Teacher Training

The Spark Conference: LCA Reignites Creativity and Innovation in Elementary Education

Lakewood Catholic Academy is a leader in elementary education and provides professional development opportunities for other elementary school educators and administrators.  Created in 2018, The Spark Conference has become one of Cleveland’s largest conferences for elementary educators.  The annual August event is a first class professional development experience that inspires and energizes teachers for the school year ahead.  The event features both nationally recognized leaders in education as well as breakout sessions led by Lakewood Catholic Academy teachers and administrators. Additionally, each year outstanding teachers are nominated by their principals to win one of the prestigious Spark Teacher Awards.

The 2023 Spark Conference will be held on August 8th and will feature Mr. Michael Bonner! As seen on The Ellen Show, NBC Nightly News, and Time for Kids, Michael Bonner is an energizing voice not only in education, but for his generation. His passion for creating dynamic learning environments have led to creating partnerships with Discovery Education, Lego Education, 3M, People Magazine, and more! Mr. Bonner lives in Atlanta where he is the 4th grade social studies teacher and 6th grade reading teacher at the famed Ron Clark Academy!

What Teachers are Saying . . .

“Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for the Spark experience.  It was the perfect way to “fire up” for the school year.  I stand in awe of the LCA staff and the excellence that is poured into the event – it was masterful and magical!  Kudos to every single individual – they treated us royally!”

“Thank you very much for planning such an awesome professional development day for teachers in the diocese.  The speakers were excellent!  The energy was palpable.  The excitement was just what we needed to start the year!  Every detail was noticed.  Thank you for sharing your vision and expertise with so many teachers who otherwise would not have had the experience of first rate presentations!”