GENEVA CLASSICAL ACADEMY (FL)
2023 Administrators Summit
This year’s Summits will be intentionally focused on relationship building and discussing the real-world issues you face within your school community. Join us for speaker presentations, discussions and situation rooms*, and meals together.
This opportunity to step aside for a couple of days, to relax with nearby colleagues, to discuss issues, to pray for one another, and to bear one another’s burdens should not be overlooked in the pressing daily battle for the souls of your students and the security of your school. You will return home invigorated, knowing that you have allies you can rely on.
If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected].
*The Situation Room is a small group mixer where we discuss real-life or fictional situations, and where we ask tables of 6-8 administrators to work through solutions to 2 or 3 scenarios with a time for broader sharing at the end of each.
Fellowship with peers while visiting your host school. Join discussions, tap into keynote speakers and ACCS updates, and get input from others around the table.
Experience small group mixers working through real-life and relevant fictional situations.
School visits on Thursday; meetings, speeches, situation rooms on Friday.
This is your opportunity to share experiences, strengthen your school in a local network, and make connections with the men and women working to move classical Christian education forward in your part of the world.
Images from 2021 Summits.
Thursday, September 28
10:00 Dialectic and Rhetoric Classroom Visits
11:00 Grammar Classroom Visits
1:30 Welcome, Hymn, Prayer – Rich Cali, Amber Alderman, Robert Svendsen
1:45 Introductions and Sponsors – Devin O’Donnell
ACCS Director of Membership and Publishing
2:00 Session 1: “Who Killed Homer?” – Rich Cali
3:30 Session 2: “Situation Room” Roundtable Discussion
5:00 Hors d’oeuvres Reception
7:00 Dinner (not included, local restaurants)
Friday, September 29
9:00 Welcome, Worship – Michael Strawbridge, Amber Alderman, Robert Svendsen
9:15 Sponsors – Brad Layland and Shane Scott, The Focus Group
Bethany Beckett, Class Reach
9:30 Session 3: “Recovering From a Life of Hurry” – Terri Smith
10:45 Session 4: “Quodvultdeus: A Person Well Known to God” – Michael Strawbridge
11:45 Lunch Provided – Geneva Kitchen
12:30 Session 5: “Situation Room” Roundtable Discussion – Rich Cali
1:45 Session 6: “Teaching in the Wilderness” – Dr. Chris Tibbetts
2:45 Closing Remarks, Closing Hymn – Rich Cali, Amber Alderman, Robert Svendsen
525 West Orange Street, Lakeland, Florida 33815 (See Map)
Note: To receive the special rate, reservations must be made by September 18, 2023.
3405 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803 (See Map)
Note: To receive the special rate, reservations must be made by September 15, 2023.
A Message from Devin O’Donnel
Fellow ACCS Administrators,
Classical Christian education is a mission. It can be challenging and at times overwhelming. This is especially true if you are an administrator. Sometimes you might feel alone. That’s why I am writing to you to encourage you to consider coming to one of the Regional Summits for ACCS administrators being held this fall all over the US.
Ty Fischer, head of Veritas Academy in Lancaster, PA, describes how these meetings began:
A few years ago, here in the Northeast, a few administrators started meeting regularly. We would spend time in prayer, share our problems and concerns, and help each other think through issues that were on the horizon.
At about the same time, we also got together with a number of faculty and staff members from our schools and had a day of training and fellowship. What a blessing it was to be with people who understood the challenges that I was facing. What a blessing it was to have people I could text or call who would be praying with me, laughing with me, and crying with me during Covid.
C. S. Lewis described friendship in “The Four Loves” as that sort of love where people stand side-by-side focused on a common goal. These summits are opportunities to learn together, pray together, work together, and stand side-by side. These sorts of meetings have been a great blessing to me, and I believe that they will be so for you.
I hope you can join us!
A Message from Katharine Savage
Building relationships with colleagues has been key to my growth as a leader. In the midst of all the immediate demands of a school year, it can feel like a detour to take time away to travel and connect with like-minded friends, but in reality it is an investment in the long game. Building a network of regional colleagues opens up new pathways and new knowledge previously unknown or unexplored.
In my region, leaders began by simply committing to meet at least once a year outside of the national conference. We rotated which school would host. Now these leaders are people who I see several times a year and who I text regularly. Leadership can be a lonely and exhausting road but it doesn’t have to be! I am happy to be a part of strengthening the relationships and thereby the growth of our classical Christian movement with these formalized regional events. ~ Katharine Savage, Founder and Head of School at Philadelphia Classical School.