2024 Conference Schedule

MAIN CONFERENCE: June 20 – 22 (Thursday-Saturday)

PRE-CONFERENCE: June 19 (Wednesday)

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Darlene Gomes

Darlene Gomes

Darlene Gomes, Ed.D., has a passion for oral rhetoric and communication on the grammar school level and is blessed to have used her gifts as a classroom teacher for the past 34 years. While she has enjoyed teaching students from kindergarten to college level, after...

Joe Carlson

Joe Carlson

Joe Carlson (MA Humanities) lives in the DFW metroplex with his wife and son. He received his BA from New St Andrews College, and his MA from the University of Dallas, where he is currently completing his PhD in Literature. His specific focus is the doxological...

Ben Merkle

Ben Merkle

Dr. Ben Merkle is the president of New Saint Andrews College, as well as a Senior Fellow of Theology. He holds a DPhil in Oriental Studies and an MSt in Jewish Studies from Oxford University, England; an MA degree in English Literature, a Greyfriars Letter, and a BS...

Jon McCord

Jon McCord

Jon McCord has served as the headmaster of Veritas Preparatory School in Greenville, South Carolina for ten years and teaches Latin, literature, history, and rhetoric (or whatever else might be needed). Prior to moving to South Carolina, Jon cut his teeth teaching and...

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Suggested Audiences

Grammar Logic/Rhetoric Administrators Everyone  Foundation Track  Learning Needs Track

PRE-CONFERENCE: Wednesday, June 19

   THURSDAY Morning, June 20
9:00–9:30
Welcome & Opening
9:30-10:30
Plenary Speaker – Rene Girard, St. Anselm, and the Crackle of Envy – Douglas Wilson
10:50–11:50
Workshops
Modern Apologetics for Scientific Skeptics: The Astronomical Discourses – George Grant
The Paideia of God – Joe Rigney
Build Engaging Literature Lessons – Sarah Crowe
ACCS Accreditation From the School’s Perspective – Hefner & Walker
Why Does Your School Need an Intentional Program to Serve Students with Learning Needs – Liz Caddow
(Collaborative) Collaboration Without Consternation – Mandi Gerth
Art Education: Challenges and Delightful Possibilities in the Classical … – Kandra Bellanca
How to Find and Train Latin (or Greek) Teachers for Your School – Tim Griffith
Track Plenary – Engaging Our Students and Encouraging Our Parents – Keith McCurdy

  THURSDAY Afternoon, June 20
12:00-1:15
Lunch and Vendor Time
12:15-1:00
Lunch Meeting for Heads of ACCS-Accredited Schools. Learn more.
1:15–1:30
Singing and Announcements
1:30–2:30
Plenary – The Children of Hope: Augustine and Anselm – Kevin Roberts
2:30–4:00
Head of School Wives Tea. Learn more.
2:50–3:50
Workshops
The Experience of the Sublime – Grant Horner
Theological Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts – Kyle Rapinchuk
Against Pragmatism: Mathematics in the Grammar School – Patricia Smith
Opening Doorways to Classroom Attentiveness – Phil Arant
Blending Faith and Preparedness in Safety Training – Jason Perry
From Empathy to Action: Creating a Comprehensive Student Support … – Megan Howell
Designing an Effective Senior Thesis Program – Patrick Halbrook
A More Melodious Sound: Fighting the Attraction and Distraction of the Modern World … – Matt Beatty
Track Plenary – Anselm the Teacher: The Pursuit of Joy in Education – Joe Rigney
4:10–5:10
Workshops
Temple-Centered Teaching – Andrew Kern
Rhyme, Rythym, & Repetition – Mindy Stanley
The Seven Laws of Teaching – Christie Wright
What 400 Hours of Discussion over 50 Texts in 16 Months as a Student Taught Me About … – Mark Wheeler
Counting the Cost … The Head of School Role – M. Wade Ortego
A Good Man is Hard to Find: Modern Education and the Crisis of Men without Chests – Franklin Norton
A Day in the Life: Teaching Students with Learning Needs in the General … – Collver, Robertson, & Weichbrodt
(Collaborative) Twenty Years in a Collaborative School: Lessons Along the Way – Jean Auxier
Track Plenary – Part I: Homer on Courage and Justice – Louis Markos

