6th Annual WISE Conference
Tuesday, July 11–Friday, July 14
6th Annual WISE Conference to be held on July 11-14, 2023.
The WISE Conference is an educator formation initiative sponsored by the Center for Catholic Education at Aquinas College.
Participation in the WISE Conference will provide an opportunity for all persons involved in Catholic education to deepen their understanding of the unique nature and mission of the Catholic school. Resuming after a two-year hiatus as a result of COVID, it is even more important to come together as Catholic educators, as all of society emerges from the isolation and the challenges caused by the pandemic.
What educators learn and experience through WISE helps them to assess the depth and expressions of Catholic identity in their own school communities and to understand how their mission as educators impacts the total school community.
Why is the conference called “WISE” ?
WISE stands for Witness, Inspire, Serve and Educate, necessary attributes for a Catholic school educator.
Who Attends WISE?
Catholic school superintendents, principals, vice principals, pastors, teachers, board members, parents, and staff! Teams of three from each participating school are very effective, but a school may send as few as one delegate. The program is limited to 30 participants.
What does the registration fee cover?
The registration fee WISE is $900 per person. Persons who register may stay without additional charge at Siena Hall (see below) where most of the conference events take place. Meals during the conference are included in the fee as well. Because the Diocese of Nashville partners with the Aquinas College School of Education, conference attendees from schools in the Nashville Diocese have a reduced fee of $750.
Do you get professional credit for attending WISE?
Clock hours are awarded for professional development, which can be applied to recertification.
What is the benefit of attending the WISE Conference?
One of the main benefits is being part of a community of educators who are committed to the same mission, even though they are serving in a variety of schools throughout the country.
Sister Elizabeth Anne Allen, O.P., Ed.D.
Director, Center for Catholic Education at Aquinas College
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 297-7545 x471
Our conference will be held at Aquinas College’s Siena Hall. Though just 10 minutes from downtown Nashville, the College is surrounded by 83 acres of sprawling natural beauty.
Siena Hall is a spacious, new facility which opened in 2016. The Hall is dedicated in honor of St. Catherine of Siena, a fourteenth-century Dominican and Doctor of the Church.
Bedrooms are single occupancy with a shared, conjoining bath. Each room is equipped with a desk, chair, dresser, and wardrobe.
Siena Hall contains an Oratory for private prayer. The Corpus Christi Adoration Chapel is a brief walk from Siena Hall.
Common areas and classrooms provide spaces for study, discussion, and presentations.
Free Wi-Fi throughout the building, free parking, within walking distance to various restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses.