2016 Catholic Education Conference – Ave Maria, FL

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The Gravity of Education
a Donahue Academy Conference
in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the
Second Vatican Council’s
Declaration on Christian Education
(Gravissimum educationis)


Friday, May 13
4:00 – 6:00pm
Check-in and Refreshments

Plenary Address: Dr. Daniel P. Guernsey

Saturday May 14
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Session One Break-out
Lunch – On site

Session Two Break-out

Free time
Optional tour of Ave Maria
Refreshments in Gymnasium

Vigil for the Pentecost Mass
(Ave Maria Oratory)

Conference Banquet
Plenary Address, Dr. Don Briel

SESSION ONE (10:00-11:30am, Donahue Academy Classrooms)
The Role of the Administrator
Mark Jahnke
The Independent Catholic School
Tom Hardy
Who Owns the Mission?
Sean Maltbie
Resurrecting Classical Education

Peter Atkinson
Teaching the Relativists
Michael John Dauphinais
Teaching the law
Francis Cronin
Educating and Raising Disciples

Education and its Primary Sources
Nicole Garcia
Religious Education – How are we doing?
Andrea Aiello
Parents as Primary Educators
Lisa Rochefort
Internal Elements of Learning

Science and Catholic Education
Joshua Madden Joshua.Madden@my.avemaria.edu] Leftover Bacon: Questioning STEM
Cassie Graham – Teacher, Rhodora J. Donahue Academy
Statistics and Gravissimum
Dr. Dave Peterson
Science and theology: bring this thing up to date!
SESSION TWO (1:30-3:00)

Theology and Education
Dr. Mikail Whitfield
Full Education – Christ as Fulfillment
Jeremy Johnston
The Spirituality of the Teacher
Sr. Teresa Benedicta
The Mission of the Catholic School

The Role of the Teacher
Dr. Steve Matuszak
The Person of the Catholic Educator: Witness of Truth and Excellence
Sr. Maria Fatima
The Role of Consecrated Religious
Matt Byrne, J.D.
The Founding Documents in Education

Catholic Education Identity (1:30-3:30)
Dr. Timothy Collins
The Signal Features of Catholic Higher Education
Francis Cronin
Educating for eternity: The importance of and the necessity for Catholic education.
Steven Schultz
Common Core or Christian Core?
Dr. Denise Donohue
Catholic curricular standards: Old standards for a new age.

Philosophy of Education
Ron Garcia
Natural and Supernatural education
Tyler Graham
Mimetic education and the Second Vatican Council
Steven Schultz
Towards a Christian Philosophy of Education

Classical Approaches
Taylor O’Neill
Classical Education
Brandon Wanless
Reading Gravissimum with Josef Pieper
Matt Byrne, J.D.
Reading Classical Texts

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