Catechetical Workshop

We Hold These Truths: Integrating Social Studies and Catholic Teaching, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

February 10, 2022
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Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill College- Sugarloaf Campus)
Philadelphia, PA • Directions

7th and 8th Grade Catholic School Social Studies teachers are invited to apply for a unique and exciting opportunity. Selected teachers will enjoy a 3-day Workshop on infusing the Catholic Faith into Civics and History that will take place on February 10th, 11th, and 12th at the beautiful Commenwealth Chateau at Sugarloaf. Spend time listening to scholar presentations, engaging in hands-on interactive activities, participate in formal and informal discussions, enjoy catered meals, have time to collaborate and create your own lesson, and earn a $250 stipend for successful completion of the program.

This event is limited to 25 participants. Applicants must currently be teaching 7th or 8th grade social studies in a Catholic School within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and must complete the application in full. Early application deadline is Friday, November 19, 2021. Final application deadline is Wednesday, January 5, 2022. To apply click here.

 

 

This Workshop is made possible by the Ambassador's Fund for Catholic Education.

Schedule


Thursday, February 10th

3:00-3:30pm
Check-In
Enjoy refreshments, meet the Workshop Team and your fellow participants

3:30-3:45pm
Program Introduction

3:45-4:20pm
Interactive Session: Discovering the Virtues of George Washington
Presented by Sophia Institute for Teachers

4:20-4:30pm
Break

4:30-5:15pm
Scholar Presentation: What Is a Citizen?
Presented by Dr. Joseph Stuart

5:15-5:30pm
Q & A/Open Discussion Time

5:30-6:15pm
Holy Mass or Evening Prayer and Rosary

6:15-7:15pm
Dinner
Enjoy a plated dinner and continue with informal discussions over a glass of wine

7:15-8:00pm
Interactive Session: Religious Freedom in the History of Maryland Colony
Presented by Sophia Institute for Teachers

8:00-8:15pm
Break

8:15-8:45pm
Work Session
Receive materials and guidance to begin work on an original lesson based on George Washington’s Farewell Address (or another founding-era primary source of your choosing).

8:45-9:00pm
Night Prayer and Dismissal

Friday, February 11th

9:00-9:30am
Breakfast

9:30-9:45am
Morning Prayer

9:45-10:30am
Scholar Presentation: All People Have Inalienable Rights. Why? How Do We Know?
Presented by Dr. Joseph Stuart

10:30-10:45am
Q & A/Open Discussion Time

10:45-11:00am
Break

11:00-11:45am
Interactive Session: The Constitution and Religious Liberty
Presented by Sophia Institute for Teachers

11:45am-12:30pm
Holy Mass

12:30-1:15pm
Lunch

1:15-2:00pm
Scholar Presentation: Exploring Checks and Balances, Virtue, and Citizenship
Presented by Dr. Joseph Stuart

2:00-2:10pm
Q & A/Open Discussion Time

2:10-2:20pm
Break

2:20-3:00pm
Work Session
Dedicated time for work on your original lesson plan, while the Workshop Team is available for collaboration.

3:00-3:15pm
Snack Break

3:15-4:00pm
Scholar Presentation: Why Self-Government Depends on Religion and Morality
Presented by Dr. Joseph Stuart

4:00-4:10pm
Q & A/Open Discussion Time

4:10-4:15pm
Short Stretch Break

4:15-4:45pm
Interactive Session: Religion, Morality, and Governance
Presented by Sophia Institute for Teachers

4:45-5:00pm
Evening Prayer and Dismissal

Saturday, February 12th

9:00-9:30am
Breakfast

9:30-10:15am
Interactive Session: Understanding the Separation of Church and State
Presented by Sophia Institute for Teachers

10:15-11:15am
Work Session
Dedicated time for work on your original lesson plan, while the Workshop Team is available for collaboration

11:15am-12:00pm
Lunch

12:00-12:45pm
Teacher Presentations
Share progress on your original lesson and receive feedback and encouragement from your fellow participants.

12:45-1:00pm
Follow-up items, Evaluation, and Dismissal

Join us, and you'll receive…

Catechetical Formation

Catechetical Formation

Engaging sessions by a catechetical scholar provide background knowledge so you can confidently engage students with our Faith.

Spriritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

You'll explore your vocation as a teacher, coming to see your calling as a witness to Christ in the classroom.

Practical Application

Practical Application

A veteran teacher follows each scholarly presentation with research-based teaching strategies, giving you immediate ways to apply this knowledge in the classroom.

Ready-to-Use Materials

Ready-to-Use Materials

Receive a free, classroom-tested teacher's guide featuring 10-12 lessons with classroom activities and sacred art.

Presenters

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Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching, Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry. Jose has led over 300 of our workshops in over 50 dioceses, is the host of our new podcast, Christ in the Classroom, and contributes regularly to our teacher's guides and digital instructional resources. He has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children.

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Joseph T. Stuart, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History and Fellow of Catholic Studies at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. He is the author of three books: Rethinking the Enlightenment: Faith in the Age of Reason (Sophia, 2020), Christopher Dawson: A Cultural Mind in the Age of the Great War (CUA Press, 2022), and, co-authored with his wife Barbara A. Stuart, The Church and the Age of Reformations (1350–1650) and Martin Luther, the Renaissance, and the Council of Trent (Ave Maria, 2022). Joseph and Barbara live in Bismarck where they raise their three children, square-foot garden, and marvel at God’s daily blessings in their lives.

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