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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 4, November/December

40 Catholic Schools Receive No Child Left Behind/Blue Ribbon School Awards
Of the 50 awards allotted to private schools in the U.S. Department of Education's annual No Child Left Behind/Blue Ribbon School Awards, 40 of this year's award recipients are Catholic schools-37 elementary and three high schools.The program honors...
Adolescent Catechesis in a Culturally Diverse Context
This is the eighth article in a series on adolescent catechesis sponsored by the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis, a collaborative effort by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership...
Archdiocese for the Military Services Maintains Millions of Sacramental Records
Service members and their family members can obtain a sacramental certificate regardless of the military installation at which the individual received the sacramentThe new family registering in the parish seems to have an unconventional sacramental history....
A Sense of Beauty
A message from Karen M. Ristau, NCEA PresidentIn "What's the Point of Being a Christian?", Timothy Radcliffe's (2006) engaging book, he challenges Christians "before anything else to show there is a point to our lives." Our happiness and extravagant...
Convention Keynoter Will Put You in a Right Brain Frame of Mind
The future no longer belongs to people who can reason with computer-like logic, speed, and precisionVisiting Dan Pink's blog is a mind-bending experience-appropriate for the best-selling author of "A Whole New Mind." There are factoids of the day to...
Educating Students to Protect Themselves in Cyberspace
The Internet can be a valuable educational resource, but it also can expose students to dangers through contact with inappropriate materials and disguised predators. The latter has become more of a problem as interactive technologies become a significant...
Eliminating the Guesswork in Projecting Enrollments
Accurate projections are the foundation of a balanced budgetFor many years St. Aloysius School in Spokane, Washington, determined its tuition for the next year by a method that wasn't much more than guessing. Our parent advisory group would meet and...
Follow-Up to the Bishops' Document "On Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium"
Throughout the country, dioceses and archdioceses are considering new ways to sustain and energize Catholic educationEver since the American bishops issued their 2005 statement on the church's commitment to Catholic elementary and secondary schools,...
Fundraising without the Fatigue
If done correctly, fundraising programs can be profitable, efficient, educational and funThere are a lot of differences between public and private schools, but the need for fundraising is not one of them. The growing scarcity of money for all schoolspublic...
Making the Grade
If Catholic schools are charged with providing excellence as a matter of justice, then the matter of grade configuration must be taken into accountThe literature is replete with data showing the decline in the number of Catholic schools in the United...
Michigan School Starts a New Life by Going GREEN
How a 50-year-old school came to be a cool, nationally recognized "green school"In Sept. 2, Pope Benedict XVI addressed hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in Loreto, Italy. "Before it's too late," he urged in his homily, "we need to make...
My Life with the Saints
My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ Loyola Press, Chicago 2006, 411 pp., $22.95Several years ago Father Al McBride and I had a conversation about what religion teachers, at both the elementary and secondary level, suggested were their most needed...
NCEA Catechetical Scholars Project Provides Time to Think, Research, Network and Write
The Catechetical Scholars Program can be the catalyst to provide the gift of your insights as well as your thoroughly researched project to the catechetical communityBeing in the archdiocesan office in San Francisco offers me a great opportunity to attend...
NCEA Consulting Services Strengthen Schools and Advancement Programs
NCEA offers a variety of services to help schools and dioceses meet strategic and development goals. Services range from individual consultation to facilitated workshops delivered on-site.Consulting ServicesNCEA works with individual schools in personalizing...
Ncea Recognizes Significant Support to Catholic Education
Five St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards and one President's Award were presented to outstanding supporters of Catholic education during NCEA's 17th annual Seton awards dinner and ceremony Oct. 1. The event was held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade...
Ncea Revs Up for Indianapolis Meeting
Driving distances from major citiesBe at the starting line in Indianapolis when the 105th NCEA convention and exposition and the 16th annual convocation of the National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors (NPCD) begin Tuesday, March 25. Activities...
New School Brings Life to Aging Neighborhood
Community support empowers new Catholic school where others had failedWhen it comes to philanthropy, a fledgling Catholic elementary school in Norfolk, Virginia, has found that giving is a faith-based operation. Through a delicate balance of quality...
Partners for Quality in Inner-City Schools
Diocese of Memphis forges partnerships with business and corporate leaders to provide quality education for inner-city youthJubilee Schools offer successful model for bringing education to the under-servedThere is a persistent and ever-widening divide...
Planned Giving: An Ongoing Investment in the Future
Planned-giving programs take time to mature so plant the seeds now for future growthIncarnate Word Academy, located in Corpus Christi, Texas, was established in 1871 by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. The school offers educational...
Resources Ready to Use
National Handwriting Daywww.zaner-bloser.comJanuary 23, 2008, is National Handwriting Day, designated to draw attention to the fact that there still is power in the pencil. Despite the use of computers in today's technological era, handwriting still...
School-Sponsored Travel Provides a Broader Understanding of the World
With the world becoming so small, students need the understanding that educational travel providesSchool-sponsored educational travel is an essential component of a complete education for any student in today's society. With the rapidly shrinking world...
The Confident Catechist
The Confident Catechist by Lee Danseco St. Mary's Press, Winona, Minnesota 2007, 72 pages $10.95Lisa Anslinger"During his public ministry, Jesus attracted large, diverse crowds of curious onlookers. As with many religious education and youth ministry...
The Cucumbers at the Bottom of the Box
Many people do not give much thought to the cucumbers at the bottom of the box. In fact, most would say, "What are you talking about? Who buys a whole box of cucumbers? And, why would the ones at the bottom be any different from the ones at the top?"...
Together ... We Advance
Dynamic collaboration by New England advancement professionals becomes a model for allSimply stated, collaboration has been the mantra of Catholic advancement professionals in New England for more than a quarter century. It is also the directive that...
Toward More Catholic History in Our Schools
Using primary documents in the classroom develops skills in critical thinking and historical imagination-and fills in gaps in U.S. history textbooksIn a 1996 issue of The History Teacher, Historian Peter Boyer posed the question, "Is religion systematically...
Two Staff Members Join Department of Secondary Schools
Two members joined the staff of the NCEA Department of secondary Schools during the summer.Gary Meyerl is the new assistant executive director, replacing Edmund Rice Christian Brother John Casey, who moved to new mission endeavors in New Orleans, Louisiana.Meyerl...
Understanding the Difference between Ownership and Stewardship
The special theme of this issue is philanthropy-how it benefits Catholic education, how to seek it and how to use its gifts. Mary Sue Leese suggests that stewardship is not just for the wealthy, but is a concept to be taught to young people as well."Hooked...
Unique Challenges, New Approaches
Schools address inner-city children's needs through collaboration and innovationIt's the start of a new academic year. Time to instill fresh routines, prepare innovative lessons-and help students handle the emotional fallout of another shooting in their...
Wanted: Skeptical and Curious Minds
The instantaneous news that broke from Myanmar (Burma) offered an unsettling picture of orange-clad Buddhist monks boldly confronting the political oppression of their people by the green military government known as the Tatmadaw. The monks' bold stance...
What Will It Take to Keep Catholic Schools Thriving, Not Just Surviving?
Focus on these five key areas to keep schools open well into this centuryPhilanthropy is described as goodwill toward all people, especially efforts to promote human welfare. In the case of Catholic schools, we want to provide an education in a Catholic...
Why Conduct A Feasibility Study?
If an organization wants to run a capital campaign with strength and conviction, confident that the community will support its endeavors, it first will conduct a feasibility study and heed the resultsWhen an organization decides that it wants to conduct...
Will Philanthropy Save Catholic Schools?
Catholic school leaders must think of new ways to provide for the sustainability of schools and realistically consider the opportunities and challenges that philanthropic gifts provideIn late June 2006, billionaire financier Warren Buffett announced...