Thank you for your interest in a workshop for religious educators. I am passionate about inspiring and equipping religion teachers and catechists for the important work of evangelization and catechesis. I’ve spoken on a number of different topics including prayer, technology, lesson planning, evangelization, social media, and effective techniques in religious education.
A Little About Jared Dees
I’m the author of the book 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator and the creator of The Religion Teacher. I began my career as a religion teacher in a Catholic grade school and then moved on to teach theology in a Catholic high school. I now volunteer as as catechist at my parish and work for a Catholic publishing company, Ave Maria Press.
Since starting The Religion Teacher in 2009, I’ve come to realize the great importance of providing practical resources for religious educators. Everything I create and offer on this website is meant to make the lives of the religion teacher or catechist as easy as possible so they can be living witnesses to the Gospel.
My talks and workshops are highly engaging and very practical. Participants will always go home with a handful of ideas they can immediately implement in their classroom or ministry.
What You Can Expect
If you book me to speak at your event, here is what you can expect:
- Personal consultation before the event to make sure I will meet your expectations.
- Promotion of the event to my email list and social media contacts.
- Professional presentations on the requested topics.
- Followup after the event for feedback.
Most Requested Topics
Witness! How the New Evangelization Has Transformed Catechesis
“But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
There has never been a more exciting and important time to be involved in religious education. As membership and participation in the Catholic Church decreases, the need to do evangelization side-by-side with catechesis has never been more important. Participants will experience and receive a number of new evangelization strategies to transform bored students and disconnected parents into engaged participants in their own faith formation. [Learn more.]
Christ the Master-Teacher: 12 Ways to Become a Better Religious Educator
“You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master’ and rightly so, for indeed I am” (Jn 13:13).
Christ is the model for all religion teachers and catechists. He was called both master (leader) and teacher by his disciples and showed them the way to follow in his footsteps. To become better leaders, we have to become better servants. To become better teachers, we have to become better disciples. With twelve exercises and meditations from the book, 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, participants will take steps to becoming better disciples, servants, leaders, and teachers. This workshop is more than a professional development opportunity, it is an invitation to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, our master-teacher, in order to become better witnesses of his life and teachings. [Learn more.]
Classroom Engagement: Practical Resources and Teaching Strategies that Inspire Young People to Learn, Love, and Live Their Faith
Evangelization, Catechesis, and Technology
With each new year comes a whole set of new technologies for education. Whether your religious educators need an update on the latest advancements in education technology or an introduction to the strategic use of social media, I will give participants some easy-to-implement strategies for using the latest technology to engage students and parents in their faith development. Contact me with specific needs and goals. [Learn more.]
Digital Publishing and Its Impact on Learning
In recent years we have seen a rapid increase in the number of schools using eBooks and eTextbooks as a critical part of their approach to education. Based on my work as the Digital Publishing Specialist at Ave Maria Press, I will share the latest advancements in digital publishing and how that impacts the way we teach today. Participants will take part in a series of exercises to make them more comfortable with 21st century instruction using digital technology. [Learn more.]
Teaching Children and Teens to Pray in a Digital World
Our children have never been more plugged in than they are today. TVs, DVD players, video games, computers, iPads, cell phones, smart phones, eReaders, iPods. . . the list goes on and on. What effect do these devices have on a young person’s prayer life? How does this impact the way we evangelize, teach, and parent our children in the 21st century? We will explore prayer and technology from the perspective of the Catechism and Scripture. [Learn more.]
Upcoming Talks, Workshops, and Webinars
March 1, 2014: “Christ the Master-Teacher,” Chicago ACE Advocates Educator Forum
March 23, 2014: “Christ the Master-Teacher” and “Classroom Engagement,” Catechetical/Liturgical Conference, Diocese of Gary
April 22-24, 2013: “Classroom Engagement,” NCEA Convention & Expo
May 19, 2014: NCCL Conference (PCL Forum), “Being and Forming Better Disciple-Teachers and Servant-Leaders”
June 17, 2014: Diocese of Lafayette
October 4, 2014: 10th Annual “Graced by God” Conference, Richmond, VA
March 21, 2015: Catechetical Gathering, Diocese of Trenton
Recent Presentations and Workshops
May 22, 2013: ”Digital Publishing and Its Impact on Learning” (National Conference of Catechetical Leadership Conference)
June 4, 2013: 13 Ways to Become a Better Religious Educator During Summer Break (Ave Maria Press Webinar)
September 4, 2013: ”Captivating Back to School Ideas for Religious Educators,” (Ave Maria Press Webinar Series)
September 17, 2013: ”The Spiritual Formation of Catechists: 10 Simple Ways to Transform Volunteers into Witnesses” (Ave Maria Press Professional Development Webinar Series)
September 26 ,2013: ”Classroom Engagement,” Archdiocese of Chicago (Private Webinar)
October 8, 2013: ”Effective Ed-tech and No-tech Strategies for Classroom Engagement,” Ohio Catholic Education Association (OCEA) Convention
October 18-19, 2013: ”Classroom Engagement,” Archdiocese of Portland Catechetical Conference
November 19-20, 2013: “Christ the Master-Teacher” & “Witness!,” Northern California Faith Formation Conference
January 2014: ”Christ the Master-Teacher,” Johannes Hofinger Catechetical Conference
If you are interested in inviting me to speak at your school, parish, or diocese please go to the Contact Page and send an email with possible dates, the topic, and the type of event.