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Articles from Vol. 43, No. 1, February/March

A Catholic Response to the Accountability Movement
At the end of her thorough and insightful review of our nation's failed attempts to reform American education, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education," Diane Ravitch concludes: "If we...
A Field of Their Own
After 68 years on borrowed ground, Xavier Prep athletes have the field of their dreamsFor decades, Xavier College Preparatory High School's outstanding soft ball, soccer and lacrosse teams were without a home field to call their own. Instead, team members...
All Catholic Educators Need a Clear Understanding of the Essential Characteristics of Catholic Education
Programs can drift away in the same way that people can. When they lose their focus on their only reason for being, then they cease to maintain the umbrella of the Catholic faithWhen the discussion about the importance of Catholic education gets underway,...
An Appreciation: Brother Michael Collins, Long-Time Catholic Educator
De La Salle Christian Brother Michael Collins, president of his aima mater, DeLaSaIIe High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a prominent national figure in Catholic secondary education over a 53-year career, died Jan. 8. Brother Michael, 74, died...
A Shared Vision to Act On
New "National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools" present Catholic school leaders with an invaluable tool to engage the entire school community in meaningful and well-directed school improvement effortsThroughout...
Called to Holiness
Raising Vocation AwarenessEducators have been given the awesome responsibility of contributing to the education of young people who we hope will grow into men and women of God serving in the worldIn Leviticus 19:2 we are told to "be holy, for I, the...
Catholic Education Leaders Recognized as "Champions of Change"
Nine leaders in Catholic education were honored Jan. 25 by the White House in recognition of their service to their communities and the country. The Champions of Change program highlights a different sector each week, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs...
Critical Partnerships: An Opportunity to Support Philadelphia Area Catholic Schools
A group of supporters of Philadelphia-area Catholic schools have welcomed the "National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools" and have found it to be invaluable in an initiative to support Philadelphia archdiocesan...
Diocese of Arlington Discovers Small and Intimate Works Best for Student Recruitment
Recruiting initiative spreads the word thatfall is a great time to discover Catholic schoolsIf success were a destination, what path should students take to get there?According to the Diocese of Arlington (Virginia) Office of Catholic Schools, a Catholic...
District Use of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Accreditation Process
Long after the accreditation visiting team leaves the building, Catholic school educators recount stories about accreditation. Most of the storytellers seem to react to impending accreditation with "Oh, no. It can't be that time again!" Although accreditation...
Enrichment Week - Uniquely Saint Mary's, Thoroughly Lasallian
Enrichment Week offers an opportunity for students to step outside of their comfort zone to do something new and get to know new people with whom they might not normally find themselves having a conversationO God, the chance to experience something new...
Faith Formation Is Not Just for Kids
When we fly, in case of an emergency, we put on our oxygen masks first and then assist children traveling with us. Likewise, adult faith formation must be primary, not only to strengthen the adults' relationship with Jesus, but also to assist them in...
Finding Balance in a Busy World
Benilde-St. Margaret's wellness initiative combines an increase in unstructured time during the school day, mandatory wellness activities, a new wellness class for juniors and an examination of the school's culture to promote a balance of intellectual,...
How Do I Know If My Local Catholic School Is Catholic?
Ten questions for parents and potential backersIt is really simple- ask and look. Ten questions to ask- and follow up on- to determine whether or not a school that calls itself Catholic is a true practicing Catholic school.1 .Ask YourselfDo children...
Investing in Catholic Schools with Added Confidence
T he Catholic community extends gratitude to Lorraine A. Ozar, Ph.D., director of the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness (CCSE) at Loyola University Chicago and chair of the task force, as well as all members of the task force, for contributing...
Ministerial Exceptions and Religious Freedom
Two current legal issues have far-reaching impact on Catholic education programsCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Not only does this First Amendment provision prohibit government...
National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools
"The 'National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools' describe how the most mission-driven, program-effective, well-managed and responsibly governed Catholic schools operate. They are offered as school effectiveness...
New Standards Expand and Enrich Diocesan Standards
In 2008, the Diocese of Gary adapted and introduced the Standards of Excellence for parishes promulgated by the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. These standards describe how the most wellmanaged and responsibly governed parishes operate....
Principled Ministry: A Guidebook for Catholic Church Leaders
Principled Ministry: A Guidebook for Catholic Church Leaders Loughlan Sofield, ST, and Cartoli Juliano, SHCJ Foreword by Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond Ave María Press, Notre Dame, Indiana 2011, 141 pages, $16.95 (paperback) ISBN 10-1-59471-263-8Neither...
Religious Community Schools and National Standards
As a high school principal in a school that has multiple sponsors, I sometimes ask myself, "What! Another set of standards? Will this ever come to an end?" I do not think that I am alone in this lament. This may be the cry that rises from Catholic educators-...
School Rules and the Law of Love
Sometimes a rule that should encourage growth becomes a yoke that breaks the backs of students and leaves teachers or administrators hamstrungOne of the most neuralgic issues constantly confronting teachers is the application of school rules. Administrators,...
Symbols, Substance and Spirit Are at the Core of Catholic Education
Catholic schools bear an obligation to a specific mission grounded in faith and in the commitment to make that faith apparent in all phases of their students' educational journeyIf you ask a 1950s attendee to identify the essential characteristics of...
The New Advantage for Catholic Higher Education
The "National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools" creates new opportunities for schools of education and centers for Catholic education at our country's Catholic colleges and universities. When this vital...
The Next Step into the Future
Recently I spent several weeks reviewing entries for the Catholic Schools of Tomorrow Award. Each year I am deeply impressed with the creativity, breadth and depth of the digital educational transformation being introduced into the curriculum within...
To Be Perfectly Clear
A message from Karen M. Ristau, NCEA PresidentRemember the episode of "M*A*S*H" when Radar tried to impress others with his grasp of sophisticated language, which in reality he did not understand at all? It was Hawkeye, most likely, who advised him to...
Using the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools with a New Accreditation Process
The Archdiocese of Washington is always looking for better ways to teach its students, serve its families and parish communities and improve the success of Catholic schools. This call to discover a better way and continually improve our schools came...
Worshiping a Homeless Man: The Liturgy as a Source for Christian Service
A renewed sense of service, understood as Christian service, as opposed to community service, would allow students to experience their faith in a dynamic way by actively participating in a variety of service opportunities in their communitiesAt the entrance...