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Resources for Current ACE Teachers

Academic Resources

For Principals & Mentor Teachers:

Principal Handbook Quick Reference GuideMentor Teacher Handbook Quick Reference Guide

Please note: If you have any questions about the above forms, please email Paige Hamilton at

ACE Planning Guide Files

The book is also available by searching "ACE Planning Guide" in the iBooks Store on any iOS device.

This version includes all interactive elements, images, and videos and should be chosen if possible.

Assessment Analysis

CSP Planning Template

Unit & Lesson Planning

Planning Resource Files


ACE Teachers

Practicum Supervisors

Cooperating Teachers

Please complete the Cooperating Teacher Feedback Form this summer

Cooperating Teacher Feedback Form


Policy 2.14 - Summer Session Course Attendance Policy

The summer session affords limited time for course work, therefore, presence is critical.  Absences that extend beyond a day can only be granted by the Academic Director and these include absences for family weddings, wedding party commitments, and unusual family, health, or undergraduate situations (e.g. completion of finals, graduation). When possible, it is expected that the ACE teacher will communicate such absences before they occur.  Absences for health reasons do not need to be granted by the Academic Director but may require a medical note if requested by one’s professors.   


Non-family weddings and vacation days are not excused absences. Summer faculty members are encouraged to note their policy regarding unexcused absences on course syllabi and these typically will involve a grade reduction or additional assignment.


If you perceive any conflicts for your summer schedule or need to request permission for an excused absence, please contact Kati Macaluso, Acting Academic Director. Additionally, any conflicts with retreats need to be reviewed with John Schoenig, Senior Director of Teacher Formation and Policy. Thank you!

Sink of Swim: Preparing Students for Collaboration in Small Groups

by Eric Av, Kevin Diggins, and Chloe Sprang

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Comunidad: Building Supportive Systems for Latino Students

by Maria Aguilera, Jisel Gomez, Br. Matt Rehagen, and Ian Williamson

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Are You Out of Your (Mind)Sets?!: Implementing Effective Mindset Interventions

by Alex Lehan, Benedict Leonardi, and Connor Reilly

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Unfinished Business: Recommendations for Closing the COVID-19 Learning Gap

by Mary Rose Raque, Melissa Pavloff, and Emma Mangels

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Feedback, Format, and Frequency of Homework: From Failing to Flying

by Mike Badzey, Kate Bauman, Pat McGee, and Annie Morejón

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Scrap Strictness: How to Manage (Mis)Behavior Before It Happens

by Kate Bockholt, Jack Harness, Sara Levy and Kenta Sachen

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Pastoral Resources

Judy Madden - Alliance for Catholic EducationStudent Support Specialist

Judy Madden is a Student Support Specialist for ACE Teaching Fellows, supporting ACE teachers with resources for issues that may arise in classrooms and in daily life. After spending 10 years working for a Fortune 100 company in California, she became director of the Women's Care Center in Northern Indiana, serving in that capacity for 15 years.

Understanding that you are busy Catholic school teachers, I am always available to talk on evenings, as well as weekends. The best way to reach me is directly at or 574.344.3668 (cell).

Mental Health Resources (Apps & Websites) 

The resources linked in the document below are intended as some concrete tools to have in your "toolbox" when you or your students may be struggling with including: anxiety, ADHD, breathing/relaxation, gratitude, mindfulness, mood, perfectionism, and sleep. This is not a comprehensive list, but rather a starter set; I invite you to a conversation if you have questions or if you would like to discuss these challenges more fully. 

Mental Health Resources

What types of support are best for me?

Below are some definitions of mental health providers to help you decide what the best option
might be for you. The two most important factors are:

  1. Does this person possess the skills and specialties needed to address my issue?
  2. Do I feel we can establish a productive, working with this person? Am I seen and heard?

