Institute for Classical Education

Supporting teachers engaged in classical education at schools throughout Florida.

Educators often come to Flagler College to learn more about K-12 classical education.

Professional Development Programs for K-12 Teachers

We offer some of the best learning resources from Florida's most recognizable private college. K-12 classical educators can grow their knowledge and skills, learning from various seminars and courses that comprehensively explore topics. You'll also learn theory and then put it into practice. 

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Seminars and Courses

We invite you to learn, socialize, and connect with fellow classical educators at Flagler College's Institute for Classical Education. The institute supports schools and teachers throughout Florida.  We provide programs and professional development opportunities to advance traditional liberal arts education. 

Experts in classical education and Flagler College faculty lead our programs. We often ask you to engage with classic Western texts to develop your understanding of the liberal arts and strengthen your skills and methods in classical teaching. 


These seminars are a time for classical teachers to network and learn together. Breakfast will be provided. They are held on the third Saturday of every month from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on our beautiful campus in St. Augustine. Start your weekend right and join us for these vibrant sessions!

We will provide A certificate of completion to those who attend three out of four sessions per semester. A separate online session will be held for those unable to attend in person. 


Sat., Jan. 20  (8:30-11:30 a.m.) - Fostering Wonder, facilitated by Dr. Rob Jackson

Sat. Feb. 17 (8:30-11:30 a.m.) - Virtue & Ethics in Classical Education facilitated by Professors Justin Capes and Katherine Sweet 

Sat. April 20 (8:30-11:30 a.m.) - A Fresh Take on Classroom Basics for the Classical Teacher, facilitated by Joshua Gibbs


Flagler College's Classical Institute offers professional development opportunities on classical pedagogy, curriculum, educational philosophy, assessment, classical texts, and other topics online, at our historic campus, and at locations across the state. Contact us if your school or academy would like a professional development session.

2023-2024 Academic Year

More information is coming soon.

Flagler College's Classical Institute offers credit-bearing courses focusing on educational topics at our historic campus and online.

2023-2024 Academic Year 

Classroom Management (3-credits) 

Child Development (3-credits)

*Teachers wishing to use these courses for certifications should contact their principals.

In June 2024, the Institute will lead classical educators and school leaders on a journey through Spain to explore the culture and its contributions to classical learning that continue to impact us today. Led by Flagler professors Aggie and Tim Johnson, participants will learn about Spain's rich history, vibrant culture, and captivating architecture and landscapes. This unforgettable classical learning experience includes visits to grand cathedrals, historical centers, local culinary experiences, and world-renowned museums. 


Institute for Classical Education Summer Workshop and Retreat

The Institute for Classical Education hosts an annual workshop and retreat at the end of the academic year. This year's workshop is June 12-14 on Flagler College's campus in historic downtown St. Augustine. 

The workshop will focus on the integration of classical literature into classroom teaching for Florida's K-12 educators and school leaders. Workshop sessions are for early (grammar), middle (logic), and upper (rhetoric) grades.

Sessions include topics like:

  • Socratic Seminar Across the Classical Curriculum
  • Teaching Classically in the Lower School: Texts and Strategies
  • Writing Across the Classical Curriculum
  • Truth, Goodness, and Beauty: The Pillars of Classical Education
  • Perspectives from the Classroom: A Dialogue with Classical Teachers

Workshop participants receive a $500 travel stipend. Space is limited, so sign up early.

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2023 Workshop

The 2023 workshop was "Integrating Challenging Classical Literature Throughout Curriculum." A generous grant from the State of Florida made it happen. View a full recap of our 2023 workshop here

What Classical Educators Have to Say

Here's what one participant had to share:

"This was an invaluable experience. I appreciated all the content knowledge imparted by the instructors. Classical teachers need help with content knowledge more than anything else. I hope there will be a future conference."


Annual Academic Summer Camps for K-12 Scholars

The Institute of Classical Education hosts summer camps for K-12 students at Flagler College. 

 Flagler faculty and classical education teachers teach students:

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Civics

They also get to experience the nation's oldest city.

It's the perfect place for them to also learn:

  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Music

Meet Our Team

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Dr. Wayne Riggs


Dean of Graduate and Education Programs

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Dr. Brad Rowe

Director of the Institute for Classical Education

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Dr. Robert L. Jackson

Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Classical Education

Dr. Shelly Haser


Director of Lifelong Learning and Contract Training 

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Dr. Carolyn McClenny

Affiliate Instructor for the Institute for Classical Education

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Hope Carrasquilla

Affiliate Instructor for the Institute for Classical Education


If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Bradley Rowe, Director of the Institute for Classical Education at: