National Catholic Youth Conference 2017

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Join other youth from around the country who are attending the largest gathering of Catholic youth in the United States, NCYC, November 16-19, 2017 in Indianapolis. The theme of this three-day event is “Called.” NCYC has been described by youth, priests, and other adults as deeply faith-filled, action-packed, and fun! The participants experience inspiring liturgies and prayer experiences, great speakers, and clean entertainment during the conference.

Vocation Prayer from Pope Francis

“Father of mercy, who gave your Son for our salvation and who strengthens us always with the gifts of your Spirit, grant us Christian communities which are alive, fervent and joyous, which are fonts of fraternal life, and which nurture in the young the desire to consecrate themselves to you and to the work of evangelisation. Sustain these communities in their commitment to offer appropriate vocational catechesis and ways of proceeding towards each one’s particular consecration. Grant the wisdom needed for vocational discernment, so that in all things the greatness of your merciful love may shine forth. May Mary, Mother and guide of Jesus, intercede for each Christian community, so that, made fruitful by the Holy Spirit, it may be a source of true vocations for the service of the holy People of God.”

From the Vatican, 29 November 2015
First Sunday of Advent


STEELY LIBRARY’S After School Special Summer Edition – June 9th

Join your colleagues for this professional development opportunity aimed at P- 5 teachers and librarians.

Workshop sessions include:

Teaching Online Research to Elementary Students: Trends & Challenges This session will focus on the necessity of teaching online research skills to elementary students and will explore the challenges this brings, such as identifying the appropriate age to teach certain research concepts. Strategies and resources for teaching online research will be provided. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their own experiences and methods for teaching young students how to research online.

Judging a Book by its Cover. . .and other Elements This session will use the Peritextual Analysis Framework to guide the evaluation of nonfiction books. The framework, developed by librarians at Florida State University, encourages students to consider the various elements of a text and assess the quality of the work. During the session, participants will apply the framework to selected texts and discuss the practicality of using the framework in the classroom.

STEELY LIBRARY’S After School Special
Summer Edition HEADL
an energizing boost for instruction and programming
Thursday, June 9, 2016 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Location: Erpenbeck Elementary School 9001 Wetherington Blvd, Florence, KY 41042
Schedule: 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

9:15 – 10:00 Workshop Session I

10:15 – 11:00 Workshop Session II

Workshop is Free

Registration is appreciated Registrants will receive a Certificiate of Participation

Questions? Contact: Jennifer Smith at [email protected] or 859-572-6620


Building Student Success in Algebra – June 27th & 28th


Building Student Success in Algebra

Students who develop the ability to think and reason algebraically typically have successful experiences in middle school mathematics and beyond. This two-day workshop introduces research-proven strategies, activities, and assessment ideas that make a difference in the teaching and learning of “Algebraic Thinking.” Participants will work through and develop rich tasks that promote algebraic thinking while making connections among all representations. Tasks will focus on reasoning and problem solving that provide multiple entry points and a variety of solutions. Participants will leave with a variety of rich tasks and the information needed for orchestrating discourse in their classroom.


  • Middle School Pre-Algebra and Algebra teachers
  • High School Algebra I teachers

Jennifer McDaniel and Jamie-Marie Miller, PIMSER Regional Teacher Partners

Cost: $275
Includes all training materials, morning refreshments and lunch each day

  • Monday, June 27, 2016 to Tuesday, June 28, 2016
  • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm EST

    Sign-in Time: 8:30 am to 9:00 am EST

  • UK/Lexmark Center for Innovation in Math and Science Education
    1737 Russell Cave Road
    Lexington, KY 40505
    United States
    1 (859) 257-4836
    Venue Map

Berea Festival of Learnshops – July 11th & 12th

“Registration for the Berea Festival of Learnshops is open! We have a number of exciting new courses in addition to our “classics.” You may register with a credit card at “General Registration” or with a purchase order number at “Registration for Educators” for any course listed as “Professional Learning” (the vast majority). Remember the po will need to be for the class registration fee plus a ticketing fee of $2.50-3.50.

If you want the two-day package in Arts Education go directly to   The $231.00 fee will cover registration for  for ALL sessions taken as part of this package, so do not register for the separate sessions. As soon as your registration is processed, I will contact you to develop your personal schedule.