Mental Health Counselor

As a practice, counseling often addresses specific problems, challenges, or behaviors in a patient’s life in a very practical way. A counselor working with a patient who suffers from anxiety might, for example, provide the patient with different tactics
that they can use to ward off a pending panic attack. A Mental Health Counselor hold either Master’s levels degree and will be licensed in the state.


A therapist is a licensed counselor or psychologist who can use talk therapy to help you treat mental health symptoms and improve how you manage stress and relationships. A key difference between a counselor and therapist is that therapists often seek to go deeper by helping
the patient understand the how and why behind a challenge. For example, what scenarios tend to bring on an alcoholic craving and why; what situations are more likely to trigger a panic attack and why? What is the root of these issues? A therapist can hold either Master’s levels degrees or Ph.D. and will be licensed in the state.


A psychologist works to improve their patients’ mental and emotional health. The techniques and frameworks that they use tend to differ from counselors and therapists. Psychologists are more likely than counselors to treat patients with severe mental disorders. Psychologists hold a Ph. D.


A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who can diagnose and prescribe medication to treat mental health disorders. Psychiatrists are practicing physicians who hold a M.D. or D.O. degree.

University Counseling Center Introduction

The University Counseling Center (UCC) is here to help all Notre Dame students through the personal changes, transitions, and growth that are inherent in the college experience. We offer a wide variety of resources to assist students in developing skills to support their mental wellbeing and services to assist students who are encountering difficulties that might require counseling and other professional interventions. Above all, the UCC provides a safe atmosphere where students are supported, cared for, and free to confidentially share anything that is on their minds.

Visit the University Counseling Center

TimelyCare at Notre Dame 

We encourage you to utilize TimelyCare at Notre Dame for your individual counseling needs. This is a tele-health service that includes up to 12 sessions of ongoing counseling per academic year. You have 12 sessions for 2021-22 (ending July 31, 2022) and 12 sessions August 1, 2022-July 31, 2023. Here are some things to consider:

  • We find that most students are able to make significant gains in 4-6 sessions. If you find that you need additional sessions beyond the 12 free sessions, TimelyCare offers the option for you to continue to utilize their services for roughly $70/session. These charges can be submitted to your insurance for reimbursement.  
  • TimelyCare offers appointment options beyond the UCC’s M-F 9-4:30 hours and is likely to be a much better fit for your busy schedules. We strongly recommend that you utilize TimelyCare for ongoing counseling when you start your placements. 

TimelyCare at Notre Dame

Local Resources Referral Guide 

In the event of a mental health crisis, please dial 988 which will connect you to your immediate mental health crisis center or go to your nearest emergency room.

The document linked below outlines mental healthcare options in your local community sorted by insurance provider. Of course, you are most welcome to contact Judy Madden if you have questions or need assistance navigating these resources (; 574.344.3668 (cell)). 

ACE Community Local Counseling Resource Guide

Community Prayer Resources

The heart of community life in ACE is community dinner & prayer. Looking for inspiration for this week's community prayer, check out this resource -- a compilation of community prayer ideas from current and former ACE teachers: 

ACE Community Prayer Resources

ACE Community Cookbook 

We read in Acts 2:42, “They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread.” Meals are sacramental ways to encounter those we live with, as well as those we work alongside. For community meal recipe ideas, as well as the community stories that accompany them, check out the link below: 

ACE Community Cookbook (5th edition)

FaithND invites you to know, love, and serve God—a Notre Dame tradition anchored in the Congregation of Holy Cross. Join the Notre Dame family for shared reflection, learning, prayer, and service to those most in need.


Local Interfaith Resources

Notre Dame is a place steeped in Catholic Christian faith and practice. However, from its earliest days, part of the mission of the Holy Cross Fathers has been to create a wonderful atmosphere of hospitality to all who visit or study here. Following the example of Jesus, the University of Notre Dame and its students, faculty and staff seek to provide warmth and hospitality to all regardless of one’s religious belief or practice.

