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Back to Thee, O Notre Dame

Sunday, November 06, 2016 by Nick Padrnos - ACE 22, Biloxi

Nick Padrnos Alliance for Catholic Education Teacher

Current ACE Teaching Fellow Nick Padrnos (ACE 22, Biloxi) details his recent trek back to campus for the Notre Dame-Stanford football game. 

Love, Respect, and Goofiness

Thursday, November 03, 2016 by Maria Rodriguez - ACE 20, Chicago

Love Respect Goofiness Maria Rodriguez ACE Teaching Fellows

For me, the feelings I get from teaching are probably closely related to that same feeling that a preschooler gets when they get to school and see that they are going to get to play with a tub full of dried pasta noodles: excitement and exhilaration. Although I am often faced with struggles and challenges, ACE has showed me how the amount of purpose and growth outweighs all else. As a result, this new extraordinary adventure of teaching has helped me recognize my inner calling, my gift to share, and my fundamental philosophy which will guide my life forever: teach with love, teach with respect, and teach with goofiness.

Tips for Tapping into Title Funds

Thursday, November 03, 2016 by Lindsay Will, M.Ed.

Many thanks to the Program for Inclusive Education's colleagues and their special contributions to this piece.

Tapping Into Title Funds

Can you feel the energy and positivity?

It’s the excitement surrounding the future conversations between Catholic schools and their Local Education Agencies (LEA—the acronym used consistently to refer to local school districts) regarding allocations of Title funds. Given the changes under the new provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Catholic schools can improve equitable services for students. These changes have the opportunity to provide a lot of hope for our students!

Choosing Joy: A Mathematical Exception for an ACE Teacher

Monday, October 31, 2016 by Madeleine Coutre - ACE 22, Memphis

ACE Teaching Fellows Choose Joy

The first thing that my students notice when they walk into the classroom is the large sign that shouts, “CHOOSE JOY” above the front whiteboard. Just like last year, I enjoyed waiting the first couple days it took for a student to finally ask (usually without raising their hand, and in the middle of a very important lesson), “Miss Coutre, why does it say “CHOOSE JOY” in the front of the classroom?”

The Most Powerful Question

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Peter Prindiville - ACE 21, Biloxi

Peter Prindiville ACE 21 Biloxi The Most Powerful Question

I can do hard things.

A Letter to My Favorite Student

Monday, October 24, 2016 by Anthony Barrett - ACE 22, Denver

Dear Student,

You have no idea how much I appreciate you and how much I love you. You can’t grasp it, because you don’t see what goes on between 3 p.m. and 8 a.m. 

How ACE Helped Me Discover What ‘Tough’ Really Means

Friday, October 21, 2016 by Amanda Hamilton - ACE 21, Tampa

Amanda Hamilton ACE Teaching Fellows

I’m the type of person who always has a plan—a plan for next weekend, a plan for water evacuation if we accidentally drive off a bridge, or five different escapes routes from any given room. This quirk of mine was often amusing for my housemates in ACE. We laughed a lot, but what can I say? I grew up in the suburbs of DC with an older brother. Being tough and resilient have always been important values where the metro traffic meets the cornfields, and tough was often synonymous with prepared.

Mudslides, Waterfalls, and Snake Proof Boots: Checking In with ChACE 16

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by Rachel Rothans, ChACE 16

Hola desde Santiago,

Our group has just finished our first full week here in beautiful Santiago! Since our last post, we have had the blessing of traveling to many places in Ecuador. 

Remembering the Magic

Monday, October 17, 2016 by Matt Baron - ACE 23, Indianapolis

Matt Baron ACE Teaching Fellows Blog Harry Potter

During the first stress-laden three weeks of school, the ACE Indianapolis community made its way through all eight Harry Potter movies. I loved Harry Potter when I was in elementary school but I hadn’t seen any of the movies or read any of the books in a decade. While the movies were really for background noise as we planned and came to know each other, the glimpses of brightly colored spells and the familiar movements of the soundtrack brought back the dormant feelings of enchantment and adventure buried in the childhood section of my brain. 

A Love Letter to the Butterflies

Monday, October 10, 2016 by Abbey Dankoff - ACE 23, Richmond

LoveLetterToButterflies (1)

So, here we are. My calendar tells me we’re six weeks in, though I think twenty seems closer to capturing the reality of how full this time has been. I’m sitting before a Richmond sunset (#RichLove #RVACE #VirginiaIsForACErs), sipping rooibos tea out of my favorite purple mug as I write these words—a beautiful evening, no doubt. Today was, as always, a whirlwind; as always, a crash course in adulting; as always, a miracle. This morning, like all others before it, began the same way: a skilled execution of the classic “three snooze n’ roll,” fumbling for glasses from table to ground to face, the quickest bedside reading (one page a morning, try it), and, like clockwork, one singular thought has moved into my mind.

The ACE Morning Offering

Friday, October 07, 2016 by Kevin Fitszimmons, ACE 22 - Mobile

The ACE Morning Offering

Every member of ACE Teaching Fellows gets a card just like the one above. There’s one on my bedside table and an extra in my wallet—just to be safe. Wherever I am, I have the ACE Morning Offering with me.

There's No Place Like Home

Thursday, October 06, 2016 by Ian Corbett, ACE 21 Sacramento - Current NDAA Teacher

ACE Teaching Fellows Alumni Blog Ian Corbett

“Níl aoin tinteán mar do thinteán féin”

This is an old Irish proverb meaning “there is no place like home.” On a recent brisk, magnificent fall morning in Indianapolis, I attended an Irish Mass. It was the closing ceremony of the annual “Indy Irish Fest” held at a local park. 

St. André Bessette and the Call to Inclusion

Tuesday, October 04, 2016 by Lindsay Will, M.Ed.

Saint Andre Bessette and the Call to Inclusion

As educators, we must be committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure that every child succeeds. While this certainly means that we will provide extra time and supports to help our students learn, we are only attending to half of the job entrusted to us as Catholic school educators if we simply focus on meeting the academic needs of the children entrusted to our care. We must also seek to cultivate a sense of awe and wonder in the Creator among the children we serve.

Early Mornings, Late Nights, and Desk Naps: Life at Saint Catherine’s

Monday, October 03, 2016 by April Adalim (ACE 21, Tulsa)

21 tulsa adalim“Why?”

This is the question I heard when I told people that I was staying in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Why Oklahoma?” Good question. If I’d moved back home to mostly sunny Sacramento, California, I would’ve been taken care of. Here? I think 50 degrees is freezing. Most of my Oklahoma friends (my “Oklahomies”) are either religious sisters or married women. I eat crackers and cheese for lunch four days in a row because I just paid a mortgage, but I can’t be at home because I’m coaching, directing, grading, or planning. So why’d I stay a third year at Saint Catherine School

Doing Little Things with Great Love

Monday, September 26, 2016 by Monica Kowalski, Ph.D.

Monica Kowalski Little Things Great Love Remick Leadership Program

Monica Kowalski, Ph.D., serves as a faculty member in the ACE Teaching Fellows and Mary Ann Remick Leadership programs. She writes about how we must focus on doing small things with love to better equip ourselves to face the larger challenges in our lives.

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