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Computer Science and Catholic Schools

on Monday, 19 November 2018.

By: Melissa Pavloff

Arielle Gannon - Computer Science and Catholic Schools

Arielle Gannon began her teaching experience at Juan Diego Academy in Mission, Texas, where she spent two years as a member of ACE 22 teaching AP physics, AP calculus AB, and robotics. Recognizing the importance of the technology sector in the U.S. and global economies and the shortage of computer science professionals, Arielle dedicated herself to developing a computer science curriculum on a wider scale. She notes the important role of computer science programs in educating future leaders of industry and commerce.

After her time as an ACE Teacher, Arielle completed Notre Dame’s ESTEEM program, where she learned how to structure and set up her own company. She recently established teacherCODE, a company that uses the theory and practicality behind coding to equip teachers in other disciplines to teach computer science in grades K-12.

Watch this video to learn more about Arielle’s commitment to elevating technological education in Catholic classrooms!

Chicago ACE Advocates Gather for Mass and Dinner, Support Teaching Fellows

on Monday, 29 October 2018.

By: Melissa Pavloff

Chicago ACE Advocates

The Chicago ACE Advocates recently gathered in fellowship and solidarity with a Mass and dinner celebration at St. Sylvester Church and School. St. Sylvester Principal Allyn Doyle hosted, and Rev. Lou DelFra, C.S.C., presided over Mass.

Music to My Ears

on Wednesday, 10 October 2018.

By. Elizabeth Charles - ACE 23, LA South Central

Elizabeth Charles Music to My Ears

Driving home from school after our first choir practice of the year, I called my mom to tell her how wonderfully it had gone, thrilled that our first practice had been a success. I bragged that I now had 40 students in choir, that they’d already sounded great on the first day, and that I was already looking at choir t-shirt designs when my mom interrupted.

“You know,” she said, almost laughing, “high school you would really be shocked to hear this right now. Appalled almost.”

ACE Summer 2018 in Photos

Seamus Ronan on Monday, 20 August 2018.

As the new school year begins, take a moment to look back at some of the many highlights from ACE Summer 2018.

  • First-year ACE Teaching Fellows spend part of their summer student teaching in local schools. An ACE tradition is for the second-year teachers to send them off from South Dining Hall on the first morning of their student teaching. The second-years decorate, dress up, and cheer on the (often nervous) first-years. The group photo is of all the second-years.
  • First-year ACE Teaching Fellows spend part of their summer student teaching in local schools. An ACE tradition is for the second-year teachers to send them off from South Dining Hall on the first morning of their student teaching. The second-years decorate, dress up, and cheer on the (often nervous) first-years. The group photo is of all the second-years.
  • First-year ACE Teaching Fellows spend part of their summer student teaching in local schools. An ACE tradition is for the second-year teachers to send them off from South Dining Hall on the first morning of their student teaching. The second-years decorate, dress up, and cheer on the (often nervous) first-years. The group photo is of all the second-years.
  • The ACE community gathers most nights for Mass in Dillon Hall’s chapel. This night, our celebrant was Bishop Joseph Tyson of the Diocese of Yakima. Bishop Tyson was in town to give the keynote address earlier in the day to the School Pastors’ Institute.
  • The leaders of our Notre Dame ACE Academies, our network of 11 schools in Florida, Indiana, and Arizona, gathered the week of June 25 to recharge for the year. The week featured planning, prayer, and reflection.
  • Mike Agrippina (ACE 25) will be teaching middle school language arts at San Juan del Rio Catholic School in Jacksonville this fall. Here, he’s working with a student at Navarre Middle School as part of his student teaching.
  • ACE Teaching Fellows take a break in the middle of ACE summer for a retreat at Ronora Lodge. The retreat includes large-group reflections and ACE’s famous paired walks.
  • ACE Teaching Fellows take a break in the middle of ACE summer for a retreat at Ronora Lodge. The retreat includes large-group reflections and ACE’s famous paired walks.
  • Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, founder and executive director of Los Angeles’ Homeboy Industries and 2017 Laetare Medal winner, spoke to ACE Teaching Fellows, members of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, and participants in our Adelante Conference on July 9.
  • Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, founder and executive director of Los Angeles’ Homeboy Industries and 2017 Laetare Medal winner, spoke to ACE Teaching Fellows, members of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, and participants in our Adelante Conference on July 9.
  • ACE commencement weekend begins with a Mass in the Grotto. Later in the weekend, members of ACE Teaching Fellows and the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program received their master’s degrees.
  • ACE commencement weekend begins with a Mass in the Grotto. Later in the weekend, members of ACE Teaching Fellows and the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program received their master’s degrees.
  • ACE commencement weekend begins with a Mass in the Grotto. Later in the weekend, members of ACE Teaching Fellows and the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program received their master’s degrees.
  • Each ACE community spends an evening doing a service project in South Bend. In this picture, the Pensacola community is working at the Center for the Homeless.
  • Second-year ACE teachers put on a teaching conference each summer – an afternoon-long series of workshops to help our teachers refine their craft. In this photo, (L-R) Sheila Doyle (ACE 24, Denver), Casey Gelchion (ACE 24, St. Petersburg), and Mary Driewer (ACE 24, Stockton) present All Aboard the LeaderSHIP: Steering Students Toward Success. Not pictured is John Kunst (ACE 24, Corpus Christi).
  • ACE takes photos of each community during the summer, but not all of them are serious. Here Mobile protects themselves from the rain.
  • ACE takes photos of each community during the summer, but not all of them are serious. Here Stockton shows their love for the Beatles.
  • ACE teachers also put on an annual talent show. Many talents are on display, including singing, dancing, and a hot-dog-eating contest. Here Owen Tuite (ACE 25, Denver) and Jesse Shank (ACE 25, Baton Rouge) battle to a tie by eating nine hot dogs in five minutes.
  • The STEM Trustey Fellows gather on campus each summer to bring innovative methods of teaching science, technology, engineering, and math back to their schools.
  • Drue Tranquill and Brandon Wimbush (shown here with Dr. Matt Kloser, the director of the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education) spoke to the STEM Trustey Fellows about the importance of leadership.
  • ACE has its own bookstore basketball tournament. Here John Cunningham (ACE 25, Mission, TX) goes up for a shot. The team of ACE 24 teachers beat the ACE 25 teachers.

Teachers Helping Teachers: Tim Hankins, ACE 22

on Thursday, 19 April 2018.

Tim Hankins Teachers Helping Teachers

In this fifth installment of Teachers Helping Teachers, Tim Hankins (ACE 22, Memphis) discusses how he uses art in his social studies and religion classes at Memphis Catholic Middle & High School to practice different modes of analysis for students. He uses this type of work during bellwork, as an introduction to a topic, and as a performance assessment at the end of a unit.