View Local Interfaith Resources

Administrative & Financial Resources

Travel Stipends

ACE provides financial support with travel expenses related to one's service as a teacher. In total, assistance with travel expenses is provided three times: 

  1. To your ACE community placement site (Beginning of first year of teaching);
  2. To Notre Dame's campus (End of 1st year of teaching); and
  3. To your ACE community placement site (Beginning of second year of teaching).

Please refer to the ACE Travel Support Documentation & Process Overview for a full description of the travel stipend reimbursement policy.

Driving Reimbursement Form            Airline Baggage Reimbursement Form

Rent Responsibilities

ACE teachers are responsible for the rent and utilities of their local ACE community houses from September 1 of the year they begin the ACE program through June 30 of the year they complete the ACE program. The rent and utility policy proceeds as follows:

  • For houses with all second year students: ACE will pay all of July and August rent and utilities. The incoming new ACE teachers will begin paying rent and utilities on September 1st.
  • For houses with both first and second year teachers: ACE will pay the portion of the July and August rent and utilities that would have been paid by the graduated ACE teachers. (For example, if two of the five ACE teachers in a house are graduating, ACE will pay 40% of the July and August rent and utilities).
  • For houses of all first year teachers: The ACE teachers are responsible for paying the rent and utilities for July and August between their first and second year.


In the interest of supporting your ACE house community as you transition back to your respective cities, ACE provides financial support for your first community gathering each semester. Below, please note a few items for your attention:

  • Maximum reimbursement of $15/person within 14 days of occurrence;
  • Expenses must be submitted via a single receipt;
  • The gathering must take place before March 1st, 2023; and
  • Alcohol will not be reimbursed. 

We encourage you to be creative in supporting a local business, community landmark, or cultural center that serves the same communities that you do. Please submit reimbursement using the form below; if submitting after October 1st, please contact your pastoral administrator before completing this form. 

  Community Gathering Reimbursement Form


ACE offers a variety of grants exclusively to ACE teachers to offset potential financial burdens that may be incurred throughout their service. Below, please find the application for available grants: 

  • College Football Playoff Foundation Grant - Awards for up to $2500 may be submitted by ACE teachers working in under resourced schools in order to fund needed education materials or opportunities for students.
  • Financial Support for Essential Teaching Supplies - Awards up to $50 for the purpose of supplying first-year ACE teachers with essential classroom supplies. 
  • Teacher Observation for Professional Development - Upon the approval of the Principal and University Supervisor, ACE will support the release-time expense of up to one half day for a substitute teacher for first-year ACE teachers to observe the classroom of an experienced and highly effective colleague.
  • Presentation Grants - Grants up to $800 will be awarded on a competitive basis to support Second-Year ACE teachers who wish to present at state, regional or national conferences.


ACE also offers a one time, interest free loan up to $500 to either first- or second-year ACE teachers. In order to apply for this loan, ACE teachers should contact John Schoenig, Senior Director of Teacher Formation & Education Policy. After discussing the matter, ACE teachers will be directed to fill out the Loan Agreement and Promissory Note linked below:

Student Loan Deferment

Upon enrollment in Notre Dame’s Graduate School as a full-time degree-seeking student, your student loans will be eligible for deferment until you graduate from ACE. To defer your loans, you will need to contact your lenders to see what paperwork they require. Usually, they will have a form that you will need to complete and take to the University of Notre Dame Registrar Office to verify your enrollment. Please note the following:

  • Loans will NOT be automatically deferred because you are enrolled in graduate school.
  • It is your responsibility to notify all of your lenders or your loans will go into default.

Student Loan Cancellation

If you have a Perkins Loan, you may be eligible for partial cancellation each year you teach. Note, if you are a STEM teacher, you may be eligible for cancellation; otherwise, if your school is on a list of under-privileged schools (including most Title I schools), you may also be eligible for Perkins loan cancellation. 

Please check the website listed below for the list of schools by state. You will need to defer your Perkins Loan and then complete paperwork at the end of your first year teaching to receive the cancellation benefit. 

Please see this website for more information.