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Celebrating Father Ron Nuzzi

on Thursday, 25 May 2017.

By: Lauren Kloser

Fr. Ronald Nuzzi

We look back at 15 years with Father Ron Nuzzi, who will retire and join Notre Dame’s emeritus faculty June 30. Father Nuzzi came to ACE in 2002 to lead the development and implementation of our Catholic school leadership program, which has grown into the nationally recognized Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program

Building the Blocks of Effective Education for All Students

on Wednesday, 17 May 2017.

By: Lauren Kloser

Tricia Baumer ACE 6 Advocates Spotlight

Tricia Baumer understands the need for a good foundation. She spent her time teaching the building blocks of good writing and reading skills to the freshmen in her English class as a member of the sixth cohort of ACE Teaching Fellows at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Even at the high school level, they started with the basics: the intricacies of the sentence, then the paragraph, and onward. For Tricia, it was imperative that her students accomplished each skill along the way. No one, even in the accelerated class, could move on until they had shown that they had mastered the foundational skills of writing. Students complained, of course, since not all of these important skills were especially fun or exciting, but Tricia knew the truth: some beginning rules are formulaic and almost mathematical in their nature, but good writing comes when students know how to use these rules effectively and when to break them to create the most impact on the reader. 

Casey Flynn: Seeing the Grace of God in All Sorts of Spaces

on Tuesday, 09 May 2017.

By: Lauren Kloser

Casey Flynn

Casey Flynn thought that maybe the classroom wasn’t for her. A member of the 17th cohort of ACE Teaching Fellows, Casey had moved from her ACE city of Savannah to Chicago and felt a bit lackluster after her third year of teaching. She considered getting involved with educational policy since she still wanted to stay in the education field, so she enrolled in Georgetown University’s public policy program. To clarify and solidify her decision, Casey decided to teach during the day and go to Georgetown at night, ensuring that she could see both the classroom and the academic world more clearly. 

Jim Rigg: Listening to the Holy Spirit

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017.

By: Lauren Kloser

Jim Rigg Superintendent Archdiocese of Chicago

As the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Jim Rigg has had plenty of experience listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit. Other people might look for the Holy Spirit in a miraculous turning point, but Jim knows better. Jim knows that when you calm the heart amid the chaos of normal life, you just might find the Holy Spirit is talking to you all the time.

ACE 24 April Retreat: "The Best is Yet To Come"

Mary Pickens on Thursday, 27 April 2017.

ACE 24 April Retreat

"Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."

This past Sunday’s Gospel reading shared the story of Thomas’ doubt in the wake of Jesus’ resurrection. Thomas, although a disciple of Jesus, was hesitant to believe because he had many doubts that it could be true. He had yet to lay eyes on the risen Christ, so in a very human way, he questioned his friends’ message. It’s possible that members of ACE 24 may have entered April Retreat with similar feelings of uncertainty. They have not yet stepped foot in their schools, met their community members, or experienced their new homes. Yet, they have put their faith in what is yet to come in ACE.

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