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6 July 14, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC CATHOLIC SCHOOLS www.upcatholic.org BY RENE DEROCHE DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE Educators from across the country gathered to listen and share together at Holy Name Catholic School (HNCS) in Escanaba for the Third Annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Lib- eral Arts Education. All nine Catholic Schools from the U.P. participated in the June 12-13 event. Additionally 14 guest schools traveling from down- state Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada attended the conference with the theme Catholic Schools as Communities of Learners Rooted in Charity and Mission. Participants in- cluded 140 administrators, principals, teachers, priests and religious sisters. Mark Salisbury, superintendent of Catholic Schools in our diocese, said the conference gives educators ideas for practical classroom application and an opportunity for collaboration as well as a better understanding of the power, effectiveness and tradition of the Catholic Liberal Arts curricu- lum. The favorite presenter for Laura Ricklard, a teacher at Father Mar- quette Catholic School in Marquette, was Father Brad Sjoquist. Father Brad was so right on about so many things how it is really all about God wherever we go and whatever we teach grammar, logic, literature. If we can bring that message back to our children we will be successful! Father Sjoquist, associate pastor of Holy Spirit and Resurrection par- ishes and 7th and 8th grade religion teacher at John Paul II Academy in Menominee, led sessions in Empow- ering Parents as Primary Educators of Faith and The Evangelizing Class- room. Father Sjoquist described the role of the Catholic classroom teacher as evangelizer as well as collaborator with parents. He also worked with faculty to envision and draw out best practices to invite the kerygma, the in- dividuals personal encounter of faith in the Person of Jesus Christ, both in and outside of the classroom. Every year this conference keeps getting better, said Rhonda Bernson, a teacher at HNCS. She found more topics offered that helped with the middle school grade levels she teach- es in language arts. She also teaches Singapore math, which she finds really challenges students to use a higher-level thinking process regard- ing math skills including deductive reasoning and logic. Liberal Education and the Catholic Community of Learners was the topic of the opening plenary session. It was presented by Dr. Michael Pennell, principal of Prince of Peace Catholic School, a National Blue Ribbon school of excellence in South Carolina. Michael Adkins, K-12 dean of academics at St. Agnes School in St. Paul, Minn., delivered Tuesdays plenary session with The Successful Journey of St. Agnes Catholic School to a Catholic Liberal Arts Curricu- lum. The St. Agnes story is a powerful one. The struggling school of several years ago is now the top academic program amongst all Catholic high schools in the Twin Cities by test score and recently achieved a 30 million dollar building campaign, all on the shoulders of the Catholic Liberal Arts curriculum introduced to deliver a traditionally Catholic education to students. Adkins said he found the kindred spirits of people attending on-fire, excited and open minded, loving all the different variety of content of- fered. Things flow when people are on ire for their Catholic faith, and shar- ing education based in truth, goodness and beauty with our children. Christy Miron, principal at Sacred Heart Catholic School in LAnse, re- marked, I love to see the enthusiasm on the faces of the teachers here with me today! The topics and ideas that have been presented really set me on ire to go back and implement them where we can. Conference attendees chose eight different breakout sessions led by different speakers and their own peers throughout the two days. Topics ranged from Best Practices in Latin Instruction, Modeling Science using Delta Science Modules, the Preschool and Kindergarten Classrooms, Teach- ing Logic in the Middle School Class- room, as well as sessions focused on teaching history, grammar, literature, writing and Singapore Math The Diocese of Marquette began implementing the Catholic Liberal Arts Education curriculum in 2014 with the direction and approval of a curriculum foundations document from Bishop John Doerfler. Successful implementation has begun in the dis- ciplines of Language Arts, Latin and Religion across all nine schools, with full implementation to occur over the next few years. Next year's conference is set for June 11-12. 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