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Helping Catholic School Leaders Level the Federal-Funds Playing Field

Written by William Schmitt on Tuesday, 27 March 2012.

Equitable Services Institute Will Offer Guidance This Summer

Students in Catholic schools across the country are not getting federally funded services to which they're entitled. By one estimate, the funds that Catholic educators leave on the table may total as much as $500 million annually.

Solving this problem is the purpose of the Equitable Services Institute, to which principals, diocesan superintendents, and other leaders are invited at the University of Notre Dame on July 8-12, 2012.

The institute is part of a series of professional development events offered this summer on campus through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

Registration for the Equitable Services Institute is open to "anybody who will need to represent their students in receiving all the services they have a right to receive," says Michelle Doyle, an expert on the process of obtaining and optimizing those services. Doyle, a consultant with Catapult Learning, will be a major presenter at the Institute. Catapult, a provider of varied services for K-12 schools and students, is co-sponsoring the event with ACE Consulting.
The four-day institute will focus on both "the updated facts about the availability and accessibility of funds and the action steps to ensure an equitable portion of those services," Doyle says. "These action steps could make a huge difference for the students in your school."

A range of services is mandated for many of the nation's students under Title I, Title II, and Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). If low-income and other students in Catholic schools are to receive their fair share, "the private school officials have to work with the public school districts in a consultation process."

Doyle and a number of other expert speakers will give Institute participants a practical roadmap to that challenging consultation process, including best practices and useful tips, in a lively mix of talks, panels, and exercises.

All participants will receive a certificate, professional development points, and membership in an ongoing support community whose benefits include follow-up webinars during the 2012-2013 school year. Get more information about the program, ticket costs, and your visit to Notre Dame at http://undinstitute.eventbrite.com/.

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