Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
August 7, 2020
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On Behalf of BJ Daly Horell, Director of Catholic Biblical School:

Register Now for the Catholic Biblical School
The Catholic Biblical School is enrolling now with flexible options for remote learning, during the Covid pandemic. Email BJ Daly Horell for more information. 

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Director of Catechesis:

August Deanery Meetings: 
Tips for Using Zoom
Monday, August 10 at 10:00 a.m.
This meeting will be led by Deb Pelletier of Saint Patrick - Saint Anthony Church and Gina Raymond of Saint Dunstan Church. Both Deb and Gina have extensive experience using Zoom in educational settings and will provide tips and techniques for using Zoom as a virtual platform for faith formation. Please use this link to join the meeting: meeting ID: 862 0537 9035. You can also dial in using your phone: (646) 558-8656.
Opening Wide our Hearts: Talking to Children about Racism and our Catholic Response
Thursday, August 20 at 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.
Register in advance for this meeting: 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: 

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 for 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: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join with Google Meet
Join by phone: +1 314-339-8063 (PIN: 119755057).
Defined Learning and AOHCT
When: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Join with Google Meet:
Join by phone: +1 318-519-1126 (PIN: 725466954).
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 CT!  I will be presenting at one of the sessions. Please consider registering for the event! For more information click hereRegister Here!
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.
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 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

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.
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 discussion 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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