Xavier Magazine


The Initiative for Catholic Schools is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. The program, which was initiated by a grant from the Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation in 2003,  is designed to continue to enhance the effectiveness of Catholic schools in Greater Cincinnati . The program is a collaboration between the Xavier Center for Excellence in Education and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Schools Office.

The initiative addresses issues of school leadership and the teaching of mathematics and science. At its core is a program that offers free continuing education to Catholic elementary teachers and administrators. More than 110 educators from area schools have taken courses through the program.

It also includes a widely popular lecture series featuring nationally known leaders in education. Among those who have spoken as part of the lecture series are:

• Guy Doud, who was selected from 2.5 million teachers as the national teacher of the year and spoke on those things that are important to value-based education: love, family, faith and dreaming dreams.

• David O’Brien, a national scholar on Catholic education from the College of the Holy Cross, who spoke on “Transforming Our Culture.”

“From what I’ve seen, this is probably the most significant effort to improve Catholic education that has ever occurred in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati,” says Mike Flick, director for the center.

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