The Diocese of San Jose made a strong showing at the April 2017 National Catholic Educators Association (NCEA) Conference held in St. Louis, MO. For the first time in recent years, the Diocese of San Jose was represented both with the receipt of a highly competitive national award and featured as a case study for national attention on the innovative model of the Drexel Schools.
Both the award and the case study presentation were focused on the commitment of the Diocese of San Jose to engage in bold and strategic action to create a vision for thriving and sustainable Catholic schools to serve the children and families of our parish communities. The Lead Learn Proclaim Award recognized Superintendent Kathy Almazol specifically for her role as the educational leader for the many vital initiatives that the Diocese of San Jose’s Department of Education has undertaken over the past seven years. Representatives in attendance for the Diocese of San Jose included Superintendent Kathy Almazol, Assistant Superintendents Kim Shields and Tara Rolle, Catholic School Principals Jim Johnston, Sally Douthit and Anthony Barajas (not pictured), and Santa Clara University faculty member Elizabeth Guneratne. The Diocese of San Jose was featured during the presentation of the award and was hallmarked during the keynote presentation at the award reception and dinner.
At the NCEA Convention, Tara Rolle, Ed.D, was invited to present the Drexel School System of the Diocese of San Jose as a case study on the important role of transformational leadership with strategic vision to support Catholic education. The Drexel model was celebrated as an innovative approach to shifting governance and centralizing operations. The resounding impact of the Drexel case study was to promote critical conversations about the future of Catholic education at dioceses across the United States. This presentation was positioned as an opening for other educational leaders to consider creating key partnerships, utilizing the Drexel School System as an exemplar worthy of replication.