Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
July 30, 2020
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On Behalf of Valerie Mara, Adjunct to the Vicar for Education, Research & Policy:

Teachers and administrators are invited to join us for a webinar event on Wednesday August 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.,Teaching in a Remote Learning Environment. This webinar will focus on instructional practices for unit planning and assessment when teaching in a remote learning environment. We encourage you to join us for a conversation on best practices:
  • What has gone well?
  • What are the challenges?
  • How will we plan for the 2020-2021 school year?
Please click on the following link to register:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please join Laura McCaffrey and me in this interactive conversation.

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

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: 
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.
Please send Laura McCaffrey a copy of the participation form from your LEA when you receive your CARES ACT distribution amount. 
On July 9, 2020 the State Department of Education (SDE) released the attached letter to public school superintendents in which it acknowledged the interim final rule for CARES Act Funds regarding ESSER funds.The letter states that the grant application form will be changed to reflect the new rule, rather than SDE's June 8, 2020 interpretation of the CARES Act.
Contact Laura McCaffrey with any questions about the CARES Act.
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.

K-5 Computer Science Professional Development Opportunity
There is a free Computer Science Fundamentals K-5 virtual workshop for teachers on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, sponsored by Sacred Heart University. Any teachers interested are welcome to join on Zoom! To sign up for the course click here:
Sacred Heart University, the regional partner, is offering VIRTUAL Professional Development for K-5 Teachers this summer. This includes both the Introductory Computer Science Fundamentals and the NEW Deep Dive workshop for elementary teachers who already have some experience with's Computer Science Fundamentals curriculum. Click here to download the flyer.
As teachers and schools consider how to adapt their STEM and Technology programs to new arrangements in this time of COVID-19, is here to help. Computer Science Fundamentals is a free, cloud-based, K-5 computer science curriculum that can run on any device (tablets, netbooks, laptops, etc.) and requires no special physical equipment.There are suitable curriculum entry points for a wide range of grade levels and previous experience.
You will be amazed at what your students can accomplish and how engaged they will be in solving problems and expressing themselves through computer science!
Registrations are currently being accepted for this FREE one-day VIRTUAL workshop:
Tuesday, August 4th - Intro
Michele Cislo & Michelle Hannon
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! 
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 marketplaceCREC 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 CT
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
School Desks Available
Over 100 desks (with chairs attached), previously used at the closed St. Brigid-St. Augustine Partnership School, are available to those schools that may have need of them. Should a school be interested in obtaining the desks, please contact Rev. Joseph Devine at the Saint Gianna Parish Office, 860-236-5965.

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

Webinar & Discussion Series: The RCIA in Times of Social Distancing
Like a book club – but for webinars!  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).

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

Attention Youth Ministers, I want to meet with you!
Topics to include: Touching base and Fall Planning
Please email ( or call me at (860) 242-5573 x2678 to set-up a time in the next two weeks!
Athletics GotoMeeting on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Topic: Policies Going into the Fall Regarding Athletic Programs
Where:  OEEC Athletics Meeting Room
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 310-351-453           
Youth Ministry Awards - Light of the World and Discipleship Awards
Parishes are being notified within the next week with the list of their recipients for the Class of 2020.  Pastors will be able to decide an appropriate time to present the awards to their parishioners. Then, at the next Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Encounter, the Class of 2020 will be invited back to be recognized in front of the youth of the archdiocese.

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 - 8:30 p.m.
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 discussion to that event, to discuss how what we heard can be applied in our local Church in the Archdiocese. That discussion will take place 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!

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