What’s New? Stations, Saints, Coding Contests, and More

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Resources for you and your classroom.

By Barb Szyszkiewicz

Stations of the Cross

Are you ready to include this popular devotion into your class prayer time this Lent? Twenty-Third Publications offers many prayer settings for the Stations of the Cross, including versions for children and for teens. Bulk discounts are available.

Praying the Stations with Children by Gwen Costello is a perennial favorite because it involves children spiritually, emotionally, and physically. It invites them to ponder what happened to Jesus and how they can respond to these events in their own daily lives.

Praying the Stations with Teenagers by Gwen Costello addresses many of the challenges teens confront today as they follow Jesus in their daily lives: peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, prejudice, and so on. A true conversion experience that has been widely used with seventh through 12th graders.

For your Classroom Library


St. Conrad and the Wildfire, a new picture-book biography of St. Conrad of Piacenza by Maura Roan McKeegan, illustrated by Patty Borgman, tells the tale of the medieval nobleman who became a saint. Published by Emmaus Road, this 32-page book is available in both hardcover and paperback.

Free Webinar on Behavioral and Mental Health

PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, relaunches its acclaimed webinar series with clinical psychologist and industry leader Dr. Isaiah Pickens who will provide practical advice and effective strategies for schools as they look to support the mental health and behavioral needs of students. The free webinar, “The Rise of Behavioral and Mental Health Needs Among Students,” takes place on Thursday, March 5 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT.

In this webinar, Dr. Pickens will outline a framework for supporting school-based mental health services. He’ll discuss how schools can use targeted approaches, implementation science, and effective strategic planning to address the social and emotional learning needs of their students with the goal of helping school and district leaders reconcile what they want to do for students with what they can do.

Coding and Robotics Contest

Sony has announced the first annual KOOV Challenge USA. Students and KOOV users all over the contiguous United States will have the opportunity to have fun, think critically, express their creativity using their coding, robotics and design skills, and collaborate with their peers in this contest to win prizes and further their knowledge in STEAM. There is no fee to participate and students (grades 3 through grade 8) may participate online in the KOOV App and/or in person at Sony’s San Diego headquarters. Learn more about this contest and access the entry form.

Free Booklet on Gender Issues

Geared toward teachers and parents in the public-school setting, Understand the Transgender Issue is a free resource from the Gender Resource Center, offering valuable information on transgender trends and activism. This guide is the product of a unique collaboration between organizations with very diverse political opinions and one common concern: the negative consequences of treating bodily sex as irrelevant. Recommended by Theology of the Body expert Sr. Helena Burns, FSP.

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

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