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Bishop McNamara High School President/CEO Dr. Marco J. Clark '85, Director of Student Support Mrs. Abigail Greer, and Science Teacher Ms. Megan Judd presented papers to colleagues and associates from across the United States and around the world at the annual National Catholic Education Conference and Expo held this year in Chicago, Illinois from April 23rd through April 25th.
Science Teacher Megan Judd's (pictured here) presentation titled, "Developing Investigative Learners Through Phenomena-Based Units," focused on helping students use science to make sense of phenomena in the natural and designed world. Participants had the opportunity to explore hands on a phenomenon based unit and its cross curricular applications. The goal of her presentation was to develop learning environments that foster students as interpreters of science through phenomena-based learning; create units that shift the learning from memorization to deeper engagement of why or how observable events occur.
President Clark's presentation titled, "Moving to Exceptional and Intentional Governance: Re-framing the Work of Your Board," focused on the issue of leadership, particularly how school Board's play an integral role in advancing private independent schools such as Bishop McNamara. His talked aimed to help participants understand and apply structures and practices to move a board to be more effective, engaged, and intentional.
Director of Student Support Abigail Greer's presentation titled, "Digital Leadership Goes Mobile - Web & Social Strategies - Sharing the Good News of Your School!," focused on the important role that digital tools play sharing the great news that take place in individual Catholic schools. Participants were given the opportunity to review their own school web and social media accounts, to set goals for the school/diocese; and access strategies for creating a digital communications plan based on school goals and objectives.
Dr. Clark and Mrs. Greer were recognized by NCEA President Dr. Thomas Burnford for their years of service on NCEA Advisory Councils - Dr. Clark for the Leadership Advisory Council and Mrs. Greer for the Marketing/Communications Council (see image).
Congratulations to Dr. Clark, Ms. Greer, and Ms. Judd for being selected to present at this year's NCEA Conference in Chicago, which gathered more than 9000 participants. The annual convention will be held locally next year in Baltimore, MD, where we know a number of our Mustang employees will continue to shape what excellence looks like in contemporary Catholic education.