On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Registrations for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd formation courses are open for Levels I, II and III. Click here
for the dates, details and registration forms.
Attention to those Coordinating First Holy Communion
Please watch this great video
on how parents can involve their child in a simple at-home First Holy Communion Retreat
On Behalf Maria Maynard, Assistant to the Provost:
NCEA presents another Valuable Webinar at Virtual Convention 2020
How Social Emotional Learning Enhances Learning – Part 1 “Be Set Apart” presented by Joy Roberts and Julie Widman co-founders of Friendz.
Catholic schools, biblically based, provide a natural and fruitful setting for social emotional learning to occur. Supported by the Golden Rule, love God and love your neighbor as yourself, teachers have the opportunity to equip and engage students to feel safe and supported in order to function well in the community.
Friendz surveys sites 3 reasons that parents feel very strongly about and would persuade them to consider Catholic schools:
‘God made us all in His image’
The practice of critical thinking and communication skills that will not only prepare students for college but also for future jobs
Development of character and a moral compass accepting of diversity in its many forms
Inclusion of community service as an important part of a child’s education
When the school’s vision projects virtuous practice along with a strong academic program, surveys indicate that parents are more likely to consider a Catholic school.
Social and Emotional Learning has 5 fundamental goals:
- Self-awareness is a fundamental skill where an individual learns to be thoughtful about his/her own actions. Surveys of students interviewed resulted in 65% who do not feel that a caring adult is part of their life. Teachers can be that all important role model, and a teacher must create a safe space for relationships among students to grow and function in community.
- Responsible decision making
- Social Awareness
- Relationship skills
“EQ is as predictive of academic and career success as is IQ.” (See more on Friendz.)
Click here to see this webinar and all the webinars available from NCEA.
On Behalf Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost
Updated information on Title Funds Information from the State of Connecticut
The State of Connecticut requested and received a waiver from the United States Department of Education under the CARES Act. We received guidance on the flexibility of various grants and the breakdown is as follows:
Title IA – Carryover funds are extended until June 2021.
Title IIA – Carryover funds are extended until June 2021.
Title IV – Carryover funds are extended until June 2021 with a waiver of the definition of Professional Development in Section 8101 (42) of ESEA for the 2019-2020 School Year.
Title IV – Carryover and Current funds – waive spending limitation to purchase technology infrastructure and waive content area spending requirements.
Title IV Current funds – waive needs assessment requirements.
New Materials Updated this Week: Distance Learning Page on the OEEC Website for Principals and Teachers:
Tips for Teaching Live Lessons - By Bill Ferriter
5 Ways to Boost Attendance in Virtual Meetings - John Spencer
Using the Activity Library
Use Icon Shortcuts
Sharing a Post to Google Classroom
Schedule an Activity
Organizing Assignments with Collections
How to Get a QR Code for a Post
How to Edit or Delete a Post
How to Create a New Activity
How to Add a Teacher or Co-Teacher
Archive an Activity
Elementary school principals and teachers, please review the OEEC website for resources located on the Distance Learning Page
. Also, if you want to share distance learning resources with other teachers, please email Laura.McCaffrey@aohct.org
On Behalf Mike Wellington, Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Global Life Night with Life Teen
Sunday Evenings at 5:00 p.m.
Streaming on YouTube
Attention all parishes and high schools!
We invite you to attend Life Teen's Global Life Night
on YouTube on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m.
These events are being produced for teens and they are combining some of the best youth ministry talents of our nation with the keen programmatic skills of Life Teen
. These events are 100% free to participate. Simply let your teens know and send them the link below. Then every Monday afternoon on the Youth Ministry Page
of the OEEC, there will be a follow-up activity posted based on the Global Life Night
from the night before.
Youth In Hart - Digital Gatherings
The next Digital Youth in Hart Gathering is on Thursday, May 7 at 12:00 p.m. Going forward we will hold bi-weekly meetings rather than weekly. Please remember to mark your calendars.
Youth in Hart Gathering - *Now Meeting Every Other Week*
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
You can also dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 179-036-861