Catholic Athletes for Christ – “Catholic Athletes for Christ serves Catholic athletes in the practice of their faith and shares the Gospel in and through sports. Contact them to join a growing number of schools with a CAC Chapter program.”
Catholic Identity Assessment
Catholic Education Honor Roll – awards program of The Cardinal Newman Society
Catholic Identity Self-Assessment Guide (under development by The Cardinal Newman Society)
The Catholic Schools Identity Assessment – An assessment program sponsored by the Catholic Education Foundation.
Common Core Concerns
See Catholic Is Our Core resources.
Diocese of Marquette – philosophical underpinnings for a curricular framework
The Lost Tools of Learning
Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
Exciting High School Summer Programs at Newman Guide Colleges
Here is a summary of programs for high school students at Newman Guide Colleges. The stories about the specific programs can be found here.
Thomas Aquinas College
Ave Maria University
Mount St. Mary's University
Northeast Catholic College
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
University of Mary
Franciscan University of Steubenville
University of Dallas
University of St. Thomas
The Catholic University of America
Wyoming Catholic College
Human Resources - Recruiting
Catholic Jobs Online
Ave Maria Career Services
Benedictine College Careers
Catholic University of America - Office of Career Services
Franciscan University Career Services
University of Dallas Career Services
Journals, Magazines, Radio, News
Catholic Answers Magazine
Holy See’s Press Office
Inside the Vatican
National Catholic Register
New Oxford Review
Our Sunday Visitor
American Catholic Lawyers Association
Home School Legal Defense Association
State Regulations for Private Schools
Thomas More Law Center
The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education – “The Institute’s mission is to serve and inspire educators by forming them in the unity of faith and reason that is central to spreading the Gospel message in the modern world.”
The National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools – NAPCIS is: “an accreditation association, a teacher certification program, a resource agency to assist in the start-up of small schools, a service agency to assist administrators and teachers in the application of Catholic teaching and sound academic principles.”
FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) – Isn’t FOCUS for Catholic University students? Yes, but their Bible studies are specifically geared toward young people, and are available for free online. Even if your students aren’t the ‘target audience’ for FOCUS materials, your campus ministers may find these resources useful.
Faith and Reason Institute
Magnificate – used as faculty devotional
Sophia Institute for Teachers – Newly created resource for faith-based lesson plans. Multi-Site professional development located at varies cities and times.
The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education – Annual teacher retreat and conference.
Catholic Heritage Curricula – Comprehensive resource for multiple subject areas. Has unique resources for speech and policy debate and even Catholic economics. Boasts a Catholic Apologetic Supplement for Conceptual Physical science. Has some in-house created resources, but relies on other publishers for textbook resale in some areas. Has complete sequenced Language Arts program (Reading, Handwriting, Grammar, Composition). Has lesson plan books. Also source for two excellent high school theology supplements by Sr. Terese Auer, O.P., The Human Person: Dignity Beyond Compare and Called to Happiness: Guiding Ethical Principles.
Catholic Textbook Project
Classically Catholic Memory
Daughters of St. Paul
Didache Textbook Series
Ignatius Press – Critical Edition novels for the classroom.
Magis Center – High School Theology supplement: What science says about God.
Principles and Choices – High school theology supplement.
Sophia Institute Press
Classical Writing – Sequenced writing series for K-12.
Memoria Press – Comprehensive sequential curriculum resources and teacher guides for grades K-12. Includes Writing composition and grammar, American History and Geography, Literature and Poetry, Phonics, Penmanship, Logic and Rhetoric, Classical studies, Greek third grade and beyond, French 6-8 grade, Science K-8.
Yesterdays Classics – World History, Greece, Rome, England, Literature.
Catholic Schools, Firing Policies and Teacher Misconduct
An essay by E. Christian Brugger, PhD., Senior Fellow of Ethics and Director of the Fellows Program at the Culture of Life Foundation
The question which has been in the news recently is as follows: Should teachers, faculty members or school administrators be terminated if they are found to be guilty of grave moral misconduct in their private lives?
Because each Catholic school has elements unique to itself—mission statements, constituencies, financial needs—and each employment situation is unique, and the circumstances surrounding each instance of misconduct is unique, there is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question. But certain consistent principles can be considered and practical measures taken to assist schools in responding well to the problem of employee misconduct. This essay discusses both. Read more...
Private Affairs and Private Institutions: Your Kids at Risk?
An essay by Frank Moncher, Senior Fellow of Social Sciences at the Culture of Life Foundation
"Two Catholic dioceses this year have faced the dilemma of teachers who are planning to marry same-sex partners, one going public via Facebook and the other directly contacting his school leadership to inform it of his plans. These disclosures have raised a great debate. What is the right thing for a diocese to do when an employee openly violates church teaching? How do we balance justice and mercy, knowing that neither is possible without the other? It should be noted that this is not only an issue of same-sex attracted persons, as heterosexual cohabitation presents a similar dilemma." Read more...
These articles are part of a collaborative series between The Cardinal Newman Society and the Culture of Life Foundation on complex moral issues in Catholic education policy. This series is intended to inform discussion and should not be regarded as definitive statements of policy or practice. The views expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Cardinal Newman Society or the Culture of Life Foundation.
