Schedule of Events

June 19, 2017
Time Track Topic Speaker Description
8:00 am All Announcements and Prayer Brandon Detweiler
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 Grammar Grammar School Years Teaching Basics Katherine Arrick Applying classical education pedagogy to the grammar school years, grades K – 6th, you will learn key elements to maximize student learning and success. Memorization, use of music and focus on content are all important aspects to be explored.
9:15 am Rhetoric, Dialectic Dialectic Years Teaching Basics Michael Eatmon Teaching about ordered relationships, pursuing “how” and “why” and the study of formal and informal logic will be covered. Learn why this sometimes-trying time in a child’s development can be the greatest opportunity for establishing great discernment and the ability to think in the mind of the student.
9:15 am Administrative The Seven Laws of Teaching: Making them Stick Tom Garfield
10:30 am Rhetoric, Dialectic Math Damian Haarhoff In this session, we will explore Algebra I through the text by Harold Jacobs. Learn how to meet the inquisitive needs of the dialectic student in ways that will build mathematical and logical connections while capturing the student’s imagination in this extremely important mathematical level. Learn why classically educated students are frequently better math students, too.
10:30 am Grammar Phonics (Veritas Press) Jackie Lake Much of education starts with learning to read. And, ideally, learning to read starts with phonics. Learn the distinctions of the Veritas phonics curriculum that have made extraordinary readers for nearly 20 years.
10:30 am Grammar History and Bible: K-6th (Veritas Press) Laurie Detweiler Learn the unique and award-winning approach to building biblical knowledge and a working timeline of history from Creation to the present in this presentation.
10:30 am Rhetoric, Dialectic Omnibus (Veritas Press) G. Tyler Fischer This is the first of a three-part series delving into each type of session in the Omnibus. These sessions will focus on basic and advanced techniques that will help you teach Omnibus effectively. Part One will focus on a brief overview of Omnibus and the Prelude, Recitation, and Writing Assignment.
11:30 am All Lunch
1:00 pm Rhetoric, Dialectic Math, Part 2 Damian Haarhoff In this session, we will be looking at the second half of Paul Forester's Algebra and Trigonometry which we call Pre-Calculus. Learn how to assist your students transitioning into the Rhetoric stages in taking what they have learned and applying this knowledge in creative and persuasive ways to formulate and develop new ideas, proofs and arguments.
1:00 pm Grammar Grammar (The Shurley Method & IEW) Katherine Arrick Teaching Shurley Grammar and the Institute for Excellence in Writing will be the focus of this session. These two programs have been longtime staples contributing to the success that Veritas’ students have realized in mastering English grammar and building their writing skills.
1:00 pm Administrative Teacher - Hiring, Evaluating and Dismissing Tom Garfield The most important ingredient to education is the teacher. This session will focus on making sure the right players are on the team and that they are being developed to their greatest potential.
1:00 pm Rhetoric, Dialectic Omnibus, Part 2 (Veritas Press) G. Tyler Fischer This is the second of a three-part series delving into each type of session in the Omnibus. These sessions will focus on basic and advanced techniques that will help you teach Omnibus effectively. Part Two will focus on a the Discussion, the foundational type of session, for Omnibus. This workshop will help you lead effective Discussions and aid you in gauging the effectiveness of discussing in small and large classes.
2:15 pm Grammar Creativity in the Classroom Laurie Detweiler Classical educators are not always creative, but those that are seem to accomplish much more in their students. Sometimes we need a little stimulation of our imagination. This session will be that and more.
2:15 pm Administrative Training Teachers Tom Garfield If teachers are the most important aspect of education, it behooves us to invest in their training. You’ll come away for this talk with great ideas and plans to take teacher training to a new level.
2:15 pm Rhetoric, Dialectic Science (Apologia) Allan Bruner

Come learn more about the effective use of the Apologia textbook series through an in-depth examination of "Exploring Creation with Biology" written by Dr. Jay Wile and Marilyn Durnell. Your host for this session will be Allan Bruner, veteran Veritas Scholars Academy science instructor and National Board Certified Teacher.

