcements and Prayer Gene Liechty
8:15 am All An Education of the Founding Fathers Peter Lillback
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 Restoring Dignity to the Worlds of Art & Theatre Tom Garfield
10:30 am Rhetoric, Dialectic 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 Administrative Building Teams, Keeping Calm, & Fixing Your Eye on the Prize Dr. Robert J. Cannon
10:30 am Grammar Catching up the Non-Classical Student Trisha Williams
11:45 am All Nurturing Childrens' Hearts Dr. Robert J. Cannon
12:15 pm All Fulfilling the Classical Mission ​Marlin & Laurie Detweiler