Andrew Pudewa

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Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.

Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, PA, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of ten, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dr. Christopher Perrin

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Christopher Perrin, a former homeschooling father and headmaster of a classical school, is the CEO and publisher at Classical Academic Press. He is a nationally-recognized leader, author, and speaker for the classical education movement. Christopher serves as a consultant to classical Christian schools and homeschool co-ops in the United States and overseas. He is the director at the Alcuin Fellowship and is the vice chair of the Society for Classical Learning. His countless articles and lectures are also widely used throughout America and the English-speaking world.

Christopher received his Ph.D. in Apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in California, and a B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina. He was also a special student in literature at St. Johns College in Annapolis. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary.

Christopher is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, and Greek for Children, and co-author of the award-winning Latin for Children series available from Classical Academic Press.

Classical Academic Press brings to market across the globe classical, creatively-taught K–12 curricula and media including Latin, Spanish, French, grammar, writing, logic, and rhetoric (among other subjects), as well as a live online academy for grades 3–12, a self-paced online classical education training site, and many other classical education resources.

Christopher has a passion for classical Christian education and a love for truth, goodness, and beauty wherever it may be found.

Andrew Kern

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Andrew Kern is founder and president of the CiRCE Institute, the founding author of The Lost Tools of Writing, a co-author of the best-selling book Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, which he wrote with Dr. Gene Edward Veith, and is on the board of The Society For Classical Learning (SCL). Since establishing CiRCE as a research and consulting service to classical educators, Andrew has trained teachers, led board retreats, and assisted with institutional development and start-up in over 100 schools since 1996. He has been directing the CiRCE Institute full time since the summer of 2000. Andrew helped start Providence Academy in Green Bay, WI, in 1993, where he served as “Lead Teacher”; Foundations Academy (now Ambrose School) in Boise, ID, where he served as Director of Classical Instruction from 1996–2000; The Great Ideas Academy in Charlotte, NC, where he served as Headmaster from 2001-2003; and The Regent Schools of the Carolinas, where he served as Dean of Academics from 2006–2008. He and his family live in North Carolina.

Cheryl Swope

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Bio: Cheryl Swope, M.Ed. is the author of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child and creator of the award-winning Simply Classical Curriculum (Memoria Press), open-and-go materials and lesson plans designed especially for children with autism, specific learning disabilities, intellectual disability, language and sensory issues, FAS, ADHD, and more. Unique in the homeschool world, Simply Classical Curriculum blends incremental multisensory, therapeutic teaching with beautiful books anyone can enjoy. With a master’s degree in special education and lifetime K-12 state teaching certificate in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders, Cheryl and her husband homeschooled adopted twins (autism, learning disabilities, schizophrenia) from the children’s infancy through high school and beyond. The children’s resulting love of history, literature, music, and Latin persuaded Cheryl of the benefits an excellent (i.e., classical) education for any child. Her life’s work has become helping others bring truth, goodness, and beauty to any child. The Simply Classical Curriculum enables parents to teach their own children of any age from a skill level of age 2 onward. More levels are releasing each year. Find free readiness assessments online. She invites you to receive the free Simply Classical Journal, a full print catalog with articles and resources including the popular new series, Myself & Others: Lessons in Social Understanding, Habits, and Manners. As a speaker in both the classical and special-needs tracks, Cheryl speaks on a wide variety of topics designed to inform, inspire, and encourage.

All because her daughter Michelle (who has autism, learning disabilities, schizophrenia, borderline intellectual disability, and various medical conditions,

yet who today writes poignant Christian poetry) said, “Mom, I want my story to help other children like me.”

Martin Cothran

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Martin Cothran is director of the Classical Latin School Association and is the father of four homeschooled adult children. He is the editor of Memoria Press’s “Classical Teacher” magazine and the author of several books for private and home schools, including Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic, and Classical Rhetoric programs, as well as Lingua Biblica: Old Testament Stories in Latin.

He is past Latin, Logic, and Rhetoric Instructor at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from the Simon Greenleaf School (now part of Trinity University). He is widely quoted on education and other public policy issues in Reuters News Service, USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post and numerous other state and national news sources. The Lexington Herald-Leader called him “the master of the thirty-second sound bite,” and the Associated Press has described him as “articulate and relentless.” His expertise on education and public policy and made him the most frequent guest on Kentucky Educational Television’s “Kentucky Tonight,” a statewide weekly public affairs program. He is also the only person to have publicly debated a federal judge on a case that was still before the court.

Adam Andrews

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Adam Andrews received his B.A. in Political Economy and Christian Studies from Hillsdale College in 1991. He earned his M.A. in History from the University of Washington in 1994, and is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. in History. He is writing his doctoral dissertation on the history of American higher education. Adam is a Henry Salvatori Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and was a founding board member of Westover Academy, a Classical Christian school in Colville, Washington. He is the assistant director of the American Council for Accredited Certification, a non-profit professional certifying body.

Missy Andrews received her B.A. in English Literature and Christian Studies from Hillsdale College in 1991. She and Adam have six children, ages nine to eighteen. Now in her fourteenth year of homeschooling, Missy’s class has grown to include all six kids, as well as several students from neighboring families who participate in a local home school cooperative. The family attends Christ Reformed Church in Colville, where Adam does most of the preaching.

Both Adam and Missy have long felt a calling to serve the homeschooling community, and have constantly been on the lookout for ways to make high-quality education accessible to committed parents and teachers. Inveterate bookworms, they have spent the past twelve years making booklists of great literature for students of all ages, and trying to find a literature curriculum that is both accessible and substantial. Teaching the Classics is the result of their conviction that the best curriculum is one that involves both teacher and student in a discussion of great ideas.

