Education made headlines this year. As the busy school year ends, where did the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago fit into the news?
Test scores nationally were stagnant while the Archdiocese of Chicago high schools and elementary schools improved. Teachers and principals mined the data as they prepared for national accreditation through the continuous improvement process of AdvancED. With controversy swirling around the "common core," the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools recommitted themselves to rigorous Catholic curriculum that would go far beyond those benchmarks - opening up new professional development for teachers to help them better reach each child and raise the bar for all.
In a time of pinched resources for education, communities stepped up to re-own their schools and others grew enrollment to provide access to families. Most significantly, the Archdiocese committed itself to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign which can open new doors for children.
School choice was in the news, too, and the unequivocal support of parents’ RIGHT to educate their children must continue to be shaped and find a voice - yes, even in Illinois! It is legal; it is just. It is time.
In a society that struggles with violence, the faith that undergirds everything that the Catholic schools dream to be is found first in the home. As a part of the Year of Strong Catholic Parents, we want the dialogue to continue. If you are reading this, you are probably (unlike me) on Facebook. Thanks for the conversation about our schools - let's let it roll.