Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
July 1, 2020
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Resources that Address the Social Injustice of Racism 
We who serve the schools and parishes of the Archdiocese of Hartford share the responsibility to address the injustice of systemic racism in our country and institutions, and we must do so through a lens of our Roman Catholic faith. The OEEC continues to update a web page devoted to Resources that Address the Social Injustice of Racism to support the needs of our Catholic school educators and parish leaders. To see a full list of the resources, click here.

U.S. Bishops’ Religious Liberty and Catholic Education Chairmen Grateful for Supreme Court’s Decision in Blaine Amendment Case
On June 30, 2020 the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue a historic victory for religious freedom, for more information and to read the full statement from the USCCB, click here.

On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement: 

Promotional Video
The OEEC is producing a video showcasing the success of our schools in utilizing remote learning methods while maintaining the educational excellence that is our hallmark. We feel it is important to highlight this information at a time when parents of public school children may not be overly satisfied with their own experience. We ask your help as we take advantage of this marketing opportunity, and request that you complete the following by July 8, 2020:
  1. Please complete a very brief survey which will allow us to gather data re: remote learning success in the Archdiocese of Hartford.
  2. Please send us high resolution photos of your students engaged in remote learning in their homes. (No more than 2 per school, with parental approval.)
  3. Please send us any brief, written parent testimonials you may have expressing their satisfaction with your remote learning program.

Please email photos and testimonials to Anne Clubb at Anne.Clubb@aohct.org

We look forward to receiving your input by July 8!

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level III: Catechist Formation Course Starts July 20!
We are blessed to be able to begin the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Formation Course for Level III starting July 20.  There are a few slots left, please register as soon as possible to join our cohort. Click here for the dates, details and the registration form.
 
Attention All Parish Faith Formation Leaders: Theme-Based Virtual Deanery Meetings
In the month of July there will be several deanery meetings that you are all invited to attend. Each meeting will involve conversation centered on a dedicated topic. Click here for links to these virtual meetings. Please see schedule below: 
  • Family Faith Formation, July 9, 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. This gathering will focus on ways to help entire families encounter Jesus and grow in faith together. Ideas for both in person and virtual models will be discussed.
  • Utilizing Playlists for Faith Formation, July 15, 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.  At this meeting we will delve deeper into the concept of using curated content to help evangelize households and lift up the domestic church. Some tips for creating a user-friendly website will also be covered at this meeting.
  • Evangelizing Catechesis, July 29, 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. Recognizing that catechesis is most effective with evangelized disciples, this conversation will focus on ways to look at evangelization as the precursor to catechesis and how the kerygma is the essential element in this process.
REMINDER: Doug Tooke Webinar on Family Ministry Follow-Up Discussion
Deeper exploration of Doug’s insightful message will be discussed at this gathering. Here is the link to view the webinar, and the access password is 3g+u9v2C.  Please reflect on these discussion questions prior to the gathering:
  • July 7, 10:00 a.m.: Click on this link to join the discussion. You can also dial in by phone: +1 (312) 757-312; please use access code: 591-021-037.
  • July 7, 7:00 p.m.: Click on this link to join this meeting. You can also dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3122; please use access code: 762-679-365.
Attention Parish Faith Formation Leaders
Many of you have been suggesting the creation of a Facebook Group for those who minister in faith formation at parishes and Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford. It would be a helpful way to share best practices, innovative ideas and creative problem solving strategies. Good news! That group has been created and you can join by searching: Faith Formation Parish Leaders at OEEC.
 
Announcement: Mark Your Calendars for MISSIO!
Missio 2020 will be a virtual event on September 19, 2020.  The day will include a keynote speaker, workshops and prayer, and will be partnered with Youth Ministry Accompaniment Day. More details to follow!

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost: 

Coronavirus Act, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act  
Local Educational Agencies (LEA) provide equitable services to students and teachers in non-public schools under the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund
 
When the principal consults with their LEA, please inquiry if they will base the non-public share of the CARES Act on either one of the following formulas:
  1. The LEA will follow the guidance of the CARES Act and provide equitable services based on total school enrollment, or
  2. The LEA will only spend ESSR funds on Title I students and provide equitable services to Title I students only. 
(Uses of ESSR funds include building infrastructure for distance learning (tech), training, and  providing cleaning services, etc.)
 
