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A Look Back at the CSA Summer Institutes

on Tuesday, 22 August 2017.


Each summer, as much of student life winds down here on the University of Notre Dame’s campus, it is just gearing up at the Alliance for Catholic Education. The “ACE Summer” is a reliably busy time for ongoing programs and new initiatives alike, and the Catholic School Advantage Campaign (CSA) is no exception.

Through its two most widespread and increasingly well-known initiatives—the Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI) and the School Pastors’ Institute (SPI)—the CSA welcomed hundreds of new mission partners to engage in four weeks of conferences that focused on best practices to sustain and strengthen the vibrancy of Catholic schools for the children who need them most.


ENL Online Professional Development Modules

on Tuesday, 22 August 2017.


As we begin another school year, the Alliance for Catholic Education’s English as a New Language Program (ENL) is offering a new resource designed to help Catholic school leaders better serve their culturally and linguistically diverse students.

The ENL Online Professional Development Modules blend research, videos, and instructional strategies that spotlight how to support the unique needs of this growing population of learners. This is an excellent learning opportunity for your whole school community. Each of the six online modules is interactive, self-paced, and designed to reflect two hours of professional development.

Topics addressed in the modules include:

  • Module 1: What Research Has Taught Us about ELLs
  • Module 2: Understanding Language Acquisition and Creating Linguistically-Rich Classrooms
  • Module 3: Instructional Strategies and Technology
  • Module 4: Vocabulary Development
  • Module 5: Leveraging Culture as an Asset
  • Module 6: Literacy Development

The modules, which are delivered through the Sakai learning platform, are available from August 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018.

The total cost for participation in the six-module unit is $300 per teacher. Title II and III funds may be used to fund participation.

The deadline for registering for modules is October 31st.



Our Legacy and Our Future: ENL Team Partners with NCEA to Publish New Resource

on Monday, 21 August 2017.

NCEABrief ENL CoverPhotoThe Alliance for Catholic Education’s English as a New Language Program (ENL) recently published a new handbook as part of the NCEA’s (National Catholic Educational Association) Exceptional Learners Series. “Our Legacy and Our Future: A Framework for Serving English Learners in Catholic Schools” addresses the urgent moral imperative faced by Catholic schools today to provide teachers with the necessary tools and expertise to effectively serve English language learners (ELLs).

The need for teachers formed in ENL best practices in Catholic schools is indeed urgent. While the number of ELLs is sharply rising, the number of teachers and leaders formed and prepared to teach and care for them lags. Researchers in language acquisition, deJong and Harper (2013), report that less than twenty-five percent of teachers have ENL formation, and underscore that forming teachers prepared to address the unique challenges of language learners is key to their academic success.

This handbook and school implementation guide is designed to at least start the conversation about how Catholic schools can welcome and serve a more culturally and linguistically diverse student population while also recognizing the unique opportunity that ELLs and their families have to enrich our Catholic schools. These NCEA Briefs are short enough that they can be read in one sitting and is small enough to keep within reach for reference to ideas easily put into practice in the classroom. Order your copy at the NCEA online store.

The Relentless Mercy of God - A New Book from Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C.

on Monday, 08 May 2017.

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Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C., Director of University-School Partnerships and of the Catholic School Advantage Campaign, recently wrote a book, The Relentless Mercy of God. Father Joe writes about his experience serving the Church as a Missionary of Mercy. 

From the editor and publisher: 

RelentlessMercyOfGod BookCover“This is a book that can change one’s life.  It is a book about God’s mercy—the kind of mercy that reaches out to each of us, no matter where we are on our path of life.

We are all sinners, but the relentless mercy of God reaches out to us and offers us not rejection, but embrace, not abandonment, but welcome—or welcome back.

On these pages, Father Corpora, a commissioned Missionary of Mercy, shares the reality of God’s relentless mercy. His insights awaken us to the love God has for each of us and the mercy that brings His love into our daily lives.  Father Corpora is a wonderful guide—take the journey with him.”


The book is available from, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, or directly from the author/publisher. 

To purchase a signed copy of the book, please send a check for $18.94 (cost of book and shipping and handling) made payable to Corby Books to:

Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C.
124 Corby Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

A Vibrant Celebration Leads to an Important Revelation

Written by Manny Fernandez on Monday, 08 May 2017.

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John Staud, Executive Director for the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame, likes to tell a story about the moment he knew that a great number of Latinos could be found anywhere in the Unites States, and that they would be the future of the Catholic Church. About a decade ago, he was at a rest stop in Lima, Ohio. Lima is a small, old German farming town in the middle of rural Ohio. At this rest stop, to John’s astonishment, were signs in both English and Spanish. It was his “aha” moment, and ACE would never be the same.

Fast forward to the present, and the Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI) is now in its sixth year. Having served almost 200 schools from 41 states, the LEI has proven there is a need to focus on Latino enrollment in Catholic schools not only in states like California, Texas, and Florida, but throughout the entire nation.

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