General & Interesting Articles

Below are documents and presentations that show how the National Catholic Education Association, Center for Catholic School Effectiveness at Loyola University Chicago and other groups have been working for years to change Catholic schools to mirror the secular and progressive education philosophies we saw with OBE (Outcome Based Education) and now with Common Core. In these presentations, you will see the behavioral psychology methods they use for their educational vision.

There are a few other documents in here that are important to be aware of and also the written Standards from the largest Accreditation agency, AdvancEd, and also Middle States (for PA) so you can see how they are incorporating these methods and standards into requirements for school accreditation.

Each actual document is uploaded here (the title in red), and then we also put the actual link where we found that document.

‘Big money’ and Catholic bishops in lockstep with Common Core -found here

*** The Cure for the Common Core Presentation – Presentation made by Kathy Mears with the NCEA – EXPLAINS HOW IT ALL CAME ABOUT!!! found  here

21st Century Catholic Schools – and Sixth Annual Department Chair Institute – found here.

Leading Irresistible Schools – Ozar –  found here.

Monitoring the Mission (about Data Collection in Catholic Schools) – Center for Catholic School Effectiveness (Boyle) – foundhere.

Backward Design Presentation – Ozar – Center for Catholic School Effectiveness – found here.

Improving Outcomes – Framework – Ozar – Center for Catholic School Effectiveness – found here

Essential Questions Presentation – CCCII – found here.

Building 21st Century Rigor – Crowley – Center for Catholic School Effectiveness – found here

CCCII – Curriculum Intro presentation – Ozar – found here

CCCII – Project Overview – Ozar – found here 

CCCII – Opening Session – shifts in education – found here

**CCCII – Unit Design Guidelines – found here


**ORIGINAL Unit Exemplars as posted on ORIGINAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL STANDARDS WEBSITE and for the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative – it is important to note, that these were taken down from the site and the website was changed after diligent parents researched and found controversial topics, methods and materials. The new exemplars can be found here – the books for 1st grade referencing same sex marriage have been removed from the Grade 1exemplars and the 7th grade Friendship exemplar has been removed totally.  However, the majority of the content remains the same. This includes the recommendation of books such as “Go Ask Alice”, “Daddy was a Number Runner”, and “I Am the Cheese” to discuss the USCCB’s 7 themes of Catholic Social Teaching (Human Dignity) in the Unit Design Guidelines.


Grade 1 – World Communities

Grade 2 – Building Bridges

Grade 4 – Making Waves

Grade 5 – America in Conflict

Grade 7 – Friendships

Grade 7 – Challenges


Differentiated Reading Instruction used for Common Core Standards – Center for Catholic School Effectiveness (for NCEA 2012 Convention) – found here 

Differentiated Vocabulary Instruction – Center for Catholic School Effectiveness (for NCEA Convention 2010) – found here

21st Century Learning Future – Mid-Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium – found here

Broader Bolder Approach – Sister Dale McDonald – Director of Public Policy for NCEA -on Advisory Council Member for this! – found here

2009 NCEA presentation on Homosexuality Tolerance – “Safe Catholic Schools:Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Challenges” – for NCEA Convention 2009
WAS found here (cached) but it seems to have been completely wiped off the internet… hmmm…

2009 NCEA Conference Details- session list (showing above Presentation on homosexuality tolerance)  – found here – see April 16 session list in here.

2013 NCEA Conference Details – session list (showing same presenters among lots of Common Core and 21st Century learning) – found here

Dr. Lorraine Ozar’s Book – Creating a Curriculum that Works  – Full text can be downloaded here –

National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools – Center for Catholic School Effectiveness – found here

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools – Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools: Standards for Accredidation of Schools – found here

AdvancEd Standards for Quality Schools – found here.

AdvancEd Accreditation Standards for Quality School Systems

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GSLEN) – Ready, Set, Respect! Elementary Toolkit – found here.

National Sexuality Education Standards – Core Content and Skills, K-12  – linked here.

Articles about the Common Core Opt-Out Testing  Movement ….

1. The coming Common Core meltdown (Washington Post, 1/23/14)

2. High cost of Common Core has states rethinking the national education standards (Fox News, 2/5/2014)

3. The Opt-Out Movement of Common Core Spreads to Texas (Breitbart, 2/28/2014)

4. How States and School Districts Can Opt-Out of Common Core (Breitbart, 3/7/2014)


**Important – from this report: 

“If approaching a Diocese to inquire about Common Core or Common Core Catholic Identity, respectively request to see their diocesan curriculum handbook or guide for implementing Common Core Standards. The System of standards, goals, metrics, performance indicators, assessments, and use of computer technology may become evident in these guidelines. If no curriculum handbook is available then inquire how the System (and its components) is being implemented.”



“Bringing the Common Core to Life” – Full Transcript – New ……/fulltranscript.p…‎
Apr 28, 2011 – 1. “Bringing the Common Core to Life”. David Coleman · Founder, Student Achievement Partners. Chancellors Hall · State Education Building …

Canon Law of the Catholic Church



Can. 793 §1 Parents, and those who take their place, have both the obligation and the right to educate their children. Catholic parents have also the duty and the right to choose those means and institutes which, in their local circumstances, can best promote the catholic education of their children.

