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Dean Joseph M. O'Keefe, S.J.

It's only a movie


Dear Friends,

I recently had the opportunity to see Waiting for "Superman," a documentary film about the challenges facing America’s urban schools. The film, which has generated substantial debate, implies that traditional district schools are hopelessly paralyzed by self-serving teachers’ unions. It criticizes Catholic schools as being inaccessible to children from low-income backgrounds. The film is, in effect, a manifesto for charter schools.
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Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill

Center stage

eColloquia spoke recently with the new director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education, Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, about the challenges she faces and her vision for the center’s future.
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Kristen Terpenny

Prep school

Five Lynch School graduate students planning careers in educational leadership.
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Charles M. Payne

Payne to speak at LSOE Symposium

Charles M. Payne, a leading scholar of school reform and effective learning in urban environments, will address the 11th Annual Lynch School of Education Symposium on Monday, December 6, 2010.
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President Leahy S.J.

Higher expectations

President William P. Leahy, S.J., and Fordham University President Joseph McShane, S.J., on what Catholic higher ed can and can't do for K–12.
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Faculty news

Professor Robert J. Starratt delivered a keynote presentation at the 15th Annual International UCEA Conference on Values and Leadership in Umea, Sweden, in September. Also that month, Starratt was named the Routledge Education Author of the Month.

Associate Professor Laura O’Dwyer’s Evolution Readiness Project is featured on the National Science Foundation’s website. The project introduces the concepts of evolution and descent to fourth and fifth graders through the use of computer-based and offline activities. Boston College and Concord Consortium collaborated on the project.
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Alumni notes

Undergraduate alumni are teaching in K–12 schools across the nation. Alexandra Tomkins ’09 teaches autistic children in New Jersey. Kaitlyn Burke ’08, MA’09 also teaches in New Jersey. Jennifer Winslow ’08, MA’10 and Caitlin Librizzi ’10 both teach in Harlem. And Dianne Bacsik ’10 is teaching in Milton.

Alexandra Faklis ’08 works in advancement at Harvard Business School, and Abigail Humphrey ’09 recently began studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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