2020 National Conference:

From Wonder to Wisdom
at School & at Home
Authentic Catholic education is pandemic-proof. 

July 29-30 | Online | 11:00 AM-3:00 PM Eastern
July 28 | Pre-Conference Intro Session

National Conference – Online, Wednesday & Thursday, July 29-30

Heartened by reports we have received these past two months from ICLE Member Schools all over the nation, we were excited to adjust our original conference theme to respond to this unprecedented moment in history.
From Wonder to Wisdomat School & at Home explored a claim that we believe COVID-19 has made resoundingly clear: authentic Catholic education is pandemic-proof. Our plenary speakers defended this claim at the level of mission and vision, and our breakout presenters shared knowledge and tools to support it from a practical perspective. Our goal was twofold: to provide participants with rich content that will nurture their vocation as Catholic educators and arm them with a message of strength and hope that can be shared with the communities they serve during this time of great uncertainty.

Each day ran from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM Eastern and consisted of two plenary sessions and two breakout sessions. Paid participants can access to recordings of all conference sessions until December 31, 2020. Recordings are also be available for purchase for those who did not register in advance. 

Pre-Conference Intro Session – Tuesday, July 28, 11:00-2:00 EDT

For parents, educators, or clergy new to this renewal, our Pre-Conference Intro Session was designed to provide an understanding of the Church’s philosophy of education and how it is differs from the modern secular approach. We also exposed participants to three constituent groups who have all experienced the fruits of this renewal in their own school communities – parents, teachers, and school leaders. Participants gained a better understanding of what is meant by “Catholic liberal education” and how it has become one of the greatest sources of hope in Catholic schools today.

For more information, please feel free to contact us at office@catholicliberaleducation.org

SCHOOL LEADERS: Be aware that many schools are able to fund the purchase of conference content via Federal Title funding. Importantly, see HERE for a recent policy letter from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos indicating that such funding for secular services from religious organizations does not violate the Establishment clause. If you have questions regarding Title funding, please feel free to contact us at office@catholicliberaleducation.org for guidance.

Plenary speakers included:

Mary Pat Donoghue
Executive Director, Secretariat of Catholic Education
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Dr. Michael J. Naughton
Director, Center for Catholic Studies
Koch Chair in Catholic Studies
University of St. Thomas – St, Paul, MN

Christopher Carstens
Director of the Office for Sacred Worship
Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin
Editor of the Adoremus Bulletin