Catholic School Matters
November 5, 2017
What Do You Do With New Information?
What do you do with new information that contradicts what you know? Are you even looking for that kind of information? Last month, NCEA presented diocesan leaders with the results from a market research project. (Podcast #80 revealed much of the information). When we heard that Hispanic parents were more discriminating consumers, for instance, it was surprising. For me, it caused me to think about how we are approaching our growing Hispanic population. But for others, the discomfort was obvious and they began to question the methodology of the project. “No parents were surveyed in our diocese,” they’d say. Or, “My region of the country was left out.”
It echoed the comments Senator John McCain made at the Naval Academy last week: “We are asleep in our echo chambers, where our views are always affirmed, and information that contradicts them is always fake,” McCain said. “We are asleep in our polarized politics, which exaggerates our differences and looks for scapegoats instead of answers, and insist we get all our way all the time in a system of government based on compromise and principled cooperation and restraint.” We have to seek out new information and when we hear something novel or contradictory, we have to examine it for its merits. The question, again, is what do you do with new information that challenges your assumptions?
I don’t believe that we do enough to challenge their beliefs and assumptions. In other words, we’re afraid to learn. It’s natural. We keep operating out of our practiced mental models.
Perhaps the problem is that new information is difficult to access. To that end, I’m presenting a special issue focusing on this fall’s issue of the Journal of Catholic Education. There is relevant information and I encourage everyone to find one article that interests you. This is difficult stuff. Trust me, I’m used to Internet reading where the articles are designed for shorter and shorter attention spans. But we need to expand our zone of proximal development and read something that stretches our intellectual limits. I started reading these articles and then discovered the special issue focusing on serving Hispanic students which I also recommend.
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Dr. Tim Uhl
What I'm Up To
The Church Documents podcast series swings into high gear this week. On this week's podcast, Sr. John Mary Fleming, OP and I discuss the Declaration on Christian Education--the important education document from Vatican II. On the web page, you'll find a link to the document, study/discussion questions, and additional articles & resources. This week's blogs reflect on the impact of Vatican II on Catholic education by a trifecta of outstanding Catholics: Sr. John Mary, Sr. Patricia Earl, IHM, and Dr. Lorraine Ozar.
Here's what I'm working on this week:
- Monday: Office (Helena); Episode 82: Vatican II's Declaration on Christian Education
- Tuesday: Virtual Administrator Meetings 9 am & 1 pm; Guest Blog: Sr. John Mary Fleming, OP
- Wednesday: Chancery meetings in Great Falls (8:30 am) and Helena (1:15 pm) & Butte Central Catholic Board; Wed book blog Leveraging Leadership by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
- Thursday: Office (Helena); Guest Blog: Dr. Lorraine Ozar
- Friday: Office (Helena); Guest Blog: Sr. Patricia Earl, IHM
- Saturday: Fly to Baltimore
Miles this week: 381 driving miles; 2,570 air miles
Miles travelled in 2017-18: 10,923 road miles; 10,454 air miles
Who Do You Say You Are: Relationships & Faith in Catholic Schools
De Marillac Academy: Perseverance, Purpose & Promise
Providing Access for Students with Moderate Disabilities: An Evaluation of a Professional Development Program at a Catholic Elementary School
A Content Analysis of Catholic School Written Discipline Policies
Communities of Practice: A Consortium of Catholic Elementary Schools' Collaborative Journey
School Choice Vouchers and Special Education in Indiana Catholic Diocesan Schools
The Interactional Production of Race & Religious Identity in an Urban Catholic School
- NCEA Visions for Excellence Soul of Youth Sports Conference, Feb 21-23, 2018 (KC)
- Convention, April 3-5, 2018 Cincinnati
- Nominations for the spring awards are now open: Lead, Learn, Proclaim Awards; President's Awards; and Youth Virtues, Vision and Valor are now open. Click here for more information.
- Click here to register for webinars
- Nov 7: Get Students Doing Math & Close Achievement Gaps
- Nov 8: Becoming a Digital Disciple
- Nov 9: Echoing the Holy Family in Advent
What I'm Reading
- Be Our Guest (2011) by The Disney Institute and Theodore Kinni
- The Power of Moments (2017) by Chip & Dan Heath.
- Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership (2007) by Gary L. McIntosh & Samuel D. Rima (underway)
- You Don't Have Say You Love Me (2017) by Sherman Alexie.
- Queen Sugar (2014) by Natalie Baszile
Click this link for a full list of my professional reading along with links to Wed Book Blogs
For Montana Administrators & Teachers
- Here is the slideshow for the Nov 7th Admin Virtual meeting, including the login info and agenda. Also included is a look at demographics. We're showing an enrollment increase of over 2% this year! Please read pp. 55-66 of Redeeming Administration in order to prepare for the discussion.
Past Issues of Catholic School Matters
October 29, 2017 Church Documents
October 22, 2017 Momentum Special Issue
October 15, 2017 "Anthem Protests"
October 8, 2017 Classroom Managment Special Issue
October 1, 2017 "The Un-Themed Issue"
September 24, 2017 "Joy of the Gospel"
September 17, 2017 "ESSA"
September 10, 2017 "On Leadership"
August 27, 2017 "American Catholic News"
August 20, 2017 Back to School Issue