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By Barb Szyszkiewicz

Back-to-school season means a full inbox around here! We received many emails about useful resources — much too late to include them in the Fall issue. Take a look:

Ascension Press announces its Great Adventure Bible in a Day program. Join former EWTN host and best-selling author Jeff Cavins as he explains the “story” of the Bible in a day—at three exclusive events. On September 28th, 2019, Jeff will be at Christ Cathedral in Orange County, CA, and on October 19th and 20th, 2019, at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. These will be all-day, exclusive events that will walk attendees through the entire Bible using Jeff Cavins’ acclaimed Bible Timeline system.

Catholic author Vijaya Bodach’s memoir for kids about stuttering, “Tongue-Tied,” is now included in the Heinemann’s Fountas & Pinnell series of leveled books for classroom use.

Download a free step-by-step guide for teachers getting started on their Project-Based Learning (PBL) professional learning journey from PBLWorks.org. It’s based on educational experience of more than 100,000 educators.

Personalized learning, when done right, can transform a school for the betterment of students. In order to do it right, principals need to find the funding and resources to support effective initiatives. To support them in this work, Education Elements is offering a grant to help principals implement lead student-centered learning initiatives with success. The Education Elements Grant for Personalized Learning Schools will provide a principal with $3,000 to use toward classroom redesign or programs that will directly benefit student learning and outcomes, 12 months of access to Education Elements’ Personalized Learning Toolkit and six hours of virtual support with an Education Elements consultant. Principals can apply through Sept. 30, 2019. For more information or to apply, visit bit.ly/PLGrant.

Educational equity is a critical issue for historically underserved children, as inequitable policies and practice have caused disproportionality in special education, academically gifted programs, educational outcomes, and discipline. The Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center is proud to host state and local administrators, K-12 educators, school board members, and other school community stakeholders from across the center’s 13 state region the 2019 Equity Leaders Institute, “Moving Beyond Critical Reflection to Critical Action: Policy And School Governance.” Equity Leaders Institute will take place on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on September 16 and 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on September 17. Participants will engage in two days of dynamic learning around centering equity in school policy and governance. This annual on-site event is unique in that it pairs school board members with school community stakeholders from the regions they serve in order to collaborate in action planning toward equity.

Barb Szyszkiewicz is editor at CatholicMom.com and managing editor of Today’s Catholic Teacher.

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