   THURSDAY Evening, June 20

   FRIDAY Morning, June 21
9:00–9:10
Announcements, Singing, and Introduction
9:10–9:30
Presentation: First Prize, 2024 Chrysostom Oratory Contest
9:30–10:30
Plenary – Anselm and the Discipleship of the Mind – George Grant
10:50–11:50
Workshops
Governance in the Garden of Good & Evil – Douglas Wilson
Discipline and Discipleship – Kelly Gardner
Hands on Formative Assessment – Bryan Lynch
Smoothing Your Path Through the ACCS Accreditation Process – Carmen Watson
Facing Legal Threats and Protecting Your School’s Religious Liberty – Harrison Smith
Hope and A Future is Here: The Imago Dei School for Students with Developmental and Learning Disabilities – Clark & Howell
Ascending Shadows: Shedding Light on Our Curricular Choices – Jean Auxier
Merging Linguistic Worlds: Mastering English Grammar through Latin – Kellie Herrera
Track Plenary – Engaging our Students and Encouraging Our Parents (Repeat of Thursday’s workshop) – Keith McCurdy

   FRIDAY Afternoon, June 21
12:00-1:00
Lunch and Vendor Time
12:15-1:00
ACCS Membership Meeting. Learn more.
1:15-1:30
Presentation of the Boniface Award
1:30-2:30
Plenary Speaker – Meghan Basham
2:50–3:50
Workshops
Poetry as Pedagogy – Kyle Rapinchuk
Part I: The Canon of Great Books – Diener, Horner, & Schlect
The Training and Teaching Dichotomy – Christie Wright
How to Put Down the Ring: The Gollum in Headmaster’s Clothes – Ben Holland
Filling an Unforgiving Class Period with 50 Minutes Worth of Distance – James Waldy
Early Intervention and Educational Therapy – Bond & Robertson
Singing School: A Two-Tiered Music Vision for Classical Christian Schools – Jarrod Richey
Track Plenary – Logos-Centered Teaching – Andrew Kern
4:10–5:10
Workshops
Not a Minute Wasted – Donna Taylor
Part II: The Canon of Great Books – Diener, Horner, & Schlect
Assessing Through Oral Dialogue: Seeing What the Students Really … – Earl Claypool

Stories for Mentoring and Support for Novice Teachers in Classical Christian Schools – Katherine Schultz

(Collaborative) Understanding the Home Day: Help for the Collaborative Model Teacher – Mandi Gerth
Set the Table and Enjoy the Feast: Creating Culture with Intentional Liturgy – Hinton & Tackett
A Sober Look at the Perspective of a First-Year teacher, for Those with Greater Experiece – Davis Greenwood
Teaching for Spiritual Formation: Liturgies of Time and Space – Kyle Hughes
Track Plenary – Part II: Homer on Courage and Justice – Louis Markos

   FRIDAY Evening, June 21
6:00-10:00

AFTER HOURS — GATHERINGS AND DISCUSSIONS

   SATURDAY Morning, June 22
9:00–10:00
Workshops
Tending the Growth of Oral Rhetoric and Communication in Younger Scholars – Darlene Gomes
The Incorruptible God’s Biology – Diane Carter
Teaching with Eyes on the Sun: The Doxological Pedagogy of Dante’s Paradiso – Joe Carlson
Anselm and Modern Science: Credo Ut Intelligam, or The Other Way Around? What Anselm … – Chris Hall
The Art of the Question – Mandi Gerth

For the Love of Shakespeare – Julie Letsche

Identity is Key: How Knowing Who You are Makes Everything Easier – Jon McCord
Leadership and Emotional Sabotage – Joe Rigney
Track Plenary – Pagan Texts and Classical Christian Education – David Diener
10:00–10:15
Announcements and School Accreditation Presentations
10:15–11:00
Plenary – Full-Time: Work and Human Dignity in a World Gone Mad – David Bahnsen
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Quotes from Conference Attendees

There were several options–I had a hard time choosing between in workshops. Great problem to have!!!

Loved the inclusion of STEM workshops, P.E. workshops, preschool workshops and workshops on helping students with disabilities! These are the areas where we needed guidance and we are excited to listen to them with our faculty. It is so encouraging to be inspired by the speakers! … This year my daughter who is a senior at Vanderbilt joined me at the conference. She loved it and learned so much that she will carry forward as she has her own classroom!

I truly think the variety of offerings met diverse needs.

I always enjoy getting to put my hands on the actual curriculum materials I am considering.

No suggestions…it was wonderful. Please keep the coffee coming. Thanks!