A Second Trip to the Second City

Good news if you’re a Catholic school educator planning on making the trip to Chi town next April! Just got word that I’m slated for a return trip to the Second City to talk shop on the power of gamified instruction. Now I’m just keeping my fingers crossed to see whether or not I’ll be selected as one of the contestants in the NCEA Social Media Influencer challenge (with the grand prize of a freebie trip to Chicago!), scheduled to start in just a few weeks.


Dear John, 

On behalf of the National Catholic Educational Association, it is our pleasure to invite you to present the below session(s) at the NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo taking place at McCormick Place – West, in Chicago, IL April 23-25.  

We greatly appreciate the time you spent preparing your proposal as well as your willingness to give of your time to further the mission of Catholic education by speaking at NCEA 2019.

-Beyond Kahoots & Jeopardy!: Sparking Real Change in Student Engagement with Whole Class Gamification

Thank you for your eagerness to share your knowledge and expertise with diocesan Catholic school educators and leaders.  We look forward to seeing you at NCEA 2019

Kind Regards, 

The National Catholic Educational Association

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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