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Four ACE Teachers Present at NCTE Conference

on Thursday, 16 January 2020.

NCTE Conference Baltimore ACE Teaching Fellows

Four ACE Teaching Fellows joined 10,000 English education teachers, scholars, and researchers in Baltimore recently for the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Wilson Barrett, Emma Doerfler, Tracey Schirra, and Matt Sheber Howard joined ACE professors Mike Macaluso and Kati Macaluso to present at NCTE’s flagship conference.

Best Stories of 2019

on Sunday, 29 December 2019.

ACE Best of 2019

As we enter into a new year, we also look back on the past year and our most popular news stories and blog posts. 

Joseph Connor: Fighting Educational Inequality by Giving Back

Tim Will on Monday, 16 December 2019.

Reform Leaders' Summit - Joe Connor

Joseph Connor has worn many hats in the fight for education reform. He has alternately worked as a teacher, a research analyst, in-house legal counsel, and as a pro bono attorney. Most recently, Joseph has continued his school choice work by becoming a member of the 11th cohort of the Alliance for Catholic Education’s Reform Leaders’ Summit.

Celebrando la Virgen de Guadalupe

Written by Katy Lichon, Ph.D., Clare Roach, M.Ed., Jennifer Dees, M.Ed. on Thursday, 05 December 2019.

The English as a New Language team provides recommendations and a number of resources, including a printable worship program, for you to celebrate the upcoming feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in your school.

St.AndrewSLC 5Students at St. Andrew School in Salt Lake City, UT, dress in indigenous clothing and present gifts to La Virgencita.

For your students and families of Mexican origin, Our Lady of Guadalupe or La Guadalupana represents a powerful and deep devotion to the loving and caring mother of God. By celebrating the feast day of the Blessed Lady, the patroness of the Americas, on December 12th, your school can draw attention to the universality of the Church and the beauty of Marian devotions. More importantly, it offers your learning community the grace of participating in and honoring a magnificently rich tradition celebrated for centuries by the Mexican people.

As described by Fr. Virgilio Elizondo (2011), Our Lady of Guadalupe represents the “mother of new humanity” because she bridges for the Americas the Old World and the New. In 1531 when La Virgencita appeared to Juan Diego, the native peoples of Mexico had just been defeated by the Spanish armies and were in need of hope, rebirth, and spiritual healing. La Morenita (which translated means “brown skinned one”) appeared not to the powerful Spanish, but to the humble Juan Diego, an Aztec man, to ask that he approach the bishop and request that a church be built in her honor. The bishop was incredulous, but Mary appeared to Juan Diego again. This time when Juan Diego encountered the bishop, he had the brown skinned image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on his tilma (cloak) and his arms were full of roses, which were exceedingly rare in the region. Having won the bishop’s blessing, a shrine was built on the top of Mount Tepeyac, the hill where Mary appeared to Juan Diego. Today the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is the most visited Catholic shrine in the world and it continues to represent a place of protection, consolation, mestizaje (mixture of races), and unity.

Red Cloud Indian School: Engaging in Audacious Hope

on Friday, 22 November 2019.

"The way in which our story is told is often framed in this very negative way. That it’s poor, that it’s crippled by alcoholism and poverty and drugs...

That this place has no future.

The story that should be paid attention to is not that people are living here in destitution, and it’s not that people who are still living here have given up.

There’s an element that is impossible to ignore which is the powerful spirit of this place."

- Maka Akan Najin Black Elk
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Red Cloud Indian School


Learn more about the American Indian Catholic Schools Network at aicsn.org

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