2018 Conference

Conference Poster

School of the Ozarks & The Classical Thistle

Annual Classical Christian Education Conference

March 2nd & 3rd

College of the Ozarks

100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout, MO 65726


School of the Ozarks and The Classical Thistle are excited to announce that we will be joining together to host our annual Classical Christian Education Conference on March 2-3, 2018. Our conference will look to explore the practical aspects of teaching classically within today’s classrooms.  Through discussion, classroom examples, and lectures, this conference aims to equip teachers with practical tools to use right away.

Conference format:  The conference will have a mixture of plenary talks and grade appropriate workshops.

Who should attend this conference? K-12 Classical Christian Educators and administrators who desire to grow in their grasp of what it means to teach classically in the 21st century context.

Conference times:  Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. & Saturday 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Cost:  $35.00

To reserve a spot, email lwilks@cofo.edu. Please include School Name, Attendee Name(s), and Attendee Email Addresses.

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please email smcelvain@cofo.edu.

Why should I attend?

We know there are several good classical Christian education conferences out there. So what makes it worth it to travel to Point Lookout in March to attend another one? Great question. Our vision is to host a conference that is less lecture-based and far more interactive and collaborative. We desire for our workshops to be immediately helpful to the growth of the teacher and the betterment of the classroom. We want to maximize our greatest resource–collaboration with other teachers–as we bring people together from various geographical and academic environments.

What can I expect?

We will have six breakout sessions with 2-3 options for each breakout, giving us around 15 options for practical advice, example lessons, book seminars, and other collaborative workshops to help participants be more actively involved throughout the conference. Some of the speakers and sessions already confirmed are below.

  • Scott Welch, The Oaks Classical Christian Academy (Spokane, WA)
    • Memory Palaces
    • Harkness Discussions
  • Kim Mewes, The Oaks Classical Christian Academy (Spokane, WA)
    • Lower school workshops
  • Kyle Rapinchuk, School of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, MO)
    • The Classroom as a Workshop for Wisdom
    • The Rabbit Trail is the Point: Cultivating Explorers in a Netflix Culture
  • Other workshops include:
    • Book seminar on Plato’s Meno
    • Call outs, chants, and songs (Lower School collaboration)
    • What does it mean to teach classically? (Collaborative discussion on pedagogy)
    • Administrative Prayer and Q & A
    • …And many more!