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10/30/2015 - Diocesan Teacher’s Conference Brings 1,100 Catholic Elementary Teachers Together

Annual Professional Development Day Builds Skills that Create the Unique Classroom Environment that Helps Children Thrive

Diocesan Teacher’s Conference Brings 1,100 Catholic Elementary Teachers Together

Annual Professional Development Day Builds Skills that Create the Unique Classroom Environment that Helps Children Thrive

Students across the Diocese enjoyed a day off Friday so their teachers could attend the annual Diocesan Teacher's Conference (DTC) at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip. The DTC is a Professional Development event designed to enhance teacher's skills, and provide them an opportunity to interact with their peers.

Highlights of the conference included Dr. Kevin Sheehan's talk on 'Creating a Culture of Hope and Self Belief'. Helping each student be his or her best is about instilling self-confidence, grit, and determination. Dr. Sheehan offered direct advice and provided teachers a web site to use as an ongoing resource to help them create a culture of hope in every classroom.

Dr. Lina Gilic reminded teachers of their responsibility to differentiate their teaching based of the specific needs of each student in their classroom with an emphasis on helping those with special learning needs in a presentation titled 'Identifying What is Special in the Catholic School Classroom'.

Teachers and Principals also were addressed by the new Superintendent, Dr. Kathleen Walsh, they visited with vendors of educational products and services, and they got the opportunity to sit and talk with their fellow teachers. Ultimately the goal is to help the staff at each school further develop and deliver the special characteristics that make Catholic school different and better.

 

About LI Catholic Elementary Schools

Long Island’s 43 Catholic Elementary Schools are a community of schools operated by the Diocese of Rockville Centre that share a vision and commitment to academic excellence and faith formation. The Catholic religion and values are incorporated into everyday activities and the schools form a unique community environment where children are surrounded by other children, families and a parish which serve to reinforce moral values and beliefs. Highly experienced teachers, creative classrooms, computer instruction and innovative reading programs accelerate academic achievement and lead to children who outperform academically. The children who graduate from LI Catholic elementary schools go on to Catholic high school where 99% of the graduates go on to college. A Catholic education prepares children for life’s journey by developing the whole person—intellectually, spiritually, physically and socially. Learn more at: www.licatholicelementaryschools.org.

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