2020 ACL Institute Pre-Institute Workshops

2020 ACL Institute
College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina


Wednesday June 24 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. AND morning of Thursday June 25 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

Participants may not select any other Pre-Institute Workshops.

Cost: 75.00


Will Griffiths
Hands Up Education
Suffolk, United Kingdom

Laila Tims
Hands Up Education
Suffolk, United Kingdom

Hannah Smith
Hands Up Education
Suffolk, United Kingdom

This hands-on workshop will explore strategies for using the first book of the new Suburani Latin reading course, designed for middle and/or high school Latin I. Suburani attempts to portray a balanced picture of life for ordinary, poorer Romans from throughout the empire. We’ll investigate opportunities for classroom discussion and learning that these characters and storylines present, and outline approaches that enable their successful integration into the curriculum.

The course contains language, culture, history and mythology. We’ll look at the specific content in each area, then try different methods of using the material in the classroom. In addition to the textbook itself, delegates will be hands-on with the digital edition of the course, together with the ancillary print and electronic resources. We’ll create and share together some further resources, discuss how to exploit the course for different pedagogies, and look ahead to the content of Book 2 (for Latin II).


Catching Them in the Middle of Three Worlds: The Grammar/Translation, Reading, and Comprehensible Input Approaches and Their Hybrids

Joseph Davenport
Norwell Middle School
Norwell, Massachusetts

Patrick McFadden
St Mary's Episcopal School
Memphis, Tennessee

Amy Elifrits
Lakota East High School
West Chester, Ohio

Emma Vanderpool
Trickum Middle School
Lilburn, Georgia


We have assembled teachers who represent evolving, eclectic methodologies in the field of Latin pedagogies to present a panel/workshop. A three-hour panel discussion of the methodologies themselves will be followed by the three-hour workshop in which participants are able to apply what they have learned from the panel discussion to their own lesson plans. During this time, they will have access to each of the panel experts, as well as small groups of colleagues who are working at evolving their pedagogies from the same perspective. During the panel discussion, each individual representing an approach, or a hybrid approach, will address the following questions:

• What are the benefits in the use of this approach?
• What are the nuts and bolts of the derivative methodology you use in your classroom?
• What concerns do you have about your methodology?
• What concerns do others voice about your methodology?
• How do you address these concerns?
• Where can novice teachers find support if they elect to adopt this method?



There will be two workshops on Wednesday 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and two workshops on Thursday June 25 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

Participants may select one workshop Wednesday and/or one workshop Thursday. 

Cost: $40.00 each


Transcending the American Social Construct of Color Racism in the Latin Classroom

Judith de Luce
Miami University, Emerita
Oxford, Ohio

Shelley Haley
Hamilton College
Clinton New York

Wednesday June 24 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Race is a “social construct” (i.e. defined by a social group) not a scientific fact. In America the traditional understanding of race has been based on skin color, but this is not true for the worlds of Greece and Rome. After discussing what a social construct is and its social and political consequences over time, we will use Rome as our model and look at several examples of how the Roman world can be misunderstood if we apply the lens of American color racism to it. Studying the social construct of race sharply illuminates every aspect of Roman civilization for the youngest students in the schools to the most advanced collegians.  



Robert Simmons
Monmouth College
Monmouth, Illinois

Wednesday June 24 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The 2020 Olympics are coming up in August, and they provide an opportunity to demonstrate the continuing relevance of the classical world in a fun way.  This session will lay out techniques for doing a variety of ancient Greek Olympic events correctly, all of which are different enough from contemporary methods of doing comparable events that they tend to be both a challenge and a lot of fun.  Participants will learn and do various running events (including the race in armor), long jump (with hand weights), discus, javelin (including the leather strap that was wrapped around it to help it spiral), chariot racing, boxing, two types of wrestling, and pankration (much like professional wrestling, but without the ring).  They will learn ways of acquiring the materials to make these events work at different price points.  And they will receive a bibliography of primary and secondary sources on these events.  Session leader Bob Holschuh Simmons has been coordinating interactive reenactments of this sort regularly since 2012, the year of the first of his eight award-winning Classics Days at UNC-Greensboro and Monmouth College.  He has four times taught Ancient Sports classes at Monmouth, in which students learn Olympic events actively and then teach them to attendees at Classics Day.




