Professional Development for Teachers Across the Country

Building upon the mission of Hillsdale College's K-12 Education Office, the Charles R. and Kathleen K. Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence (CTE) expands the reach of Hillsdale College’s message of classical curricula and subject mastery to a nationwide audience of teachers. Seminars are open to all teachers.

Upcoming Seminars


The Art of Teaching: American History

April 11-12, 2024
Ann Arbor, MI

Accommodations are not included, but may be booked at:

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest
1275 S. Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, US

Book Accommodations

Room Rate is $166/night plus tax and fees
Reservations Phone: 877-757-7133

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Public Resources from Past Events

The Art of Teaching Children's Literature

Julie Apel: The Art of Teaching

First in a series of shows from presentations delivered at the Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence seminar on the art of teaching children’s literature. The Hoogland Center is an outreach of the Hillsdale College K-12 education office and offers seminars in classical academics and pedagogy for teachers of any background.

Julie Apel, assistant headmaster at Hillsdale Academy, delivers a speech on her journey to Classical Education, lessons she’s learned after years in the classroom, and what classical education can teach us about human nature.

Benjamin Beier: Some Good Books for Children and the Childlike
Benjamin Beier: The Genius of Mother Goose
Daniel Coupland: The Formative Power of Children’s Literature
Daniel Coupland: Friendship in The Wind in the Willows

Past Seminars

Over 3,600 public, private, and homeschool teachers from 42 states have participated in in more than 70 CTE seminars in fifteen states. Past topics include:

  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Constitution of the United States
  • George Washington and the American Founding
  • The First Amendment, Religious Liberty, and the American Founding
  • Economics and the American Founding
  • Lincoln and the Civil War
  • The American Civil Rights Movement
  • The Legacy of Lincoln
  • The Cold War: Understanding America’s Clash with Communism
  • Economics and the Environment
  • Life, Liberty, and Property: Globalization and the Commercial Republic
  • Progressives and the American Regime
  • Winston Churchill and the Virtues of Statesmanship
  • Free Markets and the Constitution
  • The American Regime and Administrative State

Past Speakers

CTE seminars have featured the following distinguished Hillsdale College faculty members:

The Charles R. and Kathleen K. Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (517) 437-7341