Natasha’s Valedictory Address at FCA Leander’s 2017 Commencement

"As we leave behind our younger and more vulnerable years, I think a fitting lesson we ought to take with us is this: that life is a beautiful and sacred gift, with tremendous potential for, but no guarantee of, achieving the good. So I urge you, in the way that classical education best teaches us how, to spend it wisely. Spend it well."

Ava’s Salutatory Address at FCA Leander’s 2019 Commencement

What happens to a student who has received a classical education? Parents of young people across the country take the leap to Hillsdale's classical schools in the hopes that their sons and daughters will become young men and women of virtue. At some of our more established schools, we are already getting to see the… Continue reading Ava’s Salutatory Address at FCA Leander’s 2019 Commencement

History and Social Studies: What’s the difference?

This week I'm reporting to you all from Livingston Classical Academy, where I'm watching the BCSI instructional team train new teachers as they prepare to begin the school year. Teachers from two young Hillsdale-affiliated schools are here, and our instructional team is giving them an introduction to the theory and practice of each of the… Continue reading History and Social Studies: What’s the difference?

What’s going to happen to the blog?

Dear families, teachers, and friends, The school year is starting, and for the first time in Founders Classical of Leander's history, I'm not there. Instead I'm on the road with our curriculum and instruction team, meeting a group of teachers and school leaders who are about to do exactly what we did six years ago.… Continue reading What’s going to happen to the blog?

Hillsdale’s New K-12 Classical Education Podcast

Living in a small town isn't that bad, you know. There is a film studio in the basement of the building where we work, and on the first floor we have a radio station. So, without having to go very far at all, this summer we started a podcast, and the first episode is available… Continue reading Hillsdale’s New K-12 Classical Education Podcast

Preview of Hillsdale’s New K-12 Education Video, featuring Founders Classical Academy of Leander

Yesterday I got to see the first cut of the video we filmed at Founders Classical Academy of Leander back in May, just before school finished. The short film will be available on the Founders Classical Academy website, and the full version will be used by Hillsdale College to explain the work of the Barney… Continue reading Preview of Hillsdale’s New K-12 Education Video, featuring Founders Classical Academy of Leander

Backstage in the Hillsdale College Film Studio

Well, Founders community (and perhaps others!), I am now about a month into my new job here at Hillsdale College. As the Assistant Provost of K-12 Education, I'm in charge of the College's K-12 education initiatives, including the Barney Initiative, which has been such an important partner for the Founders community for so long. This… Continue reading Backstage in the Hillsdale College Film Studio

Welcome, Mr. Sowers, Ms. Loy, Mrs. Apel, and Mr. Berndt

Though this is my last week at Founders Classical Academy and leaving is a very difficult thing to do, I am encouraged by the fact that the school will be in very capable hands next year. You already know all of the people who will be leading our school, and they know many of you… Continue reading Welcome, Mr. Sowers, Ms. Loy, Mrs. Apel, and Mr. Berndt