Momentum

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1, February/March

Adolescent Catechesis: An Unfinished Agenda
This is the last 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...
A Powerful Merit Pay System for Teachers Based on Skill
A new compensation program has had a significant impact on delivery of De La Salle High School's mission to love, instruct and guide studentsNothing better defines a first-rate school than the quality of its instructional staff. To continue to attract...
At Homeness
I admit to being slightly distracted waiting for Mass to begin last Sunday in a church where I was a visitor. It was rather a strange thing, and seemingly an unimportant one, that distracted me-the number of songbooks and misselettes jammed in the pew...
Building a Community Where Everyone Feels Welcome, Validated and Valued
Charges of racism forced a school to question how inclusive it really was"Ms. Jones (a substitute name) is a racist and I want her fired," exclaimed the angry African American mother as she entered my office for the meeting she had requested.I had been...
Carpe Diem in Indianapolis
-STRENGTHEN PROFESSIONAL SKILLS-NETWORK WITH PEERS-FIND SPIRITUAL RENEWAL2008 NCEA Convention, Exposition and NPCD ConvocationMarch 25 to March 27 at the Cionvention CenterRegister for convention and hotels online at www.ncea.orgExperience Indianapolis...
Catholic Colleges Seek Support of Catholic School Colleagues to Spread the Good News of Catholic Higher Education
Values that Matter Campaign survey shows that there is measurable value in valuesIn early 2007, the National Catholic College Admission Association (National CCAA) initiated a campaign to promote Catholic higher education in the United States and beyond....
Catholic Women's Colleges Graduate Strong Student Leaders Prepared to Make a Significant Difference in Society
Catholic women's colleges have gained a reputation for the distinctive impact they have had in women's careers and personal livesCatholic secondary schools have long been recognized for their distinctiveness, and single-sex Catholic high schools can...
Closing with Pride. ...and Moving to the Future
91-year-old school exits graciously and gratefullyAt the end of the 2006-2007 school year, St. Luke the Evangelist School in St. Louis, Missouri, closed its doors after 91 years of offering Catholic education.The announcement of the closing took place...
Differentiating Catholic Colleges and Universities through Comparative Alumni Research
The Catholic colleges and universities comparative alumni research project and the Values that Matter Campaign promoting it was introduced in the 2007 Catholic colleges section of Momentum. This article provides a more detailed look at the findings.In...
Diversity Is the Order of the Day for the Archdiocese for the Military Services
Archdiocese serves more than 1.5 million Catholics in more than 62 locations throughout the world-and half of them move every yearImagine a diocese with no geographical boundaries. Imagine a diocese with more than 1.5 million Catholics serving in more...
Energizing Parishes in Support of Religious Education
In order to have a cultural impact, parishes must be places that meet the needs of the people. Before-and after-school programs can help fill those needsThe Catholic Church in the United States has made a cultural impact both as a voice in the public...
Five Tips to Begin Saving for a College Education
Like all long-term investments, saving and planning for a child's higher education requires commitment and dedication. But the payoff of a college degree is more than worth it.Like all long-term investments, saving and planning for a child's higher education...
Including Those without Voices
There has been a marked increase in the number of children and adolescents with autism in the United States. Many of these children are Catholic, but many of their families have been turned away or alienated from the church because of inconsistencies...
Justice on the Bumper
Bumper stickers, if taken seriously, can take people beyond their own viewpointsOn a daily basis we encounter disturbing, startling, discomforting, angering, humorous, ironic, sarcastic, irreverent, damning, uplifting and insightful words and images...
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor,I have been an elementary teacher in the Diocese of San Diego for six years and am completing my administrative credential through the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Last spring, while taking a...
Metro Catholic School Called the Miracle on 54th Street
Twenty years ago skeptics looked at Cleveland's Metro Catholic and said it wouldn't last three years. This year the school celebrates its 20th anniversaryTwenty years ago Metro Catholic School was predicted to fail within three years of its establishment....
National Catholic Colleges Week Scheduled for February 17-23
Week focuses on distinctive attributes of Catholic collegesThe Catholic higher education community celebrates its many strengths during the annual Catholic Colleges Week. This year the observance is scheduled for Feb. 17-23 and it will celebrate the...
Navajo Reservation School Continues Founder's Vision That a Values-Based Quality Education Is the Key to Self-Determination
Many changes have occurred at St. Michael Indian School since Mother Katherine Drexel founded it in 1902. But the basic mission still is to provide a quality Catholic education that invites students to the Eucharistic table and provides them with the...
NCEA President's Term Extended for Three More Years
Dr. Karen M. Ristau's service as NCEA president has been extended for an additional three years. The new term extends through July 2011. The Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and chairman of NCEA's board of directors, made the announcement...
Resources Ready to Use
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenshipwww.usccbpublishing.orgThis new publication from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) focuses on helping Catholics form their consciences so they can make sound moral decisions about public...
School-University Partnership Supports Science Teaching and Learning
University of Dayton partners with Catholic middle schools to improve teacher preparation and the teaching of sciencePartnership is one of the central components in the lives of education professionals. As teachers, we form partnerships with our students...
Students Are Forcing the Change on Us
Students become the vital change agents that challenge administrators and teachers to growEvery day I get into my car and drive to my next scheduled visit, meeting or a day full of unexpected work at the diocesan office. Facing the challenges as a district...
The 110th Congress: Looking Back and Ahead
When the first session of the 110th Congress convened in January 2007, the new Democratic majority that assumed leadership of the national legislative agenda pledged to work in a bipartisan manner as they took control of the committees that determine...
They Made All the Difference
They Made All the Difference by Eileen Wirth Loyola Press 2007 181 pages, $19.95In "They Made Al the Difference," Dr. Eileen Wirth offers a sympathetic and enthusiastic portrayal of Jesuit secondary education in the U.S. today. Her own experience as...
This Digital Storytelling
During the past year I participated in a few conferences focusing on integrating digital storytelling into the curriculum. It is amazing how simple or sophisticated the process can be for teachers and students. Each personal encounter with experts in...
Two Years after Katrina, the New Orleans Catholic Higher Education Community Remains Strong
It has been a little more than two years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. Still today people remember the pictures on the news and the horror of the storm that took 1,800 lives and caused more than $81 billion in damages. It was just that...
Visiting Teacher Helps Young Women Understand Firsthand: The Culture and People of China
Students will need a global perspective to meet 21st-century challengesDid you know that the current educational model was designed in the 1890s to teach students to become factory and office workers? Today, we need to look beyond this antiquated model...
Vocation Ministry: Inviters Needed
Catholic school and religious education ministers hold a privileged place in terms of the access they have to the hearts of young peopleAs a priest who works as a vocation director for a religious community of men, I am frequently asked about my "vocation...
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