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Articles from Vol. 42, No. 1, February/March

112th Congress: What Direction for Education Policy?
The House prefers passage of smaller, targeted stand-alone bills rather than a comprehensive reauthorization of the entire law while the Senate is looking to bring a full bill to the floor by early summerWhen the 112th Congress convened this January...
A Promising Future from a Successful Past
Catholic Higher Education in the United States TodayCatholic higher education plays an important role in American society today as it shapes the leaders of tomorrow and serves as an opportunity to grow in faithAmerican Catholic colleges and universities...
A Year of Celebration and Ritual in Muskegon
Reviving an old tradition and creating new onesThe past year at Muskegon Catholic Schools was one of both celebration and ritual involving fundraising, student involvement and alumni. The school offers education from pre-school through high school in...
Calvert Hall College High School Uses Anniversary to Reflect on the Importance of the School and to Create Increased Awareness
50-year commemoration of a move provides impetus for year-long celebrationsThroughout the 2010-11 school year, Calvert Hall College High School is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school's move from the "Old Hall," its campus on Cathedral and...
Catholic Colleges Week Celebrates Benefits of Catholic Higher Education
Observance celebrates virtues and successes of Catholic higher education and the impact on the world that Catholic colleges have demonstratedDuring Catholic Colleges Week, Feb. 20 to 26, members of the Catholic higher education community are encouraging...
Catholic Educators Advocate for Early College Awareness
National Association for College Admissions Counseling offers college awareness programs suitable for parishes, middle schools and high schoolsHow many 7th- and 8thgrade children and their parents are thinking about college? Many more than there were...
Catholic Identity Is Real and Lived on Catholic College Campuses
Numbers, figures and charts are insufficient to tell the full story of Catholic education at its richest. The most powerful inspiration is found in the stones of students, faculty and staff that nurture us and offer us living proof that Catholic identity...
C-E-L-E-B-R-a-T-I-O-N
Never pass up an opportunity to celebrate- "I came so that they may have life and have it more abundantly" (Jn 10:10)C = CommunityE = EnthusiasmL = LoveE = EnergyB = BlessingsR = RitualsA = ActionsT = Thankfulness1 = IndividualsO = OnenessN = NatureThink...
Defining Core Values Leads to a New Charism
Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School shows how a diocesan school can choose its charism-and why it shouldIn the current competitive private school marketplace, Catholic school parents want to know exactly what they're getting from their investment. Most...
Diocese of Memphis Institutes a Tradition of Gratitude
Teachers want to be recognized and affirmed for the work they doGratitude is our tradition. Giving thanks and recognition to those among us, who, by their words and actions lift us all, is part of our faith tradition. We, like the man cured of leprosy...
Elementary Schools Benefit from Campus Minister
F or two years, the six elementary schools of the Cathedral Cluster of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, had a unique service for their school communities: a campus minister.Upon completing 10 years as principal of St. Ambrose School in Bridgeport,...
Get Ready for NCEA 2011 in New Orleans
The NCEA Convention and Expo 2011, the Convocation for the National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors (NPCD) and the annual meeting of the Catholic Library Association (CLA), open in New Orleans April 26 and continue through April 28.The NCEA...
GirlTalk Science Expo Encourages STEM Careers for Young Girls
Ursuline Academy, a Dallas preparatory school for young women, recently partnered with the University of Texas at Austin (Jackson School of Geosciences and Cockrell School of Engineering) to host "GirlTalk: Energy, Climate & Water in the 21st Century."...
Holy Things to a Way of Living
Eat oread. Drink wine.Try to sing the song of Christ.Live life. If you can dance, dance.Everywhere grace awaits.Desire to love, to love.- from Out of Cana, " Maura Eichner (1989)We are a people of ritual and celebration. We have frequent opportunities...
Low-Interest Tax-Exempt Bond Program Now Available to NCEA Members
Catholic Education Capital Corporation offers access to taxexempt bonds for new capital expenditures, reimbursing prior capital expenditures and building working capitalNCEA members and affiliates now can finance educational facilities through a newly...
