In this issue of Beyond the Test, we want to help you picture what these schools are like. Our first feature article lets students themselves speak for their schools through valedictory addresses given over the past several years. Elisabeth Sullivan shares the perspective of teachers and administrators at St. Agatha Academy in Winchester, Kentucky. Mary Pat Donoghue, Director of School Services, offers a number of suggestions that will help schools start transforming themselves according to a Catholic vision. And we believe that Bishop Barron's Word on Fire website offers tremendous resources for what we consider the most important component of school transformation - the formation of teachers to live, love and share their Faith.
Our staff at the Institute is preparing an expanded slate of spring and summer programs. I will only mention here an excellent opportunity for administrators to learn from Mary Pat and the faculty of St. Jerome Academy in our first Schools Leaders Forum at the end of March. Mary Pat has kept busy, expanding our work to schools, school systems, religious orders and dioceses, through workshops, visitations, talks, and consultation. Her work has been made possible thanks to a number of generous donors, who have brought us more than halfway towards our fundraising goal for the year.
We have much for which to be grateful. We feel very blessed to be serving Our Lord in this special apostolate to Catholic schools. Thank you for your many prayers for us! Allow me to solicit even more for David Stiennon, our Board member who is in a critical stage of his treatment for cancer.
Andrew T. Seeley