Additional CCLE History

Summer 1999   A conference was held in Colorado Springs, CO.  Rev. Joel Brondos, Dr. Gene E. Veith, Rev. Dr. Steven Hein, Rev. Bill Heine, Rev. Robert Schaibley, and Mr. Steve Kieser (now Rev.) were instrumental in founding the CCLE.

June 2002  The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Inc., was established as a Non-Profit Domestic Corporation in the State of Indiana and as a 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service entity.  Our current legal mailing address (as of 2015) is: 1701 E Park Blvd.  Plano, TX 75074

March 2007  The Classical Lutheran Education Journal (formerly The Classical Education Quarterly) was first published as an online journal.  The best of CEJ was published in book form in July 2013, under the title A Handbook on Classical Lutheran Education.

March 2010  CCLE launched accreditation for classical Lutheran schools.  Currently, ten schools are accredited by the CCLE (as of CCLE XV).

Summer 2011  At CCLE XI, Martin Luther Grammar School, Sheridan, WY was the first school accredited by CCLE. The first edition of Resources for Classical Lutheran Education by Melinda K. Heine and Cheryl L. Swope was published. The Classical Lutheran Homeschoolers Yahoo group was established after CCLE XI.  It is a vibrant discussion group that currently (2015) has 300+ family members.

Summer 2012  At CCLE XII, Mount Hope Lutheran School, Casper, WY; Trinity Lutheran School, Riverton, WY; and Trinity Lutheran School, Cheyenne, WY were accredited by CCLE. CCLE announced a co-accreditation agreement with National Lutheran School Accrediation of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Martin Luther Grammar School, Sheridan, WY was the first school jointly accredited by CCLE and NLSA.

Summer 2013  The CCLE held its 13th national conference this summer in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The conference hosted individuals from 20 states and Canada.  Dr. Steven Hein was honored upon his retirement from the CCLE Board as a Master Teacher. At CCLE XIII, the CCLE Board announced a process for classical Lutheran educator certification.  The process was developed from a CCLE Board-produced document entitled, “The Marks of a Classical Lutheran Educator.”  The process requires that educators satisfactorily meet standards that include classical education thought and pedagogy, a confessional Lutheran identity and practice, and time-tested effective management and professional habits.

Summer 2014 The CCLE accredited Wittenberg Academy, an online Lutheran High School based in Chatfield, MN and Mount Olive Lutheran School-A Classical Academy, Billings, Montana at CCLE XIV.

Summer 2015 The Lutheran School Accreditation Commission of the Texas District – LCMS (LSAC) endorsed the accreditation process of the CCLE. Four school accreditations were announced at CCLE XV: Our Savior, Houston, TX; Memorial, Houston, TX; Faith, Plano, TX; and our host for CCLE XV, Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy, Keller, TX. A revised edition of the Curriculum Resource Guide for Classical Lutheran Education Paperback by  Cheryl Swope and Melinda Heine was released. CCLE debuted its new logo and seal, designed by Jonathan Mayer. Upon the Rev. William C. Heine’s retirement as a Permanent member of the CCLE Board, he was awarded the title “Master Teacher.”

February 2016
The Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education recognizes Rev. Robert Schaibley as Magister Magnus.

July 2017
CCLE recognizes Mrs. Melinda K. Heine as Magistra Magna.