About 900 Catholic school educators in the Diocese of Buffalo will gather on Friday, Sept. 28, for an educators' convocation at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda. The biennial meeting will include teachers and administrators from all diocesan elementary and middle schools, which will be closed that day. Some Catholic high schools educators also will be in attendance. Highlights of the professional development day include a welcome by Dr. Michael LaFever, superintendent of Catholic Schools, a keynote address by Michael J. Boyle, Ph.D., director for the Center for Education, Loyola University, Chicago, Ill.
Participants will have the opportunity to choose from over 60 breakout sessions and visits by more than 70 exhibitors. Some of the speakers are from local companies and institutions, including the American Heart Association, BestSelf Behavioral Health, University at Buffalo, US Games, Root-ED, St. Bonaventure University, and Buffalo State College, as well as teachers from Catholic schools who will concentrate on the STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math) curriculum. Some of the vendors also provided speakers.