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Support Catholic Schools by Supporting ACE

Written by Fr. Tim Scully, CSC on Tuesday, 04 January 2011.

Dear Friends,
Greetings from Notre Dame and the Alliance for Catholic Education!  As we celebrate Advent, I am mindful of how blessed we are for the mission that we share and for the support of so many whose generosity enables us to serve needy families and children.  Thanks to your generosity, last year’s annual appeal raised over $90,000, enabling ACE to pursue two timely and crucial initiatives—1) to support our implementation of the recommendations in To Nurture the Soul of a Nation, the report of the Notre Dame task force on the participation of Latino children and families, and 2) to advance our efforts to respond to the acute educational needs of the Congregation of Holy Cross in the wake of the earthquake that wreaked widespread devastation in Haiti.  Allow me a brief word on each of these important initiatives.

Current Events and Character in the Classroom

Written by Meghann Robinson on Tuesday, 04 January 2011.

When Whitney Ingram joined the pilot cohort of the ACE Teaching Fellows program, her goal was to enhance the moral education that she and her fellow teachers integrated into their regular classroom lessons.

The question of how to teach and promote positive character development while at the same time covering the necessary curriculum is one that has plagued many talented Catholic school teachers.  Ingram has found much success this year using a strategy she dubs "Character Clips," and the recent annual conference of the Georgia Independent Schools Association provided her with an outstanding opportunity to share her work with fellow educators.

Chicago Advocates Sponsor Local Family

Written by Ricky Austin on Tuesday, 04 January 2011.

Each December for the past several years, the Chicago ACE Advocates have come together to sponsor a family in need from St. Ann School, the ACE Magnificat school in Chicago. Through Frankie Beecroft (ACE 11), the Director of Development at St. Ann, the group identifies one family that has had a particularly difficult year. 

A Busy Month for Boston Advocates

Written by ACE Advocates on Tuesday, 04 January 2011.

Greetings from Boston and the Boston Advocates for Catholic Education (BACE)!
We have had a very blessed and fruitful November.  On Thursday, November 4, over fifteen BACE volunteers gathered at Trinity Catholic High School to help about 40% of the senior class with their college essays.  Many of the Trinity students are the first in their family to go to college, so the time that the volunteers spent with them, imparting wisdom and guidance about the college application process, was greatly appreciated.

Waiting for Superman?

Written by Chuck Lamphier on Tuesday, 04 January 2011.

That's You and Me!

The movie “Waiting for Superman” has taken the country by storm, igniting conversations in homes and work places about the state of education in the United States.  If you haven’t seen it  - and I hope you do – it chronicles the struggles of families who want a better opportunity for their children.  In some of the film’s most dramatic moments, we see moms, dads, and kids waiting for the luck of the draw as they sit through an excruciating game of “will my name be called?”
Advent is a good time to consider the idea of “waiting for Superman.”