February 9th

Welcome Address 8:30-8:55 am

Nicholas Ford, Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Irresistibly Catholic — Join our superintendent, Nicholas Ford, for a welcoming address, as he reflects on the defining characteristics of Catholic education and how they draw each of us, our students, and families toward an encounter with Christ.


Please scroll down to see all PD&C Day virtual professional development options. To register for sessions other than the Early Learning/Preschool Sessions and the IST Conference, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Early Learning/Preschool Sessions

Presenters: Amy Bender and Liz Carley from IMPACT Northwest, Jocelyn Manzanarez and Ariane Gauvreau from UW Haring Center.

Early learning sessions in Mastering Challenging Behaviors, Circle Time Success and Curriculum Modifications.

Registration for this Option is linked in the original email sent to your principal.

Who should attend: Session Content geared to Early Learning and Preschool Teachers, but open to all.

STARS In-Service hours and Washington State clock hours will be available for attending this PD.

8:00 am – 2:30 pm The IST Conference

The Innovative School Transformation Conference (IST 24) is O’Dea High School’s 7th annual Microsoft Showcase School Conference.  IST 24 will provide opportunities for educators to explore the integration of Artificial Intelligence into student learning and the cultivation of a robust coaching culture within schools to foster upskilling.

Sessions will provide attendees with:

  • Expert insights into AI application in education
  • Strategies for building a supportive coaching culture
  • Advanced use of Microsoft Technologies in classroom settings
  • SEL strategies to enhance student engagement and wellbeing
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded professionals.

Visit our website and learn more and register.

If you have any questions, please contact David Olinger

There will be six opportunities to earn Washington State Clock hours (Welcome Keynote, Session 1, Session 2, Keynote, Session 3)

Welcome Keynote 8:00 am – 9:00 am PST

“Building Culture and Leading Change” with Dr. William Jackson “Washington State Principal of the Year”

Session 1: 9:15 – 10:15 PST

Brotherhood Block: SEL in an All-Boys Catholic School

Canva: Crafting Dynamic Story Maps in the Classroom

Shape a Culture of Inclusion Through Esports in Education

Achieving Impact with Professional Learning: Our journey

Artificial Intelligence, Authentic Learning

Building a Student-Led Online Publication

Microsoft Education Unveiled: Exploring Teams Updates, Learning Accelerators, and The Future with AI Integration

The Importance of Online Professional Learning Communities

Grading for Equity: Discussion of Practices to Shift Teaching and Learning

Session 2: 10:30 – 11:30 PST


Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom and Out

Mining Minds: Engaging Students Through Play with Minecraft Education

Frameworks for Learning with Canva Docs and AI

Data Informed Learning & Teaching

Policies and Process Around AI

Reimagining Global Collaboration Through Project Based Learning

Keynote Speaker 12:15 – 1:15 PST

“Coaching for a Digital Future: Navigating AI Ethics and Citizenship in Schools” by Dr. Kimberly West ~ CEO of insight2execution

Session 3: 1:30 – 2:30 PST

Supporting Social Emotional Learning with Mindfulness

Adobe and the Humanities

The Power of Technology: Harnessing Innovation Together

Microsoft Education Unveiled: Exploring Teams Updates, Learning Accelerators, and the Future with AI Integration






Workshop Sessions 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, except where noted

Sophi Sagall
Amelia Meunier

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Introduction to UDL

Presenters: Sophi Sagall, Amelia Meunier, Michael Bond, Catapult Learning

Universal Design for Learning is a research-based educational framework that can guide the development of flexible learning environments designed to accommodate individual learning differences. In this workshop, participants will be able to demonstrate understanding of the principles of UDL, including multiple means of representation, action, expression, and engagement. Additionally, working in grade bands, participants will be able to cite examples of UDL in practice and plan learning experiences that integrate UDL principles.

This session will provide attendees with:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), including multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement
  • Examine examples of the UDL principles in practice
  • Plan learning experiences that integrate UDL principles

3 clock hours

Michael Bond

9:00 – 10:30 am Education in the Age of Distraction

It’s a 2-for-1 Session!

Presenter: Max Stossel, Social Awakening

This presentation illustrates some of the specific ways social media is designed to be addictive & distracting, provides a brief overview of some of the ways students are using social media, and gives recommendations on how to improve focus and diminish distraction in learning environments. This keynote concludes with open space to discuss what’s working and not working in our classrooms and households, and support in implementing Away For The Day phone policies in schools.

This session will provide attendees with:

  • Educate on the importance of Away for the Day phone programs in schools
  • Provide educators with responses to common pushbacks
  • Provide educators with principles to evaluate present tech policies and future technologies in the classroom

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Student Mental Health and Social Media

Presenter: Dr. Danielle Gettings, Catapult Learning

In our rapidly evolving digital age, students are increasingly navigating the complex terrain of social media, shaping both their online and offline lives. This session will shed light on the challenges students face on social media and the profound impact it can have on their mental health. Recognizing the integral role teachers and schools play in students’ well-being, this workshop offers insights and practical strategies to address these challenges.

