Leadership and Catholic Schools

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Leadership and Catholic Schools

  1. 1. Leadership & CatholicSchools Advancing Catholic Education
  2. 2. NCEA Secondary Dept.  Association: We bring schools together and represent them.  We provide leadership, direction, and service
  3. 3. But…before we begin, how welldo you know Catholic SecondarySchools? A Quiz
  4. 4. 1.) How many Catholic secondaryschools existed in the U.S. in 2011? A.) 845 B.) 1,555 C.) 1,575 D.) 1,205
  5. 5. How many Catholic secondary schoolswere there in the U.S. in 2011? ANSWER: 1,205 United States Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, 2011-12, NCEA, 2012
  6. 6. 2.) How many Catholic secondaryschools were in the U.S. in 2009? A.) 1,307 B.) 1,227 C.) 1,295 D.) 1,205
  7. 7. How many Catholic SecondarySchools were in the U.S. in 2009? ANSWER: 1,205 Source: United States Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, 2011-12, NCEA, 2012
  8. 8. Trends to Note Between 1960 and 1970, there were 406 fewer Catholic Secondary Schools Between 2000 and 2010, there were 16 fewer Catholic Secondary Schools *Over the last 3 years, enrollment has declined some, but number of schools had remained roughly the same.
  9. 9. Back to the Quiz 3.) One of the peak years for Catholic elementary and secondary school enrollment in the U.S. was… A.) 1960 C. 1947 B.) 1973 D. 1920
  10. 10. Question #3 Answer Catholic school enrollment was Close to its peak in 1960, with 5,253,000 enrolled in K-12 Today, there are 2,031,455 enrolled In K-12
  11. 11. Elementary Between 1960 and 1970, there were 1,135 fewer Catholic Elementary schools Between 2000 and 2010, there were 1,034 fewer Catholic Elementary schools *Number of Catholic elementary schools has dropped at a greater rate than secondary
  12. 12. Why is that so? A Few Guesses… Elementary Schools Secondary Schools  More Catholic  Most have boards that elementary schools in influence the direction of existence. the schools.  Harder to find exemplary  More effort given to administrators finding qualified  Difficulty when pastors administrators do not want the “burden”  Greater levels of of Catholic elementary Professional schools. Development  Less training available  *More have due to budget development offices constraints
  13. 13. Now, back to our Quiz: 4.) True or False: The national graduation rate among Catholic secondary school students is 90.5%? True False
  14. 14. #4.) Answer False The national graduation rate among Catholic secondary school students is 99.4% And that’s higher than…
  15. 15. National graduation rates at theseother types of schools:  Religious (Non-Catholic): 98.1%  Non-sectarian private: 95.0%  Public: 75.5%
  16. 16. So, what else about CatholicSecondary Schools? 5.) In what part of the Country are most Catholic secondary schools found?
  17. 17. Regional Breakdown of CatholicSecondary Schools  New England: 7.4%  Great Lakes: 20.4%  Southeast: 15.8%*  Plains: 11.5%  Mideast: 24.9%  West: 20.0%* * Indicates higher percentage of schools than ten years ago. Source: Annual Statistical Report on Schools, Enrollment and Staffing, NCEA, 2012
  18. 18. 6.) Percent of Catholic Secondary Schoolswith a President/Principal model: A.) 50% B.) 40% C.) 55% D.) 35%
  19. 19. President/Principal Model? Average percentage in all Catholic secondary schools? 55% Religious owned schools: 70% Diocesan owned schools: 43%
  20. 20. 7.) The average Catholic SecondarySchool Endowment? A.) $3.7 Million B.) $1.7 Million C.) $850,000 D.) $200,000
  21. 21. Answer: Avg. Catholic SecondarySchool Endowment? $3.7 Million (The values vary greatly, however, so if you are not near that, don’t Feel badly) Source: Dollars & Sense, NCEA, 2011
  22. 22. 8.) Average Percentage of Catholic SecondarySchools with a FT Chief Advancement Officer? A.) 57% B.) 84% C.) 64% D.) 90%
  23. 23. Full-time Chief AdvancementOfficer? 64% Source: Dollar & Sense, NCEA, 2011
  24. 24. 9.) % of operating income that comes fromAdvancement Programs? A.) 15% B.) 25% C.) 13% D.) 7%
  25. 25. % Operating income fromAdvancement? On average, 7% of operating income in Catholic secondary schools comes from advancement programs Dollars & Sense, NCEA, 2011
  26. 26. 10.) Top priority of Advancementprograms in Cath. Secondary Schools? A.) Marketing B.) The Annual Fund C.) Alumni/ae Relations D.) The Annual Candy Bar Sale
  27. 27. Top Priority among advancementactivities? The Annual Fund Dollars & Sense, NCEA, 2011
  28. 28. 11.) And Finally, what percentage of CSAlumni contribute to Annual Funds? A. 55% B.) 30% D.) 74% E.) 14%
  29. 29. Alumni and Annual Funds On average, just 14% of alumni contribute to Catholic secondary school annual funds. *This does not mean they do not contribute in other ways however. Source: Dollars & Sense, NCEA, 2011
  30. 30. Conclusions  When it comes to raising funds, Catholic secondary schools have a lot of room for growth  We want our alumni and friends to have positive thoughts about our schools  The time to invest in the future of Catholic secondary education is NOW.
  31. 31. About Catholic Schools
  32. 32. It used to be that….  Those who went to Catholic schools mostly knew others who went to Catholic schools.  Pre-1950’s and 60’s, they had good experiences in Catholic schools.  Catholic meant cultural experience as much as it was about religion.
  33. 33. With greater communication andintegration of vast numbers of immigrants,  Those who grew up Catholic began to include others in their circles, including non-Catholics.  This led to greater questioning on religion and Church authority.  Catholic schools themselves are more pluralistic – but is the image society projects and accurate one?
