Professional Partnerships and Affiliations
The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education
Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII)
A national working group began the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII) in June 2012 to develop and disseminate resources and guidelines to assist Catholic elementary and secondary schools in integrating elements of Catholic identity (Catholic values, Scripture, Church social teachings, encyclicals, etc.) into curriculum and instruction based on the Common Core State Standards. The initial phase of CCCII focuses on K-8 English/Language Arts/ Literacy. Resources for other subjects and for 9-12 curriculum will be developed in later phases. For more information and resources, please visit http://www.cccii-online.org/
National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is the largest private, professional education association in the world. Founded in 1904, the association membership represents educators serving in Catholic education at all levels - from schools and parishes, to seminaries and colleges and universities.
Catholic Higher Education Supporting Catholic Schools (CHESCS)
The Catholic Higher Education Supporting Catholic Schools (CHESCS) group is housed within the National Catholic Educational Assocation (NCEA). Its membership is currently comprised of 23 Catholic colleges and universities that support Catholic elementary and secondary schools through degree programs, certificate/licensure programs, seminars and professional development experiences for Catholic school teachers and leaders, or related organizations that support CHESCS.
The Center for Catholic School Effectiveness: Loyola University, Chicago
The Center for Catholic School Effectiveness at Loyola Univeristy Chicago has served as a leading resource for Catholic Educators in the United States. Dr. Lorraine Ozar, Director of the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness, in collaboration with Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill of the Roche Center for Catholic Education, produced a landmark document entitled National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (March 2012, Loyola University Chicago). The document provides a shared framework to be used for accountability in sustaining the excellence, rigor, faith and nurturance that have been the hallmark of Catholic education.
More information on the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools can be found at http://catholicschoolstandards.org
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice is the only refereed research journal in the United States devoted to Catholic Education. First founded by Fordham University, Saint Louis University, the University of Dayton, and the University of San Francisco with a grant from the Lilly Endowment, the journal is now supported by 17 Catholic colleges and universities, including the current host, Loyola Marymount University. The LMU School of Education will host the journal for a period of five years beginning in June 2013.
The journal is published twice each year in September and March. Each issue maintains a balance of articles focused on K-12 and higher education. Thus, Catholic Education appeals to K-12 teachers and administrators, diocesan and parish staff, and professors and administrators in higher education.
Catholic Higher Education Collaborative (CHEC)
The Catholic Higher Education Collaborative (CHEC) is a group of nine Catholic colleges and universities. Members of the CHEC come together annually in a series of six total conferences to explore the ways that Catholic institutions of higher education can collaborate in supporting Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the United States.