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Mentor Spotlight: Getting to Know Mary Flock

on Wednesday, 19 August 2020.

MentorSpotlight NoreenDillonPHOTO: Challenge Roddie

Mentor principals have played a critical role in the success of the Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI) since the program’s inception in 2012. The experience, accountability, and personal attention that these leaders provide has been a defining characteristic of the LEI, helping Catholic school principals—and their teams— institute lasting changes. 

After schools attend the LEI summer conference, mentor principals maintain regular contact with the 4-6 school leaders in their group through monthly video conference calls. These conversations, which focus on various themes related to Latino outreach, recruitment, and enrollment, are an opportunity for school leaders to learn from one another and receive real-time consultation and feedback from their mentor on some of the things that they’re doing in their school. 

The commitment of our LEI mentors, most of whom are still active Catholic school principals themselves, is truly the engine that drives the LEI.  

In 2012, Mary Flock joined the very first LEI cohort, having just been given the seemingly impossible task of saving St. Gertrude the Great School (Bell Gardens, CA) from almost certain closure as the new principal. Not only did Mary prevent St. Gertrude from closing, but the school thrived under her leadership. Today, she serves as the principal of St. Polycarp School in Stanton, California, and is one of the longest-serving mentors in the LEI. 

 

ACE, NCEA Partner to Create Unique Opportunity for Latino Leaders

on Wednesday, 29 July 2020.

LEAD - Latino Educators and Administrator Development Program

Catholic schools in America have an impressive history of serving immigrant and marginalized communities in a Gospel-centered environment that honors the inherent God-given dignity, gifts, and culture of each child. Linguistically and culturally diverse students deserve to benefit fully from this legacy of Catholic education, which is uniquely positioned to serve their needs.

Working Toward a More Just Society

on Wednesday, 03 June 2020.

Working Toward a More Just Society

As people who believe that we are all made in the image and likeness of God, we affirm the inherent dignity of all human life, and we stand—as disciples of Christ—against any form of bias, discrimination, hatred, and violence. The discriminatory and violent killings of George Floyd and so many others serve as a grim reminder of the racism that has plagued our nation for centuries. This reminder functions simultaneously as a sobering reality check with respect to the depth and breadth of the challenges confronting educational institutions. And this reminder is especially important for Catholic schools and educators, given our charge to teach as Jesus did and to form students who will use their gifts to serve others and work toward a more just society.

Creatively Connecting During COVID-19

Written by Jocelyn Smith, Ed.S., Katy Walter Lichon, Ph.D. on Monday, 01 June 2020.

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We all know the importance of maintaining connections and relationships during this time of social distancing, eLearning, and virtual community building.

Cohort 4 participant and current LEI Mentor, Jocelyn Smith, Lower School Principal at St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School in Columbus, GA, has been working diligently to build community digitally with parents, her school community, faculty, and students, all as she continues to remind her community, “It's a Great Day to Be A Viking!” - even at a distance!

Check out the school’s creative ideas below.

Mentor Spotlight: Getting to Know Noreen Dillon

on Thursday, 28 May 2020.

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Mentor principals have played a critical role in the success of the Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI) since the program’s inception in 2012. The experience, accountability, and personal attention that these leaders provide has been a defining characteristic of the LEI, helping Catholic school principals—and their teams— institute lasting changes. 

After schools attend the LEI summer conference, mentor principals maintain regular contact with the 4-6 school leaders in their group through monthly video conference calls. These conversations, which focus on various themes related to Latino outreach, recruitment, and enrollment, are an opportunity for school leaders to learn from one another and receive real-time consultation and feedback from their mentor on some of the things that they’re doing in their school. 

The commitment of our LEI mentors, most of whom are still active Catholic school principals themselves, is truly the engine that drives the LEI.  

This month, we highlight Noreen Dillon, who has served as the principal of St. Mark Catholic School in Peoria, Illinois, since 2013. Noreen was a member of LEI Cohort 3 (2014-15), and after several years of consistent enrollment growth, joined our team of mentors.

 

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