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Unleash your love for teaching and learning and discover the pathway to becoming a Principle Approach master teacher.

Do you want to set the stage in your classroom for your students to know the Creator? Is it possible for students to know and understand who God is by learning vocabulary, government and by the very method you use to teach the subject? Through these five inspiring days come and experience a renewing of best practices. Take the time to reset, align practices, focus your approach so you and your students will have success.

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You will learn:

  • Why grammar is the key to writing and understanding language.
  • Why method matters
  • How to teach vocabulary
  • How to teach adolescents the rudiments of Self-Government
  • About the Providential founding of Virginia-America

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 Prior to Conference
The Principle Approach to Teaching Classic Grammar and Literature (video, pre-requisite for taking Carole Adams' Tuesday morning workshop) This video presentation of the Classic Grammar workshop—a primer for teachers who teach literature and English will be sent beforehand to view at your convenience.

Monday, July 31
All Day
Why Method Matters, Session I You will witness two lessons taught by contrasting methods to highlight the impact on results. This will demonstrate why independent testing verifies best practices. Participants will be equipped with teaching models to be implemented in teaching and learning. Taught by Dr. Max Lyons.

Tuesday, August 1
Morning, 9:00–11:30
The Art of Using Language: Teaching Vocabulary What is the unmistakable mark of a fully literate person?   What is the best way to get a soaring score on the SAT’s?   Vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary! Acquiring vocabulary is a skill to be taught within subject context to cause new language to “stick” in the mind and become useful in rhetoric -the art or study of using language effectively and persuasively. Pre-requisite course: The Principle Approach to Teaching Classic Grammar and Literature (see Friday, July 28th description). Taught by Dr. Carole Adams.

Afternoon, 1:00–3:30
Why Method Matters, Session II: The Principle Approach Method of Teaching Bible Part II will focus on contrasting methods in an elementary Bible lesson. The methods are appropriate for teachers of history, government, Bible, geography, economics, and Christian worldview at all grade levels. Teaching by principles forms thinking from cause to effect, from internal to external, and creates a unity of truth in every subject. Taught by Dr. Max Lyons.

Wednesday and Thursday, August 2–3
Two-Day Course
Nation Makers: Teaching Adolescents the Rudiments of Self-government Students around the age of fourteen are prime for big ideas, contradictions, and questions relevant to life. Knowing history and government makes one wise. Learn how to teach Christian character as the foundation of history and to teach the development of the American Republic to prepare students to securing their Nation’s original purpose for protecting liberty. Includes geography lesson applicable to all subjects. Taught by Dr. Carole Adams, Dr. Max Lyons, and Margie Lyons.

Friday, August 4
Conducting a Christian History Field Study: The Providential Founding of Virginia-America This teaching and tour is appropriate for all, including families. Learn the exciting, little-known story of the Christian founding and dedication of Virginia and America in 1607 by the Jamestown settlers at the original site in Virginia Beach. The tour begins at The Hall-Slater Library and Teaching Center and concludes at the stone cross at Fort Story in Virginia Beach. Transportation is on your own. Taught by Chris Evans.

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Registration Information

On Campus

The Hall-Slater Library and Teaching Center
4225 Portsmouth Boulevard
Chesapeake, Virginia 23321
Get directions to our campus here.

Live Online

RTM Teacher Training is also available via live streaming. When registering, please indicate that you are taking the courses online. Lecture portion of the First Landing Christian History Tour will also be available online (August 4th 9:00 am to 10:00 am).


Morning sessions 9:00 am to 11:30 am (lunch on your own). Afternoon sessions 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm. Friday is the First Landing Christian History Tour from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.


  • Workshop fees are $60 per day per person. Choose your enrollment at registration. The First Landing Tour on Friday, August 4 is $30 per family.
  • Attend all eight sessions and the First Landing Christian History Tour for $199 (a 25% savings).
  • The series is available for online participants (except for the off-site portion of the  Christian History Tour).
  • One (1) ACSI CEU in educational studies is available for six hours of direct instruction (i.e., attending three or more sessions); up to four (4) CEUs are available. A fee of $10 payable to FACE is required for a CEU Certificate of Verification.

Travel and Accommodations

Additional Information

  • Bring a Bible, pen and paper for recording. Other documents and resources will be supplied by the instructors.
  • The classroom is fitted with outlets and wi-fi access for use of electronic devices.
  • Lunch is on-your-own during a break between sessions each day. There are many restaurants and eateries convenient to the Hall-Slater Teaching Center or bring your lunch and enjoy the garden patio at the Center.

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Speaker Biographies

Dr. Carole Adams is the president of the Foundation for American Christian Education and founder of StoneBridge School in Chesapeake, Virginia. She is also the senior editor of the Noah Plan Principle Approach K-12 curriculum used in schools and home schools. She is the author of The Christian Idea of the Child and editor of The Journal of the Foundation for American Christian Education. Dr. Adams serves as an advisor to the Nehemiah Institute and to Summit Ministries. She holds a commendation from the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly for her “educational accomplishments on behalf of the young citizens of the Commonwealth.” She and her husband of 50 years, John, are parents of a son and two daughters, with four grandsons and three granddaughters.

Dr. Max Lyons is the Director of Teaching Services at the Foundation for American Christian Education. He has 37 years of experience as a Christian educator and before coming to FACE, he served as teacher and administrator in three Christian schools. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Virginia Wesleyan College, a Masters in Christian School Administration from Regent University, and a Ph.D. in Christian Education from Whitefield Theological Seminary. He is the author or co-author of five books. Max and his wife, Margie, have four children and seven grandchildren.

Margie Lyons is a professional educator with a degree in elementary education. She taught in a Christian school for two years before devoting her full-time energies to raise and homeschool her children. Her accomplishments include home schooling (using the Principle Approach) since 1986, leading a Principle Approach home school support group, producing model teacher and student notebooks at all grade levels, and training homeschoolers in using this unique method of education. Margie specializes in curriculum development.

Chris Evans has homeschooled her two children and also worked in promotion, publicity and history events at StoneBridge School. She has been politically active in public policy in conservative and social issues for 32 years. Chris has spent 25 years researching and studying Christian history specializing in the providential history of America and the Virginia Colony. She is currently available to lead tours to the First Landing site and the historic district specializing in tours to Jamestown.

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