Exploring Faith-Based Schools at OCEA
The Ohio Catholic Education Association (OCEA) held its biennial convention October 7-8, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. A number of University of Dayton professors presented their insights about recent scholarship, professional development activities, and research. Dr. John White, Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at UD, and Susan Ferguson, Director of the UD Center for Catholic Education, provided an interactive session about two chapters in the book, The Praeger Handbook of Faith-Based Schools in the United States, K-12, edited by Thomas C. Hunt and James C. Carper.
The chapter entitled “University Consortium for Catholic Education,” co-written by Ferguson and Regina Lloyd, editor of the Center for Catholic Education newsletter, provides a history of the development of the UCCE, current membership in the organization, and implications for future impact of the organization. Ferguson reviewed the contents of the chapter and invited Andy Pumphrey, a Lalanne graduate and attendee at the session, to share insights gained while in Lalanne, a member program of the UCCE. Pumphrey reinforced the key elements of the UCCE program and its impact on him personally and professionally.
Dr. White reviewed the content of his chapter, “Catholic Independent and Unaffiliated Schools.” In addition to the history of independent Catholic schools, Dr. White noted opportunities and challenges these institutions have provided and continue to provide to students, faculty, administrators and the Church. A lively discussion ensued as session participants resonated with Dr. White’s commentary and enhanced concepts and insights with personal experience. Overall, participants were engaged and enthusiastic about the session.