Duchesne Academy to host educational technology conference

Duchesne Academy to host educational technology conference

Duchesne Academy will host Catholic high school educators from across the Omaha area for a first-of-its-kind educational technology conference on October 11, at 8:45 a.m. at Duchesne Academy.

This event will include speakers, discussion sessions, and vendors. Kelly Gomez Johnson will deliver the keynote address about equitable teaching and leadership practices in STEM education. Gomez Johnson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Her work and leadership projects have attracted nearly $4 million in funding since 2016.

Presenters and attendees will dive into the topics and funding models that are unique to parochial schools.

“Timely professional development is hard to come by during the school year. By hosting this event on an in-service day, we are providing teachers new tools they can take back to their classrooms the very next day,” said Jason Schlesiger, Duchesne Academy Director of Technology.

The conference will also feature a presentation from Julie Sigmon, Director of the Omaha STEM Ecosystem, a citywide partnership to maximize STEM, learning initiatives encompassing the Greater Omaha area, including 12 school districts.

Other topics include how to create virtual field trips in a post-Covid world, cyber security, incorporating art into STEM curriculum, and establishing sustainability programs.

Duchesne Academy installs solar panels; part of school’s sustainability initiative

Duchesne Academy installs solar panels; part of school’s sustainability initiative

Duchesne’s power use has dropped significantly since closing in March due to the persistent community spread of COVID-19 but the panels are powering some crucial equipment in the school’s DREAM lab.

OMAHA — Duchesne Academy’s solar panels are generating electricity at the highest output since their installation in 2019.

Last month, the panels produced the most electricity since they were installed. Their production in April is on pace to be even higher at 400kWh. The panels are most efficient during longer, cooler days.

Duchesne’s power use has dropped significantly since closing in March due to the persistent community spread of COVID-19 but the panels are powering some crucial equipment in the school’s DREAM lab. Electricity from the panels help to power the FloraFelt Garden wall and a large tank used to grow trout which will be released into a local lake.