This session will provide attendees with:

  • Demonstrate understanding of mainstream social media trends and how students and families are using them.
  • Demonstrate understanding of positive and negative impacts of social media use among K-12 students.
  • Identify key strategies to support students and families in fostering healthy relationships between school, home, and community.

3 Clock hours for attending both sessions

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Collegial Walks and Universal Design for Learning

Presenter: Jeannie Ray-Timoney, Ed.D.

Please join us to better understand how to share feedback and data with our colleagues to improve student learning. Review Universal Design Learning and how to collaborate with your colleagues implementing this framework in the classroom. Build a community of educators looking to build student capacity while eliminating barriers to learning.

This session will provide attendees with:

  • Participant will understand the meaning, purpose, and structure of a collegial walk
  • Participant will understand the basic framework of UDL
  • Participant will know important ‘look-fors’ in a UDL classroom while engaging in a collegial walk.

3 clock hours

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Teaching Outside the Box and Get Hooked On Real Engagement

It’s a 2-for-1 Session!

Teaching Ouside the Box

Presenter: Dave Burgess, Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

A fast-paced and fun session designed to teach techniques that will skyrocket creativity. You will learn how to use your  brain like Google and magically create new ideas through Creative Alchemy. In addition, learn how to overcome obstacles that stifle creativity by using the Wedding Photographer Principle. You’ll leave truly believing you are a creative being and inspired to add memorable experiences for students to your lesson plans.

Get Hooked On REAL Engagement

Presenter: Tara Martin, Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, national speaker, and author who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. She has been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and district administrator.

During this follow-up session to the high-energy, inspirational Teach Like a PIRATE keynote by Dave Burgess, Tara offers hands-on and tech-related activities to hook students into REAL engagement!

Now that students are immersed in the content, let’s create a culture of learners who value the individuality of their peers, as well. We build REAL momentum around the content when learners feel comfortable expressing enthusiasm and adding input within their learning environment.

During this session, the participants will discover how to adapt the student engagement hooks taught by Dave to build relationships and foster a culture of REAL belonging among your learners. It’s a WIN-WIN!

This session will provide attendees with:

  • Dramatically increase student engagement
  • Design wildly creative lessons
  • Build a course that is a life-changing experience for your students
  • Adapt the student engagement hooks to build relationships
  • Foster a culture of REAL belonging among your learners

Who should attend: Administrators and teachers looking for engagement strategies.

3 clock hours

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Leadership from the Inside Out

Presenter: Courtney Caldwell, Henley Leadership Group

After 19 years in the classroom (15 of them in the Archdiocese of Seattle) and moving into the business world, the power of teacher leadership is clearer to me than ever. Teachers can do anything. And, increasingly, you’re being asked to do everything.  In this session, we’ll explore tools to help you navigate your increasingly challenging vocation. We’ll examine how we might balance our energy, identify our stress-based reactions, and practice moving from being problem-focus to a solution-orientation. Using Henley Leadership Group’s Inside Out Leadership Model, you’ll have time to reflect on who you are and how you show up as a leader – because, as all excellent teachers know, who we are and how we show up is what our students remember most. These tools are designed to be practical, immediately implementable, and shareable with colleagues and students alike.

This session will provide attendees with:

  • Explore the power of teacher leadership
  • Engage a new set of practical leadership tools that are grounded in inquiry, self-reflection and self-accountability for one’s own impact and outcomes
  • Create an environment for self-empowerment that enables participants to own their expertise.

3 clock hours

[Maximum 50 participants]

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Artificial Intelligence for Educators: Introducing AI, Exploring Tools and Best Practices, and Developing the Skills Students Need to Thrive in an AI Infused World

Presenter: Lisa Snow, NBCT/ISTE Certified Educator

AI is changing rapidly every day, and as teachers, we need to keep up. In the words of Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook) “We must use our ‘tomorrow glasses” as we seek to prepare our students. This presentation/workshops will be interactive, hands-on, and cover an introduction to AI and the skills necessary to use this powerful and developing tool. We will focus on some well-known and powerful tools and the way that they can be used to improve/support teaching practice and student learning. We will also explore the skills students need to be able to transition from our schools into the AI-infused world and function as productive, ethical citizens.

This session will provide attendees with:

  • Teachers will understand the basics of AI and its pros and cons in 2024.
  • Teachers will work directly with several useful tools and explore their applications for their own teaching practice.
  • Teachers will discuss and learn what skills are necessary for the AI present and future, both for themselves and their students.

3 clock hours

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Educator Well-Being and its Impact on Student Success

Presenter: Kelli Sammis, Ed.D., Director of Schools & District solutions, Breathe for Change

Participants will engage in trauma-informed practices designed to increase their own personal and professional well-being. This session will increase the amount of tools they have for meeting both the stressors of life they personally experience and the academic and behavioral challenges they face in their classrooms. Through mindful movement, breath work, and community-building practices, participants will receive turnkey strategies that they can take back and apply to their personal lives and professional roles the very next day. Our professional development will provide participants, and by extension, students, the habits, mindsets, and skills for well-being throughout their lives.

This session will provide attendees with:

  • Personal wellness practices that are also trauma-informed practices for the PK-12 classroom
  • Increased capacity in all five CASEL competencies for Social-emotional well-being
  • Mindful strategies to start class, transition students throughout the day, and deal with times of stress or conflict.

