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10 Things You Can Do for Catholic Schools Today

on Wednesday, 07 September 2011.

5 Things to Get You Started

  1. Commit to praying once a day for Catholic schools and the children they serve

  2. Join ACE Advocates for Catholic Schools

  3. Consider your gifts—arts, business, reading, talking, monetary, technology, culinary—and put them to work for Catholic schools

  4. Keep updated on Catholic school news and resources on this website

  5. Send a note of encouragement to a teacher in your local Catholic school

And 5 More for Good Measure:

  1. Bake cookies and bring them to your local school for staff and faculty to enjoy

  2. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about the value of Catholic schools.

  3. Get the word out about Catholic schools from the comfort of home: use tools like Facebook and Twitter

  4. Plan a BAB (“bring a book”) Game Watch and collection for Catholic school lovers

  5. Create a website where schools in your diocese can publicize their fundraisers and community events

ACE 17 Hearts Catholic Schools!

on Thursday, 11 August 2011.

These teachers celebrate, inspire

Watch their entertaining chalkboard video.
If this doesn't put a kick in your ACE advocates step, nothin' will!

ACE Missioning Sends Forth Teachers

on Monday, 01 August 2011.

The Most Reverend Jaime Soto, Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, joined the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) in a rite of “missioning” on Friday, July 22, invoking blessings for more than 200 educators set to teach in Catholic schools around the country.

The group being sent forth from the University of Notre Dame included recent college graduates pursuing graduate degrees in education in ACE’s ACE Teaching Fellows program and certified teachers pursuing graduate degrees in educational administration in the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program. Teachers in ACE’s English as a New Language (ENL) program and field consultants in ACE’s campaign to increase Latino enrollments in Catholic schools were also missioned.

“It is for all of us together a privilege to share in the teaching ministry of Jesus,” Bishop Soto told the ACE gathering at the Missioning Mass in Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart. He urged the teachers, “Do not be timid about your desire to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus. Let this light shine because it is the Lord’s light shining in you.”

ACE conducts a range of initiatives, including formation programs and professional services, to sustain, strengthen, and transform Catholic K-12 education. ACE Teaching Fellows, ACE’s original formation program founded in 1993, is sending 173 teachers to Catholic schools in 26 dioceses around the country, including Bishop Soto’s Sacramento Diocese. The missioning caps ACE’s summer of on-campus studies for the formation programs but serves as the prelude to continued study and classroom experience.

The Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, which prepares teachers to be principals and other leaders in Catholic education, sent forth 54 educators to schools where they will continue their formation. Certificate programs in ENL and Teaching Exceptional Children (TEC) together enroll about 50 educators every year.

The “Catholic School Advantage” campaign has formed partnerships with seven dioceses, consulting with schools to double Latino enrollments.

ACE’s traditional “missioning” events also included a prayer service on Thursday evening. ACE co-founder Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C., cited Gospel references about light and the Christian mission. “If Catholic schools are about anything,” he told ACE teachers, “it’s to proclaim this truth to your students, to your families, to yourselves: ‘You are the light of the world.’

Tim Malecek

on Wednesday, 27 July 2011.

ACE in LA with Archbishop Gomez

on Friday, 01 July 2011.

Notes from a great visit to LA.

On Wednesday and Thursday, May 25 and 26, Steve Perla (Senior Director of ACE Consulting), John Schoenig (Director, Center for K-12 Educational Access) and Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C., (Director, University-School Partnerships), visited nine of our fifteen partner schools in Deanery #9 of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Sylvia Armas-Abad, Field Consultant in Los Angeles, scheduled the visits and accompanied us on each visit.

Father Joe wrote:
In each of the schools, we met with the School Principal and, in some instances, with the parish Pastor. There is a lot of good going on in these east LA schools. Students are learning and preparing to go to good high schools and eventually to college. The biggest challenge is enrollment. Each school could take between 30 and 150 more children.

Why are these schools not full when there are thousands of children everywhere? One reason is that the schools need to really come up with new and great marketing plans. In one parish the Pastor gave every one of the 250 public school children who made their First Holy Communion an envelope. Inside of the envelope was a voucher for a $1,500 reduction in tuition to attend the parish school starting in 2011-2012. How many children took him up on this very generous gift? One. We need to market our schools better.

The lack of enough financial aid is also an obstacle. At a dinner sponsored by the Catholic Education Foundation and the New America Alliance welcoming Archbishop José Gomez to the Archdiocese of Los Angles, in his speech, the Archbishop noted that that there is a waiting list of 10,000 students in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. They are waiting for more financial assistance. With more financial assistance they will be able to attend Catholic schools.

(Pictured: Rev. Joseph Corpora, C.S.C., (left) and Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles. Photo by John Dlugolecki.)

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