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62. Catholic Schools Lead through COVID-19

Published: May 06, 2020

Catholic Schools are leading the way through COVID-19 with the use of technology, training, and support. Today, Changing Our World‘s Jim Friend talks with Bill Brannick, the Director of Technology for the PreK – Grade 12 in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Bill discusses how his team prepared for homeschool learning and then quickly transitioned to this new reality after the stay-at-home order became effective. Learn how the Archdiocese has been making steady progress over the years to improve educational technology, provide learning support and coaching for their teachers, and how some benefactors have gotten involved in recent months.

About Bill Brannick

Professional Goal: To leverage technology to provide the effective and efficient delivery of enhanced student learning outcomes, innovation, and student creativity while also streamlining the day-to-day operations of the 122 elementary schools, 17 high schools, and four schools of special education.


  • Business/Technology teacher at Monsignor Bonner
  • Assistant Principal at Monsignor Bonner overseeing sports and extracurricular activities
  • Acting Principal of Monsignor Bonner.
  • The principal of Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School. Strong focus on technology in the classroom
  • Launched the first 1:1 iPad program in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools


  • BS – Communications (minor in Business), Penn State University
  • MA – Educational Leadership, Neumann University

Personal Note: Bill is an avid (four-for-four) Philadelphia sports fan and a previous 10-year Eagles season ticket holder. Married since 2011 to Dana, with whom he has three children, Will, Layla, and Luke

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