February 2, 2018
  USCCB and NCEA promote Catholic Schools Week on Capitol Hill! 
Staff met with multiple congressional offices discussing ESSA implementation, school choice & equitable services in federal education. 
Secretariat staff host Catholic Schools Week celebration at USCCB, 
with special guest appearance from the Holy Father... and cupcakes for the entire building.
Social Media Updates

Watch this video message from Bishop Murry, just posted to our home page this week, and consider how it might serve as a conversation starter or reference point in your own work. 

The Secretariat has been working on updating our web pages and is renewing efforts to serve the education community by making accessible current information, news and timely resources. While we have made many improvements to our website, we will be adding and refreshing materials as needed, so check back with us often and give us your feedback at any time!  Our pages  include:



Rolled out during National School Choice Week, the Secretariat of Catholic Education just created its own Twitter handle: @USCCBCatholicEd.  Sister John Mary will be closing her personal Twitter account soon and the Secretariat's handle will be your source for news, inspiration and much more. Follow us now and check out some of the tweets you missed. Have you seen our 1-minute Catholic Schools Week video? It now has almost 49,000 views across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! 


Check out Bishop Kicanas' Catholic Schools Week op-ed, published by Catholic News Service, Celebrating the Significant Contributions Made by Catholic Schools.

Bishop George Murry hosted a Bishop's education meeting January 17 - 18 at the USCCB, "Strategy and Perspective on Transforming Catholic Schools."  The meeting was sponsored by the Alliance for Catholic Education of the University of Notre Dame with 30 bishops in attendance.  Some of the discussions included leadership in Catholic schools with a focus on the importance of the bishop, pastor and principal relationship; Catholic school governance; parental choice in education; and the effect and implication of charter education on Catholic schools. Dr. Tom Burnford of NCEA and Brittany Vessely, Executive Director of the new national Catholic parental choice organization, Catholic Education Partners, were also in attendance.  The bishops engaged the issues seriously and demonstrated their deep commitment to Catholic Schools. If you haven't yet, read about the meeting here

Sharing is Caring

Help build up Catholic education by sharing the Secretariat's online resources, articles, social media and this newsletter with colleagues in the "business" of educating young people. You can share our Catholic Schools Week video via Twitter, Facebook or Youtube

Also: please email catholiceducation@usccb.org any videos or pictures of your Catholic Schools Week events so that we can share on our social media and celebrate #CSW18 with you!


Bishop Murry Sister John Mary Fleming
Bishop George V. Murry, SJ and Sr. John Mary Fleming, OP
As always, please stay in touch with your ideas, experiences and questions by emailing jdaniels@usccb.org. 

Happy Catholic Schools Week!

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