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The Repairing the Ruins Annual Conference

Dedicated to the restoration of classical Christian education for God’s people

As the seasons change and we look forward to summer, the ACCS is at work on Repairing the Ruins 2019. Our goal is to unite the classical Christian movement and bring new insight, encouragement, and core training to those involved in classical Christian schools.

Whether you are an ACCS member school, a homeschool, a classical educator, or a parent, RTR provides a wide array of connections, workshops, outside speakers, vendors, fellowship, and specialized training. Check back for updates on the Conference Schedule, Workshop Synopses, Speakers, and Leader’s Day and Practicums.

Conference at a glance

Classical educators convene together at Repairing the Ruins for purposes beyond talks. Here is an overview of what we have in store this year.


Over 50 speakers are delivering inspiration and instruction at this year’s conference. Choose from approximately 8 speakers and workshops during each of four daily sessions, plus plenary sessions, networking events, and other gatherings created by fellow conference attendees.
Plenary Speakers


Plenary Talks
These “keynote” type talks encourage and challenge all of us. Speakers from outside our movement help us see new perspectives. Leaders inside the movement challenge us with new ideas, born in the classical Christian model.
Through surveys, we work hard to find relevant, actionable 50-minute talks of particular interest to teachers, administrators, and staff at classical Christian schools. We also have some talks that are just intended to play with ideas.
Meet Your Peers
Time during one workshop session is set aside for teachers to meet with their grade-level peers from around the country.

Additional Training

Leaders Day
Specific talks and panels on leadership at classical Christian schools.
These are activity-based in-depth training for teachers. They occur on the Wednesday just prior to the main conference.
Foundations Track
A multi-part structured training track for new and developing CCE teachers. This targeted track occurs during the main conference and is useful for teacher certification.

Meetings and Events

Membership Meeting
The annual membership meeting provides insight into the organization’s activities and to take input from members.
Accredited Schools Meeting
Accredited schools gather to cover an agenda specifically targeted for ACCS accredited schools.
National Honor Choir
Join us for the 2nd annual performance! Come and enjoy this by-audition presentation from students around the country.

Other Activities

We have around 80 vendor booths with products and services valued by classical Christian educators.
Meetups & Gatherings
Repairing the Ruins is the time to meet with groups interested in classical Christian education. For example, we use this opportunity to bring key groups together by invitation to broaden the reach of classical Christian education. What meeting can you sponsor? What dinner can you arrange? You can post meeting times on the Gatherings board beginning in February.
We have set aside space near the registration desk and in specific rooms for attendees to sit, enjoy coffee, and talk about whatever. These opportunities are the highlight of the conference for many. After hours, there are many great opportunities in the area.