Our Mission

Adam and Missy founded the Center for Literary Education in 2003 to help parents and teachers provide high-quality instruction in the important disciplines of the mind.

Many of these disciplines have been lacking in American education for decades, and a return to greatness in the next generation requires that we reclaim them. The Center for Literary Education exists to help parents and teachers give their students facility with ideas, making it possible for them to rise to positions of influence and authority in their society.

We believe that influence and leadership opportunities will eventually go to those who know how to handle ideas, and that education, if is to be rightly so called, must deal with ideas first and foremost.

Since the beginning of human civilization, men of influence—leaders—have always concerned themselves with ideas; they have been familiar with the eternal questions, familiar with the usual answers, conversant with the long-running debates. The record of their intellectual journey remains for us to contemplate, written down in the literature of the western world. The ability to read and understand this literature is a necessary and crucial part of a sound education.

In the American literature of last 150 years, we find one of the most chilling portraits of the crisis of modernity ever recorded. Some of the greatest writers of this period, from Stephen Crane and Jack London to F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, provide in their works a window into the plight of the modern soul. Having denied the relevance, authority, and very existence of God, many such modern authors floundered in their search for someone to replace Him. Their works thus powerfully demonstrate the consequence of such a denial: the destruction of certainty in all its forms.

To a great extent, we 21st century Americans live in a world bequeathed to us by the thinkers of our recent past: a world devoid of certainty. We must look to a new generation of leaders to help us restore the philosophical and spiritual foundations of our culture. Leaders of this new generation will depend upon a sound literary education: the ability to interact with the arguments of history’s most thoughtful men.

The Center for Literary Education strives to help produce such leaders by equipping parents and teachers to understand, analyze, and interpret great literature, so that they can pass these critical skills on to their students. To this end, it provides seminars and curriculum materials designed to make the basic techniques of literary analysis clear and accessible to teachers and students alike.

Andrea Lipinski

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“Andrea Lipinski is the Director of Apprenticeship for the CiRCE Institute, where she also graduated as a Certified Master Teacher. She currently teaches The Lost Tools of Writing to teachers and students across the nation through the CiRCE Institute Online Academy. She is a co-author with Andrew Kern on A CiRCE Guide to Reading. While joining the Institute, she homeschools her sons.
Previously, Andrea has organized multiple training events for hundreds of teachers as well as tutored public, private, and homeschooled children. Believing in parents teaching their children, she served as a State Manager of Texas for Classical Conversations for 3 years. With a background in communication disorders, she consulted with parents of special needs children, taught in a university model private school, and led a multi-grade Christian classical cooperative that cultivates the seven liberal arts. Andrea enjoys discussing literature and mathematics with children and teachers as they together strengthen their faculty of truth perception. She and her knight in shining armor husband, David, are homeschooling their teenage sons in Central Texas.”
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Assessment that Blesses

Children are souls to be nurtured and not products to be measured, so how do we nurture wisdom and virtue with the assessment we offer? What do the grades we assign teach our children? What should we look for when we assess? Might we need to also assess our lessons?

Reading In Layers: Providing Answers to the Questions our Minds are Already Asking

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts,” wrote CS Lewis in Abolition of Man. When we read, our minds seek answers to questions with a predictable order. By permitting our minds the space to answer these questions early, our minds are calm, receptive, and intrigued. Answering these questions irrigates our minds so the seeds of the story may grow our imaginations. What questions do our minds need answered first so that we can perceive the author’s story?

Nurturing Inquiry

Since the quality of one’s life is determined by the quality of one’s questions, how do we nurture inquiry in our students? How could our lesson planning include seeking out the answers to our students’ questions? What can we do to help our students form their own questions? With any curricular book, including this skill nurtures restful lessons.

Dr. Carol Reynolds

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Dr. Reynolds was long a professor of Music History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Since retiring, she has focused her professional career outside of the university walls, teaching and speaking on the importance of the fine arts to homeschoolers, concert audiences, and travel enthusiasts. For decades, she has served as an educator for arts organizations, including the Dallas Symphony and the Van Cliburn Foundation. Fluent in Russian and German, Dr. Reynolds has led educational tours to Russia, Germany, and arts centers in the US. Now on behalf of the Smithsonian Institute she speaks to audiences in the Holy Land, the Caribbean, and across the Atlantic, and leads arts tours to Eastern Europe.

Dr. Reynolds is the author of the homeschool multi-media courses Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture and Exploring America’s Musical Heritage. She is currently creating a course covering Early Christian liturgical music from the Temple in Jerusalem through the Middle Ages.

She has two grown children and makes her home with her husband on a ranch near Bowie, TX, where she raises goats and soaks in the rich cultural heritage of the Southwest.

John De Gree

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John De Gree is the founder of The Classical Historian. Originally from California, he studied history and language and worked and lived in Turkey, Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia for five years. Working in private, public, and homeschool education for over twenty years, he saw the great lack of critical and independent thinking in history education.

He founded the Classical Historian to promote the best that is offered in the great tradition of Western education: honesty, virtue, patience, logical analysis of evidence and conclusions, and belief in the truth. John De Gree teaches that the American experiment of self-government under law is a result of its Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman heritage.

John and his wife Zdenka have been married for 23 years and they raise and home school their seven children in San Clemente, California.

David Kern

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Bio: David Kern is strategic coordinator and the multimedia director for the CiRCE Institute (which sounds fancier than it is), but he feeds his love of literature as the host of Close Reads, The Daily Poem, and Libromania, podcasts from the Close Reads Podcast Network. He often writes about film, television, books, and other culture-related topics, and has been published by Christ and Pop Culture, Think Christian, Relevant, and elsewhere. Most importantly, he and his wife, Bethany, are the parents of four little children. They live in Concord, NC.