Monday May 18, 2015

Faith, Learning, Hope

Teachers, administrators and other stakeholders from some of the nation's Catholic elementary and high schools will convene Wednesday, June 24, at the University of Dayton for the Catholic Education Summit to discuss how to improve outcomes and value for nearly two million Catholic school children.

"The summit — Listen, Dialogue, Plan, Act: Catholic School Leadership and Family Engagement —will highlight partnership initiatives and innovative solutions that are transforming Catholic education," said Susan Ferguson, director of the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education.

Speakers include:

*Mary McDonald, founder and CEO of MCD Partners, a national consulting company that provides a broad range of services for educational consulting and models for success. She served 14 years as superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese of Memphis. 

*Anthony Sabatino, clinical associate professor of Catholic education and educational leadership at Loyola Marymount University. His teaching and research interests include leadership theory and applications related to the Catholic school principalship, Catholic school governance, leadership succession, mission-driven leadership and spiritual leadership.

*Tom Kiely, director of the Institute for Catholic Leadership at Marquette University.

*Sr. Carol Cimino, superintendent of schools for the diocese of Buffalo.

*Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives and professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton. Her current work in this area is through the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) online courses in English and Spanish.

*Bro. Robert Bimonte, president of the National Catholic Educational Association.

*Patrick Lofton, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the National Catholic Educational Association.

*Louise "Toni" Moore, director of the St. Remy Initiative and the Catholic Leadership Institute Project at the University of Dayton.

Sessions include:

*The Soul of Family and Life (also available online)

*Igniting the Heart and Mind of Leadership

*Working with Latino Families in an Educational Setting

*Literacy Professional Development

*Strategic Planning for Schools – A Grass Roots Approach (also available online)

*Family Participation or Engagement:  A Powerful Distinction that Supports Positive Outcomes for Kids

*Leading, Building Relationships and Developing a Healthy, Spiritual, School Culture

*Engaging Millennial Families: Focusing Parents to Support the Catholic School (also available online)

*Marianist Leadership

*Family: Peace or Pieces? From The Tummy to The Heart: Italian Soul Food for Family Favor and Flavor!

*LEAD, LEARN, PROCLAIM: A Bold New Direction for NCEA to Better Serve Catholic Schools

There will be time for individuals and groups to work on action plans.

A complete list of speakers and session descriptions are available at the related link.

The summit costs $65 for on-campus participants, $75 for online participants, and $25 for undergraduate students and University Consortium for Catholic Education teachers. The registration deadline is June 10 or until the summit is full.

For questions and information, contact Gina Lloyd in the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education at rlloyd1@udayton.edu or 937-229-3921. For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391 or srobinson@udayton.edu.