The Vocation of Leadership: Responding to the Call
July 1, 2008
Volume 11, Number 11
NCEA Mission Statement
CONTENTS: Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
Announcements The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Upcoming Special Events is a professional membership organization that provides
CACE News/Events leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing,
NCEA News/Events catechizing and teaching mission of the Church.
Items of Interest Full Calendar of Events:
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The next issue of the CACE Electronic Newsletter will be sent on September 1, 2008. There will be
NO CACE Newsletter for the month of August. Enjoy your summer vacation.
Request for prayers
Please remember in your prayers Robert McCarron, the 27 year old son of Dr. Richard McCarron
email@example.com who was found dead on May 31, 2008. Richard is the Secretary of Education and
Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Richard's son had been beaten up in a robbery
attempt several years ago and was hit on the head with a pipe resulting in seizures after the attack. He died of
a Grand Mal seizure. Please remember Robert's soul and the McCarron family during these difficult days.
CACE members are asked to remember the soul of Carol McFarland who served as administrative secretary in
the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of De Moines for 25 years. She had been battling cancer for a
number of years. Messages of condolence may be sent to the Superintendent of Schools Luvern Gubbels
CACE extends congratulations to John Quary firstname.lastname@example.org who has been appointed
Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Victoria, Texas. He replaces Sister Gloria Cain, SSND who was
recently appointed Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Dallas, Texas.
The Diocese of Camden, New Jersey has announced two new appointments: Nicholas Regina
email@example.com will serve in the newly-created position of Executive Director of Catholic Schools
and Mary Boyle firstname.lastname@example.org as the new Superintendent of Schools. As previously reported,
the current superintendent, Sister Dawn Gear has accepted a leadership position in her community, the Grey
Nuns of the Sacred Heart.
The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia recently announced the appointment of Sister Elaine
Poitras, C.S.C. as Superintendent of Schools for a one year period effective July 1, 2008. Most recently, Sister
Elaine served as Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Rochester, New York.
CACE extends congratulations to Sister Ellen Rose Coughlin, SSJ email@example.com Director of
Catholic Education for the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York who was recently elected the Region 2 & 3
representative to the CACE Schools Division Advisory Committee. She replaces Sister Dawn Gear who is
stepping down to assume a leadership position in her community.
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has appointed Lisa M. Gulino to the position of Director of Religious Education for the
Diocese of Providence. She served for ten years as the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization in the
Diocese of Fall River. CACE extends a warm welcome to Lisa.
CACE extends appreciation and best wishes to Sister Dawn Achs, SSND firstname.lastname@example.org who will
conclude her service as Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Victoria this summer.
CACE is pleased to announce that Margaret Schultz email@example.com has been appointed the new
Administrative Assistant for CACE effective July 7, 2008. Margaret has been with NCEA for a number of years
working closely with Dr. Claire Helm. In addition to CACE, Margaret will also be working with Sr. Dale
McDonald, Director of Research and Public Policy. CACE extends a warm welcome to Margaret and looks
forward to working closely with her. Margaret replaces Daniel Baczkowski who was recently promoted to
Director of Events for NCEA.
October 24-25, 2008
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The CACE Department of NCEA is proud to announce plans for the third annual Superintendents’ Academy,
which will be held on October 24 and 25 in Oklahoma City, just prior to the Annual CACE Meeting. This
national workshop experience for new or nearly-new Catholic diocesan superintendents, offers a unique
professional development opportunity that recognizes the complexities of this key leadership role. The two-day
seminar will offer a valuable balance of academic and real-world expertise to the next generation of Catholic
The Academy features noted practitioners and nationally recognized speakers on pertinent topics facing
today’s Diocesan Superintendents. This year’s topics will include:
Understanding and Articulating Church Teachings and the Mission of Catholic Schools
Canon Law and Civil Law Relating to Catholic Schools
Data Collection and Public Policy
The Superintendent and Catholic School Governance
The Superintendent’s Role in Managing Change
The Academy is available to new, nearly-new and aspiring superintendents. Registration information will be
included in your registration packet for the CACE Annual Meeting, and is available on the CACE pages of the
NCEA website: www.ncea.org
Questions regarding this seminar may be directed to Timothy Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-656-0286.
Registration underway for the 2008 CACE Annual Meeting
Dr. Robert Wicks and Bishop Greg Aymond to address CACE
Members at 2008 Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
CACE members are encouraged to make early plans to
attend this year’s annual meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
(October 26-29, 2008). Dr. Robert Wicks will be the keynote speaker
for the opening session (Monday, October 27, 2008), and will lead
attendees in a day-long reflection on the theme, “The Vocation of
Leadership: Nurturing the Call.” His theme will be Riding the
Dragon: Remaining Passionate in Catholic Education. CACE
members are invited to bring diocesan office staff to the meeting for
the entire program, or to spend the day on Monday with Dr. Wicks.
