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ACE in the News: Tucson, Atlanta, Ireland, and more

Written by William Schmitt on Tuesday, 04 September 2012.

Dr. Christian Dallavis, director of the Notre Dame ACE Academies at the Alliance for Catholic Education, was interviewed on Tucson’s KVOI-AM radio on Aug. 30 about Notre Dame’s partnership with three Catholic schools in the city. Hear the interview, in which he outlined the successes being experienced at the schools.

The newspaper of the Archdiocese of Atlanta welcomed the community of ACE teachers living in Atlanta and teaching at Catholic schools in the area:

A Notre Dame student-athlete, Ryan Koter, who is also a member of the University’s Folk Choir, traveled to Ireland with the choir recently. They sang at a Mass in the town of Maynooth, with the ACE Advisory Board among the congregants, as told by the Notre Dame Athletics Department:

Betsy Bohlen, who is a member of the advisory board of ACE Consulting, was recently appointed Administrator for Financial Protocols in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Bohlen is responsible for ensuring that the Archdiocese achieves financial stability through the protocols developed by the Finance Council.

Rev. Joseph Corpora, C.S.C., director of ACE's Catholic School Advantage campaign, wrote a commentary on the celebration of the Eucharist at Notre Dame in the Aug. 29 Observer, as well as a reflection for the pray.nd.edu website.

Reading for Life, developed at the Institute for Educational Initiatives, is an innovative literature-based mentoring program that helps juvenile offenders make better life choices. National Public Radio’s “Participation Nation” blog gave the program recognition last week, saluting program director Alesha Seroczynski.

Education Week reported on the AP-TIP IN initiative that is administered by the Institute for Educational Initiatives. . The program, in partnership with National Math and Science (NMS) and Indiana’s Department of Education, increases college-readiness and career-readiness for public high schoolers through teaching and learning in Advanced Placement ® courses in math, science, and English.

A Letter from Ireland: ACE Leaders Meet with Papal Nuncio

on Thursday, 30 August 2012.

Reflections from a Gathering with Archbishop Charles J. Brown

Wednesday, 29th August

As advocates of Catholic schools from both the US and Ireland gather this week to celebrate the gift of Catholic education and to participate in a symposium on Catholic schools in the Dublin area, a group consisting of members of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Advisory Board, members of the ACE leadership team, and Irish partners in Catholic education kicked off the events with a lunch with the Papal Nuncio to Ireland. The Most Rev. Charles J. Brown, who represents the Holy See to the Irish government, joined us in the historic O'Connell House.

This home for Notre Dame in Ireland is named after its original owner, Daniel "The Liberator" O'Connell, through whose leadership Catholics were able to enjoy the civil rights enjoyed by other citizens in Ireland beginning in 1829.

After briefly describing the multi-faceted role of the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Brown, a 1981 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, spoke of his hope for a continually deepening partnership bringing together Notre Dame, ACE, and the Irish Church. He said ACE has a particular contribution to make when it comes to informing the Catholicity of Catholic schools. His statement came at the end of a discussion of the challenges that face the Church in navigating the waters of a rapidly secularizing society.

The lunch discussion concluded with the Archbishop praising Notre Dame for its confluence of rigorous academics, the deep and genuine faith life of its entire community, and the energy and passion it arouses in its various athletic programs. His highest praise for the institution, though, came when he commended the student body for its commitment to service of others. This, he hopes, is a value that will be shared increasingly by the youth in Ireland.    

From Drew Clary, Assistant Director, Institute for Educational Initiatives

Notre Dame ACE Academies Bringing Hope in Catholic School Partnerships in Tucson

Written by William Schmitt on Wednesday, 29 August 2012.

Signs of Success as 3 Notre Dame ACE Academies enter third year with a mix of initiatives

Two inner-city Catholic schools in Tucson have welcomed back students with a particular sense of change and hope in the air, entering a third year of unusual innovations and investments that pay off for the children and the city.

The two elementary schools—St. John the Evangelist and Santa Cruz—were designated in 2010 as Notre Dame ACE Academies, representing an in-depth partnership with the University of Notre Dame and its Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

That partnership has ushered in state-of-the-art reading and math programs, along with support services to help faculty members adopt the various innovations for the maximum benefit of each student. School culture has become more focused on Catholic identity, featuring a drive for personal excellence that proclaims "College and Heaven" as each child's primary goals. More families in the largely Hispanic and low-income neighborhoods have lined up to enroll their children, and scholarship availability for enrollments has jumped, thanks to Arizona's parental choice tax credit program and resultant contributions from both corporations and individuals.

A Thank You Letter to ACE Advocates for Catholic Schools

on Wednesday, 29 August 2012.

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September 2012

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings from Notre Dame and the Alliance for Catholic Education! With the new school year in full-swing, we wanted to take a moment to thank all who make the ACE Movement a force for sustaining, strengthening, and transforming Catholic schools.

Thank you to the 180 teachers and 60 school leaders enrolled in ACE's degree programs this year! Thanks to the many teachers who are gaining additional skills through ACE's English as a New Language and Teaching Exceptional Children programs! Thank you to the countless superintendents, principals, and mentor teachers who are helping ACE form a new generation of exceptionally talented, faith-filled leaders for Catholic schools! Thanks to the nearly two-thousand ACE graduates who continue the work of making a high quality Catholic school education available to all!

Thank you to ACE's innumerable friends, partners, and collaborators. You are the engine for ACE's work in service to Catholic schools, the Church, and the nation; you are the ACE Movement!

This will be an exciting year for ACE's mission, and this monthly e-newsletter will keep you updated on our programs and activities. I hope that you'll find our newsletter to be informative, but also invitational: We're always eager to hear from you, and to learn more about how we can be of service. And, if you enjoy what you read, we ask that you invite your colleagues and friends to sign up as well.

May the new year bring many graces to you and your family, and may Christ the Teacher shower you with blessings!

Chuck Lamphier, Director, ACE Advocates

Save the Dates! Football Tailgates and Masses

on Wednesday, 29 August 2012.

Come one and all for pre-game refreshments in the courtyard of Carole Sandner Hall and, 30 minutes post-game, for Mass in Remick Commons. Not familiar with campus? Click here for a map.

Notre Dame vs. Stanford
10/13

Notre Dame vs. BYU
10/20

Notre Dame vs. Pitt
11/3

Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest
11/17

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