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Martine Romero and St. Madeleine Sophie School: Creating Ways to Include Students

on Wednesday, 22 February 2017.

Martine and St. Madeleine Sophie welcome anyone who would like to call or visit to learn more about their open philosophy and how they effectively include all students. Please visit the school website at or call 425-747-6770.

Martine Romero St. Madeleine Sophie School

Martine Romero knows that St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic School is a special place. Though the parish has been in Bellevue, Washington for almost fifty years, the school itself is only eleven years old. When the school was founded, Fr. James Picton, the pastor of St. Madeleine Sophie wanted to create a school that was open to economic, ethnic, and academic diversity. Today, the teachers at St. Madeleine Sophie don’t see the school as a special education or inclusive school; instead, they use what they call an open philosophy. They welcome students of every kind−gifted students, students with specific learning needs, students who have profound needs and students with physical needs. Of St. Madeleine Sophie’s 205 students, seventy have a learning support plan, whether for a gifted or specific learning need. The school has fifty-six ELL students, as well as students with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, and students who are already working at a high school level. Martine and St. Madeleine Sophie work to create a warm and caring community that provides the best education for every single child and family.

Katie Schenkel: Supporting Students to be Instruments of Change

on Wednesday, 08 February 2017.

Katie Schenkel Science Education Michigan State University Alliance for Catholic Education

Katie Schenkel, in her second year of teaching as an ACE Teaching Fellow at Our Lady of Prompt Succor in New Orleans, had her seventh grade class bring in objects, news articles, or stories about science happening in their lives. Katie had no idea how important this activity would be for one of her students, who had never previously displayed much interest in science class. This student brought in a picture of herself sitting next to her pet tortoise.

“Is it Jesus now, Miss?”: Katie Biddle and the Excitement of Transubstantiation

on Wednesday, 01 February 2017.


Katie (Burke) Biddle joined ACE for some of the same reasons that everyone does: she wanted to volunteer, and she wanted to teach. While her faith and working in a Catholic school was important, Katie felt especially passionate about elementary education. After she was placed in the second grade at Holy Redeemer in Washington DC, however, preparing second-graders for their First Communion changed her life’s path.

Phil Autrey: ACE's Marathon Man

on Wednesday, 25 January 2017.

Phil Autrey Alliance for Catholic Education Marathon Man

“Running has taken me on adventures great and small, at home and around the world. It has provided me with hope and perseverance on days when I had none—and even, once every great while, warmed me with that fleeting ray of sunshine known as glory.” —Martin Dugard

ACE Partners with the American Indian Catholic Schools Network

Theo Helm on Thursday, 19 January 2017.

American Indian Catholic Schools Network ACE PartnershipPhoto courtesy of Creighton University and the American Indian Catholic Schools Network

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) has embarked upon a new partnership with the American Indian Catholic Schools Network (AICSN).

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