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Diversity Initiative Update - February 26, 2020

posted Feb 26, 2020, 2:51 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated Feb 26, 2020, 2:52 PM ]

Core Teams Begin Work on Diversity Plans
Dr. Alice Prince met with 30+ people on February 25th at our Diversity & Inclusion Core Team Information and Orientation Meeting.  Each school has formed a team who will work on developing at least 3 SMART Goals for their individual school's Diversity and Inclusion Plans.  Each team received copies of the survey results from teachers, parents and parishioners.  They will also receive the student/youth survey results when complete in March. Stay tuned to your school's newsletter and this Federation e-mail for updates.

Questions? Contact Dr. Alice Prince at aprince@federationofcatholicschools.org or Cara Koen at advancement@federationofcatholicschools.org or 314-537-3174.

 

Diversity & Inclusion Core Teams


Black History Month Celebrations


Our schools have continued traditions and started new practices with resources and suggestions that Dr. Prince has been providing to teachers through her weekly newsletter and Catholic Vibrant Life podcast. Judge Jimmie Edwards, Director of Public Safety for the City of St. Louis, stopped by and visited with Our Lady of Guadalupe students earlier this week.

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St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden is scheduled to visit All Saints Academy at St. Ferdinand on Thursday afternoon. On Friday, third grade students from All Saints Academy at St. Rose will visit their neighbors at St. Catherine Apartments and present their Famous Black American poster projects that they have worked on throughout Black History Month.

Join a Diversity & Inclusion Focus Group in January!

posted Dec 9, 2019, 11:52 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Jan 2, 2020, 1:20 PM ]

As we have announced before, through a Beyond Sunday Grant to the Federation of Catholic Schools we have Dr. Alice Prince, a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, working with our school this year.  She has been spending time at all of the Catholic schools in North County this fall, and gathering data through classroom visits and surveys of teachers, parents, students and parishioners. 


By June 2020, each school will have an individual plan for Cultural Competency, Diversity & Inclusion, guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church and informed by expertise in the field of Education. The purpose of having focus groups is to get more input about what people in our parish and school community believe and value about cultural, religious and socio-economic diversity at our schools. You are invited to participate!


In January, any parent, teacher, staff member, or parishioner who would like to dig a little deeper into this topic by responding to pre-selected, open-ended questions, is invited to participate in a focus group. Dr. Prince will facilitate focus groups at the following times and locations:

  • Saturday, January 11, 9:30-11am at St. Ferdinand Parish (Bilingual Group)

  • Monday, January 13, 6:30-8pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe (Bilingual Group)

  • Thursday, January 16, 6:30-8pm at Christ Light of the Nations School

  • Saturday, January 25, 9:30-11am at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish 


Registration is required and each focus group will be limited to 20 participants. Additional dates could be added, if necessary. The groups on January 11 & 13 will have a Spanish language interpreter available. If you would like to participate in one of the focus groups, please sign up no later than Wednesday, January 8th at: www.FederationofCatholicSchools.org/focus-groups. Indicate all dates you are available and you will be notified which group you are assigned to.


Questions? Contact Dr. Alice Prince at aprince@federationofcatholicschools.org or Cara Koen at advancement@federationofcatholicschools.org or 314-537-3174.


Introducing Dr. Alice Prince - Parent Survey Invitation

posted Oct 28, 2019, 2:10 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated Oct 29, 2019, 2:53 PM ]

As a part of our commitment to developing a Diversity & Inclusion Plan for each of our schools this year, we are conducting an introductory survey for key stakeholders.  Parents of all students enrolled at a Catholic school in north county should expect to receive an e-mail from Dr. Alice Prince during the week of Oct. 28th.  The e-mail will include a link to a parent survey. You are invited to watch this brief video (press play below) to learn more about Dr. Prince's work with our schools this year. Please take five minutes to complete the survey when you receive it via e-mail.  The parent survey is available in English and Spanish. If you do not receive an e-mail by Monday, November 4th, please contact your school principal.  Paper copies are also available if you are not able to complete the survey online.

