Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
August 12, 2020
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On Behalf of Ana Maria Alsturm, Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis:

XI Peregrinación Hispana de Nueva Inglaterra
Agosto 22, 2020
La tradicional Peregrinación Anual de las Familias Hispanas de la Región I a la Salette, en Attleboro, MA. será virtual este año. Sin costo. Todos están invitados. Para registrarse envíe un email a: Opriman aquí para ver el volante bilingüe. 

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Director of Catechesis and Ana Maria Alsturm, Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis:

Attention Parish Faith Formation Leaders and Youth Ministers
Please click here for information about returning to in-person catechesis this fall. Click here for Directivies for Return to In Person Faith Formation and click here to access the template for completing your parish action plan if you are choosing to gather children in person this fall.
We realize these are unchartered waters and planning in-person faith formation under these circumstances will not be easy. To help you better understand what is being asked of educators and all who work and minister with children and youth, we will be offering a Q & A session on Thursday, August 13 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Please click here to join this virtual gathering. You can also dial in using your phone by dialing +1 (646) 749-3112; please use access code: 603-049-621.

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Director of Catechesis and Lisa Orchen, Director of Catechetical Initiatives:

Attention Catechetical Leaders and Catholic School Leaders: August Webinar
Opening Wide our Hearts: Talking to Children about Racism and our Catholic Response
Thursday, August 20, 10:00 a.m.
Our nation is experiencing an awakening on the long-term effects of racism and the demand for justice. This workshop will look at the sin of racism through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, giving you tools and strategies to talk to the children and youth in your parishes and schools. Lynn Campbell, Director for the Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry for the Archdiocese of Hartford, will present this webinar with Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis.
Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Advisor to the Vicar for Finance & Technology: 

Principals please consider joining me and Kevin Clancy from Defined Learning for a webinar on Wednesday, August 19 to learn about a great new program to use in your school.
Defined Learning provides a digital solution that provides authentic and engaging Product Based Learning (PBL) tasks that are built around STEM careers and address all four core content areas.
In addition, the projects include rubrics and student supports built in. The platform also allows for a school/teacher to assess students' work with the Archdiocese of Hartford curriculum standards. The PBL model lends itself well to hybrid teaching and learning as well. Please join Kevin Clancy from Defined Learning and myself at one of the following webinars to learn more about the product. Click here to download a flyer.
Defined Learning and AOHCT
When: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join with Google Meet:
Join by phone: +1 318-519-1126 (PIN: 725466954).
Teamwork Training Online Workshops 
Please join us for three workshops on building cooperative teams scheduled for Monday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 19, at 11:00 a.m. The third workshop is TBD, but will be soon after.  All are free and online, and will be recorded.  Register at and make sure to complete the self-assessments before the first workshop.  For an overview of the webinar content, see this description form the presenters:
Ever been on a horrible team?  Or seen your students lose interest in a project because they don’t like the team dynamic?  The challenge of building and sustaining collaborative teams in our classrooms is tough, and it creates a barrier to projects with Maker or Design-Thinking approaches.
K-12 teachers are looking for materials that they can use in their classrooms in order to teach teamwork to their students. We (John Feland of the Nueva School and Diane Brancazio and Leilani Roser of the MIT Edgerton Center) have set out to create a training that K-12 teachers can use to help their students learn and practice good teamwork skills, presumably in advance of a higher-stakes team project. Our preliminary goal is for training units that will vary by grade level, and is expected to take between 1 and 3 hours in a classroom or in remote learning.
After a few months of discussion and design we created Teaming for Tomorrow (T4T), a new Collaboration of The Nueva School and the K-12 MakerLab at the MIT Edgerton Center, and are offering a series of three workshops. The first workshop will focus on three self-assessment instruments that have been field tested for the last 20 years in classrooms around the world. You will learn more about yourself and how that knowledge can be used to help you work in teams. The next two workshops will go deeper on teaming frameworks that you can apply with students and finally specific coaching for educators on how this actually gets deployed into the classroom.
Digital Resource Page: Remote Learning
Summer is the perfect time to continue to improve your digital literacy. The OEEC invites you to continue to explore the Remote Learning Page of our website. Be sure to check back often as this page is updated with new information, webinars, videos and other helpful resources. 
New this week: 
The Computer Science for Connecticut (CS4CT) Summit
The Computer Science for Connecticut (CS4CT) Summit brings together K-12 educators from across the state to promote and advance Computer Science education. It will be held virtually on October 2, 2020 and is hosted by CT-CSTA, ReadyCT and Sacred Heart University.
Join the conference to continue advancing computer science education across Connecticut.  Laura McCaffrey will be presenting at one of the sessions. Please consider registering for the event!  For more information click here. To register click here.
Computer Science Professional Development Opportunities - Scratch and in August!
There will be a Virtual Connecticut Scratch Meetup on Thursday, August 13, 2020 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  During the meetup you'll learn about Scratch,, how you can use it in the classroom, network with other teachers who are interested in using Scratch, and participate in hands-on activities. (Why should the students have all the fun?)
The meetup is completely free and open to all educators, no matter where you live. No Scratch coding experience is needed!  BYOS (bring your own snack!)  We will be meeting via Zoom, which is free.
This is a great opportunity to prepare for the new school year. Please come prepared with a tip or resource for online teaching to share with the group. It doesn't have to be Scratch related. Follow this link: for more information.
VEX IQ Robot Leagues for the 2020 - 2021 School Year
For the 2020-2021 school year, we are looking to start a Vex IQ Robotics League with Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Matches may start in January 2021 (contingent on COVID-19 situation).  See the flyer for more details!  Email Laura McCaffrey if your school is interested! 
An Example of Technology in a Classroom for Remote Learning
Click here for an example of recommended items needed to set up a remote learning classroom. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laura McCaffrey.
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.
Approved Vendors for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): Supplies from the State of Connecticut
In preparation for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, please see this Excel spreadsheet (downloadable file) with the Archdiocese of Hartford’s approved vendor list to purchase PPE supplies for your school or parish. Please contact Laura McCaffrey if you have any questions or concerns. 
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 regarding asbestos inspections, please contact Laura McCaffrey.
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

