Catholic School Matters

May 21, 2017

It's About Time

This is the final issue of Catholic School Matters this school year. Coming at absolutely the right time is the article I read earlier this week entitled “How to Live on 24 Hours a Day” from the always-enjoyable blog, Farnam Street. The article points out that most of us do not maximize our time which is our most valuable asset. I encourage you to read the article and reflect on how it might change your life. Summer offers us more time. How will we spend it? The challenge for me is to unplug and spend more time deliberately. I’m guilty of falling victim to the latest “urgent” issue (phone call? Text? Facebook post? Tweet?) instead of prioritizing my time to spend time shooting hoops with my son or reading with my daughter. I plan to reclaim my time this summer.


After saying this, I feel a tinge of guilt by presenting 34 “Best Of” links below. My hope is that you can bookmark this issue and return to it and find interesting articles and videos which will shape your learning this summer.


I’m also nearing the end of Season One of the podcast. On June 2nd, I plan to wrap up this season and offer a preview of the great new directions for Season Two.


Dr. Tim Uhl, Superintendent

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"Catholic School Matters" Podcast

This week, there are two great podcasts. Tomorrow, Episode #52 is an interview with Dr. Mary McDonald, the founder of the Jubilee Schools in Memphis. Listen to the incredible story of how inner-city education was transformed in Memphis. On Thursday, there is a bonus episode previewing NCEA's summer Institute for Catholic Leaders (July in Boston). I'll interview speakers and give a great preview of the event which should be on every Catholic school leader's schedule this summer. On Memorial Day, Episode #53 will be an interview with Dr. Ann Garrido and then I'll wrap up Season One on June 5th.


Last week there were two great podcasts. Episode #50 is an interview with the President of Healey Education Foundation, Christine Healey. She talks about their innovations and support of Catholic schools. Episode #51 is an interview with the one and only Roy Petifils--author, podcaster, counselor, speaker, friend. Roy talks about the anxiety epidemic among teens and how Catholic schools shaped his life's work.


Here is the link to the podcast on iTunes. Please subscribe to the podcast so new episodes will automatically download. The show is also available on Stitcher and Google Play. If you don't have accounts with any of those content providers, here is the link to my basic page with the podcasts.


I have finished taping Season One except for the final episode. For that episode, I'd like to answer questions from listeners. Please use this form to send me questions. If you have nominations or ideas for Season Two, send them via email.

Last week, Dr. Uhl blogged about:


  • TUESDAY: Christine Healey's podcast
  • WEDNESDAY: Book Blog: Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath
  • FRIDAY: Roy Petitfils's podcast


This week, Dr. Uhl will blog about:


  • TUESDAY: Dr. Mary McDonald's podcast
  • WEDNESDAY: Book Blog: Redeeming Administration by Dr. Ann Garrido
  • FRIDAY: Institute for Catholic Leaders 2017


You can find and subscribe to the blog at drtimuhl.com

The Week Ahead

Monday: St. Labre Board meeting (Ashland)

Tuesday: Butte Central 8th Grade Graduation (Butte)

Wed: Missoula meetings

Thurs: Great Falls meetings

Fri: office (Helena)


Next week: 1,301 miles

Last week: 1,488 driving miles

2016-17: 31,970 driving miles; 35,077 air miles

What I'm Reading (Last 5 books)

  1. The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis.
  2. Finding Your Posts: Grounded Living in Times of Change by Kent Hickey
  3. Leaving to Learn by Eilliot Washor & Charles Mojkowski
  4. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  5. Leverage Leadership by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo


Click this link for a full list of Dr. Uhl's professional reading along with links to Wed Book Blogs

For Principals & Teachers

  1. DOH employees will receive a $25 gift card for proof of participation in the Fun Run during the Governor's Cup June 10th.
  2. Make sure to fill out your safety survey ASAP. Here is a link. If you fill those out and take two safety courses (found at CMGConnect.org) you can receive a rebate.
  3. We are in need of teachers to offer breakout sessions for our Catholic Teacher Days (Oct 19-20). So far, 7 teachers have offered to teach. Email Dr. Uhl ASAP!
  4. Here is the flyer for the Sophia Institute's religion teacher workshop on October 19th. Here is the flyer for the August Retreat. Please print out and share!
  5. NWEA is offering a great webinar on end of the year summary reports. Here's the sign up for the May 15th event.
  6. NCEA has a great list of upcoming webinars. It also has compiled a list of great summer 2017 professional development opportunities.
  7. The Justice for Immigration project of the USCCB offers resources for undocumented immigrants.
  8. Are you ready for ESSA? Here is a link to a massive amount of new documents. ESSA has not been repealed and it's time to get ready! Here's more guidance from the USCCB.
  9. On the Horizon:
  • June 14: administrator meeting (Helena/Cathedral) 10-3
  • August 14-15: Catholic Schools Retreat
  • Oct 19: Sophia Program for Religion Teachers
  • Oct 19-20: Catholic Teacher Days

Catholic Schools News

  1. Work progressing on new Pope Francis HS (Massachusetts)
  2. Butte Central HS launches new programs to attract more students
  3. Pittsburgh area Catholic school to close; consolidated schools named
  4. Money raised to help Catholic schools in Kentucky

Most Popular Links from each issue, Spring 2017

Corner Booth Media Presents: Missoula Catholic Schools
Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindsets

My favorite links from each issue, spring 2017

Retirees from Montana Catholic Schools

Past Issues of Catholic School Matters