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Preparing Future Priests to Collaborate for Catholic Schools

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by Fr. Tim Klosterman, RLP 12 - Director of Students, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, CA

St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, California Fr. Tim Klosterman

In a seminary in Southern California, set in beautiful buildings within a citrus grove, men are preparing to bring the Gospel to diverse realities of the people of God. One of the realities the seminarians are preparing to address is Catholic schools--a great challenge and a wonderful means of evangelization.

Students Garner Accolades, Impress at First Trip to State Science Fair

Friday, May 06, 2016 by Sean Sullivan, ACE 22

St. Vincent DePaul Phoenix Science Fair Winner STEAM

Catholic schools are good for America!

3 Leverage Points for Busy Catholic School Leaders

Monday, April 25, 2016

 3 Points for Busy Catholic School Leaders Wyttenbach

“We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.” - Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero

School leaders function within dynamic and complex systems. No one day is the same as the next and there are always a number of plates spinning. To some this work may seem complicated and messy, but for those of us drawn to the vocation, we relish knowing that each day brings something new. How we manage the multiple and often competing demands of our work is one determinant of how successful our school will be. Principals of high-performing schools focus their attention on key areas when managing complexity. According to Chenoweth & Theokas, authors of Getting it Done: Leading Academic Success, there are three key leverage points to focus on:

Pope Francis: Let’s ensure the poor have school choice too

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Pope Francis School Choice Renee Stoeckle RedefinED

When Pope Francis' latest encyclical Amoris Laetitia was released earlier this month, most of the attention was given to the Holy Father's thoughts on family life, and not much of the conversation centered around educational options, much less the school choice discussion. But yesterday in RedefinED, Remick Leader Renée Stoeckle (12th cohort) wrote a piece giving a great overview of the Catholic Church's historical stance on school choice and how Pope Francis confirms and reiterates those views in his latest encyclical. As the Student Learning Coordinator at Step Up For Students in Florida, Renée knows a thing or two about school choice. In the event you haven't read the 250+ page encyclical yet, this short article's worth a look!

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ENL 15 on the 15th: Five Apps to Help Your ELLs Engage with Language

Thursday, April 14, 2016 by ENL Coordinator Jennifer Dees and Allison Longton, ENL 10

ENLN 15 on the 15th Resources April Technology Language Acquisition

As the number of educational technology resources continues to grow, it can be easy for educators to be both excited about the potential they have to transform classroom learning, and also overwhelmed by the sheer volume of resources that are available from which to choose. These options deserve the critical attention of ELL teachers. Choosing the most effective tools can make a significant positive impact on our English language learners' ability to acquire a new language. 

Cultivating A Growth Mindset by Seeing the Best in Others

Thursday, April 07, 2016 by Mary Frances "Frankie" Jones

Cultivating Curiosity Frankie Beecroft Jones Mindfulness

As educators, one of the core values we look to instill in our students, parents, and colleagues is a growth mindset, a constant yearning to improve and a deep belief that everyone can improve. A key behavior that helps to cultivate this value is seeing the best in others. Yet this is not an easy thing to do. Our natural inclination as human beings is to view ourselves in the best possible light, and that can have a powerful impact on the way we view others.

The Risk Worth Taking for Our Students

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


“The trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything.” - Carl Jung

Last week a dear friend shared with me the story of how he stood at the top of a New Hampshire mountain ski slope and watched his nine-year-old son successfully navigate his way to the bottom. “As a parent, we spend so much of our time trying to teach our children to do the right thing and make good decisions. When they’re on their own, we simply have to trust that what we teach them, they put into practice. Watching my son from the top, I was praying he’d make the right turn when he needed to, and he did. And when he needed to maneuver, so as to avoid another skier, he did. Slowly he made his way to the bottom—his accomplishment was pure joy for both of us.”

Expanding the Toolbox: 6 Ways to Motivate Your Students

Friday, March 18, 2016 by Lindsay Will

5 Ways  to Motivate Your Students Diverse Learners

This time of year brings me back to some of the more challenging days in my third grade classroom in Jackson, MS. Even now, every day, I spend at least a few minutes wishing I could go back to that classroom and teach those students again, knowing what I know now. 

On the Shoulders of Giants: Female Giants

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by Monica Kowalski, Ph.D.

Women's History Month Reflection Kowalski Nuzzi

This month we celebrate women’s history and reflect on the many contributions of women to Catholic education. With Fr. Ron Nuzzi, I recently explored the history of women in Catholic education for a chapter we are writing for a book on International Perspectives on Women in Educational Leadership. I was inspired by finding that dating back to colonial times, and continuing into the present, women have been instrumental in establishing, leading, and ensuring the success of Catholic schools in America.

ENL 15 on the 15th: Dual Language Schools

Monday, March 14, 2016 by Katy Walter Lichon, Ph.D.

ENL 15 on the 15th Resources Dual Language Schools

This month’s 15 on 15th spotlights an innovative school model – Dual Language Catholic schools or Two-Way Immersion (TWI) Catholic schools. We invite you to take 15 minutes to learn more about this model, which manifests deep mutual respect for linguistic and cultural diversity. This model has shown evidence of cognitive, social, emotional, and economic benefits (Gándara, 2015).

Local Catholic Schools: Best Pi in Town?

Friday, March 11, 2016 by Gina Navoa Svarovsky, Ph.D.

This coming Monday, March 14th, brings us back around to a very special date on the calendar: Pi Day!

Stuck in the Doldrums of Winter? Try Practicing Mindfulness

Thursday, March 03, 2016 by Ryan Clark, Ph.D.

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Sources say that 78% of teachers feel emotionally and physically drained at the end of the day? Turns out, practicing mindfulness through exercises such as reflective prayer can be a huge help to counteract this effect. This calming prayer is grounded in a large body of neuroscience research that shows the brain actually changes through “practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (mindfulness).”

Lessons on School Leadership: You Win with People

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 by Kole Knueppel

School Leadership You Win with People

As a school leader, you live your life for others. Winning is less about numbers and more about producing students who show up for their families, classmates, and community.

Remembering St. Jude: Lessons on Inclusion, Humility, and Struggle

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by Scott Morgan

This excerpt is reproduced here with permission from Scott Morgan, member of the second cohort of ACE Teaching Fellows and founder of Education Pioneers

St. Jude Educational Institute Scott Morgan

I think often of my time at the storied St. Jude, an incredibly special place that helped change our nation’s trajectory in profound and positive ways. It’s perhaps best known in U.S. history as the campus that hosted 2,000 courageous individuals during the Selma-to-Montgomery March the night before they marched to the Capitol. The next day, they’d hear Dr. Martin Luther King deliver an inspiring address and remind the world that “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

February is Black History Month, the only dedicated time we have as a nation to honor and celebrate the significant accomplishments and contributions of African American and black Americans. We do ourselves and our students a sizable disservice when black history isn’t included in our history learnings and lessons throughout the year, or when we fail to recognize that black history is inextricably intertwined with our nation’s history.

More than two decades after I started teaching at St. Jude, I am incredibly grateful for the privilege of having worked in a place so steeped in history. I’m also reminded of three lessons from my experience there that remain as important as ever for me:

The Coleman Report at 50: Catholic Schools’ Unique Advantage

Monday, February 22, 2016 by Anna Egalite, ACE 14

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In an essay published by Education Next this week, I reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Coleman report by asking if social policy can effectively counter the influence of family disadvantage in order to achieve a more egalitarian society. In a nutshell, I wrestle with the question of whether or not it’s possible to develop programs, laws, and systems that can help disadvantaged children overcome the challenges associated with growing up in poverty. It’s a challenging proposition, for sure, but not one that’s impossible to accomplish. Based on my read of the research, school choice is a promising policy worth growing. A major reason is that Catholic schools in particular are uniquely positioned to play a compensating role in addressing the serious challenges faced by those who grow up poor.

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