Saturday, June 19, 2021 (8:30 am - 3:30 pm CT)
Hope Presbyterian Church, 434 South Main Street, Opelousas, LA 70570
Registration required but the conference, including lunch, is free.
Emphasis: TOOLS & TYPES OF EDUCATION
Kepler Education, Scholé Groups of Classical Academic Press, and mentors from CiRCE Institute are uniting as a Consortium of Classical Educators for this one-day event on June 19, 2021 near Lafayette, LA to ignite a renaissance in education where families and teachers alike partake in classical education through the various types (or settings), receive expert teacher training, and embrace the tools which embody this lasting tradition in either online or community settings.
Discover the freedom of homeschooling while maintaining the expertise of a faculty.
Participate in genuine and frank discussions centered on customizing your child's education using online and community tools.
Learn to find and form your own tribe of like-minded families committed to scholé, or restful learning from home.
Learn how to craft a curriculum governed by the liberal arts tradition.
Receive support as a public, private, or home educator in ongoing teacher training.
8:30-9:00 Registration (Fellowship Hall)
9:00-9:15 - Welcome and Introduction by Joffre Swait
9:15-10:00 - Recovering The Idea of a University, Scott Postma
10:00-10:45 - The Lost Tools of Thinking: Writing and Rhetoric as Tools for Life, Renee Mathis
10:45-11:15 - Break (Fellowship Hall/Sanctuary)
11:15-12:00 - Breakouts
#1 Simone Weil on Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies, Lisa Mayeux
#2 Lit with Littles, Jessie Smith
12:00-1:00 - Catered lunch
1:00-1:45 - What is Scholé?, Lisa Mayeux
1:45-2:00 – Dismiss to breakout
2:00-2:45 - Breakouts
#3 The Nurturing Community, Renee Mathis
#4 Building Online Education Communities, Joffre Swait
2:45-3:00 – Return to sanctuary for Q&A panel
3:00-3:30 Q & A panel
Talk #1: (Scott Postma) Recovering The Idea of the University
Talk #2: (Renee Mathis) The Lost Tools of Thinking: Writing and Rhetoric as Tools for Life
Description: When is a writing program more than a writing program? By teaching the tools of writing by teaching students how to think, we not only equip the next generation of writers, but also model loving, Christlike communication.
Talk #3: (Lisa Mayeux) What is Scholé?
Description: How do we create an atmosphere of scholé and practice it in our learning community and at home.
Breakout #1: (Lisa Mayeux) Colloquy- essay: Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies -Simone Weil. Simone Weil calls us to align study with prayer and attentiveness in this essay. We will read and discuss why she says this is the key to a Christian conception of studies!
Breakout #2: (Jessie Smith) Lit with Littles: 6 Ways to Discuss Stories and Poems with Elementary Students.
Breakout #3: (Renee Mathis) The Nurturing Community. What does it take to build, feed, and sustain a community of like-minded travelers and pilgrims? How can you be both a resource for others as well as a recipient of their wisdom? In this interactive session we will explore some practical ways to create the kinds of groups we need.
Breakout #4: (Joffre Swait) Building Online Education Communities.