§2 Parents have moreover the right to avail themselves of that assistance from civil society which they need to provide a catholic education for their children.

Can. 794 §1 The Church has in a special way the duty and the right of educating, for it has a divine mission of helping all to arrive at the fullness of Christian life.

§2 Pastors of souls have the duty of making all possible arrangements so that all the faithful may avail themselves of a catholic education.

Can. 795 Education must pay regard to the formation of the whole person, so that all may attain their eternal destiny and at the same time promote the common good of society.

Children and young persons are therefore to be cared for in such a way that their physical, moral and intellectual talents may develop in a harmonious manner, so that they may attain a greater sense of responsibility and a right use of freedom, and be formed to take an active part in social life.


Can. 796 §1 Among the means of advancing education, Christ’s faithful are to consider schools as of great importance, since they are the principal means of helping parents to fulfill their role in education.

§2 There must be the closest cooperation between parents and the teachers to whom they entrust their children to be educated. In fulfilling their task, teachers are to collaborate closely with the parents and willingly listen to them; associations and meetings of parents are to be set up and held in high esteem.

Can. 797 Parents must have a real freedom in their choice of schools. For this reason Christ’s faithful must be watchful that the civil society acknowledges this freedom of parents and, in accordance with the requirements of distributive justice, even provides them with assistance.

Can. 798 Parents are to send their children to those schools which will provide for their catholic education. If they cannot do this, they are bound to ensure the proper catholic education of their children outside the school.

Can. 799 Christ’s faithful are to strive to secure that in the civil society the laws which regulate the formation of the young, also provide a religious and moral education in the schools that is in accord with the conscience of the parents.

Can. 800 §1 The Church has the right to establish and to direct schools for any field of study or of any kind and grade.

§2 Christ’s faithful are to promote catholic schools, doing everything possible to help in establishing and maintaining them.

Can. 801 Religious institutes which have education as their mission are to keep faithfully to this mission and earnestly strive to devote themselves to catholic education, providing this also through their own schools which, with the consent of the diocesan Bishop, they have established.

Can. 802 §1 If there are no schools in which an education is provided that is imbued with a Christian spirit, the diocesan Bishop has the responsibility of ensuring that such schools are established.

§2 Where it is suitable, the diocesan Bishop is to provide for the establishment of professional and technical schools, and of other schools catering for special needs.

Can. 803 §1 A catholic school is understood to be one which is under the control of the competent ecclesiastical authority or of a public ecclesiastical juridical person, or one which in a written document is acknowledged as catholic by the ecclesiastical authority.

§2 Formation and education in a catholic school must be based on the principles of catholic doctrine, and the teachers must be outstanding in true doctrine and uprightness of life.

§3 No school, even if it is in fact catholic, may bear the title ‘catholic school’ except by the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority.

Can. 804 §1 The formation and education in the catholic religion provided in any school, and through various means of social communication is subject to the authority of the Church. It is for the Episcopal Conference to issue general norms concerning this field of activity and for the diocesan Bishop to regulate and watch over it.

§2 The local Ordinary is to be careful that those who are appointed as teachers of religion in schools, even non-Catholic ones, are outstanding in true doctrine, in the witness of their Christian life, and in their teaching ability.

Can. 805 In his own diocese, the local Ordinary has the right to appoint or to approve teachers of religion and, if religious or moral considerations require it, the right to remove them or to demand that they be removed.

Can. 806 §1 The diocesan Bishop has the right to watch over and inspect the catholic schools situated in his territory, even those established or directed by members of religious institutes. He has also the right to issue directives concerning the general regulation of catholic schools these directives apply also to schools conducted by members of a religious institute, although they retain their autonomy in the internal management of their schools.

§2 Those who are in charge of catholic schools are to ensure, under the supervision of the local Ordinary, that the formation given in them is, in its academic standards, at least as outstanding as that in other schools in the area.


Can. 807 The Church has the right to establish and to govern universi-ties, which serve to promote the deeper culture and fuller development of the human person, and to complement the Church’s own teaching office.

Can. 808 No university, even if it is in fact catholic, may bear the title ‘catholic university’ except by the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority.

Can. 809 If it is possible and appropriate, Episcopal Conferences are to take care to have within their territories suitably located universities or at least faculties, in which the various disciplines, while retaining their own scientific autonomy, may be researched and taught in the light of catholic doctrine.

Can. 810 §1 In catholic universities it is the duty of the competent statutory authority to ensure that there be appointed teachers who are not only qualified in scientific and pedagogical expertise, but are also outstanding in their integrity of doctrine and uprightness of life. If these requirements are found to be lacking, it is also that authority’s duty to see to it that these teachers are removed from office, in accordance with the procedure determined in the statutes.

§2 The Episcopal Conference and the diocesan Bishops concerned have the duty and the right of seeing to it that, in these universities, the principles of catholic doctrine are faithfully observed.

Can. 811 §1 The competent ecclesiastical authority is to ensure that in catholic universities there is established a faculty or an institute or at least a chair of theology, in which lectures are given to lay students also.

