A Nonpartisan Approach to School Choice
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1d ago
Written by Dr. Ashley Berner, director, Institute for Education Policy, Johns Hopkins University Education policy can feel like a zero-sum game in which nobody wins. Listen in on our debates, and you hear school-choice advocates referencing “failed district schools” or district leaders insisting that charter schools “rob districts of resources” and private schools “resegregate” education. Governors on both sides of the aisle leverage culture-war language to win elections. Even research gets weaponized. We desperately need a way forward that can carry us all the way into a world in which every ..read more
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Celebrating Generous and Loving Service to Catholic Schools
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1w ago
Written by NCEA Staff, NCEAtalk@ncea.org Serve one another with the gifts you have received. 1 Peter 4:8-11 Each year, NCEA sponsors awards to recognize those who serve our schools in an array of roles. Some recipients are students or employees and others are volunteers. What astounds me is the breadth of service given with no expectation of recognition or reward, other than the satisfaction of knowing that individuals or groups are sharing their expertise and experience to further the mission and ministry of Catholic education. The President’s Awards are designated by the passions of fiv ..read more
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Missionary Disciples: Empowering Parents and Educators to Collaborate
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1w ago
The Dual Purpose of Catholic Schools, Part III Written By Fr. Tom Simonds, SJ, NCEA Director of Secondary Engagement, FrTom@ncea.org Fr. Tom Simonds, SJ, discusses the dual purpose of Catholic schools. He also shares a new strategy to strengthen student faith formation in Catholic schools by engaging parents and parishes. In the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, Second Edition (NSBECS), Catholic school educators are called on to engage in missionary discipleship. Thinking of the role of Catholic school educators in this way is not necess ..read more
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How Schools Can Solve Three Financial Aid Challenges
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2w ago
Written by Scott Tolliver, FACTS Content Marketing Manager, scott.tolliver@nelnet.net Does your current solution for managing financial aid meet your schools’ needs? When you’re stuck using manual processes or inefficient software, you end up lamenting about the same problems day after day. Remarks like “this takes way too long” or “I worry we’re not connecting with the right students” might sound familiar. For many schools, ensuring that every student who is a good fit has access to financial aid is essential. But managing financial aid assessments can be time-consuming. Here’s how comprehens ..read more
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Do You Know What You Need to Know?
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3w ago
Written By Dale McDonald, PBVM, Ph.D., NCEA Vice President of Public Policy and co-director of the Annual Education Law Symposium, mcdonald@ncea.org We live in an increasingly litigious society. Catholic schools are being challenged more frequently on a variety of actions and policies, many of which require some understanding of legal issues. Diocesan and school administrators and teachers should be aware of the many situations that can put institutions and individuals in legal jeopardy. The Annual Education Law Symposium will provide important information to assist educational personnel in av ..read more
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3 Ways to Address Wellness in the Classroom
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3w ago
Written by Catapult Learning,  info@catapultlearning.com Mental wellness and well-being have become hot topics in the education world. It’s no wonder, given that 80% of U.S. students report feeling stressed sometimes or often, while 34% felt depression, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. On top of that, 59% of teachers experience burnout, compared to 48% of people in other professions. To summarize: There is currently a lot of stress in American classrooms. But there are ways to help. In this article, we’ll look at a few of the mental wellness s ..read more
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The Call to Servant Leadership: Senior Social Justice Capstone Projects
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3w ago
Written by Molly Bardine, English Teacher and Department Chair, Senior Capstone Coordinator mbardine@cjeagles.org Ten years ago, the director of our Campus Ministry, Kelli Kinnear, approached me about revising the senior service project. Previously, seniors chose a social justice issue and as an entire class organized a service project which often centered around a fundraiser and then an educational awareness campaign.  The goal of revising the current project was to challenge our seniors to take on a more independent but still collaborative role in making an impact on an issue, and ..read more
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Engaging Students With Box of Joy®
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1M ago
Written by Tessie O’Dea, Relationship Development Manager, Cross Catholic Outreach, todea@crosscatholic.org When asked about his first encounter with Cross Catholic Outreach, Bishop Earl Fernandes of the Diocese of Columbus, OH, mentioned several admired characteristics of the ministry, but highlighted his experience with Box of Joy. “I was very impressed by how Cross Catholic Outreach actually engaged families. I think that’s why Box of Joy continues to grow. It engages children. It makes them more aware of the situation of children around the world, of the dire conditions of poverty and ..read more
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Are We Keeping Our Promises?
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1M ago
The Dual Purpose of Catholic Schools Part II Written by Father Tom Simonds, SJ, NCEA Director of Secondary Engagement, FrTom@ncea.org In this series of three blog posts, Fr. Tom Simonds, SJ, discusses the dual purpose of Catholic schools. He also shares a new strategy to strengthen student faith formation in Catholic schools by engaging parents and parishes. Catholic schools promise to provide excellent academic preparation and faith formation for students. Are we keeping our promise? Faith Formation Check-Up I encourage school leaders to do a faith formation check-up to determine how well the ..read more
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Make the Most of Educator Professional Development Investments
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1M ago
Written by Catapult Learning,  info@catapultlearning.com How implementing a holistic training program can build educator capacity and deliver better student outcomes Today’s school administrators and educators face a daunting array of challenges. From increased pressure to improve test scores and bridge learning gaps exacerbated by the pandemic to complying with inclusion mandates and boosting educator retention rates. On the best of days, the work can feel overwhelming even for the most seasoned educators. The need for an integrated approach to professional development. Based on the my ..read more
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