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. [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.]
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.]
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. [Check Availability