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Friends -

We are delighted to open registration for the 2018 National Charlotte Mason Education Eastern Conference, to be held at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Now in its 14th year, the conference has grown to include educators and speakers from all over the world.  We have moved from Asbury Theological Seminary and Asbury University campus because of scheduling conflicts.   We look forward to hosting the conference this year in the beautiful mountains of Virginia not far from the Blue Ridge.

Salem is a city with a small-town feel nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its friendly atmosphere, along with its award-winning restaurants, farmers markets, retail stores, tea room, coffee shops, smoothie shops and beautiful hiking trails, make it the perfect spot for our conference. Roanoke College is conveniently situated within a one-minute walk to most of these amenities. The college is surrounded by beautiful parks and neighborhoods which are ideal for early morning or evening walks.

Over the years many of you have told us that you enjoy the plenary and workshop sessions as they instruct and inspire you for the coming school year, and you also enjoy the camaraderie with other conference attendees.  We are striving to create the same opportunities for learning and fellowship again this year in our new setting as we explore the theme “Parents and Teachers: Preparing Children to Live at Home, Community and Beyond.”

Dr. Jack Beckman, professor of education at Covenant College, will be one of our keynote speakers.  Dr. Beckman will be helping us understand young children.  He will be joined by the Rev. Storm Hutchinson, pastor and Restorative Practice presenter, who has years of experience working both as a youth pastor and as a student coach at Gillingham Charter School. While Dr. Beckman will speak to us on parenting and teaching the young child, Mr. Hutchinson will speak to us on parenting and teaching the older child. 

We continue to try to make the conference as affordable as we can.  This year children 12 and under may attend the conference with their parents for free. Of course all children and teenagers must be supervised by parents at all times; the only exception is if your teenager is attending a scheduled Teen Conference activity.  We ask that all parents be aware of where their children are and make sure they are supervised appropriately, and this includes teens attending the conference.  Younger children should not be allowed to interrupt plenary or workshop sessions. If your child begins to be noisy or disruptive (for example, crying, fussing, talking out aloud, et cetera), we ask you to please leave the session out of consideration for the other attendees.

Additionally, we will have a series of workshops designed specifically for individuals new to Charlotte Mason's work. This will be facilitated by Amy Snell, Kelli Christenberry and LeAnn Burkholder.  Look on the schedule for the coral colored box designated for CM Beginner Track.  

Plus, we are re-instituting our group registration.  Click here to learn more:  CM Community Registrations.

A draft schedule will be posted soon and additional workshops will also be posted.

As with all our conferences there is much work that occurs behind the scenes, and that is true of this conference.  Robin Hancox and Laurie Vigorito deserve our appreciation for making this conference possible. 

Our conference pre-reads are:

To Know as We are Known by Parker Palmer

Restorative Practices Handbook for Teachers, Disciplinarians and Administrators by Bob Costello

Notching Up the Nurtured Heart Approach:  The New Inner Wealth Initiative for Education by Howard Glaser

To register go to our website at www.charlottemasoninstitute.com.  We are only accepting payment through Paypal.  

If you have any questions about registering online for this years conference, please email us at administrator@charlottemasoninstitute.com 

For other questions related to the conference please email Laurie Vigorito, Conference Director at conference_director@charlottemasoninstitute.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Virginia in June.

Thank you,
Charlotte Mason Institute

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