Upcoming Events


Spelling in the Reading Brain - the Missing Link

Presented by Zaner-Bloser, Lori Mattesino
Hosted by the Archdiocese of Hartford

Wednesday, May 9th
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary
467 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield CT, 06002

About the seminar:

The latest research is known, but why isn’t it being used? Dr. Gentry will explain what we know to be true about the science of the reading brain and the essential role of spelling knowledge. He will show you how to implement the latest research - based practice in your classroom to ensure your students are given the highest opportunity to succeed as readers and writers.

  • Learn why word sorting and games alone are not sufficient and come away with an understanding of other research-based word study strategies that suit any framework.
  • Explore the connections between decoding and encoding and learn how to leverage these reciprocal skills in your word study curriculum.
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions about word study for students with dyslexia.
  • Discover how developmentally appropriate word study and word lists ensure that grade-level growth requirements of the new standards are met.

About the presenter:

Gentry.jpgDr. J. Richard Gentry has been a university professor, a reading center director, and an elementary school teacher, as well as an independent researcher, author, and educational consultant. He is the author of many books including the Getting to the Core of Writing series, The Science of Spelling, and the spelling textbook series for grades K-8, Spelling Connections. He earned his Elementary Education degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Reading Education from the University of Virginia.

Space is limited. Please register by Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 by clicking here.
For additional questions please reach out to Valerie Mara.



Thursday, May 24, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration opens at 9:30 a.m.
St. George Church, 22 Whitfield St., Guilford
$10 per person
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Rooting Youth Service Experiences: A Practical Guide

With the upcoming Synod of Bishops in October focusing specifically on youth, now is a springtime for us to strengthen our approach to engaging youth in service experiences. Such opportunities are formative in their catechesis and faith formation, which plants a seed for a deep love for the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
We write to invite you to attend a new workshop developed to assist you in your ministry with youth in the Archdiocese of Hartford. The Office for Education, Evangelization, and Catechesis and the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry have put together a practical guide entitled “Rooting Youth Service Experiences: A Practical Guide” coupled with a workshop to help supplement the resource. The workshops are being offered on the following dates:

  • Monday, June 25, 2018 – St. Bartholomew Church, Manchester 9:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 - St. Ann Shrine, Waterbury - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 20, 2018 - St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hartford 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Register here for one of these workshops.

We hope to provide you with practical guidance for planning and leading youth through meaningful service learning experiences. Whether you serve in a parish or school setting, we aim to provide you with suggestions to help you plan as well as link you to agencies and people where you can connect youth to service opportunities.