Join your fellow teachers in an intimate setting to explore the tradition of classical liberal arts education and study under expert scholars and practitioners.
The Academy for Classical Teachers (ACT) provides summer professional development classes and seminars for public and private school teachers who seek to teach in their classrooms according to the principles of a traditional Liberal Arts Education.
ACT is a collaborative initiative of Great Hearts K-12 classical charter schools and the Institute for Classical Education along with partners in institutions of higher education.
This year’s courses are designed to help teachers dive deeply into content, with an eye toward both theory and practice. Faculty are drawn from our partners in higher education, expert teachers, and scholars who have chosen to teach within the public K-12 arena because of the unique opportunities it affords.
If you are a certified teacher, course hours may be applicable toward required professional development clock hours for recertification.
What: The 2020 Academy for Classical Teachers
When: July 13-31, 2020
Where: Varies (Phoenix, AZ, San Antonio, TX, and Online)
How to Register: View the catalog below (or download the PDF) and register here!
Note: Great Hearts teachers should register from the Faculty Resources Website.
For further questions, please email Damia McWatters at email@example.com
These scholars have been selected as Fellows of the Institute for Classical Education for 2019. Their courses for the Academy for Classical Teachers are based in their areas of research for the Institute.
Robert Jackson, Ph.D
Chief Academic Officer
Great Hearts America
Founding Director, Institute for Classical Education
Matthew Post, Ph.D
Braniff Graduate School
University of Dallas
Participants are responsible for their own housing arrangements.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Register for the Arizona Seminar Here!
Plato’s Republic is without question one of the most important and influential books ever written, and it is difficult to understand Western civilization without engaging with The Republic. It is beautifully written, very accessible, and it is a joy to read and discuss this book. This summer, members of the community will have a special opportunity for an in-depth complete reading and 3-week series of Socratic seminar discussions on this seminal book.
Text: The Republic of Plato, translated by Allan Bloom. Basic Books edition, 1991. (No other translation should be used for this seminar.)
Register for the Texas Seminar Here!
Register for the Iliad Here!
Fear, courage, rage, love, selfishness, and greatness of heart are just some of the ingredients of Homer’s epic. Why has this, the West’s first song, sounded throughout all generations? From its origins as an oral poem to scroll, codex, and eventually print, Homer’s Iliad feeds our hearts and enlarges our understanding of what it means to be alive and human. Enjoy a lively seminar as we feast on the epic poem that started it all. Join the great Achilles and wise Odysseus as they sack Troy, revealing the spoils of Ancient Greece and showing that there is no new thing under the sun.
Text: The Iliad, Translation by Robert Fagles, Penguin ISBN 9780140275360
In addition to seminars on philosophy and literature, the Academy for Classical Teachers hosts online summer courses led by master classical teachers and scholars with topics pulled from educational philosophy, the Trivium, the Quadrivium, and the Institute for Classical Education’s annual Symposium. Courses meet virtually 2-3 times each week in 2-hour time slots and include interactive elements and resources accessed between sessions.
Register for Ancient Sources Here!
A natural tension exists within the liberal arts, between those who promote the rhetorical tradition of imitation of the masters and those who pursue the philosophical tradition of dialogical inquiry, a la Socrates. From ancient times to the present day, training in the liberal arts has tended to emphasize one of these two traditions, sometimes at the expense of its counterweight. This course will survey the history of the liberal arts through the lenses of oratory and philosophy. As part of a three-year series through the Academy for Classical Teachers, this summer will focus primarily on ancient sources, drawing substantially on source materials from Bruce Kimball’s Orators and Philosophers. As we gain familiarity with primary sources, we will examine the tension that naturally develops between oratory and philosophy, in order to define the full spectrum of the liberal arts: from the philosophical pursuit of truth to the promotion of good persons speaking well.
Reference: Kimball, Bruce. Orators and Philosophers: A History of the Idea of Liberal Education. New York: Teacher’s College, Columbia University, 1986: 293 pages.
Register for Thucydides’s Education in Virtuous Leadership Here!
In the opening of his great work examining the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides explains that his labors are intended for future readers “wishing to observe what is clear according the human… for what is past is a neighbor to what will be.” He is famous for debunking our delusions about nobility and justice, for explaining away the gods as fictions useful for social order, and for finally showing how everything comes down to one thing alone: power. In this course, we will indeed consider passages that reveal this side of Thucydides, but there is another side to him. Unlike our great idealists, Thucydides does not seek to cultivate virtue by pretending to live in the world that we want. Rather, he shows us the world as it is and nevertheless finds the subtle and all-too-often overlooked evidence that nobility and justice are real, that the divine may intervene to punish the unjust, and that the prudent leader appreciates not only the efficacy of force, fraud, and violence, but also the strength of real virtue and piety. In other words, Thucydides seeks to educate us to become virtuous adults, people who know how to fight as well as what is worth fighting for.
Register for Logic Here!
The Trivium (Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric) are the tools by which we learn to speak and think—regardless of discipline or grade level. Logic teaches us how to discover and determine truth and lays important foundations for the proper use of rhetoric as not merely the art of convincing others, but the art of convincing others of truth. Working from Aristotle’s Prior and Posterior Analytics and other selected readings, this course will distinguish between formal logic and material logic. Learn basic terms, propositions, syllogisms, and fallacies—as well as how to evaluate and produce truth tables and truth trees.
Register for Euclidean Geometry Here!
Euclid’s Elements, a text over two thousand years old and a stalwart of a traditional classical education, is still used in high school geometry today. This course is designed to lead classical teachers of all disciplines and grade levels through the first book of Euclid’s Elements in an exploration of basic triangular geometry, culminating in the proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. Join us for a three-week exercise in authentic mathematics using an original source whose elegance and thoroughness have placed it at the foundation of a classical education for centuries.