Creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, Jared Dees shares practical, easy-to-use teaching strategies and exercises for spiritual growth. These components are designed to improve the effectiveness of any busy religious educator. Volunteer catechists and professional religion teachers are responsible for two unique and challenging tasks: sharing (and assessing) information and the spiritual formation of their students. This succinct, practical resource helps busy catechists and religion teachers with both tasks and is designed for use either over consecutive days in one month, or by specific themes that encourage personal improvement in areas of discipleship, service, leadership, and overall teaching. Each of the thirty-one days includes a clear title that gives the lesson theme, a quotation from Scripture, an introduction to the exercise, step-by-step actions to take for the day, and spiritual enrichment ideas for the educator. A free leader's guide will be available at avemariapress.com/31days.
Jared Dees is the digital publishing specialist at Ave Maria Press. He is the creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, which provides practical resources and effective teaching strategies to religious educators. A respected graduate of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program at the University of Notre Dame, Dees holds master's degrees in education and theology, both from Notre Dame. He has taught in Catholic schools and parish religious education programs, and his articles have appeared in Momentum, Today's Parish, and on numerous websites. Dees lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife and three children.
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at the high school, college, and general-adult levels. He is the author of several books, including the best sellers The Catechist's Toolbox and A Well-Built Faith. His latest book, The Bible Blueprint: A Catholic's Guide to Understanding and Embracing God's Word, was released in August 2009 and is available in English and Spanish. Joe, who is currently an eighth-grade catechist, blogs about his catechetical experiences at www.catechistsjourney.com.
"Jared Dees is one of the most gifted young catechetical leaders of our time. 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator--full of inspiration and practical insight--is a wonderful gift to the Church."--Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., Founder, Alliance for Catholic Education; Hackett Family Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, University of Notre Dame "Jared offers practical ideas and simple exercises for deepening your faith and improving your performance as a teacher/catechist. It's simple but essential on the road to being a great catechist who connects head, heart and hands...both yours and theirs." --Leland Nagel, Executive Director, National Conference for Catechetical Leadership "The chapters of this book have very practical concepts and ideas for catechists but more importantly, the 'going deeper' section brings in an applicable spiritual dimension."--Sr. Margaret Kuntz, A.S.C.J., Director of the Office of Catechesis, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee "The strength of any Catholic school lies in the ability of its teachers to deliver and communicate our faith with enthusiasm and personal witness. 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator offers encouragement and practical advice to religious educators in order to better serve their students and enhance their own abilities as a Catholic school teacher."--Diane Starkovich, Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of Atlanta "A handy and practical tool from an emerging voice in religious education for enriching and enlivening faith development."--Gerard F. Baumbach, Senior Catechetical Advisor, Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame "Jared Dees has created an exciting and superbly practical field guide for those who love the Catholic faith and have a passion for effective teaching." --Lisa Mladinich, Author of Be an Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children
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