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Grants Awarded for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Elementary Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Create and Equip Four Elementary School Ready Rooms”

$100,000

To prepare students in all elementary grades with IEPs, 504 plans, and other demonstrated learning needs to function effectively in a traditional classroom by creating and equipping one “ready room” in each of four schools across the archdiocese. Pilot program.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Secondary Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Transforming Teaching and Learning at West Catholic Preparatory High School”

$99,983

To introduce a program that will transform West Catholic Prep academically to meet the educational needs of a very low-income urban minority population through institutional strategies directed at teacher professional development that will heighten teacher effectiveness, strengthen the school’s academic program, and improve student academic outcomes.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Special Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Operations”

$200,000

To support the annual operations of the schools of special education serving students with cognitive impairments and autism spectrum disorder.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Elementary Education & Technology Department

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Integrating Technology: On-Demand Elementary Education Professional Development”

$13,500

To introduce an on-demand professional development program for teachers in the 11 South Philadelphia Elementary Cohort schools that will upgrade and enhance their knowledge and skills with instructional technology, on a schedule conducive to their individual schedules, and measurable by both the teachers and school administrators. This program incorporates analytics for ongoing professional and personal development.

Office for Catechetical Formation

Philadelphia, Pa.

Metanoia

“Sophomore Rally Pilot Program”

$80,000

To build on the structure of the successful 2016 Sophomore Rally pilot program in engaging sophomores, and with the addition of freshmen, in a meaningful day that addresses the issues challenging young high school students and offers them guidance in decision-making rooted in Catholic values and principles.

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Office for Catechetical Formation

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Newman Center at Widener University”

$40,000

To establish a Newman Center at St. Katharine Drexel Parish (Chester, Pa.) for Catholic students attending Widener University.

Office for Catechetical Formation

Philadelphia, Pa.

$49,000

“Tradition: A Celebration of The Catechism of the Catholic Church

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Catechism of the Catholic Church and energize the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in a renewed appreciation for the treasure that it is by a one-day program of nationally respected speakers, prayer, and music.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Secondary Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“High School Summer Bridge Program”

$54,000

To ease the transition of academically at-risk students into their freshman year through a monthlong summer learning support program focusing on language arts, math skills, study skills, and Catholic high school culture conducted at three locations.

Saint Francis de Sales School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“The de Sales Technology Initiative”

$30,000

To continue an improvement and updating plan for in-classroom technology that supports access for all third grade students during the school day and after-hours for those without computers or Internet at home.

Drexel Neumann Academy

Chester, Pa.

“Writing & Language Arts Program/Chromebooks”

$23,366

To increase high school preparation for students in Grades 6, 7, and 8, particularly their writing skills, through online reading and math enrichment programs as well as with supplemental materials in history and social studies.

Independence Mission Schools (IMS)

King of Prussia, Pa.

“Literacy and Parent Engagement Initiatives for St. Malachy School”

$72,000

To offer the five-week Springboard Collaborative summer reading program to eligible students and the families of St. Malachy School and to provide additional programming throughout the year aimed at fully engaging parents in their children’s education.  

The Culture Project International

Wynnewood, Pa.

“The Culture Project Partnership Program”

$15,000

To support an ongoing series of presentations by three Culture Project International missionaries to middle school and high school students on the topics of human dignity and sexual integrity and to further partner with schools on follow-up Q&A sessions and other relationship-building activities throughout the year.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Institute of Catholic Faith”

$100,000

To create the first of three two-year programs for candidates for the Permanent Diaconate and the laity offering education and faith formation in the teachings of the Catholic faith. Deferred.

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Overnight Visits Designed to Ensure Student Selection of ‘Best Fit’ Colleges”

$40,000

To offer the Class of 2019 a four-day, three-night guided visit to selected out-of-area Catholic colleges during spring break (2018) to expose them to colleges they would unlikely consider but could be the best fit for them.

