The Teaching Vocation

A Conference for Men Exploring Professions as Educators

January 5-7 • The Heights School • Potomac, MD

About the Conference

A teacher trains minds, forms hearts, and nurtures souls. Ideally, he is a guide in the pursuit of knowledge, an example of both intellectual and moral virtues, and a mentor in the quest for wisdom. He accompanies, instructs, exemplifies, and participates in the formation of his students. It is a call that resonates deeply with us as men for we are all teachers in some way, since we are all called to generosity. 

Yet, for some of us, that vocation seems to be an increasingly natural professional calling, we feel the desire to devote ourselves to this mission of helping parents raise their children. 

Are you considering pursuing a career as an educator–itself part art and part science? Join us for a Conference hosted by The Heights Forum for men interested in exploring the teaching vocation by spending valuable time with men who live this vocation.

Conference Highlights

  • Welcome reception Wednesday night with Heights faculty and fellow attendees;
  • Lectures, seminars, and guided discussions sessions with veteran Heights teachers and their friends–hear from Mr. Alvaro de Vicente, Headmaster of The Heights; Mr. Andy Reed, Head of Middle School; Mr. Joe Cardenas, Head of Mentoring.
  • Enjoy the fraternity of other college and young professional men exploring the same call.
  • Three meals a day and the beverages that follow.


Teaching as Vocation

What is a vocation? Is that different from a profession? Just how far off the beaten track is a career in eduction?

Teacher as Mentor

A teacher forms, and most formation happens outside the classroom.  How do I form hearts and train the will?

The Formation of a Teacher

How do I grow professionally? Do I really need an education degree? Is there another, better way? How would I know if this is the right career for me?

Teachers Assisting Families

Schools ought to be schools for families, so much of our best work is not in the classroom or even with the student, but rather with their parents. Explore this daunting but critical element of our profession.

The Teacher as Liberal Artist

What are the liberal arts really?  Are the arts of liberty still needed for success in an increasingly virtual world?

The Parent’s Perspective on the Transformative Teacher

Education is a partnership. When parents are working with you, what does that partnership look like?

Leaders of Men

On the Unique Calling of Men in the Classroom

Stay Updated

The conference will take place during January 5-7, the evening of January 5 and full days January 6 and 7. Applications will be accepted later this fall, with scholarships available. To stay updated, please fill out the form below.

“One of the greatest pleasures in teaching comes from those hours when you feel that every word you say is being heard, not by a collection of bored and dutiful individuals, but instead by a group which you create and which in turn creates you; that, instead of repeating facts learnt by rote, to be telephoned through the drowsy air to half-dead ears and garbled down in notebooks, you are both stirring minds to ask questions and answering them; that you are being driven by the energy of the young on the search for truth, and drawing therefrom the power to lead the search; and, in fact, that you and your words and the class which listens and thinks are all part of the ceaseless activity of human Reason.”

– Gilbert Highet