Harkness Training

This school year, LRCA Harkness Training will focus on the “why” and “how” of teaching by way of discussion. There will be two different trainings during the school year: November 6-7, 2023 and March 11-12, 2024, Different from past LRCA summer trainings, the conference will incorporate classroom observations in multiple disciplines in grades 8-12 giving conference participants a front row seat. Since school will be in session, we will have limited space (20 slots), so register early!

Participants will learn about designing, facilitating and launching Harkness discussions in the context of upper school classrooms in a Christian school setting. This training will include breakout sessions on topics such as pre-Harkness planning, post-Harkness reflection, troubleshooting, and the intersection of Biblical Worldview and Harkness. This conference is particularly helpful for Christian middle and upper school educators interested in discussion-based, student-centered learning.





Harkness learning is best characterized by student-centered discussions. Similar to Socratic Seminar, Harkness learning places a group of students and their instructor at the same table, charged with the collective tasks of inquiry and collaboration. However, Harkness differs from Socratic learning by placing the responsibility for questioning, evaluating, and contributing on the students. Ultimately, the goal of Harkness learning is to offer students an enhanced understanding of a shared text or artifact.

Harkness Training: November 6-7, 2023 and March 11-12, 2024

Cost: $275 (Breakfast and lunch included both days)


Book your room at a group rate at Aloft Hotel:

Click here to book hotels for the November training.

Click here to book hotels for the March training.

The last day to book at the group rate is TBD.