May 3rd Newsletter

May 3rd Newsletter

It’s Sunday again which means another edition of Catholic School Matters tackling the confusing reality of planning for the fall.  I think that’s the block of ice we’re all trying to carve into a masterpiece before it melts.  I say “Sunday again” because I find myself looking at the calendar more often just to remind myself what day it is.

This week, Frank Donaldson of ISPD is the sponsor and I highlight some of his summer online classes through University of Dayton to assist leaders through this crisis.  This week’s Catholic School Matters podcast features one long-form conversation with Tom Barrett, the Aussie blogger and consultant who I’ve been following for years.

The Top 5 for this week:

  1. The first two links both follow the same theme. “Who will we become after the coronavirus?” in America magazine by Sister Rosemarie Nassif of LMU tackles the impact of resilience and “Pandemic sparks creativity” in Crux also discusses the response by innovative Catholic educators like John Galvan and Julie Cantillon in San Diego.
  2. The “Letter from the Holy Father” presents two new prayers for the pandemic and a call for the rosary this month. Lately there have been quite a few stories about the race for a vaccine.  Even if a vaccine is discovered, the choices about how to distribute, etc. need clear direction.  We have much to pray for.
  3. In the Education Links section, the first article “Why are some kids thriving during remote learning?” from Edutopia is a great article. We tend to see stories about who is being left behind, who is disconnected from education, how much education is being lost, and how exhausted we all are.  But it’s important for a minute to consider that some students (and teachers) are thriving.  Why?  And what does say about our traditional educational environment?
  4. The next two links are what I’ve been waiting for? I really haven’t seen many good ideas about how to deal with graduation and end of year rituals.  The Edutopia article “Four Ways to Celebrate Graduation” and the NY Times article “High School seniors are making yearbooks on Instagram” also highlights creativity.
  5. In the Miscellany section, the first two articles are about the taxing nature of Zoom calls aka “Zoom Fatigue.” This is certainly part of my reality and it’s nice to come across some research that confirms what I’ve been experiencing.  I’m finding the old-fashioned phone call is usually more productive.  Perhaps we’ll see an article about bringing back the telegram.