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From the Director: Celebrate Catholic Schools Week "Early and Often"

Written by Chuck Lamphier on Wednesday, 26 January 2011.

If you’re an ACE Advocate, you know very well what starts this Sunday:  Catholic Schools Week 2011.  This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: A+ for America,” speaks to a very basic belief of the ACE Advocates:  In addition to being good for the Church, Catholic schools are good for children, families, communities, and the nation.
Millions of children receive an education in Catholic schools.  Known for their high academic standards and impressive graduation rates, our Catholic elementary and secondary schools collaborate with parents to form children into the values-driven adults our country and our world badly need.  And let’s not forget that in providing this service to the country, Catholic schools save the government billions of dollars.

Speaker Boehner, ACE Representatives Together for School Choice Week

on Wednesday, 26 January 2011.

As we wrote last night, and just in time for National School Choice Week, Speaker of the House, John Boehner, sent a strong message about  his upcoming push for school choice by inviting a number of students and teachers—and Cardinal Donald Wuerl among others—to be present in the "Speaker's Box" at the State of the Union address.

Representatives from the Alliance for Catholic Education were present with the group. They included Jack Kelly, a first-year ACE teacher earning his master’s degree through ACE Teaching Fellows, and Mike Thomasian, a graduate of ACE’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program.

Catholic School Representatives Join Speaker Boehner for the State of the Union

Written by Meghann Robinson on Tuesday, 25 January 2011.

ACE teacher and Remick Leadership graduate among the lucky few

This evening, Catholic school graduate and advocate John Boehner will hear the State of the Union Address from the Speaker’s box for the first time.  In an inspiring show of support for the good work of Catholic schools and of school-choice initiatives such as the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), Speaker Boehner will be joined in his first Speaker’s box by Catholic school teachers, students, and parents.

Among these will be John P. Kelly, a first-year ACE teacher, and Michael Thomasian, a graduate of ACE’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program.  The group will be joined also by Donald Cardinal Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and school-choice advocate Virginia Walden Ford, head of D.C. Parents for School Choice.

An article published by National Review Online highlights Speaker Boehner's tireless support of school choice programs such as the OSP and emphasizes, "The presence of Wuerl, Ford, students, parents, and teachers will underscore the Speaker's commitment to not only these scholarships but a bipartisan effort to continue them in the 112th Congress."

The article includes biographies of Kelly, Thomasian, and their students and fellow educators.  Read to the bottom for a touching message to Congress, penned by eighth grader and Opportunity Scholarship recipient Lesly Alvarez, encouraging the continuation of the OSP.

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ACE Graduate Named NCEA Distinguished Teacher

Written by Meghann Robinson on Tuesday, 11 January 2011.

Jennifer Kowieski (ACE 4) one of twelve honored nationwide

In the "About the Teacher" section of her classroom webpage, Jennifer Kowieski says, "I should have realized that I wanted to be a teacher when, in third grade, I'd rush home from school to teach my little sister all I could about writing in cursive, multiplying numbers, and photosynthesis."

Maybe it wasn't in third grade that Kowieski realized she was being called to the classroom, but luckily for the students and families who have been blessed by her service, that realization did eventually come.  Now, others across the country are also realizing what a gift she is to the Catholic classroom.

Announcing Our New Website!

on Tuesday, 11 January 2011.

With gratitude to God we are delighted to unveil the new ACE Advocates website-- one more effort to unify the hearts and hands of Catholic school supporters across the nation!
We invite you now to confirm your membership in the ACE Advocates movement by joining our online community. Then explore the site and its features, such as a new job board, networking opportunities, a growing library of resources, discounts on ACE Advocates programs, and more. The site also offers ideas for supporting your local Catholic school, public policy-related news and action alerts, and invitations to symposia and other professional development events. 
Until the site's official launch during Catholic schools week, we are still refining and adding features and we'd love your feedback. Email us with your comments and suggestions.