The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education offers In-Service Workshops for Catholic Schools that wish to improve their Catholic Identity and to Catholic Classical Schools that wish to improve their understanding and practice of classical education.
Our presenters have decades of experience in classical education from kindergarten through college.
Our one or two-day workshops are tailored to fit the needs of each school. We allow plenty of time for questions and answers and informal discussions. Talks directed to the broader community, including board members and parents, are often included. Our programs always include prayer, such Mass, Rosary and Liturgy of the Hours.
Contact us to discuss how our workshops can help your school.
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Formation and Practice
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School - Newport News, Virginia
An Introduction to the Catholic Classical Approach
What is the classical approach? How is it Catholic? How is it similar to and distinct from contemporary education approaches?
Seminar: The Lost Tools of Learning
Dorothy Sayers’ essay proved to be a catalyst for the classical movement. We will examine this essay more deeply and engage in discussion about it.
The Integrated Curriculum and Primary Sources
We will take a look at the natural integration of the classical approach and how teachers can plan for and implement it. The use of primary sources in literature, history and nature studies will be examined.
Introduction to Mimetic Instruction
The principles and parts of mimetic instruction will be explored.
Trivium Excercises: The Gettysburg Address
Q & A
The Classical Approach to Writing
Beginning with narration in the earliest years, to persuasive writing in the Logic Stage, classical writing principles will be discussed.
Introduction to Socratic Dialogue
A cornerstone of the classical approach, dialectic learning will be introduced and discussed.
Math & Nature Studies: The Gateway to Wonder & Awe
The inherent beauty of these subjects will be explored. Ways to enhance math and science instruction will be introduced.
The 7 Essential Habits of the Teacher
The primacy of the role of teacher and the teacher as life-long learner will be examined.
Read-alouds: Grimm’s Cinderella
Introduction to Catholic Classical Education
Regina Academies - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Session I – What is Classical Education?
Session II – How do we make it work?
Evening Talk – The Blessings of a Catholic Classical School
Session I – Trivial Exercises: The Gettysburg Address and The Church’s
Session II – Suggestions for Classroom/Q & A
Introduction to Catholic Classical Education
St. Andrew’s Academy - Helena, Montana
Sessions I & II – Archbishop Miller, The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools
Session III – Curtis Hancock, Recovering a Catholic Philosophy Of
Evening talk: “St. Augustine and Classical Education: Lessons from the Confessions”
Session I – Trivium workshop – Dorothy Sayers, “The Lost Tools of
Learning” and the Gettysburg Address
Session II – Math & Science: Euclid’s Geometry and Fabre’s Insects
Faculty Seminar: Shakespeare, The Tempest
Discussing Stories with the Young
St. John Bosco - Rochester, New York
Session I -- Dorothy Sayers, “Lost Tools of Learning”
GK Chesterton, “Ethics of Elfland”
Session II -- Tolkien, “Leaf by Niggle” & “Smith of Wootton Major”
Session III -- Tolkien, “Essay on Faerie Stories”
Faculty Seminar -- The Mary and Martha stories
Session I – Andrew Lang’s Fairy Stories
Session II – Archbishop Michael Miller, The Holy See’s Teaching
on Catholic Schools
Session III – Father Basil Moureau, “Christian Education”
Talk to Parents – “Parents and Classical Education”
I'm very happy you came to work with our teachers. I, and they,
benefited a great deal from your seminars. The history of Catholic classical education, the philosophy, and a practical application of teaching a seminar were all very helpful for my teachers. It has led to a good start to the school year.
Also, thank you for your suggestions and advice as regards curriculum. I hope we can have you up again before next school year.
The workshop was absolutely marvelous! I was impressed by the amount that we covered in two days and I, as well as many others, were satisfied that many of the questions we had about Catholic and classical education were answered.
The parent night also went very well. Although not a lot of parents
came, those who did have become excited about what we are trying to accomplish here.
Perhaps the best thing that happened however, was that our all of our teachers were engaged in the seminars and continued conversations among themselves afterward. I personally felt that for the first time in a long time we were a community of learners. Almost everyone of the teachers pulled me aside to tell me how great this was. Everyone is excited about getting back to the classroom to direct the learners in their care. At the risk of gushing too much I have to add just one more thing. Arthur Hippler was completely perfect for this task. We could not have been more impressed with him and his abilities. We hope he will be able to return again! Thank you so much for the work you are doing at the Institute. It is so important!
I liked the practical application of classical educations by means of going through the subjects (History with the Gettysburg Address or Lit. with the Tempest), and showing first-hand how they would be taught using grammar, dialectic, and rhetorical. I received some great practical for advice teaching classically, and have ammunition now for explaining why classicism is so important.
The workshop re-energized me intellectually. Mostly retired from teaching high school English and Latin, but still working as an adjunct Latin I and Latin II teacher, my main concern has been juggling the two levels in one room. In particular, I am after the workshop resolved to try to invigorate my students by reading small sections of great Latin works for a few minutes at the start of each class; in addition, I will have on the board each day as they come in pithy quotes from famous Romans (quoted from Wheelock).
The subjects and the presenter were wonderful. I enjoyed the topics and the discussions were dynamic. I hope we can do it again.