The concluding session on Wednesday afternoon, October
29, 2008 will feature Bishop Greg Aymond of Austin, Texas who will
speak about the recent document, Co-Workers in the Vineyard and
its particular meaning to CACE members who serve in leadership
Registration fees for the CACE meeting are:
CACE Members $ 335
Non-CACE Members $ 435
(Diocesan Office Staff Only)
One-Day Registration (Monday Only) $ 150
The preliminary program and registration information for the 2008 CACE Annual Meeting will soon be
mailed to all current CACE members.
Please Note: CACE members planning to attend the meeting in Oklahoma City should make travel plans as
early as possible given the rising airline costs. One member recently booked his travel and realized a
significant savings by doing so.
Request for Information
Looking for current contracts for teachers and principals in use in dioceses. If you care to share your format,
please send to email@example.com or address below:
Dr. Sherry G. Morgan
Superintendent of Schools
Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville
P.O. Box 11127
Knoxville, TN 37939
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2009 THEME
"Catholic Schools Celebrate Service"
January 25-31, 2009
The new theme and logo for Catholic Schools Week 2009 were announced at the annual convention.
“Catholic Schools Celebrate Service” will be celebrated January 25-31, 2009. This theme recognizes that
putting faith into action is not optional for Catholics, but is integral to our faith. The recent gift of two million
community service hours in honor of Pope Benedict’s birthday is evidence of our faith’s strong tradition of
engaging in the world to help others and to build the kingdom of God.
The NCEA and the USCCB have sponsored the official Catholic Schools Week for 34 years now. We work
hard to keep our prices low, and all profits are earmarked for advocacy, leadership training and research in
support of Catholic education. We ask you to purchase from the catalog and not make up your own t-shirts or
other products using the logo. Using the logo for newsletters, Web sites, etc. is OK.
In addition to the 2009 theme, “Catholic Schools Celebrate Service,” the National Marketing Campaign For
Catholic Schools has adopted an ongoing, year-round theme titled “Catholic Schools: The Good News in
Education.” You will see this message on ads, public service announcements and posters in the catalog.
We are grateful for your support. Please call today to order a marketing kit ($20), which includes beautiful,
four-color liturgy guide, poster, and year-round marketing handbook. The catalog with the entire product line
will be on the Web and in your mailbox soon. To order, visit www.catholicschoolsweek.org or call 1-800-269-
Back-to-School Prayer Service and Bookmark
For the third year, NCEA will offer a prayer service and bookmark to educators to mark the start of the school
year. This free resource will be available in late-July from the NCEA Web site. Look for it in the Back-to-School
The Press Kit is a compilation of press releases, a fun page and other materials for you to use in school
newsletters, church bulletins and Web sites. Look for a link to the Back-to-School Press Kit on the front page of
the NCEA Web site starting July 21: www.ncea.org
Please share this information with your Catholic schools and parishes.
NCEA 2009 Convention Call for Session Proposals
Anaheim, California – April 14 to 17, 2009
NCEA is now soliciting Proposals for Sessions to be presented at the 2009 Convention and Exposition and
Religious Education Convocation to be held in Anaheim, California, April 14-17, 2009.
Each department in the association issues its own solicitation for proposals. Requests are in an online form
which asks for pertinent information regarding the session proposed and the person who will present it. The
departments of the association can be considered as the target audience for the presentation. However,
convention attendees are free to attend any session listed in the Convention program.
For example, if your session is intended for elementary educators, you should complete the Elementary
Department Proposal Form.
The department forms are located at the following links:
Department of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE) and Diocesan Directors of Religious
Department of Elementary Schools (Grades PK-8)
Department of Secondary Schools (Grades 9-12)
Department of Religious Education and the National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors (NPCD)
Department of Boards and Councils
New NCEA Publication
In Fulfillment of Their Mission: The Duties and Tasks of a Roman Catholic Priest offers a profile of what a
successful priest needs to know and be able to do. It outlines nine major areas of ministerial concern – the
duties – and enumerates several tasks within each performance area. Four levels of competency are described
for each task, with accompanying descriptions, laid out in a chart format. Useful for laity and clergy, and great
for vocation/formation discussions. 8.5 x 11 inches, soft-cover, spiral bound, 90 pp. plus pull-out, detachable
matrix. Includes introduction and appendix. 2008. SEM-17-1420. NCEA members: $18/each. Non-members:
$24/each. S & H added to each order. Discounts for bulk orders available.
Public Policy Update
For current Public Policy Issues go to http://www.ncea.org/public/index.asp or contact:
Dale McDonald, PBVM
Director of Research and Public Policy
Religious Education Department Updates
Catechetical Scholars: June 22-27
Diocesan and parish catechetical leaders gathered for Catechetical Scholars IV on the campus of The Catholic
University of America and began week one of a two year process that supports catechetical leadership.
Content and program competency are critical to catechetical leadership. These scholars will research a topic
aimed at improving catechesis at the diocesan and parish level.
ACRE-IFG Updates: On July 1, 2008, all ACRE and IFG reports will be sent electronically via email. Parishes
and schools that still need printed reports can get paper copies mailed to them for an additional fee.
