Southern Pines, NC—Classical Conversations, the world’s largest classical homeschooling organization, and Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, have joined forces to offer a unique master’s degree program for homeschooling parents.
Classical Conversations CEO Robert Bortins announced the new program last week, and SEU has already had to raise the maximum number of students it will accept into the program this fall. The degree is called the Master of Arts in Classical Studies. It is waiting on approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
“This program is the only one of its kind in the world,” said Robert Bortins, Classical Conversations CEO. “I believe this will revolutionize homeschooling, and I am thrilled to partner with Southeastern University on this groundbreaking journey.”
Southern Pines, NC—The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closing of many of America’s 133,000 schools, leaving many parents searching for educational experiences for their children at home. Some schools are providing online classes, but others are just on an extended spring break at this point.
Classical Conversations, one of the largest homeschooling organizations in the world, emphasizes memorization for its elementary-age students. Young students quickly learn math facts, spelling, science and geography facts and organization, the timeline of history, etc. Classical Conversations is now making one of its key elementary-age resources available free of charge to parents trying to educate their kids at home for the first time.
“COVID-19 is a real concern for America as it has been for much of the rest of the world,” said Robert Bortins, CEO of Classical Conversations. “Our 50,000 families are used to doing school at home, and we want to offer some of our expertise and resources to our neighbors who are trying to do school at home for the first time.”
Southern Pines, NC—Fables, tall tales and poetry can be found in every culture in every era, and they can tell us much about who we are as a people and as individuals. Following hard on the heels of its very successful “Old World Echoes” last year, Classical Conversations has just released its counterpart, “New World Echoes.”
After weeks of judging and intense debate, the National Memory Master judges have selected 16 finalists from among almost 100 quality entry videos.
“There were humorous entries, informative entries, and entries that told compelling family history surrounding the theme of 20th Century World Wars,” said NMM Coordinator Elisabeth Webber. “Quite frankly, these entries were absolutely outstanding. The hard work and effort of each student and parent was evident in every entry we received.”
Southern Pines, North Carolina—Thousands of homeschool students across the country will get a crash course in etiquette this spring.
High school students in Challenge I, II, III and IV programs at more than 2,000 Classical Conversations’ communities across the country will be participating in the programs’ Spring Protocol in February and March. Classical Conversations is a classical, Christian education resource used by 122,000 K-12 homeschoolers in 2,500 local communities.
Classical Conversations has just released the eighth volume in its Copper Lodge Library series of classic literature, “The Scarlet Letter: A Romance” by Nathanial Hawthorne.
This new edition of “The Scarlet Letter” presents Hawthorne’s classic story of judgment, sin and forgiveness in a version that is specifically tailored for Challenge I students. The book is a significant quality upgrade from the Dover edition and features illustrations and 421 footnotes and annotations providing valuable content and context for readers.
SOUTHERN PINES, NC—Classical Conversations’ Capstone Cruise is rapidly becoming one of the largest groups to cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines. The number of parents and children booked for the cruise is rapidly approaching 900.
Adding to the interest in CC’s largest annual event, Andrew Pudewa, internationally known education speaker, will be joining this year’s cruise May 4-8 on board the Carnival cruise ship Liberty.
Southern Pines, N.C.—Thousands of homeschool students will be participating in Presidents Day activities during Excellence in Education (EiE) events. They have invited community leaders to attend their local celebrations.
The EiE events, scheduled for the third week in February, are designed to show off the hard work of Classical Conversations’ (CC) students and to demonstrate the classical model of education to local leaders, according to Robert Bortins, CEO of Classical Conversations, the world’s largest homeschooling organization following the classical model of education.
Southern Pines, North Carolina — National School Choice Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, has rapidly become the world’s largest education-related public awareness effort.
Sponsored by Homeschool Now USA, National School Choice Week has grown from 150 events in 2011 to over 35,000 in 2019, according to Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. He is expecting more than 50,000 separate events later this month in all 50 states and a dozen foreign countries.
For the fourth year in a row, Classical Conversations, Inc., has been honored as a Certified Best Christian Workplace by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute. The certification is in response to a survey of CC employees by BCWI.
SOUTHERN PINES, NC—Andrew Pudewa, internationally known education speaker, will be joining the 2020 Classical Conversations Capstone Cruise May 4-8 on board the Carnival cruise ship Liberty.
Pudewa will be speaking to a packed house as cruise participation continues to increase dramatically. Bookings for the cruise are already 40 percent ahead of last year, and the number of seniors for the 2020 commencement has already surpassed last year’s total.
Leigh and Rob Bortins, founders and owners of Classical Conversations, Inc., in Southern Pines, will be attending the 2019 Christian Employers Alliance CEO and Owner Forum in Washington, D.C., next month.
The forum will be held Nov. 4-5, and scheduled events include a business briefing with White House staff at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Nov. 4, followed by dinner at the City Club of Washington and a daylong meeting Nov. 5 at The Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation is the leading conservative think tank in the country.
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