Bioethics – John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, VA (2012 Honor Roll School) has built its curriculum around the bioethics theme. While you may not desire to follow suit, the two textbooks written by Sr. Terese Auer, O.P. listed below are excellent supplemental materials for any religion or ethics course.
“Each parent of the students attending JP the Great are required to take an abbreviated version of the course. I took it with my wife several years ago along with a priest. The priest noted that the students are JP the Great are getting a better understanding of the human person than what is being taught to our seminarians preparing for the priesthood.” – Bob Laird, Manager, Catholic Honor Roll
The Human Person: Dignity Beyond Compare” by Sr. Terese Auer, O.P.
Called to Happiness: Guiding Ethical principles” by Sr. Terese Auer, O.P.
Economics – “As I was reviewing the Honor Roll schools from 2012, I found that many of them used the Apostles and Markets text below.” Bob Laird, Manager, Catholic Honor Roll
These 12 lessons are available on line at no cost and they present a survey of principles for an introductory social justice or economics course. As stand-alone lessons they may also be used as supplementary materials in any order based on classroom intent and need.
"Apostles and Markets" a free 12 lesson course by Stephen Haessler, Ph.D.
History - The Catholic Schools Textbook Project - The Catholic Schools Textbook Project is in the process of producing a 12-volume series of history/social studies textbooks and supporting materials specifically for Catholic schools and students. Currently available is a middle-school series (grades 5-8) with plans move next into a high school series with the publication of Lands of Hope and Promise: A History of North America as an ebook.
Note: The publishers have advised that secondary schools have ordered the 7th and8th grade texts for use in 9th and 10th grades. The style of the books - the union of expository and story modes -- makes them accessible and profitable to students of various grade levels.
Life Issues- Principles and Choices is a revolutionary new high school program that helps students master the principles of logic, ethics, and justice that inspire them to live with purposes, moral integrity, and care for human life. It is authored by Camille Pauley and is based on the work of Father Robert Spitzer, S.J., the former president of Gonzaga University and the co-founder of the Healing the Culture Institute.
“I have known the authors for many years and they have a thoroughly vetted and tested product. Their units are designed to step the student through the logical progression of thought from the basic principles to the application of those principles in real-life examples.” – Bob Laird
The program gives students a strong philosophical education in ten core principles that ground Church teachings on respect for human life,social justice, and many other contemporary issues.
Principles and Choices is designed for maximum flexibility. It can be taught in classrooms as a supplemental unit for a core curriculum subject such as philosophy, religion,social studies, or health. Yet it’s also adaptable for campus ministry programs,church youth groups, and even adult religious education.
This supplemental curriculum can be taught as a four-week unit in each grade level, or shortened to fit available classroom time.Alternatively the learning can be extended over an entire semester by teaching one chapter on a particular day each week, or all the books can be combined and taught as its own course.
P&C contains a wide variety of textbook, social media,internet, drama, DVD, and audio-visual resources to choose from. Teacher materials are comprehensive, including complete learning plans, pacing guides, guiding questions, lecture notes, assessment evidence, scripture and catechism references, downloadable assignments and handouts, and more.
Visit the Principles and Choices website or watch their short online video here.
Principles and Choices – NEW: P&C User's Guides for Major Religion Textbooks
Principles & Choices is now offering a new tool that helps high school teachers integrate the P&C curriculum with the religion text they are using. P&C User's Guides are available for the following textbooks:
- The Credo Series (Veritas)
- The Curriculum Framework Series (OSV)
- Living in Christ (St. Mary's Press)
- The Didache Series, Semester Edition (Midwest Theological Forum)
- The Didache Series: Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church (MTF)
- The Framework Curriculum Series (Ave Maria Press)
To obtain a user's guide, or for more information on implementing P&C within the context of your religion curriculum, contact them at 855-664-6598 or email at info@PrinciplesandChoices.com.
Science - “Faith Science &Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge” by Christopher T. Baglow
This is a book that at a minimum, every science department should have on hand as a resource. As a best practice, it should be incorporated into the instruction. With it comes a wealth of resources to assist the faculty member in making the pages come to life. – Bob Laird
Professor Stephen Barr’s Forward to this critical resource notes that:
“There are so many ways that a book on science and religion can go wrong. Some authors think it is necessary to jettison or radically revise doctrines of the faith to be consistent with what science says. Others think it is necessary to dismiss well-established truths of science to be faithful to Scripture. Some put Catholic theology and science into a blender and end up with a pseud-mystical much that is neither genuinely Catholic nor genuinely scientific. Some retreat into what amounts to nature worship.
Not this book! Dr. Baglow takes authentic and unadulterated Catholic teaching and authentic and unadulterated science and shows them to be in wonderful harmony. He makes his own the words of a great scientist, whom he quotes:
Many people think that modern science is far removed from God. I find on the contrary, that…in our knowledge of physical nature we have penetrated so far that we can obtain a vision of the flawless harmony which is in conformity with sublime reason.
The Vatican International Exhibition "The Eucharistic Miracles of the World"