PHILADELPHIA CLASSICAL SCHOOL (PA)
2023 Administrators Summit
Please register by Tuesday, September 26.
Heads of School and lead administrators are invited to join us on Thursday to observe the PCS classrooms, meet together as Heads, and then stay for the plenary speaker and workshops on Friday. If you are an administrator, you can register for both days here.
All other staff are invited to join us on Friday, October 6 for the conference including a plenary speaker, workshops, and breakout sessions. The cost for the Friday conference only is $60 per person. This includes a breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Each of your teachers (or other staff) may register for Friday, October 6.
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.
This schedule is subject to change.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
9:00 a.m. — Classroom visits and 1:1 meetings (note: lunch is not included in registration fee)
3:00 p.m. — Welcome, Introductions, Hymn, and Prayer
3:45 p.m. — Open Session
4:30 p.m. — Reception
Friday, October 6, 2023
9:00 a.m. — Continental Breakfast and Fellowship
10:00 a.m. — Plenary with Josh Gibbs
11:30 a.m. — Breakout discussion groups
12:15 p.m. — Lunch
1:50 p.m. —
Workshop A: Josh Gibbs
Workshop B: Michael Hornbaker
Workshop C: Charlotte Mason principles for Lower School (staff of Wilberforce)
(more workshops TBD)
2:50-3:15 p.m. — Break
3:15 p.m. — Repeat of previous workshops
4:15-4:45 p.m. — Closing Assembly
8900 Bartram Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19153
12 minutes from PCS
The rate of $134 per night is available until September 15. Mention the ACCS Conference Group to receive this rate.
Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard
1001 Intrepid Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19112
7 minutes from PCS
The rate of $212-232 is good until September 12.
A Message from Devin O’Donnell
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.