  34. 34. What many in society might thinkabout Catholic education in general
  35. 35. Secular views of Catholic Schoolscome from two main sources  Stories from those who attended Catholic schools (often exaggerated)
  36. 36. And, the Media  Movies  Books  Cartoons  Plays
  37. 37. Many people who do not know Catholicschools well assume that they all…  Allhave strict nuns  Have repressed and unhappy students  Have students who are looking for ways to break the strict rules  Have some wacko teachers  Teach religion in a forced manner  Are educationally backward
  38. 38. So what’s the Reality?Most Catholic schools that existtoday must project an image of excellence to the community
  39. 39. Why is it that some Catholic schools are thriving? While some others, in very much the same circumstances are not?
  40. 40. We look to Leadership
  41. 41. What research tells us about all schools and leadersA school’s leader is the # 1 factor in overall school success Hallinger and Heck, 2002; Louis, Dretzke, and Wahlstrom, 2010; Tschannen-moran & Gareis, 2004) School leadership is the second most influential factor in student achievement (second only to actual instruction)
  42. 42. Most school leaders  Choose staff  Evaluate staff  Implement Long- term plans (or not)  Are the public face of the school  Are instrumental in highlighting school values and mission.
  43. 43. Just a thought…An organization is like a bicycle. When it is moving forward it is stable. When it is static it tends to fall. Anonymous
  44. 44. Good Leadership Traits for Catholic School Administrators Mission Oriented. The leader knows why the school exists and supports that in word and action. It is central to everything the staff and students do. Who wants to send their child to a school that does not know what it is about?
  45. 45. Catholic Schools Catholic schools support the work of the Church, which is the “bride of Christ on earth.” Catholic schools with a strong sense of mission show that through visible and non-visible symbols throughout the school. The work of Catholic school personnel is a ministry.
  46. 46. Strong School Identity  What is the Catholic school known for? -A classical curriculum? -A diverse student body? -Academic superiority? -or something less than these? *All schools need an identity that comes to define them.
  47. 47. Communications Regularcommunication between administration and staff within the school-Friday Notes for the following week-A school calendar posted in a conspicuous place-An athletic calendar-A schedule of regular meetings
  48. 48. Communications with ParentsA weekly newsletter (preferably via e- mail) Phone calls from the school’s administration. A policy for staff to return calls within a day (or so). A school magazine highlighting great things in the school
  49. 49. Communications with StudentsA school newspaper which allows outstanding students to shine and celebrates achievements of all students. Student magazine which encourage writing skills and thoughts. The school’s yearbook. A picture is worth a thousand words.
  50. 50. Never underestimate the power of … Good Communication in a school
  51. 51. Leading by including others…FacultycommitteesParent BoardsDepartment chairsAssistant principals and other administrators
  52. 52. Remember… Nothing will turn off a school communityMore than a school leader who thinks he or she Knows it all and fails to ask, listen, and converse.
  53. 53. Public RelationsYour school can only become something great if you regard it that way. UsePR to highlight faculty and staff accomplishments – Killing two birds with one stone in that the teacher is thrilled and the school looks great.
  54. 54. Public Relations Reach out in a positive manner to the entire school community.-Students-Alumni-Parents-Local business and neighbors-Staff-Local Church officials
  55. 55. Students Should be proud of their school Should be happy in their school Should feel wanted and included in their school Should be the center of what the school is all about. Should want to come back to the school later.
  56. 56. Alumni Should feel welcome in their school. Should be encouraged to have alumni events at the school or on the property Should be aware of accomplishments that are occurring within the school Should be proud to be graduates of the school and should be treated well by the school.
  57. 57. Good “PR” Allows for Involvement By allowing various school-related groups to develop strong commitments to the school the leader builds a sense of ownership and all of those involved become stakeholders. Schools like that don’t usually close.
  58. 58. Finally, Public Relations…Can be the building blocks of good Advancement and Development programs.
  59. 59. Planning Well Assessingneeds and knowing where the school is headed is crucial to establishing excellence.  Planning well allows schools to be proactive instead of reactive.
  60. 60. Planning Involves Involving stakeholders Identifying strengths and weaknesses Working together to establish a viable plan that will lead the school toward improvement. Evaluating how well the plan is working and adjusting it as necessary.
  61. 61. Setting Policy Comes from planning Gives clarity to those involved in the daily “grind.” Should be in best interests of all. Policy is one way of putting plans into action.
  62. 62. Appraising your schoolAsk…What is the atmosphere like?Who is happy and who may not be?Are the students and their needs at thecenter of everything the school is about?
  63. 63. Leader Outlook Half Full? Half Empty?

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