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Valorie Coleman
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Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
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March 02, 2020

School of the Ozarks, The Classical Thistle partner to host annual Classical Christian Education Conference

Lindsey Hood, assistant professor at School of the Ozarks, participates in the 2019 Classical Christian Education Conference held in the Hook Center at College of the Ozarks.Lindsey Hood, assistant professor at School of the Ozarks, participates in the 2019 Classical Christian Education Conference held in the Hook Center at College of the Ozarks.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — For a third consecutive year, the School of the Ozarks will partner with The Classical Thistle on March 5-7 to host the annual Classical Christian Education Conference (CCE Conference) on the College of the Ozarks campus. The conference will begin with an evening session on “The History and Purpose of Classical Christian Education” led by Jenni Carey, instructor at School of the Ozarks, and Kyle Rapinchuk, instructor at School of the Ozarks and co-founder of The Classical Thistle.

The annual Classical Christian Education Conference explores the practical aspects of teaching classically within today’s classrooms. The conference aims to equip teachers with pragmatic tools they can use right away through workshops that include ideas and tips from seasoned classical educators and discussion sessions. The conference is designed around two plenary lectures and over 50 workshops spread out over seven breakout sessions.

This year’s plenary speakers are Christine Norvell — author, classical educator, and speaker — who will share her talk entitled “Figs and Bread,” and Kyle Rapinchuk, who will speak on “The Tyranny of the Urgent.”

This year’s conference will feature three new tracks for attendees to explore: a new teacher’s track, an administrator’s track, and a seminar track. Ian Mosley, instructor at School of the Ozarks, will lead the seminar on Søren Kierkegaard’s The Sickness Unto Death; Brad Pardue, associate professor of history at C of O, will lead the discussion over Plato’s Republic; and David Pedersen, assistant professor of humanities at C of O, will lead the final seminar over Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

The CCE Conference serves as a way for educators to collaborate, network, and share their experiences teaching. This year’s conference will welcome speakers and guests from at least 10 different classical institutions including The Classical School of Wichita,

Ozarks Christian Academy, Regent Preparatory School, Cair Paravel Latin School, and more.

“I get excited about meeting other classical Christian educators and getting to know them, their passions, and their challenges in their own contexts,” Rapinchuk said. “It’s refreshing and encouraging to know that we are not the only school taking on this difficult task, and I gain much comfort from time spent together at the conference.”

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