Momentum

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, November/December

2005 Seton Awards
EIGHT RECEIVE ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON AWARDS FOR SIGNIFICANT SUPPORT TO CATHOLIC EDUCATIONEight outstanding supporters of Catholic education received the 2005 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award during the National Catholic Educational Association's (NCEA)...
25 Years Later: Death of Churchwomen in El Salvador Continues to Bring a Call to Action
Sometimes we meet amazing people whose spirits touch us and we are never the same.To many students at Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart in East Cleveland, Ohio, Sister Dorothy Kazel was one of those people. My first memory of Sister Dorothy was seeing...
A Conversation with Archbishop Michael Miller
The Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education shares his views on Catholic education in the U.S. and worldwide.Archbishop Michael Miller, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, visited Washington, D.C., in the...
A "Work of the Heart" That Wows the Recipients
Wow! Can you imagine getting a call stating that an anonymous donor wished to give $120,000 during the course of a school year to employees of Catholic schools in a diocese? That is exactly what happened in the Diocese of Dallas, Texas, during the summer...
Cooperative Learning as a Classroom Management Strategy
Small groups or teams, comprised of students of different levels of ability, work together to accomplish shared goals and to maximize their own and each other's learningEducator John Holt wrote, "We destroy the love of learning in children, which is...
Curriculum + Differentiation = Learning
Diocese of Covington Expands Use of Differentiated LearningAnnouncer: Hi, I'm Tom Triple, here at the National Triangle World Cup in Triopolis, Tennessee. We have some triangles with us today, and we are going to see how well our contestants can identify...
Data=Influence: Information Helps Shape Perceptions and Policies
Information is a powerful tool that can be used for shaping perceptions and policies pertaining to education in general, and Catholic education in particular. Reliance on data has become a significant part of the national education agenda, fueled in...
Discernment in a Multi-Dimensional World
DAY BY DAY, DEAR LORD, OF THEE THREE THINGS I PRAY. To SEE THEE MORE CLEARLY. LOVE THEE MORE DEARLY, FOLLOW THEE MORE NEARLY, DAY BY DAY.(Richard of Chichester, c. 1197-1253)Students listened attentively as the panel of media professionals articulated...
Domestic Churches: Trusting Our Catechetical Partners
Since Vatican II, an abundance of references in ecclesial documents, synods and letters name the household or family as the basic ecclesial cell (Gaiidiuni et Spcns, 52). Pope John Paul II himself brought forth the concept of the family as "domestic...
Educators Play Important Role in Collaborative, Successful Vocation Ministry
God does the calling, but educators and vocation directors can help move the process alongA ninth-grade boy, the only student brave enough to actually raise his hand and ask a question at the end of my presentation to the freshmen class, asked, "So...is...
Endowment Fund Makes Catechesis Available to Entire Families
For 20 Years, Farina Fund Has Fostered Professionalism in CatechesisIn 1984 the late Father Edward Farina, a Pittsburgh diocesan priest, established a fund to honor his four deceased brothers-who also served as priests in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The...
Finding Power in Our Strengths and Weaknesses
Focusing on our strengths is the surest way to manage and improve our weaknessesAs Catholic educators, we are called to help our students and one another derive power from both our strengths and our weaknesses. To illustrate this sort of thinking, there...
Hurricane Assistance Flows in from All Directions
Catholic schools and parish religious education programs across the nation stepped up to help victims of Gulf hurricanes in impressive and creative ways.Child to Child CampaignBy Momentum press time, contributions to the National Catholic Educational...
If Your Class Were Optional, Would Anyone Attend?
In workshops throughout the country, one of the questions I ask teachers is, "Why should anyone learn what you teach?" Phrased another way, "If your class were optional, would anyone attend?"The initial response is usually be-mused laughter, but my real...
Lessons from a Reading File
I have a file of beloved readings. They have traveled across and around the country as I have moved from place to place and worked in various levels of Catholic education. As I sort through my own library, they remain. Some of them are indeed starting...
Liftoff Is the Payoff for Simulated Space Mission
Students take their place in space without ever leaving New JerseyFor 19 hours late in the 2005 school year, Saint Lawrence Regional School (SLRS) students made history (and headlines) by conducting a unique and ambitious experiment.They may never have...
Listening Can Be Beneficial to the Well Being of a School
Reflections of a Catholic School PrincipalIn order for Catholic schools to remain vibrant and alive for the 21st century and beyond, it is essential for the principal, as the school's spiritual and educational visionary and leader, to be open to listening...
Marymount University and the Diocese of Arlington Collaborate to Bring Computer Resources to the Classroom
Educator-to-educator initiative provides technological answers and hands-on approaches for technology integrationOur journey began with a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The goal was to provide technology models and opportunities...
NCEA Convention Shifts to Atlanta for April 2006
The damage left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina has forced NCEA to shift the location of the 2006 convention originally scheduled for New Orleans April 18-21. The convention now will meet in Atlanta, Georgia, for the first time ever.The convention theme...
Online Training Available for Chairpersons and Administrators of Catholic Education Boards, Commissions and Councils
The National Association of Boards, Commissions and Councils of Catholic Education (NABCCCE), in partnership with the University of Dayton's Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, has designed a series of webinars, or online seminars, to provide the tools...
Revised IFG Instrument Will Align the Measure with the Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation
A revised and updated Information for Growth (IFG) survey instrument is being refined and is expected to be available for use in spring of next year.Information for Growth (IFG) is designed to provide feedback to individuals and groups about their knowledge...
Spanish-Americans: Lives and Faces
Spanish-Americans: Lives and Faces By Most Rev. David Arias Trafford Publishing, Victoria, BC, Canada 2005, 268 pages, $21.26Most Rev. David Arias, a native of Spain and auxiliary bishop emeritus of Newark, New Jersey, has compiled 100 biographies and...
These Students Don't Speak English: Now What?
What one Catholic elementary school is doing to meet the needs of its growing English-language learner populationThe middle school teachers were shocked. One of our brightest students and potential valedictorian of the class of 2002 had just failed the...
The State of Adolescent Catechesis: A Look at Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats through the Lens of a S/W/O/T Analysis
A S/W/O/T analysis is a useful tool for conducting an internal and external scan of an organization. The analysis generally is conducted prior to beginning a strategic planning process. Strengths and weaknesses typically apply to the internal working...
Together We Pray
Together We Pray By Carmen L. Caltagirone Ave Marie Press, Notre Dame, Indiana 2005, 112 pages, $14.95"Together We Pray: Prayer and Services for Gatherings and Groups" offers short prayers and prayer services for a wide variety of needs and gatherings....
Web-Based Student Information Systems Offer Easy Tracking of Student Records
Catholic school administrators are understanding better the nuances of implementing SISAnyone who thinks that implementing a robust Web-based student information system (SIS) is a breeze is just fooling him or herself. Choosing a SIS is just the important...
World Youth Day 2005: Reflections on a Pilgrimage of Faith
In August, nearly a million young Catholic pilgrims from 197 countries came to World Youth Day (WYD) 2005 in Cologne, Germany, to deepen their relationship with Christ. Assisted by more than 27,000 international volunteers, 1,400 team leaders and support...