Feb 2nd Catholic School Matters Newsletter

Feb 2nd Catholic School Matters Newsletter

In this week’s newsletter, I discuss the new conference for diocesan high school presidents called “The Nashville Exchange.”  It’s February and not too early to think about your summer professional development.  It’s also the doldrums of the school year and we need to keep reading and learning in order to lead our staff members through this period of the school year.  The Top 5 articles:

  1. In the American Catholic News section, Kathleen Porter-Magee brings it with another great article about the purpose and value of Catholic schools entitled “An ‘Alienated America’ Needs Community-Building Schools—Something Catholic Schools Have Been Doing for Generations.” The article reminded me of Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone which explored the death of bowling leagues as a symptom that Americans are just not joining clubs any more—but they report feeling lonelier and more isolated.
  2. The next article highlights the efforts of the Big Shoulders fund in Chicago to support Catholic schools. Coming off the announcement that at least seven more Catholic schools will close in Chicago, notice that the Fund is not only providing money but also demanding a voice in governance.
  3. In the Leadership section, the first article “Why Self-Awareness is the Key to More Effective Team Discussions” is a great article exploring why some board meeting discussions work well and why others sputter. Not every opinion is created equally and listening means more than waiting for someone to stop speaking!
  4. The next link is to a great little blog post by Tom Barrett entitled “3 Steps to Improve Your” It’s remarkable insightful, calling for leaders to give time for reflection, creating the conditions for dialogue, and responding to the people in front of you.  Simple and powerful.
  5. In the Miscellany section, “Most People are bad at arguing. These 2 techniques will make you better” is a great article about truth, morals, and listening.  Definitely worth a read!