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School conference comes to Omaha

About 160 Catholic educators from across the country, including 48 from the archdiocese, will gather in Omaha July 17-20 to hone their leadership skills in light of Catholic spirituality.

The Institute for Catholic School Leaders, at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Omaha, is designed for Catholic school pastors, principals, presidents, board leaders and teachers, and is sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).

The conference aims to address the unique needs of Catholic school educators who, in addition to school administration and educational issues, must also attend to the spirituality of the teachers who directly affect the spirituality and Catholic identity in the classroom, said Annette Jones, NCEA assistant director of leadership development.

The conference will feature 33 sessions in four educational tracks including spiritual leadership and operational vitality.

Keynote speaker Dale Hoyt, educational consultant and former superintendent of Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., will speak July 19 at 9 a.m. His topic – "To Lead as Jesus Led."

This marks the first time the conference has been offered in Omaha, said Patrick Slattery, superintendent of Catholic schools for the archdiocese.

"We all know what we’re doing locally, but when you get an opportunity to bring people together from other states and other regions of the country, it opens that dialogue on what’s working in Catholic education," he said.

"There’s a great number of best practices out there nationally, and any opportunity to bring Catholic school leaders together to share and talk about those best practices is going to benefit everybody."

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