Joelle Hodge holds a BA in history/political science from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Eastern University’s Templeton Honors College. She began her career as a staffer to United States Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa) before finding her professional home in the world of classical education in 1999. She has twenty years of teaching experience—several of which were spent at a classical school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There she also developed much of their logic and rhetoric curricula. She has coauthored two logic books, The Art of Argument: An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies and The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic, both published by Classical Academic Press (CAP), and continues to support various editorial projects at CAP, but her primary focus is on the growth and development of Scholé Academy, where she serves as the principal. Since the inception of Scholé Academy in 2014, Joelle has taught courses across a variety of disciplines, including math, logic, and rhetoric, as well as a course in student-skills development (How to Be a Student). She served as senior teacher for Scholé Academy before stepping into the role of academy principal in 2018.
As a consultant, Joelle engages with educators across the country, tailoring workshops for classical schools and co-ops that seek to train their teachers in the fundamentals of dialectic- and rhetoric-stage pedagogy.
Consulting and Speaking Topics
For Logic and Rhetoric Teachers: How to Teach These Core Disciplines
- How to Teach The Art of Argument: Pulling the informal fallacies off the page and into daily life
- How to Teach The Discovery of Deduction: Giving logic teachers the tools to help students apply formal logic to their other courses
- How to Teach Rhetoric I–III: Creating your rhetorical fingerprint
For All Classical Educators: Logic and Rhetoric Incorporated Across the Disciplines
- Grammar School: Age-Appropriate Logic and Rhetoric in the Grammar School
- Grades 7–12: Practical Pedagogical Planning Across the Upper School Disciplines
- Brainstorming Projects/Papers/Rubrics Across the Grammar School or Upper School Disciplines
For Professionals: Logic and Rhetoric for the Workplace—They’re Not Just for the Classroom!
- Back to Basics: Idea Construction, Presentations, Knowing your Audience, and Eloquent Delivery
- Navigating the Workplace Without the Drama: How Logic and Rhetoric Can Transform Your Work Environment
- Logic and Leadership: How Authority Can Dull Our Skills in Persuasion
Sample Seminar Summary
Logic and Rhetoric Incorporated Across the Disciplines: Brainstorming Projects/Papers/Rubrics
(Note: This time would be spent partly as a seminar and partly as a workshop.)
A. Every educator has a rhetorical fingerprint. It’s used in every lesson plan, each lecture, every experiment, and in all discussion and communication with students, faculty, and parents. It’s inescapable. It is imperative, therefore, that every educator learn the basics of logic and rhetoric—not just for the betterment of their own professional performance, but also for the expressed purpose of modeling excellence in logical and rhetorical thought and composition to their students.
B. Review of the previous two sessions. The audience should understand the critical importance of incorporating logic and rhetoric into each developmental stage of classical education (in varying degrees and amounts). The study and incorporation of logic and rhetoric function as the skeletal system for the body—they are the framework by which all other education takes place.
C. Understanding the distinction between content and form. Educators will need to set aside time to work collaboratively with each other so that they can best assist students in the development of not just the “right” answer, but also in the construction of sound arguments and how to craft them eloquently.
Types of Assignments: Examples
- Thesis statements
- Opinion essays
- Research papers
- Journalism: reporting vs. editorials
- Response papers
Collaborative/Hands-On Development of Projects and Papers
- What they are, how to make them, and how to use them
- Rubrics across the disciplines
- Goals and objectives
- Translating goals into measurable achievements
- Rubric pitfalls: avoiding overspecificity (freedom within the boundaries)
On-Site Pricing Information:
Half day (4 hours): $790 + travel
One full day (8–10 hours): $1,190 + travel
Two full days: $2,195 + travel
Long-term consulting packages negotiated
Online Consulting Fees:
90-minute session: $290
Custom topics may require additional preparation fees.
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