Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
May 7, 2020
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On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

Catholic School Management Webinar

Catholic School Management (CSM) will present a webinar on the Virtual Admissions Office on Thursday, May 7, at 12:00 p.m. Register now for this free program. CSM is also offering a number of resources on its site to assist schools during this trying time. Visit their website at to access these additional resources. 

Innovation Grant Reminder

Schools and parishes are reminded that the deadline for the Innovation Grants has been extended to Friday, May 15, 2020. Please keep in mind that these grants should fund innovative programming, and not just infrastructure or building needs.

Partners in Mission Webinars

Be sure to view the Partners in Mission website to access their recorded webinars guiding schools through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Excellent sessions that bring together schools from throughout the U.S. to discuss admissions and advancement topics are available here:

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

Attention Catechetical Leaders and Catholic School Leaders

Celebrating the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday, May 31, 2020 is an excellent way to help children and families recognize the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the original disciples and in their lives as well. Here are some resources specific to Pentecost.

On Behalf of BJ Daly Horell, Archdiocesan Director of Catholic Biblical School: 

Catholic Biblical School (CBS) Adds Hybrid Learning!

CBS is opening a new learning model combining online learning with monthly in-person classes. Central “hub sites” will begin this fall in Bloomfield, Derby, and Hamden, with many students attending additional “satellite sites” in a location near you. Hub sites will be arranged to accommodate geographically distant students in the three counties of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

CBS Enrolling Online Now Through August 30, 2020

New students can apply today using our new 100% online process, with online briefings and an interactive virtual interview format. For details and to apply, go to

Returning Students

Students wishing to enroll in Year 2 (CBS 200) or the Advanced Years (3 and 4: CBS 300) can do so now on the OEEC/CBS Registering for Years 2, 3 and 4 webpage.  A direct link to the registration form has also been sent by email to all current CBS students.

CBS and Covid-19

All classes will be held virtually using the internet or telephone until it is deemed safe to gather in person. This may have to extend to CBS Opening Days and fall classes. We will open up traditional and hybrid gatherings as soon as the situation allows.

On Behalf of Maria Maynard, Assistant to the Provost:

NCEA Convention 2020 – Webinar:  Recovering from Crisis presented by Maria J. Ribera, Consultant for Catholic School Management

This webinar explores two essential groups, a well-organized local school board and collaborative leadership team, in order to achieve effective maintenance of Catholic education before, during and after a crisis occurs. A plan for action should never be written during a crisis. Administrative teams should be able to respond during a crisis. We must always begin with our mission and understand our environment. This begs the question, “Who must respond?”  The internal school leadership and the external school board governance is the answer.
The internal leadership (management) is the pastor and principal. Their two main responsibilities are the implementation of policies and procedures providing effective operational functioning of the school and the establishment of quality Catholic education for all students. The principal ensures the delivery of excellent Catholic education, maintains a strong Catholic identity, and communicates to internal constituencies such as faculty/staff, families, students, and other parishes. It is vital that the internal leadership communicates the maintenance of excellence, which is the expectation of all members of the school community. In a crisis the school board (governance) focuses on assisting in maintaining safety and security in the school. They forecast financial ups and downs, they communicate externally to constituencies, and they support the administration where needed.
A Crisis Plan must be created in advance of an emergency:
  • Define Teams – Faculty/Staff and Communication Teams
  • Designate Spokespersons – school leadership and board leadership
  • Ensure coordination – phone/website/social, mail/email, text, signs
Post crisis the board must make educated assumptions i.e. review policies in light of current issues, determine shifting financial realities, make personal ‘asks’ for tuition assistance, forecast the effect of lost fundraising, understand employment trends, and the position of the local Chamber of Commerce. The role of the administration will focus on day-to-day scheduling, the academic program, positive communication, and evaluation of ongoing progress of students, faculty/staff. Of great importance is the ability of the principal to assess what has happened in the crisis and what needs have resulted. He/she must review safety plans for needed adjustments, understanding of the environment in the areas of demographics and staffing, enrollment, and state and local governmental requirements.
Perhaps most importantly the principal and the board must communicate to all constituencies including donors and the general public that the school remains consistent and strongly supportive of its mission, the great support of the school board, and the strong commitment held by the school to maintaining the excellence of academics and the essential dedication to faith formation. Collaboration between the governance and leadership is absolutely necessary.
To view this webinar and others from the NCEA Convention, click here.

On Behalf Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost:

New Materials and Resources for the Week of May 4 on the Distance Learning Page on the OEEC Website for Principals and Teachers:

How to Create Symbaloo  - (Symbaloo is a visual bookmarking tool that makes it simple and fun to organize the best of the web. You can have all your favorite websites at your fingertips.)
Grade 1 - Resources
Google Form
Google Meet
ISTE Resource
Dot and Dash Resource
Dot and Dash comics 
Friendzy Free Resources
Click HERE to review all FREE resources
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

Want to Get Our Weekly Email Blast?

Please have any teachers who would like to receive the OEEC weekly email blast fill out the section (pictured below) that can be found on any page of the OEEC website:

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

Announcement from the USCCB regarding World Youth Day

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next international World Youth Day (WYD) has been moved to August 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. This was originally set for 2022; however when Pope Francis postponed the next World Meeting of Families to 2022, this adjusted the timeframe for WYD Lisbon, as well. This additional preparation time will be beneficial for the health, safety, and financial reasons of young people, families, and Catholic communities around the globe.

Announcement from the OEEC regarding World Youth Day

With the change of date/year for the upcoming World Youth Day, the Archdiocese of Hartford will now begin registrations for the August 2023 World Youth Day in Fall 2021.

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. 
The next meeting will be on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Please share this link ( with anyone you would like to invite. Questions? Contact: Michael Wellington at

Youth In Hart-Virtual Gatherings

The next virtual Youth in Hart gathering is on Thursday, May 7, 2020 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 Virtual Gathering - *Now Meeting Every Other Week*
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 179-036-861

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