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Catholic School Champion: Sr. Gail Mayotte

on Thursday, 05 April 2012.

GailMayotteSister Gail Mayotte, SASV, PhD, has been an educator for twenty-six years in varying roles: teacher, principal, diocesan curriculum and testing director, and currently as professor of supervision and instruction for the Alliance for Catholic Education ACE Teaching Fellows program. "In this latter role," she tells us, "and in working for ACE, I have the opportunity to support individuals in their teacher formation as well as collaborate with others who are passionate about working towards sustaining and strengthening Catholic schools."

When asked about what incited her own passion for Catholic schools, Sr. Gail says, "As a student within Catholic schools, I experienced the strength of community, the opportunity to learn about and express the Catholic faith, and the importance of service to others. I received an excellent, well-rounded education. As an adult, I wanted to work in that same environment and contribute towards shaping those valuable experiences for others."

Today, in addition to her role as professor, she directs field supervision visits of ACE teachers. She also works alongside Dr. Tom Doyle for ACE Collaborative for Academic Excellence, an effort to strengthen the academic quality of Catholic schools.

All of which emphasizes what she values most about Catholic schools: "[They] provide a place where the Gospel message is shared and expressions of faith permeate all aspects of school life; an experience of Christian community that supports and challenges each member; and a commitment to the holistic development of each individual student."

Full List of ACE Team Members and Graduates Presenting at NCEA

on Thursday, 05 April 2012.

The following is a quick addendum to the news item "Sharing Insights at Upcoming NCEA Convention" posted earlier this week. Below you will find a complete list of presentations and topics offered by the ACE team at the NCEA Convention in Boston. We have also included presentations by graduates of ACE Teaching Fellows and the Remick Leadership Program. Our apologies in advance if we missed anyone who should be on this list.

If you're planning to attend the convention, remember to stop by Booth #1027 to say "hello" and reconnect with the ACE community.



Session 1119: Jim Frabutt, Anthony Holter and Fr. Ron Nuzzi - ACE Faculty - From the Principal’s Office: Leadership Challenges for Catholic Schools

Session 1137: Sean MacCready - RLP 7 - We’re Always at Your Side - Engaging Constituents With Mobile Phone Solutions

Session 1146: Fr. Ron Nuzzi (with Thomas Hunt) - Director, Remick Leadership Program - At the Heart of the Church: Selected Documents of Catholic Education

Session 1161: Thom Suhy - RLP 8 - Sustaining the Heart: Attracting Latino Families to Inner-City Catholic Schools


Session 2102: Br. William Dygert, csc - RLP Faculty - Casting a Wide Net: The Board Search

Session 2107: Erik Goldschmidt (with Mary E. Walsh) - ACE 3 - Innovative Governance Models and Funding Strategies in Urban Catholic Elementary Schools

Session 2110: Jim Frabutt, Anthony Holter and Fr. Ron Nuzzi - ACE Faculty - School’s Out: A National Study of Closed Catholic Schools and Their Current Uses

Session 2121: Michael Brennan - ACE 9, RLP 8 - The House System and Community: A Vertical Approach to Relationship Building in Elementary Schools

Session 2123: Jennifer Beltramo - ACE 9, RLP 8 - Eliminating the Achievement Gap: A Response to Urban Student Literacy Needs

Session 2148: Fr. Joe CorporaCatholic School Advantage - 25 Things an Administrator Can Do to Increase Latino Enrollment

Session 2156: Christie Hjerpe - ACE 17 - Turning “Non-Readers” into “Can-Doers:” Building Independent, Fluent, and Comprehensive Latino Readers Through the Daily 5 Literacy Block

Session 2166: Jared DeesACE 11 - 12 Edtech Tools That Any Religion Teacher Can Use Effectively

Session 2188: Erika Banwarth CedroneCatholic School Advantage - Strategies for Latino Outreach


Session 3108: Joe Womac - ACE 7 - Turning Headwinds into Tailwinds: Five Common Challenges in Strategeic Planning for Catholic Education

Session 3165: Jocelyn Pierre-Antoine - RLP 4 - K-8 Class Retreats: A Teacher’s Guide to Planning and Facilitating an Effective Retreat

"Getting the Word Out" Helps Boost a School's Enrollment

Written by William Schmitt on Wednesday, 04 April 2012.

Ideas from Action Research by RLP Grad Gina Groch Send a Message

Gina Groch, a graduate of cohort 8 in ACE's Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program (RLP), is assistant principal at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Naples, Fla. As with all of her RLP classmates, Gina's preparation for the M.A. degree in Educational Administration degree included an action research project, addressing a particular school problem and striving to offer data-informed insights that would help other schools facing the same challenges.

Her project explored how the basic principles of marketing might be applied to help increase a Catholic school's enrollment. Gina, who received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Temple University with a double major in computer science and marketing, has applied her graduate-level research insights at St. Elizabeth Seton and reports impressive results.

"In an overall sense, I tried to analyze our school in relation to the 4 P's of marketing--product, price, place, and promotion," she commented recently. In short, the first three P's told a positive story. The school's product is a quality Catholic education. Its price is twice the national average but still the lowest among private schools in the area. Its place is an area with many young, growing Catholic families.

Sharing Insights at NCEA Convention

Written by William Schmitt on Tuesday, 03 April 2012.

ACE Leaders Speak; Alliances Strengthened

ncea-boothYou're invited to visit with Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) coming up in Boston on April 11-13. ACE is offering a number of speakers and will host a reception.

Stop by Booth 1027 to get information about ACE's many service and research initiatives, plus the distinguished sociological research housed within the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO). The Center, directed by noted scholar Mark Berends, is one of the units, along with ACE, in the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) at Notre Dame.

Visit the booth to find out more about a cocktail reception scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, April 11.

You'll find several members of the ACE community listed among the speakers at the convention, and one of the event's keynote speakers is the author of an inspiring book published last year by ACE Press.

ncea-marymcdonaldThat author is Dr. Mary C. McDonald (pictured left), superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Memphis, whose latest book is A History with God. ACE is pleased to offer her collection of essays that resonate with universal experiences of education, family, and fun. McDonald's NCEA keynote speech, scheduled Thursday morning, is titled "A Call to Be God's Arms."

In the Spotlight: Teacher Theresa Yerkes

on Friday, 30 March 2012.

"I'm a member of Tex-ACE" writes Theresa Yerkes (above, bottom far right), who lives with seven other ACE teachers in Brownsville--"as far south as you can get in the continental United States!" The fourth grade teacher tells us this week about what led her to the ACE Teaching Fellows experience.

"I have never felt as strongly called to something as I felt called to ACE. I was drawn to the program because of its commitment to serving children through education and supporting teachers through faith-based community.

"Going into ACE I prayed that I would be challenged and stretched so that I would grow from this experience. I had no idea my prayers would be answered so strongly.

"ACE has been the hardest thing I have ever done, but it is also an incredible source of character development. I am learning more and more about what it means to give selflessly, what it means to work tirelessly for a mission I very much believe in, and what it means to humbly accept my own shortcomings and receive the gifts of others."

To learn more about ACE Teaching Fellows, click here.

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