Teachers have already completed their initial survey, middle school students will have the opportunity to complete the survey during the school day next month, and other stakeholders will be invited to complete the survey soon.  

If you are NOT a school parent but would like to receive the link to the survey for parishioners and other stakeholders when it's available, please complete this form or e-mail advancement@federationofcatholicschools.org.


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Contact Dr. Prince:
Phone: 314-391-8013

Catholic Vibrant Life Podcast:
Listen to Dr. Prince's podcast at http://catholicvibrantlife.libsyn.com/

Parent-Survey-Espanol

posted Oct 28, 2019, 2:10 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated Oct 29, 2019, 2:55 PM ]

Como parte de nuestro compromiso de desarrollar un Plan de Diversidad e Inclusión para cada una de nuestras escuelas este año, estamos llevando a cabo una encuesta introductoria para las partes interesadas clave. Los padres de todos los estudiantes matriculados en una escuela católica en el norte del condado deben recibir un correo electrónico de la Dra. Alice Prince durante la semana del 28 de octubre. El correo electrónico incluirá un enlace a una encuesta para padres. Le invitamos a ver este breve video (presione reproducir a continuación) para obtener más información sobre el trabajo del Dr. Prince con nuestras escuelas este año. Tómese cinco minutos para completar la encuesta cuando la reciba por correo electrónico. La encuesta está disponible en inglés y español. Si no recibe un correo electrónico antes del lunes 4 de noviembre, comuníquese con el director de su escuela. Las copias en papel también están disponibles si no puede completar la encuesta en línea.

Si NO es un padre de escuela pero desea recibir el enlace a la encuesta para feligreses y otras partes interesadas cuando esté disponible, complete este formulario o envíe un correo electrónico a advancement@federationofcatholicschools.org.

English 


Contact Dr. Prince:
Phone: 314-391-8013

Catholic Vibrant Life Podcast:
Listen to Dr. Prince's podcast at http://catholicvibrantlife.libsyn.com/

FEDERATION OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVES BEYOND SUNDAY GRANT

posted Aug 28, 2019, 10:25 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Aug 28, 2019, 10:49 AM ]

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION CONSULTANT BEGINS WORK IN SCHOOLS FOR 2019-20


Thanks to the generous donors to the Roman Catholic Foundation's Beyond Sunday campaign, our Federation of Catholic Schools is embarking on an innovative project this school year:

“Embracing the Gift of Cultural, Racial, Religious and Economic Diversity
in North County Catholic Schools.”

While there are several goals this grant is set to achieve, the first task was to hire someone with the skills and expertise to support our leaders in these efforts. 


Dr. 
Alice Prince will be working as the Federation’s Diversity & Inclusion Consultant for the 2019-20 school year.  In this role, she will spend time at each school, getting to know the principal, pastor, DRE/CRE, facult
y, staff and students. She will be leading workshops and providing practical tools and resources for educators on how to best meet the needs of every student enrolled in our Catholic schools in North County. By June 2020, each school will have an individual plan for Cultural Competency, Diversity & Inclusion, guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church and informed by expertise in the field of Education.   Dr. Prince has a Masters Degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership and is an adjunct faculty member at Maryville University. She and her family are parishioners at St. Nicholas Catholic Parish in the City of St. Louis. Her youngest two children, twin boys (pictured below), attend Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School.

 

When the Federation was originally formed in 2010, embracing diversity was identified as an area of responsibility. In 2018 the Federation formed a subcommittee of pastors and principals, who developed the idea for this collaborative project, which the Roman Catholic Foundation generously funded with the Beyond Sunday Transformational Innovation Grant. Throughout this school year there will be opportunities for involvement by parishioners, teachers, parents, and anyone interested in learning more. If you would like to receive ongoing updates about this project, please contact Cara Koen at 314-537-3174 or e-mail advancement@federationofcatholicschools.org.

 

The Roman Catholic Foundation awards Beyond Sunday grants to archdiocesan and parish Catholic schools and PSR programs in the Archdiocese of St. Louis through a competitive application and review process. To date, $2.3 million has been granted to benefit Catholic education in our local community. For more information, please visit rcfstl.org.


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