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 Package

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 are excited to adjust our original conference theme to respond to this unprecedented moment in history.
From Wonder to Wisdomat School & at Home will explore a claim that we believe COVID-19 has made resoundingly clear: authentic Catholic education is pandemic-proof. Our plenary speakers will defend this claim at the level of mission and vision, and our breakout presenters will share knowledge and tools to support it from a practical perspective. Our goal is 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 will run from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM Eastern and will consist of two plenary sessions and two breakout sessions. Schedule and content details will be updated as they are confirmed so check back often. Paid participants will gain access to recordings of all conference sessions. 

Breakout presentations will include the following topics and more:

    – Grade-Level Panel Discussions 
    – The Trivium
    – The Integrated Curriculum 
    – Science & Math: An Invitation to Wonder
    – Beauty: The Importance of Music & Art
    – Virtuous Assessment

National Conference registration options:

    – $95 per person
    – $575 ICLE Member School faculty license 
    – $675 non-member faculty license

In an effort to encourage the maximum amount of community building, a hallmark of the National Conference, we are encouraging school leaders to purchase a “faculty license” and gather onsite to experience the program in community (local COVID-19 guidelines permitting). A faculty license grants access to all conference sessions to a single school’s entire faculty, regardless of size. 

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 is designed to provide an understanding of the Church’s philosophy of education and how it is differs from the modern secular approach. We also will expose you to three constituent groups who have all experienced the fruits of this renewal in their own school communities – parents, teachers, and school leaders. Participants will gain 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.

Pre-Conference Intro Session Registration options:

    – $25 per person 
    – $75 ICLE Member School faculty license 
    – $125 non-member faculty license 

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

SCHOOL LEADERS: Be aware that many schools are able to fund conference participation 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.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

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

ICLE National Conference Online
Registration Form

Please ensure that your school has registered as an official ICLE Member School before selecting member rates. ICLE Member School information can be found HERE and Member Educator information can be found HERE.
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