§2 In every catholic university there are to be lectures which principally treat of those theological questions connected with the studies of each faculty.

Can. 812 Those who teach theological subjects in any institute of higher studies must have a mandate from the competent ecclesiastical authority.

Can. 813 The diocesan Bishop is to be zealous in his pastoral care of students, even by the creation of a special parish, or at least by appointing priests with a stable assignment to this care. In all universities, even in those which are not catholic, the diocesan Bishop is to provide catholic university centers, to be of assistance to the young people, especially in spiritual matters.

Can. 814 The provisions which are laid down for universities apply equally to other institutes of higher studies.


Can. 815 By virtue of its office to announce revealed truth, it belongs to the Church to have its own ecclesiastical universities and faculties to study the sacred sciences and subjects related to them, and to teach these disciplines to students in a scientific manner.

Can. 816 §1 Ecclesiastical universities and faculties may be constituted only by the Apostolic See or with its approval. Their overall direction also belongs to the Apostolic See.

§2 Each ecclesiastical university and faculty must have its own statutes and program of studies, approved by the Apostolic See.

Can. 817 Only a university or a faculty established or approved by the Apostolic See may confer academic degrees which have canonical effects in the Church.

Can. 818 The provisions of canon 810,812 and 813 concerning catholic universities apply also to ecclesiastical universities and faculties.

Can. 819 In so far as the good of a diocese or religious institute or indeed even of the universal Church requires it, young persons, clerics and members of institutes, outstanding in character, intelligence and virtue, must be sent to ecclesiastical universities or faculties by their diocesan Bishops or the Superiors of their institutes.

Can. 820 Moderators and professors of ecclesiastical universities and faculties are to ensure that the various faculties of the university cooperate with each other, to the extent that their aims permit. They are also to ensure that between their own university or faculty and other universities and faculties, even non­ecclesiastical ones, there be a mutual cooperation in which, through conferences, coordinated scientific research and other means, they work together for the greater increase of scientific knowledge.

Can. 821 Where it is possible, the Episcopal Conference and the diocesan Bishop are to provide for the establishment of institutes for higher religious studies, in which are taught theological and other subjects pertaining to Christian culture.


Cardinal Newman Society has taken up the cause of keeping Common Core out of Catholic schools. An informative site with many resources and links.

Good Info on Common Core. Peg is a strong voice of opposition. Mission: To rebuild our culture, based on the truths that founded America: There is a Creator, Each of us is one of His creations, We are created to be free, The government was established to protect that freedom, The government is accountable to us, and to our Creator.

A national and non-partisan group of concerned citizens and parents that are up to date and actively providing information to parents, taxpayers, educators and legislators. This site has a wealth of information.

A group of concerned parents and citizens actively working to stop Common Core in Pennsylvania. The Petition to Stop Common Core in PA is here. Along with up to date PA actions and news regarding Common Core.

An independent, non-partisan, privately funded research organization that has done a significant amount of research on Common Core. A very good resource. Check out the “Common Core Toolbox”.

A group actively involved in researching and ceasing Common Core and restoring the principles that made our country great.

Very thorough and up to date site on the fight against Common Core

A very informative site – on everything Common core and more.
Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:27 PM

A single issue education advocacy group working to stop Common Core in Indiana.

“Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perserverance”

White paper by the U.S. Department of Education exploring the potential of the noncognitive factors in students…attributes, dispositions, social skills, attitudes, and intrapersonal resources, independent of intellectual abilities. Orwellian… to say the least..

This has everything you need to know about what the Catholics School Standards project is creating and promoting for Common Core in Catholic schools all over the country.
Common Core State Standards Initiative

NAPCIS is: -an accreditation association -a teacher certification program -a resource agency to assist in the start-up of small schools -a service agency to assist administrators and teachers in the application of Catholic teaching and sound academic principles


The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and earth; and in
Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under
Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and
was buried.  He descended into Hell;
the third day He rose again from the
dead;  He ascended into Heaven, and
sitteth at the right hand of God, the
Father almighty; from thence He shall
come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy
Catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection
of the body and life everlasting.


The Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.


The Hail Mary


Hail Mary, Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among
women, and blessed is the
fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.


The Glory Be


Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.


Prayer To Your
Guardian Angel

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide.


St. John Paul II (Pope John Paul II)
Motto: Totus Tuus (Totally Yours)

Fides et Ratio (Faith & Reason)
(14 September 1998)

Evangelium Vitae (Human Life)
(25 March 1995)

Pope Leo XIII Papal Encyclical “Rerum Novarum”
Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor
May 15, 1891

Pope Leo XIII Papal Encyclical “Rerum Novarum”
Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor
May 15, 1891

Proponents of Common Core

David Coleman,
“Bringing The Common
Core To Life”

What Common Core
State Standards Mean
for Catholic Schools

Proponents of Common Core

Common Core Education
Part 1 Dr. Peg Luksik

Common Core Education
Part 2 Dr. Peg Luksik

University of Notre Dame

The Changing Role of Education in America: Consequences of the Common Core

by American Principles Project- September 2013

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