Conference on the Future of Catholic Schools

Catholic University of America, "Conference on the Future of Catholic Schools," Washington, D.C., May 30-31, 1997.

"The Future of Catholic Schools," a conference held at the Catholic University of America May 30 31, 1997, and organized by Dr. James Youniss of the Life Cycle Institute, brought together scholars, school administrators, church leaders, and journalists to discuss the shape of trends currently affecting Catholic Schools in the United States and potential strategies for meeting the many challenges posed by these trends. The conference began with a keynote address by the Rev. Andrew M. Greeley on the "Past and Future of Catholic Schools." Issues addressed by papers presented at the conference include: identity, mission, perceptions, finances, educating minorities, demographics, teachers and staffing, governance, school achievement, history, vouchers and school choice, the cultural and historical context of Catholic schooling, and behavioral correlates of Catholic education. Some of the papers presented at the conference: Sr. Maria Ciriello and Sr. Kathleen Carr spoke on "Spiritual leadership of Catholic school principals"; Rev. Richard Jacobs discussed "Religious congregations' contributions to Catholic schools"; Sr. Kate Dooley focused on "Religion curriculum in the schools"; Yvonne Prevost examined "Costs and fundraising of elementary schools"; Rev. Joseph O'Keefe spoke on "Inner city elementary and high schools"; Maryellen Schaub discussed "Teachers and employment patterns"; David Baker explored "Quantitative growth and decline of schools"; and Jeff McLellan and James Youniss looked at "Community service, politics, and other behaviors of Catholic school students." Discussants included: Sr. Lourdes Sheehan, Director, Chief Administrators of Catholic Education; Dr. Jerome Porath, Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Schools; Dr. Sharon Bobbitt, Knowledge Division, U.S. Department of Education; Dr. Maureen Hallinan, University of Notre Dame; Dr. Peter Relic, President, Association of Catholic Schools; and Charles O'Malley, National Council for Private School Accreditation. Three volumes are expected to result from the conference: one addressing the operational issues facing Catholic schools; one focusing on religious issues challenging Catholic schools; and a pamphlet on policy issues accessible to school administrators, Church leaders, and the interested public.

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Catholic University of America