Living Your Mission at #NCEA18

Wanted to provide an electronic copy of our presentation from this week’s NCEA conference in case you are unable to attend!


Living Your Mission: Designing Curriculum for Everyday Discipleship. In Every Classroom.

Speaker:  John Meehan – Instructional Coach and English Teacher, Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School

Speaker:  Carl Patton – Assistant Head of School and Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School

What makes a Catholic education different from public schools? How can you align every unit in every class at every grade level to serve your school’s Mission Statement? Religion classes and first Friday masses are not enough: a fully-integrated faith-based curriculum can radically enrich a student’s faith and transform the appeal of your school. This session outlines a step-by-step method through which Bishop O’Connell High School redesigned a school-wide curriculum: enhancing faith education in every content area, with concrete steps and a clear action plan for your school.

Learning Objectives:

  • Establish a curriculum that teaches everyday discipleship through faith-based instruction in all content areas.
  • Implement tiers of faith-based curriculum, proclaiming the Gospel throughout every unit and course in your school.

Author: John

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project, after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. He is a past presenter and regular attendee at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower19, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports summer conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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