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.

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. 

Seminars and Courses

Learn, socialize, and connect with classical educators with Flagler College's Institute for Classical Education. We offer training and courses to Florida K-12 teachers throughout the year from experts in the classical education field. The seminars and courses focus on classical education and end with an annual summer workshop and retreat. Read on to find out what we're offering next.


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 am) - Fostering Wonder, facilitated by Dr. Rob Jackson

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


Sat. April 20 (TBA) - Topic: TBA


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.

Institute for Classical Education Summer Workshop and Retreat

Flagler College hosts a workshop at the end of each academic year; save the date – The 2024 Summer Workshop/Retreat will be held June 12-14. More information coming soon. The workshop is an excellent chance to review what teachers have learned, make connections, and reflect.

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

We plan to offer a workshop again in 2024. Check back soon for more details.

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."

 *More details for 2024 are coming soon!

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

Consultant for the Institute for Classical Education

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Hope Carrasquilla

Consultant 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: