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Finding God in the Song

Monday, July 03, 2017 by By. Darby Evans, ACE Communications

Emma Fleming Finding God in the Song Darby Evans

When Emma Fleming was discerning her next steps as a senior at the University of Notre Dame, she listened for God’s direction. She found her answer in song—a Notre Dame Folk Choir song, to be exact.

ACE Summer's Spikeball Subculture

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by Darby Evans, ACE Communications

ACE Summer Spikeball

Four people stand in ready position on South Quad. Their knees are slightly bent, their eyes trained on the yellow ball as it bounces neatly off the circular net in the grass. It’s twilight on Notre Dame’s campus—fireflies have already started to congregate on the lawn—but for these four players, the rest of the world has melted away. For 20 minutes, they are not graduate students or instructors or administrators. All that matters is the net, the ball, and the next move. All that matters is Spikeball.

Year 1 of Blended Learning in the Books at Holy Angels

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Year 1 of Blended Learning in the Books at Holy Angels

Remember those feelings of nervous excitement I mentioned in our Mid-Year Check-In for Holy Angels? They returned–and stronger than ever–in May.

“Long Days, Short Weeks”: A Reflection on ACE Summer

Friday, June 09, 2017 by Darby Evans - ACE 22, Fort Worth

Darby Evans ACE Summer

I stepped out of Dillon Chapel, carefully cradling the paper lantern I held in my arms. I felt the the heavy, humid South Bend summer air descend, and my eyes adjusted to the darkness that had settled on South Quad during Mass. In the warm, electric glow of Praise and Worship, I had forgotten just how late it was–11:30 p.m., to be exact. It was the last night of the summer that the small group, spearheaded by songbirds David Chang and Rocielle Perez, had stayed after daily Mass to sing and pray. For our final meeting, we were writing our prayer requests on luminaries and, together, floating them into the sky at McGlinn Field.

Using Data to Empower Students

Monday, June 05, 2017

Rachel Edelman Using Data to Empower Students

Almost every day, I explain blended learning and how it can be implemented to different teachers, leaders, and administrators. For some, it is extremely difficult to understand this innovative way of teaching and learning, and it takes a high level of support from me and others to make sure they fully understand the concept and integrate it into their classrooms. For others, blended learning is a total “no-brainer” that immediately makes sense and quickly becomes second nature to them. Rachel Edelman is, without a doubt, part of the latter group.

Unveiling Our Community

Sunday, June 04, 2017 by Thomas Karam, ACE 24 - Philadelphia

Thomas Karam, ACE 24 Philadelphia

One of the most exciting parts of joining ACE is the opportunity to live in community and to grow alongside fellow teachers and friends. I assumed, though, that I would have to wait until summer for these moments of community to emerge. However, the April retreat provided exactly the type of community I hoped I would encounter in ACE—several months sooner than expected.

Go Praise the Lord! (a.k.a How to End a School Year)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by Mary Grace Mangano - ACE 22, Chicago

How to End a School Year

One of my seventh-grade boys penned a unique Easter reflection after I asked my class to think about what they would ask or say to Jesus. We had just prayed the Stations of the Cross during Holy Week.

3 Resources (and an Invitation!) to Foster Professional Growth this Summer

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by The PIE Team

NCEA Exceptional Learners Conference Program for Inclusive Education

“With eyes of faith consider the greatness of your mission and the wonderful amount of good which you can accomplish.”
- Bl. Basil Moreau, Christian Education

A Whole Lot of Love: A Return to Robstown

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Molly Shawhan - ACE 21, Corpus Christi

Molly Shawhan - Alliance for Catholic Education Blog

If you had told me after my first year of ACE that I would return to my ACE placement city of Corpus Christi after I had completed my teaching, I wouldn’t have believed you.

5 Questions to Ask About Blended Learning Resources

Monday, May 22, 2017

5 Blended Learning Resource Alliance for Catholic Education

If you spend any time in a classroom, you know that new education software seems to be emerging almost every day. The EdSurge Product Index – a comprehensive index of almost all education-related software programs – includes over 500 K–12 curriculum products and more than 1,500 other software programs designed to meet the needs of teachers, schools, and higher-ed institutions. I am thrilled by the number of programs that have been created in recent years. New products drive competition in the marketplace, and this competition ultimately leads the whole industry closer to achieving its common goal: to meet the needs of all students and teachers.

Love: The Most Potent Instrument We Possess

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Love Alliance for Catholic Education Blog

As the school years comes to a close, I’ve noticed the dramatic increase in frequency of videos and memes on the internet about the plight and fatigue of teachers: “Summer vacation is our reward for surviving May” – “It’s May, teach yourself” – “Stay strong, it’s almost over!” As a teacher, I regrettably remember reading these and feeling justified in the mutual understanding we all had across the building, including among students, that we are all just ready for this to be over.

A Day in the Life of Holy Angels Students: Jaidyn and Jordyn

Monday, May 08, 2017

Higher-Powered Learning Blog Notre Dame ACE Academies

I receive quite a few questions about scheduling, particularly how we make time for 90-minute “blended” blocks and what a typical school day looks like. I hope this snapshot of a day in the life of two of our second-graders at Holy Angels provides some insight!

Experiencing the Happiness of an Inclusive Classroom

Thursday, May 04, 2017 by Maggie Byrne

 Maggie Byrne

With Catholic schools around the country looking for the tools to create the culture, foundation, and resources to educate all students inclusively while celebrating every student’s diverse and exceptional characteristics, Notre Dame’s Program for Inclusive Education (PIE) prepares to welcome its first cohort this summer. In this month’s blog post, Maggie Byrne, a parent of a child with Down syndrome and friend of PIE, shares her son Thomas’s journey through Catholic schools that utilized inclusive practices. Many thanks to Maggie for her contributions and willingness to share how Thomas has been welcomed, served, and celebrated in Catholic schools.

All Children Can, and Will, Learn

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 by Mary Frances "Frankie" Jones

All Students Will Learn Remick Leadership Program

When we say we believe all children can and will learn, we embed an imperative to do whatever it takes as adults to help all of our students excel. As lead learners in our schools, we have a moral responsibility to ensure that all students receive rigorous, high-quality instruction every lesson, every day. But for students stuck on the wrong side of the persistent achievement gap, we must tackle not only cumulative deficits in knowledge and skill, but also the doubts students have about their abilities, hardened by years of educational neglect.

"Have you seen that fourth-grade classroom? The teacher is amazing!"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rose Oldenburg Blended Learning

This is the third post in our series highlighting teachers in blended-learning classrooms, and our first post about a teacher outside of a Notre Dame ACE Academy. Today’s post features Rose Oldenburg, an outstanding teacher at a Seton Education Partners blended-learning school, Nativity Jesuit in Milwaukee. Read on to learn about how Rose faced her technology fears, focused on classroom management, and got creative to make the school’s blended-learning program a success in her own classroom.


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