ICLE’s 2023 National Conference

Information for
Breakout Speakers

JULY 17-20, 2023

Engaging, inspiring speakers contribute enormously to the success of our conference. Thank you for generously agreeing to share your wisdom and experience with this year’s participants!

If you have any questions related to the conference and your role as a breakout speaker, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Megan Fassero, ICLE’s Program Manager at mfassero@catholicliberaleducation.org

Please add me as a contact in your phone (call or text 913-370-5301) so that you can reach me during the conference if you have any difficulties.


Please visit our Attendee Information Page for basic information about the ICLE National Conference, including:

  • Conference Theme
  • Conference Location
  • Conference Schedule
  • Lodging Options
  • Liturgical and Sacramental Opportunities
  • Conference Vendors
  • Parking on Duquesne’s Campus
  • Dietary Needs and Restrictions
  • Information Sharing
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Other Helpful Notes

We will send you a .pdf version of the National Conference Program several weeks in advance of the conference. The program will contain your breakout block date, time, and location. If possible, you may wish to visit your session room in advance of your presentation.

Please plan to arrive at your classroom at least 15 minutes early. Please be sure to start on time (after the conference volunteer has begun your audio recording), welcome the attendees, introduce yourself, and wrap up your session on time.


Please come prepared for a 50-minute session, including time for Q & A or an interactive portion. Keep in mind that our conference participants are often looking for both theory and practical tools for immediate use in the classroom.

It’s difficult to predict how many participants will choose to attend your breakout session. For most breakout sessions, there will be fewer than 40 in the audience.


Thank you for agreeing that your presentation will not sell or promote a particular product or service at any time during the session. Our policy is that our breakouts must be content-rich with practical takeaways for attendees.


Each breakout room will be equipped with a computer, projector, and screen. A page of helpful information from Duquesne’s IT department will be placed at each podium; please refer to it if you have any difficulty.

IMPORTANT: Please note that Duquesne’s IT department does not provide support for Mac devices. If you are using a Mac, please be sure to bring any cables and adapters necessary. It is not advisable to present from a Chromebook.

To present, you may:

  • Bring your presentation with you on a flash drive and present from the classroom computer.
  • Save your presentation to the cloud as a Google Slides presentation and access your presentation via the internet from the classroom computer.
  • Use your own laptop; be sure to bring any needed cables.
  • If you have any specific questions in advance, please contact Megan Fassero at mfassero@catholicliberaleducation.org.

Tip from Duquesne’s IT department: Plan to access your presentation in a couple of different ways in case there are any difficulties. Please take a look at this helpful information from Duquesne’s IT department.


Your handout will be shared electronically with our conference participants. Please save your handout file as a .pdf, name it with your last name and talk title, and upload it to this folder by Thursday, June 15.

If you would also like to provide printed handouts during your session, kindly print 40 copies of them before you arrive and bring them with you; copying facilities are limited.


The audio of your session will be recorded and shared with conference participants for 90 days after the National Conference.

Please do not begin your presentation until a conference volunteer has arrived in your room and started the audio recording. Be sure to stay near the audio recorder so that your voice can be easily picked up by the device. A team member will collect the recorder at the end of the presentation.