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Best Stories of 2021

Best of 2021

As we come to the end of the year, we look back on some of our favorite stories of 2021 – including a few warm welcomes, some tearful goodbyes, and many celebrations of our educators, graduates, and friends.


Introducing Anchor Point and Grace Period, Spiritual Resources from ACE

As teachers and school leaders faced days of darkness leading up to Easter, ACE provided spiritual resources for the walk toward the light that our faith tells us lies ahead.

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Community Through the Lens of ACE NYC's Shared Album

Looking back over the past year (and counting) that ACE 27 teachers James Dooley, Christina Schuler, Tait McGlinn, and Danielle Villhard have shared in New York City, it's clear they have made the most of it. Through the lens of their shared photo album, they present a snapshot of life in NYC as an ACE teacher. 

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Kevin Baxter Named Director of the Remick Leadership Program

In March, we announced Dr. Kevin Baxter, the former chief innovation officer at the National Catholic Educational Association and past senior director and superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, had been named the director of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program.

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In loving memory, my mentor teacher

In February, the ACE community lost Dr. Rachel Moreno—our beloved colleague who supervised hundreds of ACE teachers over the years and also worked with the English as a New Language program—after a bout with pancreatic cancer. Danielle M. Gonzales—a member of ACE 8 who served in Brownsville, Texas—wrote the following piece to honor Rachel. 

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Mark Berends appointed director of the Notre Dame Institute for Educational Initiatives

Dr. Mark Berends, a professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame who currently directs the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) and serves as an associate vice president for research, began his tenure as the director of the University’s Institute for Educational Initiatives on July 1.

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2021 ACE Graduate Award Winners

Each year, ACE honors select graduates with the Michael Pressley Award for a Promising Scholar in the Education Field and the Michael Pressley Award for Excellence in Catholic Education. This year's awardees are Dr. Patrick Manning, Terese Hagerty, and Erin and Phong Vu.


Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and Notre Dame ACE Academies to partner in two schools

St. Anthony of Padua School in Akron and St. Augustine Catholic School in Barberton joined the ACE Academies network, which creates thriving and resilient Catholic schools through an emphasis on Catholic school culture, strong teaching and learning and operational vitality.

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"Be curious, not judgmental" - (Not) Walt Whitman

In a post for the Remick Leadership Program's Community Newsletter, Senior Director of Teacher Formation and Education Policy John Schoenig reflects on Sr. Norma Pimentel's visit to campus this summer and the passing of our dear friend and mentor Tom "Doc" Doyle

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