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Remick Leadership Program in the News: Saving Catholic Schools Requires Strong Leaders

Written by William Schmitt on Monday, 04 February 2013.

New York Post Commentator Sees Value of Skills from RLP Formation

Cara Joyce, a current participant in ACE's Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program (RLP) , and Sister Barbara Kane, a RLP graduate, are among the educational leaders featured in a commentary in the New York Post titled "To Save NYC's Catholic Schools."

The commentary, written by influential author Naomi Schaefer Riley, argues that smart budget decision-making and other leadership sklls--attributes developed in the Remick Leadership Program--are required to keep inner-city Catholic schools open.

"For the poorest and most disadvantaged New Yorkers, Catholic schools provide the only reasonably priced alternative to the failing public school system," says Riley in the piece that was posted Jan. 31.

The newspaper opened up Catholic Schools Week with another commentary, "Catholic Competition," written by distinguished journalist Bill McGurn, questioning the weak support for Catholic schools among political leaders. He asked in the Jan. 28 piece, "What does it say about a city where failing public schools are hard to shut down while successful Catholic schools struggle to stay open?"


Remick Leadership Program in the News: Director Discusses Spirituality for Principals

Written by William Schmitt on Tuesday, 15 January 2013.

Rev. Ronald Nuzzi Keynotes Conference for Orders of Religious Women

"Towards a Catholic Spirituality of Administration" and "Catholic Culture in Our Schools" were two keynote talks that Rev. Ronald Nuzzi, senior director of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program in the Alliance for Catholic Education, delivered at a recent workshop for Catholic school principals.

The regional workshop, sponsored by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, was held in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Nov. 9-10, 2012, and was attended by religious sisters from ten different communities.

The event was reported this month in the newsletter of the School Sisters of Christ the King and on the website of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious.

This first gathering of principals sponsored by the Council was hosted at the Villa Regina Motherhouse of the School Sisters of Christ the King. Attendees heard ideas from Father Nuzzi and other speakers that helped them approach their administrative roles within the apostolate of Catholic Education.

The Most Rev. Fabian Bruskewitz, recently retired bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, and Msgr. John Perkinton celebrated the Mass for the participants. Lincoln's new bishop, the Most Rev. James Conley, closed the symposium with the celebration of Vespers.

Photo: Participants in the workshop on Catholic school administration joined in prayer and learning with Msgr. John Perkinton of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Fr. Ronald Nuzzi of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program.

Dialogue across the Sea: RLP educators visit Ireland to discuss Catholic school leadership

on Saturday, 15 December 2012.

In late 2012, a team of educators from the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program (RLP) traveled to Ireland to share experiences and ideas about Catholic school leadership.

The group, headed by Rev. Ronald Nuzzi, senior director of ACE's RLP, met with professors at the Mary Immaculate College of Education in Limerick, visited local classrooms, and continued a cross-Atlantic dialogue in the spirit of support for schools with a Catholic identity.

The visitors also included three faculty members of RLP—Jim Frabutt, Anthony Holter, and Tami Schmitz—and two alumni of the program, who are now serving Catholic schools as principals in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Columbus, Ohio. They are, respectively, Mary McCoy, principal of St. Philip Neri Catholic School, and Joel Wichtman, principal of Saint Andrew Elementary School.

RLPIrishVisitTeamPictureMary Immaculate College is one of the largest teacher training institutions in Ireland. The dialogue with that college is expected to continue this spring when representatives from Mary Immaculate visit Notre Dame, where ACE is the largest provider of teachers and services to Catholic schools in the U.S. ACE leaders and faculty have been responding to Irish educators' invitations for mutual learning and collaboration since 1996.

Photo: (seated) Tami Schmitz, Joel Wichtman; (standing l to r) Rev. Ronald Nuzzi, Mary McCoy, Jim Frabutt, Anthony Holter.

Research and Service Go Together for School Leaders and L.A.Community

Written by William Schmitt on Thursday, 06 December 2012.

Remick Leadership Program Prompts Literacy Outreach as "Action Research"

An early childhood literacy program that April Garcia has established this fall at her Catholic school in inner-city Los Angeles meets a research requirement for her studies in the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, but it aims to accomplish much more than that.

The program gives toddlers an early exposure to literacy and gives their parents tips on how to nurture reading-related skills. It reflects the kind of "action research" that the Remick Leadership Program emphasizes, April says—a rigorously academic endeavor born out of a school's Catholic identity, aiming to solve problems, potentially providing a model for other schools, and hoping to improve lives in and out of the classroom.

"Everything we do here is for the sake of bettering the community," explains April, who is vice-principal of Mother of Sorrows School, serving a disadvantaged, largely Latino, neighborhood in South Central L.A.

Her aspiration for a career in Catholic school leadership prompted her to enter the Remick Leadership Program, and her recognition of a need led her to propose the toddler-and-parent outreach as action research. "I noticed that a lot of kids who had not gone to preschool really struggled with reading in kindergarten," a pattern which can hinder learning in later grades, April says. Hence, she wanted to explore early gains that might be made among children aged 2 and 3.

Catholic Education Report Explores Leadership, Innovation & Faith

Written by William Schmitt on Wednesday, 28 November 2012.

Success Stories Celebrating Children and Education Fill 2011-2012 Annual Report

Good news about the present and future of Catholic schools fills the pages of the 2011-2012 Annual Report from the Alliance for Catholic Education. That report, released today, is available online—the first fully digital version of an ACE annual report.

This fresh collection of compelling stories about ACE's activities explores successes in leadership formation, professional services, research-based innovation, and partnerships around the United States.

Faculty and staff have shared expertise in school governance, strategic planning, Latino enrollments, and parental choice, among other issue areas. Nearly 80 bishops have engaged in ACE-sponsored conferences on advocating for parental choice policies.

The report also offers highlights of the 2011-2012 academic year for numerous initiatives through which the Alliance for Catholic Education responds to the needs of dioceses—and to the call to serve children by sustaining, strengthening, and transforming Catholic schools.

During the year, ACE offered services in 74 archdioceses and dioceses. ACE teachers and principals impacted the lives of 38,000 students.

Supporters of Catholic schools will find a valuable resource in this update on ACE's growing list of activities. Paper copies of the 2011-2012 Annual Report are available by contacting communications specialist Bill Schmitt.