Emmaus Leadership Academies
The Emmaus Story in Luke’s Gospel serves as a guiding narrative for the Emmaus Leadership Academies. We believe that experiences of encounter, accompaniment, conversation, reflection, and blessing, form the foundation of strong Catholic school leadership.
Each 10-month Emmaus Leadership Academy consists of the following components:
Summer: The beginning three-day, two-night retreat and workshop are held at this time.
Fall: Professional education and content are delivered virtually to participants, who connect monthly in small groups with national experts in Catholic education. Coaches support participants as they implement learned strategies in their school communities.
Winter: The second in-person three-day, two-night experience that includes professional education, personal faith formation, and continued community development is held at this time. This winter experience is held at the Connors Center, in Dover, Mass.
Spring: Continued professional education is delivered virtually, and monthly conversations and coaching sessions continue with a national expert.
Mission & Catholic Identity: Transforming School Culture
Vibrant school cultures with a laser-like focus on mission and vision have the power to transform the trajectories of children, families, and communities, but they must be envisioned, designed with intentionality, and cultivated. Learning experiences in this academy center on identifying and assessing school culture, determining leverage points to shift culture in service of the school's mission and vision, managing resistance, building coherence, and fostering relationships in the midst of change. (NSBECS 5.2, 5.6, 6.2, 6.7)
Operational Vitality: Enrollment Management and School Finance
This academy supports leaders in understanding the art and science of enrollment management efforts, while also deepening their understanding of school finance. Learning experiences center on strengthening your brand, clarifying marketing pillars, enhancing recruitment strategies, improving financial literacy, and how to leverage capacity of team and board members for financial viability. (NSBECS 10.1, - 10.8, 13.1-13.3)
Governance & Leadership Academy: Board Management & Strategic Planning
Leveraging the talents of your board members and understanding how to manage this critical group of stakeholders, while also having an eye for the mission and vision of your Catholic school, are essential skills a school leader must embrace. This academy provides leaders with the essentials of effective board management, and coaches leaders how to execute the strategic planning process. (NSBECS 10.1–10.8, 13.1–13.3)
Academic Excellence Academy: Coaching Teachers
Effective coaching of teachers keeps student learning at the heart of the work in our Catholic schools. In this academy, principals hone their skills in the following areas:
· observing teachers and providing feedback that will
· advance student learning outcomes;
· examining coaching cycles;
· making data-informed decisions; and
· examining student work for performance.
(NSBECS 7.1–7.10, 8.3, 8.4)
The cost to participate in the selected Emmaus Leadership Academy is $1,000 per person. Leaders are encouraged to utilize Title II funding to support enrollment in Emmaus. Scholarships are available for interested leaders unable to access Title funds for this opportunity.
Participation in each academy is limited to 30 individuals. Schools may register up to three team members per school, one of which must be the school leader. Registration will be open until April 30 of each year, or until all spaces are filled. Notifications will be sent on a rolling basis, and any registrations beyond capacity will be placed on a waitlist.
Cristina Espino is a bilingual, creative thinker with proven ability to partner effectively and develop strategies to meet organizational objectives within designated budgets. She earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. with a marketing concentration from Loyola University Chicago. Her professional experiences range from big four public accounting audit services to private equity, financial consulting, and national advancement team leadership of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education partner school network. One constant across industries has been Cristina's focus on business turnaround efforts with empathy and support for leaders.
Phil Gonzalez is the coordinator of Latino Outreach in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. In this position Phil works with a select group of Catholic schools to increase Latino student enrollment by developing enrollment management plans that identify and engage new pools of prospective families, create targeted marketing collateral and recruitment events, and empower parent ambassadors to engage in the marketing and recruitment process. After two years of participation in the Latino Outreach Initiative, four archdiocesan schools increased their combined Latino student enrollment by 94 students. Phil presented his work at the 2019 and 2020 NCEA Conference — in a presentation titled, “Culturally Competent Recruitment of Latino Families.”
“The Emmaus Series has been among the highlights of my tenure as principal. Whether it’s the opportunity to learn from fellow Catholic administrators, or the wide range of remarkably relevant and useful sessions, or their strong focus on the National Standards and Benchmarks, the program offers 'the whole package.' I cannot urge you enough to take advantage of this outstanding group of mentors, professors and, yes, friends.”
Since 2012, the Emmaus Leadership Series continues to connect:
Teachers and Staff