On Behalf of the Faith Formation Directors of the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis:

New England Faith Forum 2020: Going Virtual!
The New England Faith Forum (originally scheduled for August 7-8, 2020) has been re-imagined in an online format. It will take the form of different virtual presentations, conversations, and moments of engagement throughout the pastoral year, commencing with keynote speaker Julianne Stanz on August 18, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Start with Jesus: We the Missionary People - Julianne Stanz
Becoming a vibrant parish community is the result of small, intentional steps initiated at the parish leadership level but also accepted by each disciple personally.  If our people are renewed, our parishes and ministries will be renewed.  "We the people" are the ones who will renew our parishes but only if we have been renewed by the Lord Jesus Christ himself who wants us to grow as his disciples. People are always our best resource in the disciple making process.  With joy, humor and practical insights, Julianne will help you to set forth a vision for reaching all people and practical ways by which we can become a community of missionary disciples that set the world on fire.
Registration will be free of cost, and open to all who minister in the Catholic parishes and schools of New England!  If you are able to attend, please register by clicking this link.
The OEEC will be hosting a follow-up conversation to that event, to discuss how what we heard can be applied in our local Church in the Archdiocese on August 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Please click here to register for that discussion and be part of the implementation here in the Archdiocese!

On Behalf of Nicole Perone, Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation: 

Webinar & Discussion Series: The RCIA in Times of Social Distancing
As our partners at Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) will be hosting webinars focused on a return to initiation ministry in the COVID-19 reality, the OEEC wishes to supplement those webinars with post-event discussions focused on our local reality. Join the OEEC in attending each LTP webinar, and then virtually gathering for debrief and discussion of how best to apply what was presented in the context of our parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford. (Like a book club – but for webinars!)
Click the links below to register for these free-of-charge webinars, and click here to register for the follow-up discussions:
OEEC discussions will be hosted by GoToMeeting; links for those will be sent out on the morning of the webinar.
Can’t Make A Session?  
Click here to access the previous webinars hosted by LTP. This is a great way to catch up on webinars you might have been unable to attend!  Note: The document at this link is updated after each session. If you do not see the most recent document, you may need to try another web browser or refresh your computer’s cache. 
Each OEEC Follow-Up Discussion will be recorded for future viewing. Simply register at the links above, even if you cannot attend, and a recording will be sent to your email. You can also email for recording links. 
*Capstone RCIA Webinar:  "Discernment in Christian Initiation" 
As we journey through the RCIA process, one of the most common questions that RCIA ministers/team members have is: "How do I know if someone is ready to continue the process to receive the sacraments?" Though this question often arises prior to the Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, discernment is a tool needed at every stage of the RCIA journey. The skill of discernment is especially needed in these uncharted waters of the RCIA process in the time of limited in-person gatherings.
Through this virtual workshop, we will come to a better understanding of the process of discernment in the RCIA, how it is experienced, and how it facilitates conversion. Join us on September 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for this virtual gathering. There is no charge!  Click here to register! 
Presenter: Timothy A. Johnston, Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant
Timothy serves as Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant for Liturgy Training Publications. He has a degree in music education from Quincy University in Illinois, an MA in liturgical studies from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and an MA in Christian Doctrine from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has served as the director of liturgical programs at Marquette University, director of the Office of Liturgy for the dioceses of Salt Lake City and St. Cloud.  Timothy is co-author of Guide for Celebrating Infant Baptism (LTP, 2018), Disciples Making Disciples: Print and Digital Resources for Forming the Assembly (LTP, 2017), and Pocket Prayers for Times of Trouble (Twenty-Third, 2014).

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