July 22-26, 2024

Northridge Institute’s Teaching Foundations

Mastering the Craft of Teaching


Teaching Foundations

The craft of teaching, like any art, requires both form and content. Often, beginning teachers are excited to share their knowledge and love of a subject with their young students; they have a passion for their content. However, that content needs to take a thoughtful form. Teaching Foundations equips teachers with philosophically sound and time-tested techniques for immediate use in their classrooms.

Who is this for:

This course is designed for new teachers and will be valuable for second-year teachers as well. It is open to any aspiring teacher who values the liberal arts and the Western tradition.

What to expect:

  • This class is set at a digestible pace over five morning sessions. It is geared towards local teachers but is open to teachers across the nation.
  • Daily morning classes will model active and engaged learning, balancing formal instruction with active student participation and discussion.
  • Workshop sessions give an opportunity for teachers to plan their own lessons using these new techniques and discuss their implementation with seasoned teachers.
  • Each participant will leave the class with a definite toolbox that balances engagement with order, freedom with rigor, tradition with creativity, and which can be implemented immediately.
  • Additionally, teachers will leave with their Course goals listed, Unit 1 goals set, first Lesson Plan complete, several examples of differ types of assessments, and a Teacher Toolbox to implement in the future. All of this offers them a solid foundation for future teaching lessons.

Continued Development

Monthly class available (online attendance available) which digs deeper into each topic and includes 1 on 1 coaching and assignment & planning feedback. Inquire if interested.

Shane Ayers

Shane brings a wealth of teaching experience along with a love for the liberal arts to Northridge. He earned his B.A. in Literature from Patrick Henry College and his M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis.

For the past decade, Shane has taught humanities, directed Shakespeare productions, and led wood shop classes, in addition to editing and writing curriculum.

He has also worked for Bill Bennett (former Secretary of Education under the Reagan administration), conducting research for 'The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood.' A Protestant convert to the Church, Shane, along with his wife Teresa and their children, celebrated their reception into the Catholic Church at Easter in 2017.

From time to time, Shane still writes on forming young people.

Joseph Rhee

Joe Rhee graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Pre-Health Studies. Joe earned his Masters in Education from Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Program.

Before coming to Northridge in 2017, Joe taught and coached in East Los Angeles (Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School). Since then, he has taken over the Dangerous Camp for Boys, started a varsity wrestling program, and served as the Head of Middle School since 2019, and continues to teach Science in the Middle School.

Joe has developed Northridge Preparatory’s internal teacher development program over the past three years, has spear-headed Northridge Preparatory’s vision of pedagogy, and serves as a mentor to new teachers.


July 22-26, 2024


Registration has closed for the 2024 Teaching Foundations Course

Workshop Schedule (Monday through Friday)

9:00 am - 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am - 11:00 am Lesson
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Workshop
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch

Breakfast and Lunch are provided each day


  • How to plan a course
  • Classroom (behavior) management
  • Partnership with Parents
    & Crucial Conversations
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy and the Trivium
  • Teaching styles and methods
  • Different uses of assessments
  • Socratic learning and
    student engagement
  • Freedom and order in the classroom


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