Education Faculty Presented at Annual National Catholic Schools Convention

Three Education Department professors gave presentations at the annual convention of the National Association (NCEA) that was held in Chicago this week.

Rev. Tom Simonds, SJ, and Max Engel, PhD, gave a presentation entitled, “A Spiritual Formation Program for Personnel–Name It, Claim It, Build on It.” The focus of their presentation was to engage participants in small group discussion about how P12 Catholic educators can develop their own faith formation programs. This presentation was based on one chapter of a book manuscript being written by a group of professors in the Education Department. Engel is the lead editor on the book project.

Jean Hearn, PhD, gave a presentation entitled, “Don’t Get Caught in the ‘Charlie Brown’s Teacher’ Rut: Making the Most of Religious Education in Your Early Childhood Classroom.” During this presentation, Hearn facilitated an informed discussion about current religious education practices and gave ideas as to how early childhood teachers might build a more meaningful and developmentally appropriate religious formation program. Hearn shared how to use basic knowledge of child development to create experiences that tap into the students’ wonder and joy and ultimately help them develop a strong and lasting Catholic identity.