Office of the Archbishop of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Special-Purpose Funding”

$50,000

To provide funding for the Archbishop’s discretionary use throughout the archdiocese.

Vocation Office for Archdiocesan Priesthood

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Vocation Office Media Center”

$12,560

To supplement the seminary curricular experience, coaching seminarians in state-of-the-art message delivery and helping them to grow in connecting with today’s and tomorrow’s congregations through podcasts, videos, and social and other new media

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Vocation Office for Archdiocesan Priesthood

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Brothers of Borromeo Camp”

$6,200

To support the re-launch of the one-day summer camp for boys in Grades 6, 7, and 8 who are thinking about the priesthood.

The Gesu School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Technology Advancement Project”

$67,640

To complete the school’s technology infrastructure by granting personalized access to all students through 120 iPads and software applications purchased for PreK-2 classes in a 2 students-to-1 device ratio and 60 Chromebooks and software licenses purchased for Grade 3 classes in a 1-to-1 ratio.

Independence Mission Schools (IMS)

King of Prussia, Pa.

“Technology Improvements & Integration”

$100,000

To continue funding technology at IMS locations, at four additional schools, that includes hardware, software, and professional development focused on integrating technology in classroom instruction.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Relocation & Affiliation Project”

$100,000

To support the engagement of professional services consultants associated with the transition of the seminary to a new location.

West Chester University Newman Center

West Chester, Pa.

“Establish a FOCUS Mission Team”

$60,000

To introduce a team of missionaries from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) at the West Chester University Newman Center.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Black Catholics

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Attendance Registrations for the National Black Catholic Congress XII”

$25,000

To provide registration fees for 71 participants in the 2017 National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando, Florida, with special emphasis on those from the 16 African-American parishes in the inner city.

St. Joseph’s Preparatory School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“From Nominal to Practicing: Welcoming Catholics Back to the Lord’s Table”

$18,000

To introduce a parent-to-parent pilot program of pastoral outreach to the families of incoming freshmen.

Grants Awarded for the 2016-17 Academic Year

Vocation Office for Archdiocesan Priesthood

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Forged by Fire”

$31,496

To conduct a three-day retreat for men ages 18 to 25. (Grant Delayed)

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Secondary Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Leadership Academy-Community of Practice”

$91,100

To conduct a five-day intensive professional development program for secondary school administrators, followed by job-embedded skills training and on-site classroom observations in conjunction with Learning Science International.

Catholic Family Fun Club

Aston, Pa.

“Networking Families for Development of Catholic Catechetical and Social Activities”

$60,000

To increase networking among Catholic families for whom Catholicism is important and to attend local Catholic catechetical and social activities together.

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Alumni Support Program to Ensure College Attendance and Retention”

$20,000

To encourage, strengthen, and assist graduating seniors overcome the challenges of obtaining a college education by supporting the hiring of an alumni support coordinator who will create an alumni culture for the first time and with the added role of college advisor. The Class of 2016 is the young school’s first to enter college.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Special Education Schools

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Operations”

$200,000

To provide operating support for the four schools of special education and special education programs across the archdiocese.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Elementary Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Operations”

$188,680

To provide the final year of a multi-year operations grant in support of OCE elementary education administration.

Office for Catechetical Formation

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Sophomore Rally Pilot Program”

$20,000

To engage sophomores in a meaningful retreat day that addresses the personal issues challenging students in their sophomore year and offers them guidance in decision-making rooted in Catholic values and principles. Program elements include inspirational speakers and homilist, stories, contemporary music, breakout sessions for small-group reflection and discussion, and a curriculum for sophomore theology teachers to measure ongoing impact.  

