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Institute for Classical Education

Professional Development Programs for K-12 Teachers

The Flagler College Institute for Classical Education supports the professional development needs of teachers, and the academic advancement needs of schools engaged in classical education throughout Florida.

Leveraging the learning resources of Florida’s most recognizable private college, the Institute provides a variety of seminars and courses that comprehensively explore topics, while engaging in both theory and practice. The Institute represents an active partnership between Flagler College and classical academies throughout Florida – as principals and headmasters advise on seminar topics and curriculum content.


Inaugural Institute for Classical Education Summer Workshop

Flagler College is excited to host "Integrating Challenging Classical Literature throughout Curriculum." This workshop focused on classical education is made possible through a grant from the State of Florida, and geared toward K-12 teachers in the State. The workshop will be held June 7-9, 2023 on Flagler's campus with 25 educators invited to participate.

Led by pedagogical experts and faculty from Flagler College’s General Education/Core Curriculum, participants will explore texts integral to the Western tradition and strengthen skills in classical teaching techniques. Teachers from K-12 schools across Florida may apply to participate in this workshop. While teachers from classical charter schools and private academies are expected to display particular interest in the workshop, teachers from K-12 schools across the State are encouraged to apply for participation. Participants will receive a $300 travel stipend, accommodations, meals, copies of the required texts, as well as tours of historic St. Augustine and Flagler College.

The five books we will be analyzing during the workshop include:

  • The Apology by Plato
  • The Scarlett Letter by Hawthorne
  • The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse stories by Adwoa Badoe


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Keynote Speaker

Philip Harold
Philip Harold

Dr. Philip Harold

Dr. Philip Harold is Professor of Politics and Dean of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts at the University of Dallas. He is the author of Prophetic Politics and the recent Against Values: How To Speak About the Good in a Postliberal Era. He was previously co-director of the University Honors Program at Robert Morris University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, served as Dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences there, and was also a Fulbright Scholar in Germany at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

Workshop Leaders

Dr. Carolyn McClenny

Dr. McClenny holds a Ph.D. in Reading and Language Arts Education from Florida State University, and a Masters in Speech and Hearing Science from UNC Chapel Hill. She has held positions at Thomas University as Professor of Education, and at Flagler College as an adjunct faculty member and clinical education supervisor. Her involvement in classical education pedagogy and leadership has stretched throughout her career. Most recently, she served as Dean and Assistant Principal for Student Services at Tallahassee Classical Academy – establishing the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) department. Currently, she is on the Board for Bradenton Classical Academy, a proposed charter school, which is scheduled to open in 2024.

Dr. Doug Keaton

Dr. Keaton is a Professor of Philosophy at Flagler College and serves as Faculty Director of Classical and Liberal Education and the Core Curriculum. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He specializes in the area of Philosophy of Mind, and has expertise in Metaphysics, the Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, and the history of analytic philosophy.

June 7 (participants K-5 and 6-12)

4 - 6 p.m.
Arrival and Check-in

6 - 8 p.m.
Welcome and Dinner at the St. Augustine Historical Society with Flagler College workshop leaders and faculty

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June 8 (participants K-5 and 6-12)

8 - 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Workshop for Books #1 and #2 (teachers for grades K-5 and 6-12 meet separately)

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Address (Dr. Phillip Harold, University of Dallas)

1:30 - 4 p.m.

K-5 Workshop for Books #1 and #2 - Connecting to the Western tradition and strengthen skills in classical teaching techniques (led by Carolyn McClenny) 

6-12 Workshop for Books #3 and #4 - Analysis and Themes (led by Flagler Faculty) 

4 - 5 p.m.

5 - 6 p.m.
Tour of Flagler College

6 - 6:30 p.m.
Concluding Remarks from Workshop Directors

K-5 Workshop concludes.

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June 9 (participants 6-12)

8 - 9 a.m.

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
6-12 Workshop - connecting workshop books to the Western tradition and strengthen skills in classical teaching techniques (led by Carolyn McClenny)

12 - 1 p.m.

1 - 3:30 p.m.
6-12 Workshop - connecting workshop books to the Western tradition and strengthen skills in classical teaching techniques (led by Carolyn McClenny) 

3:30 - 4 p.m.
Concluding Remarks from Workshop Directors

Workshop concludes.

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Seminars and Courses

The Institute provides all Florida K-12 teachers opportunities to engage in professional development focused on classical education throughout the academic year, culminating in an annual summer conference.

Saturday Seminars

Held the third Saturday of every month (virtually or in person), these 3-hour seminars address topics related to curriculum, school discipline, and pedagogy.

Fall 2023

A Brief History of Classical Education

Classical Pedagogy 101

School Culture and Discipline

Building Classroom Discussion Skills and Teaching with Socratic Seminar across the Curriculum and Grade Levels

Spring 2024

Fostering Wonder: The True, the Good, and the Beautiful

Nurturing Virtue through Literature, Historical Figures, and Practice

Classical Learning for All Students: Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and English Language Learner (ELL).

A study of Dorothy Sayers' “The Lost Tools of Learning”

Teaching Classically

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Professional Development Courses in Classical Education

These multi-day non-credit courses focus on specific topics related to classical pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment.

Summer 2023
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Evidence-Based Reading

Fall 2023
Introduction to Evidence-Based Reading Refresher

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Annual Academic Summer Camps for K-12 Scholars

The Institute for Classical Education will host two camps this summer at Flagler College in St. Augustine. Scholars will learn skills and rhetoric and debate, and will have the opportunity to apply these skills in one of two settings that match their area of interest:

  • Original Oratory and Informative Speaking. Students write a 15- minute speech anddeliver the message in a public setting. Students learn how to research, analyze, and publicly share ideas about which they are passionate.
  • Public Forum Debate. Students participate in opposing teams of two. They debate topics and learn argument construction, refutation, and cross-examination.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Wayne Riggs, Dean of Continuing Education at 850-201-8070 or email: