Oct 29th newsletter

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Oct 29th newsletter

Here is the link to the Oct 29th newsletter.

Fresh off the Catholic Leadership Summit, I’m developing some new themes for the next few months.  I’d like to spotlight a few articles from this week’s newsletter that support these new ideas:

  1. The first article in the American Catholic news section talks about the successes of the Josephinum School in Chicago. It’s a great example of finding the positives in your school and crafting your own story.  If you don’t tell it, someone else will!
  2. The second story comes from Missoula, Montana. Loyola Sacred Heart High School’s service program is featured.  We heard last week that community service programs are an important factor for Catholic parents.  Articulating the kinds of programs and the benefits to the community will drive enrollment.
  3. I’ve heard about just war more in the last two months than in the last two years. I think it’s partly because many people are worried about the outbreak of war.  But I’ve also heard it crop up in relation to Pope Francis’s recent condemnation of the death penalty.  I’ve included two articles about the “battle over just war.”  The market research testifies to a lack of clarity about what exactly the Church teaches.  This is an area deserving of our attention.
  4. To that same end, US Catholic offered a couple of great articles for your reflection. The first on the “culture of winning” explores whether that idea syncs with our Gospel values.  The second takes on the tax cut proposal and whether that can be supported by Catholic teaching.
  5. The first article in the leadership section explores the benefits of solitude. Harry Kraemer, the keynote speaker at the CLS (who I also featured on the podcast), spoke of the value of reflection.  This article highlights the value of spending time alone.

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Classroom Management Special Issue

Here is the link to this week’s special issue on Classroom Management.

This week, I return to a special issue, this one on classroom management.  We can’t forget to give our teachers the best resources possible so they can continue to improve their craft.  My top 5:

  1. Last year’s Classroom Management Issue was full of great resources.
  2. Combine the second and third articles for a reflection on motivation and punishments.
  3. The fourth article is full of practical suggestions on how to manage misbehavior.
  4. The fifth article focuses on “classroom leadership” as opposed to classroom management.
  5. The sixth article is a compliance-focused article focused on how to get your students to follow directions which is perfect for teachers with out of control classes. (or for parents with a 5 year old who has a mind of your own.  You know who you are!)

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Joy of the Gospel

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In the first year of his papacy, Pope Francis published the apostolic exhortation Joy of the Gospel, a book-length ode to evangelization. Four years later, the meaning of missionary discipleship is beginning to bubble to the surface. Last summer, the USCCB convened a special meeting to analyze, celebrate, and establish a common understanding for the American Catholic Church.

This fall, the NCEA has decided to use Joy of the Gospel as the source for its new vision for Catholic schools. Do you want to be part of the conversation? Then you need to read Joy of the Gospel. Start by picking up a copy then read my Wednesday Book Blog describing how to approach it.

Next, read the coverage of its release and the introductory pieces on it:

  1. Fr. Stephen Bevans, SVD, offers a great introductionto Joy of the Gospel.
  2. The National Catholic Register describes 9 Things to Know and Shareabout Joy of the Gospel
  3. America presents an introduction to Joy of the Gospel

Have you read it yet? You really need to make the effort to read Joy of the Gospel. Once you do, listen to my podcast with David Faber, the outstanding superintendent of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, on the Catholic School Matters podcast. This podcast will drop Monday, September 25th and is intended to help superintendents and other Catholic school leaders as they prepare for the Catholic Leadership Summit in October.

Then, try reading some of the lengthier pieces on Joy of the Gospel:

  1. Kevin Cotter’s “Fous on Campus” blog offers some helpful tips on how to read Joy of the Gospel—including sharing great resources. He provides a great way to understand it depending on your level of interest.
  2. Cardinal DiNardo shares his thoughts on Joy of the Gospel in a Crux interview. It’s interesting and a quick read.
  3. Bishop Robert Barron describes Joy of the Gospelin a short video(9 minutes). Bishop Barron is always interesting to watch and the 9 minutes go by very quickly.
  4. The Vatican provides a synthesisof the apostolic exhortation. Do you want to know the official word? The party line? Here it is!
  5. Church Life, a scholarly magazine published by the Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame, published a special issueon Joy of the Gospel with lots of scholarly takes. The introduction is especially insightful but the issue itself will lead readers in a variety of directions.

If you’re interested in developing a faith formation program for your staff, here are 3 great options:

  1. Paula Gooder from Church House Publishing offers a six-session study coursein sharing faith based on Joy of the Gospel
  2. The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice produced a resource for discussion and reflectionon the Joy of the Gospel.
  3. Catholic Theological Union (CTU) has a great introductionand a study guidewith a 12- part series of videos/podcasts which can serve as an online PLC. These are short little vignettes from a variety of different topics. I’ve listened these and really enjoyed their thought-provoking nature.