Participants may elect to take 3-9 hours of hands-on sessions in addition to 3-9 hours of  Arts in Education: Updates and Applications for a total of 12 hours. The updates and applications sessions this year will cover

  1. General Updates (latest info on accountability, newly aligned KET resources, grants, models of arts integration, media arts standards, and models for vertically aligned elementary arts curriculum;
  2. Applying the KAS standards in Visual Arts;
  3. Applying the KAS standards in Theatre; and
  4. Applying the KAS standards in Music and Dance.

As always, you can mix and match the hands-on sessions available to suit your needs and schedule.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.”

Judy Sizemore

Writer and Arts Consultant

[email protected]

Home Office:  606-364-5831

Mobile:  606-493-7052

2016 KET Multimedia Day – July 20

It’s time for the 2016 KET Multimedia Professional Development Day!

Would you like to learn more about incorporating video production into your classroom? How about new tools in PBS LearningMedia, paperless classroom ideas, or tips for MinecraftEdu?

Come explore with us at our annual KET Multimedia PD Day this July 20. Our fun multimedia workshops are approved by the Kentucky Department of Education as professional development training for teachers and EILA training for K-12. PD credit is available based on the hours of presentations you attend.

Space is limited so register soon! The cost of registration for the event is $50 per person, which includes refreshments and a choice of lunch.

Here’s just a sample of the sessions you’ll find at KET Multimedia PD Day 2016:

  • Basic Video Production
  • The Blended/Personalized Tech-Rich Classroom
  • DSLR Videography – Another Use for Your Digital Camera
  • Going Googley Over Google Education
  • Let’s Get Building! Using MinecraftEdu in the Primary Classroom
  • The Paperless English Classroom
  • STLP: Great Tech-Ed Resources for K-12
  • SUAS for STEAM Education: Small Drones for Safe Projects
  • And much more!

Hope to see you there!

ACUE grateful for year-end giving, gifts that help its mission

ACUE grateful for year-end giving, gifts that help its mission

The Messenger, December 18, 2015

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Yung

Last December, William J. Yung and his wife, Martha, provided a year-end pledge to the Alliance for Catholic Urban Education (ACUE) of more than $250,000 over five years. It is the largest gift in the ministry’s history. The funds help ACUE meet the tuition assistance needs of economically disadvantaged students who attend one of the six diocesan urban elementary schools.

Mr. Yung, a native of Bellevue, commented, “This is the first charity brought to my attention that makes a lot of sense and will do a lot of good.”

Approximately 50 percent of ACUE students live in poverty.

“Education is, and has been, the Church’s best tool in the fight against poverty,” said Beth Ruehlmann, development director for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Covington. “Just as poor urban immigrant children of centuries past improved their social condition through Catholic education, disadvantaged children in our core urban communities today are afforded the same opportunity through the continued presence of and access to the Catholic schools in their neighborhoods. Ninety percent of ACUE eighth-grade graduates enroll in a Catholic high school. Of those, 98 percent will attend college or pursue further education or training.”

The six ACUE schools are Holy Cross Elementary, Latonia; Holy Family Elementary, Covington; Holy Trinity Elementary and Junior High, Bellevue and Newport; Prince of Peace Elementary, Covington; St. Anthony Elementary, Taylor Mill; and St. Augustine Elementary, Covington. The schools offer K-8 instruction to children regardless of their faith. In fact, 45 percent of ACUE students are not Catholic.

“The purpose of our schools is to serve the urban neighborhoods, not just those of our faith tradition,” said Mrs. Ruehlmann.

“We are very grateful to the Yungs for their gracious example of goodwill. Their kindness and generosity toward ACUE certainly does ‘a lot of good’ as it impacts not only the children and their families, but our community as well,” Mrs. Ruehlmann said.

To learn more about ACUE and its ministry among the urban communities of Campbell and Kenton counties, please visit or contact Beth Ruehlmann at (859) 392-1500.



Last December, William Yung and his wife, Martha, provided a year-end pledge to the Alliance for Catholic Urban Education of more than $250,000 over five years. It is the largest gift in the ministry’s history.

Gift to Covington Education Fund Helps Urban Students Afford Catholic School

ACUE General Chair Paul Smith (right), and Honorary Leadership Gifts Chair Bill Butler (left) with students of Holy Family School, Covington.

Gifts made to the 2015-2016 Alliance for Catholic Urban Education Annual Appeal by December 31 may provide benefits to the donor for their 2015 tax return. What is certain is that their donation will provide the gift of a quality Catholic education to an economically disadvantaged ACUE student. ACUE, an organization within the Department of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Covington, works to support and sustain Catholic elementary education in the urban areas of Campbell and Kenton Counties in Northern Kentucky. – See more at: