Boot Camps


Join a small group of colleagues as you explore a topic in-depth, led by an expert in the field at the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Congress on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020.

Plan on spending your Thursday morning with us from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at one of the boot camps led by our collaborators and sponsors. 


B1: When Current Events Make You Cringe

Speaker: Andrea Chavez-Kopp  

In today's divisive society, the only thing people can seem to agree upon is that they disagree. This boot camp will look at how to discuss current events in the classroom with a Catholic lens while building skills for civil dialogue among students. Real news stories will be examined and discussed and participants will participate in sample activities. Resources will be shared. Be prepared for participant interaction and collaboration during the session.  Bringing a laptop or tablet would be helpful but is not required.

Sponsor: NCEA

B2: Tango with Technology. Using Smartphones to become One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

Speaker: Steve Botsford 

Tango with Technology Bootcamp Level I attendees will explore ways of using technology to unite, teach, live, and share the faith. Using Smartphones as a platform, participants will engage with deep learning and deliberate practice to increase professional learning and leadership leading to increased efficiency using technology in and out of the classroom. Several basic tools available on your device will be explored, all of which can be applied within the context of meaningful use with catechists, students and parents.  Segments include: Building Community with Facebook and Text Messaging; Teaching using Smartphone apps; Creating communication using Various Technologies; and Sharing our Creations. In addition to learning to use the tools, participants are exposed to application strategies that can be used with catechists, parents, and students. Required aptitude: Beginning to Intermediate.

Sponsor: William H. Sadlier

B3: FOCCUS Facilitator Training

Speaker: Murphy Lierley

A training to facilitate the FOCCUS marriage formation inventory. The facilitation of the FOCCUS inventory by trained, compassionate facilitators is oriented to foster the strengths of each engaged couple while intentionally bringing to light a couple’s differences and issues they have not yet thought about or discussed. The end goal of FOCCUS is not simply communication. FOCCUS exists to promote lifelong communion and conversions for engaged and married couples.

Sponsor: FOCCUS

B4: Going Beyond the Divide and Putting our Values into Action

Towards a Church that is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic

In a church and world that seem increasingly polarized, it is critical we know how to effectively reach out across the invisible divide and move forward together. Catholic Relief Services understands this reality well from years of working in parts of the world where conflict and tensions are commonplace. During this bootcamp training, we will explore & practice techniques & skills to intentionally engage persons & groups with strongly-held viewpoints that differ from our own. In doing so, we will learn how to initiate conversations about difficult topics, to use story-telling as a tool for prompting change in heart & mind and to identify a way forward in working towards a church that truly is one, holy, catholic and apostolic.

Sponsor: Catholic Relief Services

More Boot Camps to Come