The following article was contributed by Dr. Timothy Uhl, Superintendent of Montana Catholic Schools.
How are you learning this summer? NCEA is putting on a great conference for presidents and principals July 16-19. The Institute for Catholic School Leaders promises engage school leaders with current topics and issues. School leaders will network with other leaders and leave with new ideas to move their schools forward.
On the Catholic School Matters podcast, I interview 6 of the presenters:
- Dan McMahon, the principal of DeMatha High School in Washington, DC, offers “21 Practices for Principals” to build healthy school cultures.
- Nick Regina, the Deputy Secretary for Enrollment Management in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, offers strategies for marketing, recruiting, and retaining students.
- Richard Gray, the president of LaSalle High in Pasadena, offers suggestions on hiring for mission. Understanding the demands of teaching and building our Catholic culture is important before you hire, according to Gray.
- Kathy Walsh, the superintendent of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, offers a practical session on building the Latino student population in our Catholic schools.
- Tom Thibodeau, the Distinguished Professor at Viterbor University, is scheduled to deliver the keynote on Servant Leadership. He discusses his philosophy of servant leadership and its relevance for Catholic school leaders.
- Jerry Deegan, the long-time (and retiring) president of Dowling Catholic in Des Moines, discusses the application of the book Traction to the smooth operation of his school.
Listen to the podcast if you’re on the fence about attending the conference. It’s a significant financial commitment to travel to and attend this conference. But what if your learning translates into one more student? Wouldn’t that justify the expense?
Even if you’re not attending the conference, the conversations in this one-hour podcast are worth your time to challenge your paradigms and open you to new ways of thinking.