A forum of Catholic Thought

Improving instruction and increasing learningKathy Mears

In 1936, a 19 year old woman began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. She had 34 students in grades 1-8. In those days, students in the seventh and eighth grades were all required to take an end of the ...

Living the call to 'Have courage ... go forward ... make noise!' Kathy Mears

Approximately four years ago, when addressing a group of youth, Pope Francis told the young adults to, "Have courage....go forward....make noise!" That is what we are working to do in the Catholic schools ...

Lots of good news about Catholic schools in the archdioceseKathy Mears

In a few weeks, thousands of parents in the Archdiocese of Boston will choose to send their children to Catholic schools. They choose our schools for a variety of reasons. Parents find our schools to ...

A time for leisure Kathy Mears

Growing up on a farm, I learned about work. I was taught, from a very young age, that all work is good and that you should always work hard. I also learned that work was seasonal in nature. You had months ...

Giving our youngest Catholic school students a strong foundationKathy Mears

I became a grandmother two years ago, and it is a joy! I highly recommend it! When my grandsons recently visited, I was reminded of how quickly the time goes and how rapidly our children learn. The acquisition ...

Jumping into the STREAM Kathy Mears

STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Mathematics and is a part of many of our schools on-going efforts to improve the instruction and curriculum that we offer to our students. STREAM ...

True servant leadersKathy Mears

Service is at the heart of Catholic education. Without servant leaders in the classrooms and hallways of our schools, we would fail in our quest to develop saints and scholars.Recently we celebrated National ...

Achieving more with partners throughout the archdiocese Kathy Mears

Have you seen the acronym for TEAM? Together Everyone Achieves More? In the Catholic Schools Office, we believe that to be true and based on that belief, building partnerships with others is a priority. Our ...