On Thursday, January 19, 2017, Dr. Jamie Arthur from the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) visited the Twin Cities in Minnesota to address the topic of how Catholic parents should evaluate Catholic high school options for their children. Bishop Andrew Cozzens offered the opening prayer and closing blessing. Fr. Bill Baer was master of ceremonies. The event concluded with a Q&A panel comprised of the headmasters from the three high schools in this Archdiocese that are current recognized on the CNS Honor Roll (Chesterton Academy, St. Agnes and Providence Academy). Over 100 people from 35 different parishes and 7 different Catholic high schools attended the event.
Resources For Parents and Educators
The Catholic Curriculum Standards are offered as a resource for educators and parents to ensure the Church’s mission for Catholic elementary and secondary education- the evangelizing mission to integrally form students in Christ and transmit a Christian worldview – is fulfilled. The Standards are built on a solid foundation of Church documents, the educational philosophies of faithful Newman Guide colleges, and informed by writings associated with Catholic, liberal arts, and classical education.
The Standards focus on unique Catholic insights into the curricular areas of English language arts, math, scientific topics, and history while complementing the Church’s standards for religious instruction. Additional resources for educators and parents are provided in the appendices.
A full-color magazine, also published free online, that features more than a dozen articles designed to help parents and students navigate the transition from high school to college. Articles in the magazine can be accessed through the link provided.
Published annually, the Guide recommends Catholic colleges and universities because of their commitment to a faithful Catholic education. All the institutions recommended in the Guide are unique, each with its own special charism, approach to education, and campus culture.
A valuable resource for Catholic education, this publication responds to the need for clarity, charity & integrity in policy issues related to human sexuality. Included are examples of policy materials at three levels:
— A sample broad school vision/mission statement in which to situate human sexuality policies.
— A statement regarding the school’s intent and interest in establishing policies related to human sexuality.
— Examples of specific policies related to human sexuality.
The Cardinal Newman Society has compiled the best practices in Catholic school employment agreements from Catholic dioceses in the United States. Statements included in this publication represent strong examples dioceses are using to articulate the expectations they have of their teachers in the area of faith and morals, ensuring employees understand and participate in the religious mission of the school.
A website established to inform the dialogue about the Common Core, Catholic Is Our Core expands the conversation to include parents, educators and principals who have largely been absent from the debate. The site presents information from key Catholic education experts and others to provide analysis of the Core and its potential impact on Catholic schools and provide those concerned about faithful Catholic education with solid information, analysis and arguments to more fully understand the potential impact of the Common Core on Catholic education.