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10/27/2014 - Being an Educator: It’s All About Relationships

Diocesan Teachers Conference keynote speaker affirms power of teacher’s relationships

Being an Educator: It’s All About Relationships

Diocesan Teachers Conference keynote speaker affirms power of teacher’s relationships

Each year, the Diocesan Teacher’s Conference (DTC) brings more than 1,000 teachers from Long Island’s 43 Catholic elementary schools together for a professional development day designed to augment their skills and support their ongoing development. The conference, to be held on October 31st at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School will feature an uplifting keynote address by renowned educator and speaker Mark Lukert.

Mr. Lukert, a successful educator for 35 years, and an elementary school principal for 21 years will talk to the value of a strong team and what relationship building can do for an organization.  He contends that if you can build a strong team, your organization will be more cohesive, creative, and productive. His talk blends personal experience and best practices to entertain, motivate and remind teachers why they chose to teach in the first place. Mr. Lukert’s address, ‘Being and Educator: It’s All About Relationships’ is the keynote address at this year’s Professional Development Day.

An additional highlight of the Diocesan Teacher’s Conference will be a session by Dr. Lydia Begley, Associate Superintendent of Nassau BOCES. Dr. Begley will discuss teacher evaluation and the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching.

Mark Lukert is the past State President of Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association, a long standing TEPSA Executive Committee member and a State Representative for the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Luckert is also the co-author of a book entitled, Synergistics.  The book was published by Kendall Hunt publishers and became available on Amazon.com, June 1, 2012.  Dr. Lydia Begley is the Associate Superintendent of Nassau BOCES, where she is responsible for the oversight of the agency’s special education, regional and alternative schools, as well as the curriculum, instruction and technology departments.

About LI Catholic Elementary Schools

Long Island’s 43 Catholic Elementary Schools are a community of schools operated by the Diocese of Rockville Centre that share a vision and commitment to academic excellence and faith formation. The Catholic religion and values are incorporated into everyday activities and the schools form a unique community environment where children are surrounded by other children, families and a parish which serve to reinforce moral values and beliefs. Highly experienced teachers, creative classrooms, computer instruction and innovative reading programs accelerate academic achievement and lead to children who outperform academically. A full 99% of children who graduate from LI Catholic elementary schools go on to college. A Catholic education prepares children for life’s journey by developing the whole person—intellectually, spiritually, and socially. Learn more at: www.licatholicelementaryschools.org.

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