Who should attend:

PK-12 Educators who want to understand social-emotional learning from the lens of the adult in the classroom

3 clock hours

9:00 am – 12:00 pm School Commission 101

Presenter: Pam Schwartz, M.ED., Assistant Superintendent, Personnel & Leadership Development, Office for Catholic Schools

Elevate your commission’s effectiveness with this informative session designed to outline the role of school commissions and explore ideas for cultivating a productive commission. Time will be devoted to breaking open components of the new School Commission Handbook and reviewing important By-Law information. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from other schools and to work on their own commission-specific items (i.e., updating school By-Laws, identifying strategic initiatives, etc.). 

  • Understanding for the purpose and scope of School Commissions and their work
  • Ideas for structuring commission work to effectively support school initiatives
  • Templates for updating commission By-laws and strategic goals

Who should attend: Current or aspiring Catholic school administrators, School Commission Chairs and Members, or anyone wanting to learn more about this important governance structure in Catholic schools.

3 clock hours

John Sullivan
Kelly Surapaneni

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Finance and Budget for Principals and Other School Leaders Version #101

Presenters: John Sullivan, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Kelly Surapaneni, Coordinator of Leadership Development, Office for Catholic Schools

The presentation will cover (1) Building relationships and other concepts that support strong Finance and Budgeting processes and good practices, (2) What to expect from regular and effective School Financial Reporting, (3) How to build and use an effective School Financial Budget (4) Other Finance Concepts and (5) Best Practices and How to address key elements of Standard 10 of the NSBECS. This session is intended to augment other training participants have received to be a School Principal. 

This session will provide attendees with:

  • Develop Personal Sense for Relationship Elements of Finance and Budget Tasks
  • Expand Understanding of Monthly Reporting Expectations
  • Learn the Elements of a Quality School Budget and How It Can Be Created
  • Advance Understanding of Special Finance Techniques Such as Reforecasting and Metrics
  • Advance Understanding of Special Budget Techniques Such as Multi-Year Budgeting and Capital Budgeting.  

Who should attend: Highly recommended for new administrators, teacher leaders and other school staff who are asked to deal with finance concepts in their school. 

3 clock hours


Donovan Turner
Kristen Sposito

9:00 – 11:00 am Supporting Adolescent Mental Health

Presenters: Donovan Turner, Kristen Sposito, and Miriam Stevenson, Care Solace

A cohort of schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle has partnered with the Care Solace mental health care navigation service for our current school year.  These member schools utilize this service to efficiently coordinate mental health care for students, family members, and staff.  This workshop will focus on creating awareness of the mental health challenges facing adolescents today through reviewing data.  We will then respond to the data by discussing best practices in promoting student mental health, including early intervention and care through the Care Solace system.

This session will provide attendees with:

  • Participants will increase their awareness of adolescent mental health care needs through reviewing national and archdiocesan data trends
  • Participants will review best practices and tools for promoting adolescent mental health
  • Participants will learn how to use the Care Loop online platform to initiate warm handoffs to Care Solace staff for student mental health care coordination services.

Who should attend: All are welcome.  The primary audience is counselors and administrators (you do not need to be a Care Solace member school to attend).

2 clock hours


Miriam Stevenson

Professional Development Day: Advancement Track

9:00 – 10:00 am 50 Enrollment and Marketing Strategies in 50 Minutes

Presenter: Dr. Rick Newberry

Immerse yourself in an exhilarating, fast-paced session for Catholic school leaders in admissions and marketing. “50 Enrollment and Marketing Strategies in 50 Minutes” is more than just a workshop; it’s a treasure trove of innovative, actionable strategies that promise to revolutionize the way you approach enrollment and marketing. Prepare to be engaged in a uniquely structured session where each minute introduces a fresh, impactful idea.

In just 50 minutes, you will:

  • Discover 50 actionable and innovative Strategies you can implement at your school.
  • Be encouraged with the strategies you have already implemented.
  • Leave with practical and real examples of strategies that other schools have implemented.

Who Should Attend:

  • This workshop is ideal for Catholic school leaders, principals, admissions staff, marketing teams, and anyone involved in searching for new and practical strategies that can work in their school.

[Maximum 100 participants]

10:30 – 11:30 am Build a Campus Visit Experience that Works! 

Presenter: Dr. Rick Newberry

Join Dr. Rick Newberry in this transformative workshop designed specifically for Catholic school leaders, where we redefine the standards for campus tours and the entire visit experience. This session is an essential toolkit for school leaders aiming to turn every campus visit into a powerful catalyst for enrollment. We will discuss every component of your campus visit experience from the pre-visit logistics to effective follow-up, and everything during the actual on-campus visit.

This workshop will provide attendees with:

  • Comprehensive understanding of the stages of the campus visit experience.
  • Actionable recommendations for your school’s overall campus visit experience.

Who Should Attend:

  • This workshop is ideal for Catholic school leaders, principals, admissions staff, marketing teams, and anyone involved in shaping the campus visit experience.

[Maximum 100 participants]