Explore the tradition of classical liberal arts education and study under expert scholars and practitioners.
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Leader: Dr. Amy Richards
When: Asynchronous course available from September 1 – December 31
If you are a teacher at a school or a homeschool who either has students with disabilities or learning differences in your class, or who wants to be able to welcome such students well, this course will help you to see the beauty in creating such an inclusive community for all kinds of learners. It will also show you concrete steps that you can take to make the material that you are so passionate about accessible to the different kinds of learners in your classes.
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This course is made available to the Academy for Classical Teachers through a generous partnership with Classical U, an online teacher-training platform that provides a clear path toward mastery for classical educators seeking to understand the classical tradition of education and teach with excellence.
Leaders: Dr. Anika Prather and Dr. Angel Parham
The powerful legacy of classical education among Black intellectuals and educators in America is a national treasure with the capacity to bless teachers and students the world over. This rich heritage brings to light a wealth of truth, goodness, and beauty from within the great tradition. Through the work of many great readers, writers, teachers, artists, and people of action who loved, taught, and put into practice the wisdom and virtue of great guides such as Augustine of Hippo, while themselves living with injustices and hardships like we do, we have access to this rich heritage. Their insights shine a light into the heart of the Great Books and bring their gems before us with clarity and brilliance. This engagement of the Black intellectual tradition with the classics is a gift that we should bring to all students.
Our two presenters guide us into this exciting and timely topic with their own unique voices and professional backgrounds, exploring both the historical and scholarly foundations as well as the stories and experiences of both current and past teachers who have been champions of this heritage, providing inspiring ideas for action and application in all classical schools.
Leader: Dr. Matthew Post, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Associate Director, Saint Ambrose Center for Catholic Liberal Education and Culture, University of Dallas
When: Asynchronous course available from January 15 – May 15, 2022
This course presents a pithy introduction and overview of ancient and medieval education, tracing the roots and genesis of the classical tradition of education. Dr. Post is a precise and clear teacher who does a superb job of summarizing and capturing the essence of important thinkers like Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine and their contributions to the classical tradition of education. This course is a fundamental course for any teacher wishing to understand how the classical tradition of education started and grew.
Teachers taking this course will also enjoy hearing Dr. Post’s insights and passion for education in the recorded conversations with Dr. Christopher Perrin.
Leader: Jason Barney, Principal of Coram Deo Academy (Carmel, IN)
The English educator and reformer Charlotte Mason (1842 – 1923) was an inspirational advocate for what she called a “liberal education.” In this course, Charlotte Mason expert Jason Barney shows the ways that Mason is part of the general tradition of classical education while also noting several of her insightful contributions to embodying a liberal education for all English children in the 19th century.
The Academy for Classical Teachers (ACT) provides online enrichment for classical 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 Academies, the Institute for Classical Education, and our partner institutions in both higher education and classical K-12. 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 friends 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.
For further questions, please email the Academy Director, Paul Weinhold at email@example.com