Rooted for Renewal – Brick and Mortar School Teacher’s Conference



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This conference is intended for teachers at brick-and-mortar schools.

Welcome to our annual conference for teachers, where we will delve into the realm of classical education, also known as the Liberal Arts. We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to all brick and mortar school educators. This year, I am particularly delighted to have Martin Cothran and Andrew Pudewa as our distinguished speakers; their extensive knowledge on our chosen subject is truly invaluable.

Our primary objective is to inspire and equip you with a succinct ideology and practical tools, enabling you to begin to deliver a robust Liberal Arts education within your classroom.

In my perspective, our colleagues in the US have made significant strides in the pursuit of revitalizing Liberal Arts education within their schools. With their gracious support, we have the opportunity to glean insights from their experiences and establish a solid foundation for educational renewal within our own country.

I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to share this time with you,

Hester VanBraeden



Martin Cothran is director of the Classical Latin School Association and is the father of four homeschooled adult children. He is the editor of Memoria Press’s “Classical Teacher” magazine and the author of several books for private and home schools, including Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic, and Classical Rhetoric programs, as well as Lingua Biblica: Old Testament Stories in Latin.

Andrew Pudewa is the founder and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.

Kate Ayre serves as the vice-principal and classical curriculum consultant at St. Anthony of Padua School in Vancouver. Holding a degree in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, along with qualifications as an EA and a B.Ed from Simon Fraser University, she ardently champions a Liberal Arts Education. Notably, she has been a featured speaker at the National Conference for Classical Education in Pittsburgh. Central to the richness of her life, Kate is a devoted mother to five children, aged 17 to 27.

Friday October 20th, 2023


The early bird price is $85 and and will run until midnight on September 30th.
The regular pricing starts October 1st – $99
If you are attending the General Conference on October 21, please add both events to your cart, and use the code Rooted to get 10% off your tickets.
Registration closes on October 18,2023

A light breakfast and full lunch is included.

Newlands Golf and Country Club
21025 48th Ave.
Langley, BC




9:30 – Open and refreshments

10am – Welcome

10:15am – Martin Cothran

The Liberal Arts: A Vision for Education
The progressives have had a chance to change education and show us a better way. Sadly, they were not successful, and it’s time that we take the education of children back. So how do we create a future for education using time test ideas?

11:15am – Break

11:30am – Andrew Pudewa

Nurturing Competent Communicators
Many teachers and parents assume that good readers will naturally become good writers. Others think that writing talent is a natural ability. Some have it. Others don’t. Both are myths. History and modern research demonstrate how good writers develop the two most critical skills needed for a high level of aptitude in writing. With humor and insight, Andrew Pudewa explains these two easy but powerful skills, which build language patterns and nurture competent communicators.

12:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm – Panel and Q&A with Andrew, Martin, and Kate Ayre.

Andrew, Martin, and Kate will take your questions.
Kate will bring to the panel her experience working in a Classical, brick and mortar school. She will be able to address questions around administration, making the school beautiful, working with parents, and many practical issues that arise.

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