Catholic Extension is committed to supporting Catholic education. Over the last decade, we have supported 299 Catholic schools with about $2.8 million in funding. Through our various strategic initiatives, Catholic schools in mission dioceses receive the necessary tools to be successful, ensuring their presence in these communities to educate the next generation of Catholic students.
 

Catholic School Leadership Development Initiative

This initiative enables dioceses to develop and retain their Catholic school system’s most promising leaders. Catholic Extension has engaged in a partnership with Loyola Marymount University’s Catholic School Leadership Academy to offer a graduate-level virtual online Certificate in Catholic School Administration program to novice and prospective Catholic school leaders in mission areas.

These schools often lack opportunities for professional development due to barriers of cost and distance. This agreement covers 80 percent of the cost of tuition, as well as funding for technology and resources. The one-year program trains participants in three crucial areas of Catholic school administration: mission effectiveness, operational management, and instructional leadership.

The program helped Antonio Trujillo of the Diocese of Gallup become a stronger leader at his school. Under his leadership, enrollment has grown from 12 to 60 students. Watch the video below to learn more. 

 

Catholic Schools Sustainability Initiative

This initiative helps struggling Catholic schools in mission areas to become viable, well-managed institutions.

Catholic Extension has partnered with Catholic School Management, Inc. (CSM) to offer its Strategic Management and Development Program to schools in need. The program is a four-year, onsite consultation service that helps schools strengthen their Catholic identity, define goals, improve the effectiveness of school boards, enhance school image and communications, raise money, manage enrollment and market themselves more effectively. 

 

Latino Enrollment Initiative

This program provides Catholic schools in under-resourced areas with training and support to attract and serve Latino students more effectively.

Catholic Extension has partnered with the University of Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) to offer the Latino Enrollment Initiative training to school administrators in mission areas. Participants learn effective practices and strategies for recruitment and retention of Latino students, become aware of the cultural nuances of working with this community, and understand the common barriers that Latino students face with Catholic schools. 

Read about a school in Texas that increased Latino enrollment by 64 percent through this initiative.

Your donation to Catholic Extension can help support initiatives like these. With your support, we can transform communities through the power of faith.  

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