The Catholic School Effect

Armed with a theology degree and a desire to save the world, I set up shop in Room One of St. Athanasius Catholic School in North Long Beach, California where I’d serve as the school’s one and only first grade teacher. Looking back nearly a decade, my first year of teaching involved a lot of counting. One student had never …

3 FREE Education Tools You Should Be Using

Each of our students are unique children of God and each of them learns in his or her own way. As Catholic educators, we strive to meet those individual learning needs to help each child reach his or her God-given potential. But this kind of individualized education can be tricky and expensive for both parents and teachers. Here are some …

The Ear of the Heart

Wouldn’t it be great if all students were great listeners? I know my students hear me when I speak, but I’m not always sure they are listening. Every Fall, one of my lessons in middle school Religion class is about the difference between hearing and listening. In this lesson, students share their stories of hearing their parents ask them to …

Florida is celebrating this Catholic Schools Week. Will other states join in?

By Renée Stoeckle It is no secret that America’s Catholic schools are in crisis. Enrollment in 2017 is just over a third of what it was at its peak in 1965, when 5.2 million children – nearly half of all Catholic youth living in the United States – attended Catholic school. But Catholic schools in Florida tell a different story. …

Why Alum Come Back to Teach

Via Osceola County Catholic Schools Suzelene Louis-Charles attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School as a child and was so overcome by the feeling of family that she didn’t want to leave come graduation day. She loved science, and dreamed of someday being a physician, but was pulled back into teaching when she realized her true aspiration was to serve others and to teach …