Twelve schools awarded for innovations in Catholic education


Dayton, OH, April 4, 2018 – Today’s Catholic Teacher, the cornerstone periodical for Catholic educators, recently honored the 12 finalists for the national Innovations in Catholic Education (ICE) awards at the NCEA convention in Cincinnati.

Each year for the last 21 years, the staff at Today’s Catholic Teacher searches for the schools with the best innovations in Catholic Education. The award honors 12 Catholic schools that have led the way by implementing exemplary, innovative programs to improve the teaching and learning of their students, faculty, and staffs. One big winner in each category receives a $1,000!

This year’s awards were offered in four categories for innovative projects in promoting Catholic identity, curriculum and instruction, technology integration, and total community involvement, including fundraising.

The schools honored as finalists for innovation in promoting Catholic identity were:

St. Dominic Academy, Lewiston, Maine (category winner)

The High School of St. Thomas More, Champaign, Illinois

St. Benedict Catholic School, Richmond, Virginia

The schools who were finalists for innovation in curriculum and instruction were:

St. Leonard Community School, Louisville, Kentucky (category winner)

Holy Angels School, West Bend, Wisconsin

Padua Academy, Wilmington, Delaware

Schools awarded as finalists in innovation for technology integration were:

Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, Louisiana (category winner)

St. Mark Catholic School, Plano, Texas

Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School, Phoenix, Arizona

In the category of innovation in total community involvement, including fundraising, the finalists were:

The Notre Dame School, Dallas, Texas (category winner)

Butler Catholic School, Butler, Pennsylvania

St. Francis Xavier School, Medina, Ohio

This year, the ICE awards were made possible thanks to the support of our sponsors: Lands’ End School Uniforms, Catholic Textbook Project, Good News Student Planners, and Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.

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