3 days / 75+ speakers
60+ talks, workshops, and panels

Phoenix Convention Center (West Building)
March 20-22, 2024

2024 Conference

Renewing the Great Conversation

The theme of the 2024 National Symposium for Classical Education is “Renewing the Great Conversation.” This year’s Symposium will explore the eternal questions that form the core of classical education, and expand offerings to include more classroom pedagogy, public policy, school operations and leadership panels and workshops.

At a time when we need real discussion about how best to lead our lives as individuals and together as members of a self-governing society, classical schools provide a sanctuary of genuine civility and the thoughtful exchange of ideas. Now more than ever we need to promote the sort of education that renews “the great conversation” and that teaches students how to navigate the big human questions and provides the foundation for thoughtful citizenship and prudent leadership.  

This year’s program includes four categories of presentations:

  • Keynote Lectures – Symposium will host 5 keynote lectures throughout the proceedings addressing the intellectual and literary sources for the great conversation that informs and perpetuates the Western tradition.
  • Scholar TalksScholars and thought leaders will discuss topics that explore what classical education is, how great literature can show us how to navigate social media, and the latest research about the growth of classical education and why parents are choosing classical schools for their children, and more.
  • Panels – Throughout the program, there will be multiple panels addressing the pressing issues for teachers and school leaders about education, pedagogy, and public policy.
  • WorkshopsWe will devote a significant part of the 2024 National Symposium to workshops that address classroom pedagogy across the curriculum, school leadership and operations, and making classical education accessible to all children.