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Notre Dame senior awarded 2021 Frabutt Prize for Outstanding Education Research in the Community

Kenna Arana on Friday, 21 May 2021.

Julian Bonds 2021 Frabutt Prize

Notre Dame senior Julian Bonds has won the 2021 Frabutt Prize for Outstanding Education Research in the Community for his work analyzing how race is represented in popular high school English texts – research that he’ll use firsthand next year as an ACE teacher in Atlanta.

ACE 28 Teacher Diego Reynoso Seeks to Empower Marginalized Communities

on Thursday, 20 May 2021.

By: Sophia Lauber

Originally published by Sophia Lauber at al.nd.edu on May 19, 2021.

Diego Reynoso - ACE Teaching Fellows


After growing up in a neighborhood where many of his friends didn’t make it to college, senior Diego Reynoso knows firsthand the challenges facing students in low-income communities.

Two ACE Teachers Awarded 2021-22 Fulbright Scholarships

on Thursday, 20 May 2021.

Fulbright Scholarships ACE Teaching Fellows

Two graduating Teaching Fellows from the Alliance for Catholic Education have been awarded Fulbright grants. Colin de Guzman and Michael Kenney will be English teaching assistants abroad during the 2021-22 academic year.

Colin is a member of ACE 26 in Santa Ana and teaches middle school science at St. Anne School. He will be teaching in South Korea. 

"I am very excited to combine my long standing interest in Korean culture and society with my passion for education in an absolutely unfamiliar setting," Colin said. "I want to become more adept in helping students of different backgrounds to feel confident in learning a new language and to be able to use this newfound confidence to take risks in everything that they do, so that I can be an educator that not only teaches the mind, but also the heart."

Michael is a member of ACE 26 in the Twin Cities) and teaches middle school language arts at St. Jerome School. He will be teaching in the Czech Republic. 

"I look forward to drawing from my ACE experience next year as I'll teach English, foster cultural exchange, and contribute to communities through the Fulbright grant," Michael said. "I am particularly excited to learn from my new colleagues and to immerse myself in the unique beauty, culture, and adventure that the Czech Republic holds!"

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program, offering grants to undergraduate and graduate students and alumni to research, study or teach abroad.

“I’d like to congratulate all of the Notre Dame students and alumni who were recognized by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program this year,” said Jeffrey Thibert, the Paul and Maureen Stefanick Director of CUSE. “It was an especially competitive year, given that the program saw a record number of applicants for a limited number of openings, since many grants were automatically taken up by deferrals from last year’s competition. The fact that the University’s results this year are still roughly consistent with last year’s, despite the increased competition, is a testament to the strengths of both our CUSE and Graduate School advisers and our applicants. We’d like to thank all of the faculty, administrators and staff who worked with applicants directly and contributed to the excellent global education that Notre Dame provides.”

Problem-Solving with Passion

Kenna Arana on Wednesday, 24 February 2021.

Brynn Johnson - Problem-Solving with Passion

The past year has left many feeling drained, but teachers like Brynn Johnson, a fifth- and sixth-grade science teacher at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, persist in teaching with passion and a readiness to problem-solve.

“I applaud all teachers everywhere because there was this huge moment where all teachers had to come together and collectively figure out what we do now,” says Brynn, who taught in Birmingham as part of ACE 14. “It’s real-life problem-solving, and it’s happening on a day-to-day basis.”

Introducing Anchor Point and Grace Period, Spiritual Resources from ACE

on Wednesday, 17 February 2021.

Grace Period Anchor Point, Spiritual Resources from the Alliance for Catholic Education

As teachers and school leaders face these days of darkness, the Alliance for Catholic Education invites you to join us as we walk toward the light that our faith tells us lies ahead.

Each Monday, join us for Grace Period, a weekly series of audio reflections by Fr. Lou DelFra, CSC, designed to meet your busy schedule as teachers and educators and help you pause, listen for God’s voice in your life, and begin anew.

And each day, we invite you to pray Anchor Point, a daily prayer to proclaim God’s love to begin the day and proclaim God’s faithfulness as the day draws to a close.

We pray that each of you find grace in each day, and we thank you for all you do for Catholic schools.

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