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To My Younger, Less Sleep-Deprived Self

Monday, September 19, 2016 by Grace Carroll, ACE 22, Biloxi

Navigating life after college inevitably teaches you some hard-earned lessons. However, I think that serving as an ACE teacher brings with it a different type of wisdom. Thinking about ACE? Read the fine print one more time. You have no idea about the challenges and joys you are signing up for! 

Leading with Zeal in a Promising New School Year

Monday, September 19, 2016

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The Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program prepares transformational school leaders who make God known, loved, and served. As the school year begins, Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D., a faculty member in the program, reflects on the need for each of us to bring zeal to our work.

¡Saludos desde Ecuador! (Greetings from Ecuador!)

Monday, September 12, 2016 by Jack Casey, ACE 21, ChACE 16

Jack Casey ACE in Chile ChACE Spanish Immersion Culture

For the past 16 years, the Alliance for Catholic Education has missioned graduates of ACE and other UCCE programs to teach internationally in Santiago, Chile, as part of ACE in Chile (ChACE). Throughout the 18-month program, these master educators grow as teachers and leaders while immersing themselves in an international cultural experience. This includes leadership opportunities, meaningful professional development, and growth in Spanish language fluency. Following a four-month language and school immersion, "ChACErs" spend one academic year teaching English at Saint George's College in Santiago.

Over the next few weeks and months, we will be hearing from members of the most recent ChACE cohort through a series of blog posts. Below is the first installment from Jack Casey, which describes the group's Spanish language classes in Quito, Ecuador. 

Sharing Knowledge in Senegal: A Vocation of Education (Part 3)

Monday, July 25, 2016 by Michael Berino

Michael Berino Fulbright Education Scholar Senegal ACE 19 Biloxi

Michael Berino (ACE 19) has expanded his teaching and learning by spending the past nine months in Senegal. Thanks to a prestigious grant he received from The Fulbright Program, he has worked with the Office of English Teaching at Senegal's Ministry of Education, assisting in professional development for English teachers throughout the country as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) & Teacher Trainer. This blog post is the third and last in a series of reflections on the tie-ins between his Fulbright experiences and the three pillars of his formation as a member of ACE Teaching Fellows. Here, he discusses the pillar of spiritual growth.


When the Senegalese ask “How you are doing” in Wolof (the most widely spoken language in Senegal, even more than French), the standard response is, “Maangi fi,” which literally translates to, “I’m here.” It bodes well with Senegal, and shows the importance of simply being present.  

Sharing Knowledge in Senegal: A Vocation of Education (Part 2)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Michael Berino

Michael Berino Fulbright Senegal ACE 19 Teaching Fellows Biloxi

Michael Berino (ACE 19) has expanded his teaching and learning by spending the past nine months in Senegal. Thanks to a prestigious grant he received from The Fulbright Program, he has worked with the Office of English Teaching at Senegal's Ministry of Education, assisting in professional development for English teachers throughout the country as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) & Teacher Trainer. This blog post is the second in a series of reflections on the tie-ins between his Fulbright experiences and the three pillars of his formation as an ACE Teaching Fellow. Here, he discusses the pillar of building community.


Sharing Knowledge in Senegal: A Vocation of Education (Part 1)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by Michael Berino, ACE 19 - Biloxi

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Michael Berino (ACE 19) has expanded his teaching and learning by spending the past nine months in Senegal. Thanks to a prestigious grant he received from The Fulbright Program, he has worked with the Office of English Teaching at Senegal's Ministry of Education, assisting in professional development for English teachers throughout the country as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) & Teacher Trainer. This blog post is the first in a series of reflections on the tie-ins between his Fulbright experiences and the three pillars of his formation as an ACE Teaching Fellow. Here, he discusses the vocation of education and teaching as a whole.


Living Out ACE’s Pillars: A Letter to Second-Year Teachers

Monday, June 06, 2016 by Eric Uriegas, ACE 21 - Fort Worth

Eric Uriegas Living Out the Pillars for a Second-Year Teacher

Dear ACE 22,

Congratulations! You have successfully completed your first year of teaching and have made it to the second summer. As you get settled back on campus and focus on becoming a student once again, here are a few thoughts based on ACE’s three pillars that you should keep in mind over these next eight weeks.

Three Strategies for Every Educator's Summer "Vacation"

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 by Brian Collier, Ph.D.

Summer Tips for Educators Brian Collier

My friends often ask me what I will do now that it’s summer and I’m on “vacation” from teaching for several months. The truth is that summer never seems like much of a vacation, but rather a time to do different kinds of work for my students. This is hard to share with friends who work a 9-5 job. They often misunderstand the work of being a teacher since much of the work of being a teacher is hidden from the students’ (and parents’) eyes.

Ask, Seek, and Knock: A Summer To-Do List for New ACE Teachers

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Mary Pickens, Associate Program Director of ACE Teaching Fellows


To our newest ACE Teachers,

As you begin your first ACE summer, here are some tips from someone who’s been in your shoes to make the most of your time together on campus.

Leading with Zeal through Personnel Season

Friday, May 27, 2016 by Kole Knueppel

Lead with Zeal Personnel Season Boldness Kole Knueppel

“Zeal is the great desire to make God known, loved, and served, and thus to bring knowledge and salvation to others…[Leaders] who possess it fulfill the duties of their profession with enthusiasm, love, courage, and perseverance…To reach it, [leaders] must neglect nothing. Without it, everything falls apart.”

- Blessed Basil Moreau


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:

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

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“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.”

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