Momentum

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 4, November/December

A Chance to Model Learning
This summer my 11-year-old grandson worked with his father to build a computer- which actually does work. My four-yearold grandson read books to his little brother on his mother's IPad. At a vocation conference, I sat with a group of recruiters who chatted...
Building Lasting Collaborative Relationship: What Makes a School a Learning Community?
New leadership within a school initially can create positive and negative changes in school climate. As a new principal, it is important to start with small initiatives and slowly progress to larger.Is a school the brick and mortar it is constructed...
Catholic Educational Leaders Should Chart a Positive Course for Social Media
Catholic educators have unique considerations because of their responsibility for students, their understanding of parents as the primary educators of their children and the mission of Catholic schools and parish catechetical programs as instruments...
Catholic Schools Receive Blue Ribbon Recognition
This fall, the U.S. Department of Education recognized 255 public schools and 49 private schools as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Fortysix of the private schools are Catholic elementary schools. Illinois placed eight schools on the list, the most...
Changes on the Horizon for Religious Education Recognition
A redesigned Religious Educational Excellence Award will be presented to a parish catechetical leader who exemplifies excellence in catechesisIn his apostolic exhortation Catechesi Tradendae (1979), Pope John Paul II declared that parishes havethe serious...
Choosing a Catholic College-Connecting the Mind and Heart
CATHOLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES PREPARE STUDENTS NOT JUST FOR CAREERS, BUT TO LIVE MEANINGFUL LIVESChoosing a college can be a daunting task for students and parents. Presented with the myriad of private and public options, a...
Defining the Role of the Catholic School Trustee
Decisions made by trustees in furtherance of a school's fundamental principles should be fully supportable as consistent with trustee duties of care and loyaltyW 'hat is the role of the Catholic school trustee?This question confronts trustee candidates...
Facebook Follow-Up: Mount Saint Joseph High School
The 2010 February/ March Momentum explained how Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore handled the increasingly important issue of social media- specifically Facebook. Since that time, the school has increased its Facebook presence not only with...
"Family Friend" to Catholic Schools Passes Away
Cartoonist BiI Keane, who passed away Nov. 8 at age 89 in Phoenix, Arizona, was a great supporter of Catholic education.Keane, a recipient of the NCEA Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, was a product of Catholic education and credited his success in large measure...
Google Docs Help Archdiocese of Boston Span the Miles
File sharing helps manage information successfully for 122 schools spanning more than 3,000 square milesWhen you have a parish school on the border of New Hampshire, a regional academy in the heart of Boston and a private school near Cape Cod, how do...
Harrisburg Diocese Connects Schools with Web 2.0
Through the use of Web 2.0, schools are able to increase opportunities for students to think creatively, problem solve, make decisions about their learning, collaborate, negotiate, communicate, lead and be active participants in a teamWith technology...
Has the Internet Unleashed: Digital Drama?
While the Internet is far from evil, its rapid growth unleashed multiple ways for people to hurt themselves and othersIn Greek mythology, Pandora opened a box releasing all the evils of the world. When everything exited the box, the only thing left was...
Helping Parents Understand School Substance Abuse Policies
Parental involvement should facilitate a school's ability to handle drug incidents in a manner consistent with community expectation, but do parents really understand what's at stake?Carefully researched, well-written and well-organized policies are...
High School Faculty Invited to Explore Catholic Themes in Their Academic Specialty
Substantially Catholic Seminar offers "Catholic Practical" -content and theory that can be put to use in classOn the first day of the Substantially Catholic Seminar, many of the high school teachers did not know what to expect. They knew only that they...
How Well Is the Church Reaching out to People in the Digital Age?
The industry term for the appeal of a Web site is "sticky." Visitors (or "eyeballs") stick to a site if it is interesting, lively, useful, provocative and generally appealing. Conversely, the "bounce rate" refers to how frequently initial visitors navigate...
Lessons from Elijah about Catechesis and Social Media
As religious educators, we need to know the Lord well enough to recognize him in the midst of lives that include Facebook, blogs, Twitter, texting, Delicious and YouTubeReligious education often takes place in a frenzied atmosphere whether it occurs...
Look, Ma, No More Backpacks!
MacBooks replace textbooks at new regional middle school, Frassati AcademyThe slogan-Look Ma, No More Backpacks became one of the many academy cheers among the 131 young people who joined the ranks of the Eagles at Frassati Catholic Academy, the first...
NCEA Award Honors Philanthropy, Leadership and Service to Catholic Education
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards and President's Award presented during October dinnerThe St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award was presented to five outstanding supporters of Catholic education during the 21st annual Seton Awards ceremony Monday, Oct. 3 at the...
Please Come to Boston for the Spring Time
Registration is open now for the 109th Annual NCEA Convention NPCD Convocation and Exposition Catholic Library Association ConventionApril 1 to 13, 2012(note that this is Wednesday through a departure from recent years,)For the latest information, go...
Saint Eugene School Adopts One-to-One iPad Program
Interactive nature of iPad mobile devices along with user friendly apps allows Wisconsin school to bring 21st-century skills to the classroom and homeThis fall St. Eugene School in Fox Point, Wisconsin, began providing its middle school students grades...
Social Media: Friend or Foe?
Educators and parents must work to keep children safe from the dangers of social media and safeguard the development of communication skillsThe use of social networking, gaming and video sites is among the most common activity of today's children and...
Student-Led Conferences Give Junior High Students Insights into Their Academic Strengths and Challenges
Sell confidence grows exponentially when students can articulate their strengths, challenges and plans for change to parents and teachersAt a time when Catholic elementary schools across the country are dealing with rising tuition and falling enrollment,...
Telling the Old Story in New Ways
Our salvation story is The Story of all time and its message is what remains, regardless of how it is transmitted"Once upon a time." We are all familiar with that phrase. Story time! It's time to turn away from our busyness and just settle in. As children...
The Grounding Spirit of Joy
Christian joy gives us courage against shortsighted resignation to what might hold us hostage from seeing the novelty or possibilities of the present momentWho are the Catholic educational leaders who are joyful in our midst, filled with exceptional...
Twitter? Web Site? Printed Word?
Americans Want to Stay in Touch on Education and Catholic Schools Can BenefitAmericans want more information than they are getting about schools, especially on the most basic educational topics- teacher performance, student academic achievement, curricula...
Upward Bound Program Provides Skills and Motivation to Help Students Succeed in High School and Continue on to College
CATHOLIC COLLEGES PARTICIPATE IN U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROGRAM TO HELP STUDENTS FROM DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS PREPARE FOR COLLEGEHigh school students from low-income families and/ or those where neither parent holds a bachelor's degree are eligible...