Chief administrators: Please keep this announcement on the radar of your school principals and parish
directors of religious education/catechetical ministry.
NOTE: Assessment users must "opt out" of electronic reporting to receive a hard copy printed report by
checking the appropriate box on the order form or specifying mailed reports when placing an order by phone.
Also as of July 1, 2008, Computerized Assessments and Learning has a NEW ADDRESS:
1202 East 23rd St., Ste. B
Lawrence, KS 66046
Phone, FAX and web remain the same: 866-406-3850
New order brochures containing the address change will be available in August. In early July, current ACRE-
IFG users and NCEA members will receive an email blast regarding the address change with a postcard via
ground mail to follow. Through the end of the year, any materials sent to the old address will be automatically
forwarded to the new address.
Don’t forget to contact CAL for your free diocesan summary reports! Specify when ordering your diocesan
report if you wish to "opt out" of electronic delivery for a diocesan report. There will be no additional charge to
diocesan offices. Go to www.ncea2.caltesting.org/ncea Contact Christina Gergits, Manager of NCEA
Assessments, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
NPCD Update: Catherine McGuire from St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Summit, NY was elected Mid-Atlantic
regional representative for the National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors. The Mid-Atlantic region
covers the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey in which there are 13 dioceses and 2,022 parishes.
Congratulations Catherine McGuire!
For current Religious Education Department Information go to
http://www.ncea.org/departments/religious/index.asp or contact:
Diana Dudoit Raiche
Department of Religious Education
For information on topics that have been highlighted on this page in the past please go to:
New Guidance on General Issues Concerning Federal Education Programs and Nonpublic Schools
The Office of Innovation and Improvement’s (OII) Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE) has published new
guidance – Frequently Asked Questions Related to Nonpublic Schools – on general issues involving federal
education programs and nonpublic schools. Developed in a user-friendly question and answer format, the
guidance includes some of the most frequently asked questions ONPE receives. The guidance will assist State
and local education agencies and the nonpublic school community in gaining a better understanding of the
scope of Federal education benefits and services as well as other issues of interest to the nonpublic school
Does the U.S. Department of Education offer funds for building, starting or operating private elementary
and secondary schools?
Are private elementary and secondary schools whose students and teachers receive equitable services
under ESEA or IDEA considered to be “recipients of federal financial assistance”?
Does the U. S. Department of Education accredit private elementary and secondary schools?
The guidance reflects the U.S. Department of Education’s current thinking on topics related to nonpublic
schools and does not create or confer any rights for or on any person. It does not impose any requirements
beyond those set forth under applicable laws and regulations.
View the Guidance
View the complete guidance on the Office of Non-Public Education’s web site at: Frequently Asked Questions
Related to Nonpublic Schools.
NCEA Departmental Electronic Newsletters available online to CACE members
As a service to CACE members, various NCEA Departmental Electronic Newsletters are available by clicking
on the appropriate link listed below.
Please make use of these newsletters and share with your colleagues who might benefit from the information
Secondary Department Development:
ITEMS OF INTEREST
Low income students work to earn their private school tuition
In her article "When School Works" in DoubleThink (published online by America's Future Foundation), Laura
Vanderkam profiles the Cristo Rey Network, 19 urban Catholic high schools in which students combine
demanding academic work with part-time jobs in the corporate world to defray the cost of tuition. At the Cristo
Rey Jesuit High School of Chicago, for instance, 525 students share 130 jobs, which include working for hedge
funds, lawyers' offices and consulting firms. Their wages are then channeled to the school, which keeps tuition
low -- $2,700 -- a third of what it would otherwise cost. This is critical for the population that the schools serve:
economically disadvantaged and often desperate to find a way out of dangerous neighborhoods and low-
functioning high schools, but unable to afford private tuition. Apart from the economic benefits, educators in the
Network have found that exposure to the responsibilities and expectations of the corporate world radically
reorganize students' worldview and idea of what is possible. The majority of students come from households
where no one has attended college, but acceptance to two- and four-year institutions network-wide for 2006
was 99 percent. Not all students will complete their post-secondary education, but this college-going rate is a
radical improvement on statistics for disadvantaged Latino and African-American students nationally.
Taken from the Daily News published by Education Week
Survey: Distractions, homework pull kids away from reading
USA Today: June 11, 2008. Many children in the USA are too busy, too distracted and, in some cases, too
tired to read books for fun, a new survey finds, suggesting that schoolwork, homework and diversions such as
YouTube and Facebook keep them from regularly enjoying a good book.
'Moment' in schools banned for now
Chicago Tribune: May 30, 2008. A federal judge banned the moment of silence mandated in public schools in
Word change ups chances for school vouchers
The Miami Herald: June 4, 2008. A majority of Florida voters don't want to spend public money on private and
religious schools -- but they'll probably vote by large margins to do it in November, anyway, according to a new
Oh God, who did instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us by the
same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in the consolation through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Daniel F. Curtin Timothy W. Dwyer
Executive Director Associate Executive Director
Chief Administrators of Catholic Education Chief Administrators of Catholic Education
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