I hope this issue of Beyond the Test will be a shot in the arm for teachers at a time of year when we can all use a boost. Our first article offers a theological reflection on the teacher’s relation to the One Teacher, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Mary Pat Donoghue, Principal of St. Jerome Academy, offers some Tips on Teaching in the Classical Liberal Arts Tradition. Elisabeth Sullivan picks the brains of Mr. Danny Flynn about teaching in the light of the St. Jerome Educational Plan. And our Featured Resource, The Seven Laws of Teaching, is quickly gaining a reputation for its power to perfect our work with students.
We have been very busy at the Institute over the past month. Chris Weir, our new Programs Assistant, and Elisabeth Sullivan, our Communications Director, have worked tirelessly to give our website a whole new look. Our dedication to teaching is now featured in a new logo featuring Christ, the Teacher. We are confident the new layout will make the site’s abundant resources more accessible to everyone.
We are also happy to announce that early registration for our annual Catholic Classical Schools Conference is now open. This year’s event, entitled “Rejoicing Together in the Truth,” will be hosted by The Lyceum in Cleveland from July 20-23. Early Registration is also available for a brand new program to be held at Aquinas College in Nashville, June 14-20. Sr. Mary Anne Zuberbueler, Dean of the School of Education, will join Mary Pat Donoghue and myself to offer a Teacher Training Program for those brand new to teaching, and others new to teaching in Catholic liberal arts schools. Registration will be limited to only 20 participants this year -- first come, first served.
February also was the month in which over two dozen educators participated in our three-hour Introduction to Catholic School Leadership webinar. Michael Van Hecke, Mary Pat Donoghue and Luke Macik took turns covering a wide range of issues related to Leadership, Organization and Fundraising. The recorded sessions will be available for download in the near future.
Finally, the Institute began its On-Campus Recruiting Initiative on behalf of Catholic classical schools. Through the generous collaboration of Mount St. Michael in Dallas, Sacred Heart Academy in Grand Rapids, and St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, the Institute was able to share news about the many excellent schools listed in our Catholic Classical Liberal Arts Schools Directory with promising young teacher candidates. These efforts will continue in March at Christendom College and Benedictine College.
Well, I am exhausted just going over all the exciting happenings! But anticipation of the future events is already renewing my energy. I hope you will continue to spread the word about our work, keep us in your prayers, and support us as you can.
Andrew T. Seeley, PhD