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Elementary Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Showcase of Excellence”

$20,000

To highlight student achievement in a public forum, reveal the quality and dimension of the archdiocesan K-8 educational product among participating city and suburban schools, offer the general public examples of the credible and viable school choice offered by Catholic elementary schools, and challenge students to achieve in a variety of STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, math) disciplines.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Secondary Education & Technology Department

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Integrating Technology: On-Demand Secondary Education Professional Development”

$24,000

To introduce an on-demand professional development program of 30-minute webinars for secondary school teachers that will upgrade and enhance their knowledge and skills with instructional technology on a schedule conducive to their individual schedules, and measurable by both the teachers and school administrators.

Catholic Leadership Institute

Wayne, Pa.

“Training for Leadership in the New Evangelization”

$55,000

To launch a pilot program for key lay staff and volunteers from participating parishes that supports them as leaders of the New Evangelization in creating more vibrant faith communities through 10 days of leadership formation and training over the course of one year.

Independence Mission Schools (IMS)

King of Prussia, Pa.

“Technology Infrastructure”

$94,280

To upgrade the technology infrastructure in multiple urban school buildings ranging from 60 years old to 100 for the use of iPads and Chromebooks in classroom settings.

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Independence Mission Schools (IMS)

King of Prussia, Pa.

“St. Veronica PREP Recruitment Project”

$12,000

To support St. Veronica School (Philadelphia) in promoting the value of Catholic education to parish families with students attending public or charter schools, but who are enrolled in parish religious instruction and sacrament preparation, through marketing materials prepared for the predominantly Spanish-speaking households and with financial assistance for newly recruited students.

Providence Center

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Education Technology for Children, Teens, and Adults”

$15,000

To assist the predominantly high-poverty Latino neighborhood educational center incorporate technology into programming that supports children’s academic progress, computer literacy, and values development; assists teens in preparing for college and the workplace; enhances adult education opportunities for English language learners.

The Gesu School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Youngest Scholars Program”

$41,000

To provide high-achieving Gesu School students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 from predominantly impoverished neighborhoods with a five-week, rigorous, theme-based academic program during June and July that challenges them with research, cross-curricular writing exercises, readings from fiction and non-fiction, and connections to math and science that is further reinforced by after-school sessions throughout the academic year.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Wynnewood, Pa.

“Tech Tools for Teaching”

$72,380

To replace 10-year-old projectors and screens in five Vianney Hall classrooms with state-of-the-art projection equipment used by theology seminarians, candidates for the Permanent Diaconate Program, all students in the School of Theological Studies, and others from the greater Catholic community.

Temple University Newman Center

Philadelphia, Pa.

“FOCUS Mission Team”

$60,000

To fund the second year of a two-year grant to reestablish the presence of a Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) Mission Team on Temple’s campus that supports the Newman Center’s outreach with Catholic students.

Saint Francis de Sales School

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Helping Our Children to Compete in This Century”

$25,000

To purchase 57 iPads that will assist both advanced and struggling students in Grades 2 and 3 achieve greater results in reading, math, and English comprehension.

Roman Catholic High School for Boys

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Multimedia Learning Lab”

$80,000

To support the World Languages Department’s strategic plan to advance academic rigor and increase individual fluency in foreign languages with specialized software, associated instructor equipment, and 35 student stations.

Hope Partnership for Education

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Hope Digital Library Project”

$68,500

To provide desktop, laptop, SMART board, cabling, and other technology for students enrolled in Hope’s middle school, graduate support program, and adult education school.

Office of Catholic Education (OCE)-Enrollment Management

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Latino/Hispanic Initiative”

$25,000

To increase the enrollment of Latino/Hispanic students across Archdiocese of Philadelphia elementary and secondary schools through the implementation of the Madrinas Model for ministry to Hispanic populations.

Drexel Neumann Academy

Chester, Pa.

“LabLearner Science Education Program”

$75,000

To provide PreK-8 students with the research-based, comprehensive, hands-on LabLearner science education system consisting of research-grade lab equipment, furniture, storage, curriculum integration, and teacher training.

Office of the Archbishop of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa.

“Special-Purpose Funding”

$50,000

To provide funding for the Archbishop’s discretionary use throughout the archdiocese.