Vital Remnants

On online educational opportunity for Kentucky teachers

In response to high demand from teachers to expand the McConnell Center's digital learning resources, we present Vital Remnants, a new online professional development opportunity.

This initiative is produced and written to serve you--our community of Kentucky educators--to broaden your knowledge of great books and ideas and to strengthen your ability to lead in your classroom and community. The project will include detailed monthly guides to read great texts and supplementary podcast episodes that consider leadership lessons in the texts.

McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg discusses the vision of Vital Remnants on this podcast (available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Play). 

Our Challenge to You

Book CoverJoin our monthly challenge and read Plato's Republic, the great work on government, politics, and education. Dr. Gary Gregg leads our companion podcast series, and our reading guide makes this an easy lesson to add to the classroom or to supplement your personal development. Completing this challenge will allow you to read and consider Plato's Republic in its entirety by June 2020. Of course, we don't expect you to do this alone!

If You Choose to Accept This Challenge, You Will Receive: 

  • FREE copy of Bloom's second edition of The Republic of Plato (limited to the first 25 teachers to register)
  • comprehensive guide that outlines monthly reading assignments, notable sections and questions to consider
  • Monthly podcast episodes and email updates on the assigned reading 
  • Discussion board access to share your thoughts on the book and network with other teachers
  • Summer 2020 culminating experience to celebrate project completion
  • 10 professional development hours and certificate
  • commemorative military-type challenge coin inspired by the lessons of Plato's Republic

Continue Your Education

Join us now, and by the end of the summer you will be able to say that you've read and considered one of the great pillars of western civilization. We hope engaging in this project will lead to additional opportunities, including studies of other great texts.

We hope to hear from you soon and look forward to the adventure ahead!

Gary L. Gregg, PhD
McConnell Center Director

Natalie C. Smith
McConnell Center Civic Education Coordinator