Code.org Training
Sacred Heart University, Regional Partner of Code.org, is proceeding with 2020 teacher cohorts for Code.org Computer Science (CS)  with (at least) the summer workshop in a virtual format. There are still some spots and scholarships remaining for the Middle School Program (CS Discoveries) and High School Program (CS Principles). Please see the attached flyer for additional information.
 
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Summer Professional Development 
ISTE 2020 is offering a three-week summer learning academy to enhance your online teaching skills for only $20!  Online learning experts will help you build the skills to be successful in the fall, whether you’re teaching in a blended or online learning environment. This is an online learning support for K-12 educators in a flexible format that works for you!  This is a great opportunity for both principals and teachers. For more information check out summerlearningacademy.iste.org.
 
Digital Resource Page: Distance Learning
Summer is the perfect time to continue to improve your digital literacy.  The OEEC invites you to continue to explore the Distance Learning Page of our website. New this week: NASA Makes a Game of Trying to Save the World's Coral Reefs. Be sure to check back often as this page is updated with new information, webinars, videos and other helpful resources. 
 
On Behalf of Frank Johnson, IT Director at Saint Bridget School in Cheshire
The school has 16 Smart Boards available for schools; click here for details.  If you have any questions contact Frank Johnson at FJohnson@stbridgetschool.org.
 
The CREC Cooperative Purchasing Marketplace
Schools looking to save time and money are invited to explore the CREC marketplace. CREC brings together the buying power of school districts, municipalities, and non-profit organizations offering numerous savings opportunities. The CREC marketplace provides an opportunity for your organization to get the best value for supplies by purchasing through our pre-negotiated contracts. The marketplace brings the ease and convenience of ordering from multiple vendors on one site, while knowing that the contracts you are purchasing from have been chosen according to approved purchasing regulations. The Archdiocese of Hartford schools are a participating member of this organization and we encourage schools to take advantage of this unique opportunity. For more information, please contact Laura McCaffrey.
 
Asbestos Inspections
Eagle Environmental, Inc. will continue to schedule asbestos inspections of school buildings through the summer months. Please continue to work with Helen Rimsa at Eagle Environmental to schedule your asbestos inspection this summer!  This is an essential service required by the CT Department of Public Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Any questions on asbestos inspections please contact Laura McCaffrey.  
 
Aurora Temperature Control Displays for Sale
The Aurora TTS is an Android based all-in-one infrared temperature sensing tablet. The first available batch is sold out and there will be a new shipment available in 6 weeks. Please contact Susan Boutote for details and if interested, schedule a demonstration soon.

On Behalf of Lisa Orchen, Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Initiatives:

Take Time for A Summer Retreat
Topic:  Treasure Grace Moments
Speaker:  Amy Spessard, sponsored by Pflaum Publishing Group
During the evolving landscape of church ministry, it is important for us to take time away from our busy schedule to ensure we are able to give our best to those we serve. Retreats are often the way that we are to rejuvenate ourselves and our ministry. Traditional in-person retreats are being replaced by virtual experiences. Our ability to adapt both personally and professionally to new virtual experiences is becoming essential.  This 2-day event will be a unique opportunity to explore and participate in a virtual retreat: a time to pray, a time to reflect, and a time to recognize God in the ordinary during the extraordinary events that are happening in our lives. Give yourself an opportunity to take a step back and prepare for the new challenges and adventures that are ahead in ministry. 

On Behalf of Michael Wellington, Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry:

Athletics Meeting with Secondary School Athletic Directors 
On Friday, July 31, at 4:00 p.m. there will be an athletics meeting with all secondary school athletic directors. This meeting will cover the transition between Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the CIAC Plan, which is scheduled to take place on August 2, 2020.  All secondary athletic directors are asked to partake in this meeting and other administrators are welcome. Please click this link to join the OEEC Athletics Meeting Room. You can also dial in using your phone: +1 (571) 317-3122, please use access code # 310-351-453.
 
Attention all Youth Ministers
All youth ministers are invited and encouraged to join the Faith Formation Deanery Meetings.  Please see Kelly Henderschedt’s post above for offerings in July.
 
Summer Digital Youth Ministry Opportunities
Please review the OEEC Youth Ministry Web Page for a list of summer digital conferences that are being offered nationally.
 

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