Michele Valerie Ronnick
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

Thursday June 25 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am




This workshop will acquaint members of the audience with the key figures, dates, events and accomplishments of 15 African Americans men and women in the field of classics during the 19th and early 20th centuries. We'll learn about their lives, see some images of them and then have an open discussion about them. During the second hour we'll look at portions of textbooks written by two of them: William Sanders Scarborough's sole authored First Lessons in Greek (1881) and Helen Maria Chesnutt's The Road to Latin (1932) who was the lead author of three women.We'll look at reviews and reception of the books when they were first printed and some that have just come out about Scarborough's book. In the third hour special reference will be made to those with associations to South Carolina and to the African Methodist Episcopal Church. A map will be used which the audience can take with them.

The Reflective Practitioner: An Honest Look at your Program, your Students, and Yourself

Kevin Ballestrini
Mansfield Middle School
Storrs, Connecticut

Mark Pearsall
Glastonbury High School
Glastonbury, Connecticut

Lindsay Sears
Greenwich Academy
Greenwich, Connecticut

Thursday June 25 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am

Building a successful language program requires careful planning, intentional design, and reflective practice. Even if you are constrained by external limitations like a set curriculum, the AP syllabus, or state or district guidelines, you can still reflect critically on your students and yourself and make changes to your teaching practice that will improve student retention and learning outcomes. 

This workshop aims to help participants learn how to evaluate a sample data set concerning a program and its demographic relationship with the school or district as a whole. We also will focus on understanding retention rates of students through a program and assessing how successfully students are meeting desired learning outcomes.

Ultimately participants will then draw conclusions from those sample data sets to evaluate, reflect on, and learn how to make informed decisions about methodology, materials, and areas to improve their professional practices as a whole when reviewing their own program.




‘Servi non erant laeti’: Exploring Cross-Cultural Approaches to the Enslaved

James Newhard
Chair of Classics
College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Dr. Kameelah Martin
Director of African American Studies
College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Wednesday June 24
Either 9:00 a.m. - noon OR 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

PRICE: $50


As a discipline, Classics has a race and diversity issue. Seen popularly as the purview of the elite (and by proxy, white) communities, the perception is exasperated by an often awkward treatment of one of the major constructs of Greco-Roman and our own recent history – slavery.

This pre-institute session will provide insights into the experiences and interpretations of American slavery by the visitation of a place of African enslavement followed by a process of reflection and discussion, drawing comparisons between Greco-Roman and American southern enslavement, with the goal being increased facility with addressing the complexities of enslavement in the ancient Mediterranean world.

McLeod Plantation is a former sea-island cotton plantation on James Island. Its award-winning public education program provides an in-depth exploration of the lives of the people who inhabited the property from its as a cotton plantation through to the 20th century.

On-site tours will be coordinated with and led by staff of McLeod Plantation with discussion directed by the conveners.

Institute Excursion:


Samuel Ortencio Flores
Assistant Professor of Classics, College of Charleston

Friday, June 26, 2020, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. 

COST: $15.00
Limited to 30 participants.

This walking tour will bring focus on the convergence of classics and slavery as embedded in historical downtown Charleston. Wear comfortable walking shoes and plan for 1.5-2 hours, including a visit to the Old Slave Mart Museum (air conditioned) and time to roam the Charleston City Market (partially air conditioned).

Locations visited include: Randolph Hall and Porters Lodge (College of Charleston); Marion Square; Mother Emmanuel AME Church; St Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery; Old Slave Mart Museum; Waterfront Park; Historic Charleston City Market.