2:15 pm Rhetoric, Dialectic Omnibus, Part 3 (Veritas Press) G. Tyler Fischer This is the final part of this series delving into each type of session in the Omnibus. These sessions will focus on basic and advanced techniques that will help you teach Omnibus effectively. Part 3 will focus a brief overview of Omnibus and the Activity sessions and the Evaluation sessions. There will also be some time for questions on Omnibus.
3:30 pm Grammar Grammar, Part 2 (The Shurley Method & IEW) Katherine Arrick
3:30 pm Rhetoric Rhetoric Years Teaching Basics Michael Eatmon
3:30 pm Administrative Administrators Discussion Forum Marlin Detweiler
Tom Garfield
G. Tyler Fischer

Evening Events

Monday, June 19, 6:00 PM | Cost $22

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.

June 20, 2017
Time Track Topic Speaker Description
8:00 am All Announcements and Prayer Brandon Detweiler
8:15 am All Working with Parents Tom Garfield
9:15 am Administrative Leadership Principles Marlin Detweiler
9:15 am Rhetoric Rhetoric (Veritas Press) Michael Eatmon
9:15 am Grammar Literature (Veritas Press) Pixie Lichtenstein Teaching Literature is a chance to enter into the hearts and minds of your students. They say a book can take you anywhere you allow your imagination to go. This is so true with the Veritas Literature selections. From deserted island, pirates, wild animals, to secret gardens and the mountains of Switzerland. We will explore and share in the adventures of many characters. And see how the word of God penetrates even our fictional world. Come along for the ride!
9:15 am Dialectic Logic (Canon Press) Laurie Detweiler
Rick Davis
10:30 am Grammar Latin (Latin for Children) Karen Moore
10:30 am Rhetoric Rhetoric, Part 2 (Veritas Press) Michael Eatmon
10:30 am Dialectic Logic, Part 2 (Canon Press) Rick Davis
Laurie Detweiler
Marlin Detweiler
10:30 am Administrative The Governance Model for the Board Tom Garfield
11:30 am All Lunch
1:00 pm Dialectic Composition (Veritas Press)
1:00 pm Grammar Math (Saxon) Katherine Arrick
1:00 pm Rhetoric Senior Thesis Michael Eatmon
1:00 pm Administrative Working with a Board Tom Garfield
2:15 pm Administrative Marketing Your School Ralph Cochran
2:15 pm Grammar Latin, Part 2 (Latin for Children) Karen Moore
3:30 pm Rhetoric, Dialectic Latin I (Wheelocks) Karen Moore
3:30 pm Grammar Linguistics (Phoenic Zoo) Pixie Lichtenstein

Linguistics is a word that beckons our brain to say, "How do you spell that?" In The Phonetic Zoo, the animals make the journey into the world of words quite an adventure. It's a zoo out there, so join us as we find out how and why we spell and pronounce words the way we do. As we communicate for Christ, we want to do it in a commanding fashion. The Veritas linguistics course will take you on an excursion that will have your students speaking a language you did not know was within them, and they will be smiling all the way.

3:30 pm Administrative, Dialectic Curriculum Discussion Forum Laurie Detweiler
Marlin Detweiler

Evening Events

Tuesday, June 20, 7:30 PM | Free

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.

June 21, 2017
Time Track Topic Speaker Description
8:00 am All Announcements and Prayer Brandon Detweiler
8:15 am All Classical Education in a Pop Culture World Michael Eatmon
9:15 am Rhetoric, Dialectic My Experience as a Classically Educated Student Brandon Detweiler "As proponents and believers in classical education we're mainly focused on showing and teaching the outside world of the amazing and unrivaled results classical education has on students. What we often miss and ignore is thinking about what happens to our classically educated students when they graduate, when they go to college, look for a spouse, a job, a career, a calling... As a beneficiary of an amazing classical education, I can tell you first hand of the wonderful benefits I got out of it, but I can also tell you about how lonely and difficult it can be to find friends, a spouse, or a Bible study group in college with like minded peers. If we're to do our job as educators and proponents of classical education, we need to prepare students for life and that means preparation for what lies beyond graduation."
9:15 am Grammar Geography (Veritas Press) Ned Bustard
10:30 am Administrative Choosing Curriculum Laurie Detweiler
10:30 am Dialectic Latin Transition I (CAP-Latin Alive) Karen Moore
10:30 am Rhetoric Modern Foreign Languages Michael Eatmon
10:30 am Grammar History of Art (Veritas Press) Ned Bustard
11:45 am All Closing Marlin Detweiler