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Bradley Foundation awards $450,000 to fund partnership between Seton Catholic Schools and Remick Leadership Program

by Theo Helm

Remick Leaders in discussion during class

The Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame and Seton Catholic Schools have announced a partnership supported by The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation to build a leadership pipeline to serve the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

The Bradley Foundation is committing more than $450,000 over the next six years to fund 16 school leaders from Seton’s schools to earn their master’s degrees in educational leadership through the Remick Leadership Program.

“We are grateful for the Bradley Foundation’s support and excited to work with Seton’s school leaders,” said Kevin Baxter, the director of the Remick Leadership Program. “Remick’s focus on building community will ensure that participants from Seton will form strong internal networks of support, while expanding their connections with Catholic school leaders from around the country.”

The Remick Leadership Program forms transformational leaders to strengthen Catholic schools through intentional community, integrated spiritual development, and rigorous academic formation in a 25-month program that blends on-campus summer classes with applied online coursework during the academic year.

More than 500 people have graduated from the program since it started in 2002, with 76 percent serving as a school, (arch)diocesan, or network leader – including 6 superintendents.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for emerging leaders within Seton Catholic Schools to participate in holistic Catholic school leader formation,” said Kristen Foster, Seton’s chief schools officer. “Upon completion of this program, our schools will be fortunate to have expertly trained leaders who are invested in their schools and ready to make an impact. We are grateful to the Bradley Foundation for understanding the value of developing strong and dedicated Catholic school leaders.”

Seton Catholic Schools serves 3,000 students in K3 – 8th grades in greater Milwaukee, more than 84 percent of whom are considered economically disadvantaged. Seton schools invest in each student knowing God’s love for them and employ best-in-class urban teaching practices and curriculum, with an emphasis on character and values based in Catholic culture.

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