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Infuse Catholic Identity Through Literacy

27 Feb 2024 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am


DIA’s strategic partner, Franciscan University of Steubenville, is providing a free webinar for educators and curriculum directors on February 27, 2024. Presenters* Dr. Megan Reister and Dr. Kathy McVey developed resources to inspire teachers to infuse Catholic Identity through literacy. They are sharing these valuable tools with fellow Catholic educators!

Infuse Catholic Identity Through Literacy Webinar
Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 10:00 am -11:00 am ET.”

The webinar’s objectives include:

-Providing access to the Virtue Project and DataSTARS database website. 

-Showcasing the website and describing how to improve literacy outcomes for students by considering holistic approaches to education. 

-Sparking the passion for teaching reading for P-16 teachers and enhancing preparation, including online environments. Considerations on how Catholic Identity can be infused through literacy and the Virtue Project will be discussed.

– Sharing materials with participants that can be adapted and applied to any classroom or school. Additional information includes tips about using and adapting the free materials for classroom activities, powerful assignments, and new technologies. The presentation includes samples of content created for the virtual database. 

-Drs. Reister and McVey encourage participants to apply the material of the presentation as they see fit, depending on the needs and resources of their own teachers, students, schools, and classrooms. It’s like a free inservice or professional development!

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*Dr. Megan Reister, a former hearing itinerant and special education teacher in Delaware and Pennsylvania—was responsible for deaf education, transition services, and early intervention services prior to becoming a college professor in North Carolina. Dr. Reister—now an Ohio resident—enjoys conducting research, writing, and teaching as a Special Education and Early Childhood Professor in the Education Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville. She also currently serves as Advisory Council Member for the Outreach Center for Deafness & Blindness in Ohio. Her primary areas of research, when not spending time with her husband and young daughter, include self-advocacy in students with and without disabilities, itinerant teaching; functions of behavior, classroom management, and fostering collaboration among parents, general education, and special education teachers. As a lifelong Catholic, she also has a special interest in women’s ministry, creating embedded field experiences/service learning for pre-service teachers, and infusing Catholic Identity through active learning and cross-curricular approaches. 

*Dr. Mary K. McVey, prior to working at FUS was a K-8 educator responsible for Title One reading and Language Arts for 9 years. While at FUS she held the position of Professor of Education for 25 years. She was responsible for preparing preservice educators in the areas of Teaching Reading, Foundations of Education, and Reading Diagnosis and Assessment. Dr. McVey also taught educational leadership and courses in Reading Instruction and Assessment at the graduate level. She was involved in numerous professional development and grant initiatives with graduate students and in-service educators. Dr. McVey served as Chair of the Education Department at FUS for over 12 years. In this position, she held numerous roles related to accreditation and program development. She was engaged at the state level in program review and policymaking in education. Her research interest remains issues related to educator preparation and leadership, and literacy instruction. Dr. McVey was awarded Professor Emeritus of Education; retiring from FUS in the fall of 2023 and continues her work at FUS as an adjunct professor. She lives in Columbus, OH and spends lots of time with her husband and family.


27 Feb 2024
9:00 am - 10:00 am


Franciscan University of Steubenville
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