Mardi Gras: Re-Claiming and Re-Ritualizing a Most Catholic Festival
Reclaiming our Catholic roots and re-imaging the rituals of Mardi Gras could assist our schools and parish schools of religion to be places of joyful gratitude, service and evangelizationOur family's birthday ritual revolved around the toothpick. My...
MOTIVATION: It's All about Me
Students who see value in work and experience success are more likely to be motivatedDo you teach students who are intrinsically motivated? Intrinsic motivation comes from within. It's the sense of working toward something simply because we want to or...
New Book Highlights Leadership of Msgr. Charles O'Neil D'Amour
"Reform in Catholic School Board Governance: Msgr. Charles O'Neil D'Amour's Contribution to and Leadership in the Development of a Catholic School Board Governance Model," a new book by Gloria Ann Kalbfleisch, has been released by Dorrance Publishing...
Newman University Celebrates Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman
Kansas university puts Newman's educational philosophy into actionOn Sept, 19, 201O1 students, staff, faculty and supporters of Newman University in Wichita, Kan., joined with individuals and organizations from around the world to celebrate a long-awaited...
New Translation of the Mass Coming for Advent 2011
Implementation of the new translation will involve the gamut of Catholic educational institutions, most religious and monastic communities as well as all manner of other ecclesia! societiesAs English-speaking Roman Catholics, we quickly are approaching...
New Web Site Helps High School Students Refine Their College Search
National Catholic College Admission Association debuts enhanced site to promote the value of Catholic higher education and serve students in the transition to collegeAs the celebration of Catholic Colleges Week begins Feb. 20, the resources of The National...
Radical Generosity: The Life of Cornelia Connelly
During a moment when she felt blessed beyond measure she exclaimed, "Oh, my God, if all this happiness is not for thy greater glory and the good of my soul, take it from me. I will make the sacrifice." Cornelia Connelly would faithfully live out that...
Saint Mary's College High School Dedicates Memorial to Alumni Veterans
California school celebrates and reverences the service and sacrifice of veteransOn Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, the school community and invited guests at Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, California, marked Veterans Day with the dedication...
Service-Learning and Social Justice
Service-Learning and Social Justice Engaging Students in Social Change By Susan Benigni Cipolle, Ph.D. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Lanham, Maryland 2010, 177 pages, $34.95, paperback; $85 (cloth), $34.95 (electronic) ISBN 978-1-60709-519-4)...
Teaching Catholic Ritual to Children
If students are able to make strong connections between what they believe and how they pray and then connect both of these to the larger faith community, they will be able to grow in greater appreciation for their faith throughout their lifelong journeys...
Ten Thousand Celebrate Catholic Schools in Green Bay
After years of hoping and months of planning, Diocese of Green Bay celebrates a diocesan-wide school MassExcitement, apprehension, awe and relief were just a few of the emotions felt on Oct. 14 last fall in the Diocese of Green Bay. The energy level...
Urban Catholic Education: Tales of Twelve American Cities
Urban Catholic Education: Tales of Twelve American Cities Edited by Thomas C. Hunt and Timothy Walch Alliance for Catholic Education Press. Notre Dame, Indiana 2010, 303 pages, $15 (paperback), $25.008 (hardback) ISBN 978-0-9819501-8-1 (paper) ISBN 978-0-9819501-9-8...
Using Community School Prayer to Create a Calm and Positive Feeling in High School Students
School prayer is important if it doesn't become routine and it contains personal elementsPracticing prayer is important to continue religious traditions (Mountain, 2004). School prayer can help students begin a day within a calm and positive environment...
Veterans Day Celebrated across 5,000 Miles
Holy Family Catholic School uses Skype technology to bridge the distance and unite a familyAfield trip to Baghdad to visit U.S. military troops on Veterans Day? Not possible, right? But with the use of Skype video conferencing, more than 200 students...
Voices of Peace
U.S. choirs sing for papal Mass during international music festival in RomeWhen Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the World Day of Peace Mass Jan. 1, St. Peter's Basilica resonated with a special melodious, international sound. That's when youth choirs from...