The National Symposium for Classical Education is an annual conference that brings scholars and school leaders, teachers, and parents into conversation to enrich and deepen each other’s understanding of the liberal arts in K-12 classical education. With both lectures, workshops, and chances to informally mingle, the Symposium provides school leaders and master teachers with some of the best thought on the subjects under consideration.
The theme of the 2022 Symposium will be the fine arts—from music and dance to painting and sculpture—with a focus on the way students in classical settings learn, not only to understand and appreciate fine art, but to create it themselves. Making (poesis) is the experience which gives shape to the soul. We will explore how practical skills, the masterworks, and pedagogy all fit together in a seamless tapestry.
Beginning with curated presentations from select scholars and practitioners, we provide school leaders and master teachers with some of the best thought on the subjects under consideration.
By its very nature, classical education is character education—arguably the best model of character education on the market, integrating character and virtue at the very heart of its curriculum, pedagogy, and culture.
We provide the forum for discussions of how to revitalize teaching as the modeling of exemplary content and exceptional character.
We explore common readings from the treasure trove of classical pedagogues, those master teachers from the past who have left us principled guidance on the nature of educating the next generation.
We present school leaders and master teachers with some of the best scholarship on the subjects being taught in classical schools, with an eye on effective K-12 instruction.
We invite classical educators from around the country—public, private, and home schools—to participate in the Symposium, as we strive to promote effective pedagogy, wherever we find it.