Each summer, educators from across the country travel to Hillsdale for our annual conference in classical education. Whether you are brand new to classical education or a seasoned veteran, the summer conference provides all teachers at Hillsdale-supported schools a chance to reflect on their work and prepare for the coming academic year.

To provide for teachers, staff, and school leaders who are unable to travel at this time, many of the conference sessions will be recorded and available at this website after the conference.

Session 1

Wednesday, June 16 to
Saturday, June 19

  • Grades 7-12
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Latin
  • Modern Foreign Language


Learn More about Session 1

Session 2

Sunday, June 20 to
Saturday, June 23

  • Administration
  • Special Education
  • Office Personnel
  • College Counselors



Learn More about Session 2

Session 3

Thursday, June 24 to
Saturday, June 27

  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade

Learn More about Session 3

Attendees at Session 2 are welcome to come early or arrive late to attend either or both of the other sessions.

If a teacher's courseload includes subjects or grade levels that are covered in separate sessions, he or she may choose which session to attend.

Special Guests


Trinity Schools

Showcase School

The classical school world in both charter and private schools are filled with good ideas, and we have invited one showcase school from outside the Hillsdale College network to join us. This summer Trinity Schools will join us for Session 2 of our conference.

Trinity Schools are a network of private religious schools providing a classical Christian education to students in grades 7-12. They were founded by the People of Praise and are owned and operated by Trinity Schools, Inc. The first campus in South Bend, IN opened its doors in 1981. They now have three locations: South Bend, IN; Falls Church, VA; and Eagan, MN. The schools have an excellent upper school sequence, strong Socratic methods, and a great school culture. We are excited that Trinity Schools will be sharing with our network about these topics and more.

Dr. Wilfred S. McClay

Hillsdale College, starting Fall 2021

We are proud to welcome new Hillsdale professor Dr. McClay,  author of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story. Dr. McClay teaches a Hillsdale College Online Course about this text. He has also penned a teacher's guide and young reader's edition. 

Joy Pullman

Executive Editor, The Federalist

Joy Pullman is the Executive Editor of The Federalist and author of several books on education. Her newest book, How to Control the Internet So It Doesn't Control You will be out soon. She has written extensively on Common Core and best practices for education policy.