Category Archives: Newsletters

October 19th Newsletter

Click here to read this week’s newsletter focusing on the expansion of Partnership Schools to Cleveland and other great links


October 5th newsletter

Click through for an examination of governance reform during this time of disruption in the #catholicschoolmatters newsletter


Sep 28th Newsletter

Click through for this week’s newsletter focusing on great articles and links I’ve come across this month


Sep 21st Newsletter

Click through for this week’s newsletter about learning from our present experience.


Sep 14th Newsletter

Click here to read the Sep 14th #catholicschoolmatters newsletter focusing on building better connections with students


Aug 31st newsletter

Click here to read this week’s newsletter exploring the current racial reckoning in our country and its applications to our Catholic schools.  #catholicschoolmatters


August 24th newsletter

Click here to view the August 24th newsletter.  The blog explores the crisis in Catholic education and offers solutions and perspective.  #catholicschoolmatters


August 17th newsletter

Click here to view the Aug 17th newsletter.  The blog focuses on the Serenity Prayer and also includes some great resources and links for Catholic school leaders.


May 24th Newsletter

This weekend’s edition of Catholic School Matters will mark the final edition of this school year.  So I’ve put a collection of the most important COVID resources in one place as well as including some articles I’ve come across in the past week to spark some thought.

The Top 5:

  1. A group of Catholic school leaders has been working to help articulate a value proposition for Catholic schools during uncertain times. Here is the Executive Summary, designed to be put in the hands of Catholic school leaders on the front lines.  What are the themes that will resonate right now?  Print it out, email it, help distribute this great resource.
  2. The Greeley Center published a great planning guide for Catholic schools “Leading with Hope.” It’s the best planning guide I’ve seen.
  3. I also included links to the Montana Catholic Schools policy guidelines as well as the Diocese of Sacramento’s reentry template. These should help with your planning.
  4. I include an NCR article about how St. Michael Indian School is serving the Navajo in this time of need. I’m not seeing enough stories about how the Church is extending its hand to serve—instead I’m seeing too many stories about how the Church is holding up its hand to receive help.  The field hospital should be our metaphors, says Pope Francis, serving those most in need.
  5. The Deloitte article about resilient leadership in this time of crisis is well worth considering.

May 17th Newsletter

In this week’s newsletter, I’m focusing a bit on testifying and sharing the good news of your schools.  I’ve also connected some great resources and here is the Top 5:

  1. The Journal of Catholic Education is offering a special rolling COVID issue. The first two articles have been posted.  They are both articles from Dr. Quentin Wodon, lead economist at the World Bank affiliated with Notre Dame, and discuss the immediate impact of the COVID crisis on American and international Catholic schools.  They are extensive, thorough articles with fascinating data.
  2. In the midst of this pandemic, it’s worth your time to read about a Supreme Court case about employment law and the ministerial exemption. There’s a story from America magazine, from the New York Times, and LA Times.  We might see some radical changes.
  3. Watch this great interview with Jill Kafka from Partnership Schools. She says, “Catholic schools are pulling people together as the world is falling apart.”
  4. In the Educational Links, the first article is a deep dive on curriculum. It’s part 2 of a four-part series and it’s worth your time to consider how we adapt to our new reality.
  5. Don’t miss these…The CDC has published a decision tree for reopening schoolsand daycare facilities. Johns Hopkins Center for Educational Policy has released a planning guide for next year.  It’s really well done and worth printing out and sharing.