The University of Dallas Ministry Conference will host a special session for all Catholic School Board and Advisory Council members of the Dioceses of Dallas.
Governance is the ministry that promotes and protects the responsibilities and rights of the school community and ensures effective operations. Fidelity to mission accountable decision-making, oversight, and collaboration with school leaders, are key actions critical to a successful governing body. Participants will vigorously examine and assess the validity of these expectations utilizing case study examples and the guided processes of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Standards 5 and 6. Discussions will focus on issues tied to Catholic Identity, Finance, Operations, Curriculum and Instruction. Confirmation of the centrality of mission focus to the sustainability of an effective board and the acquisition of new strategies for enhancing board leadership and focus are expected outcomes of this session.
Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph. D., the Executive Director of the Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education, Lynch School of Education (LSOE), Boston College is responsible for Catholic School professional development, facilitating applied research projects with LSOE and other departments and advocates for Catholic schools, locally and nationally. Previously she served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington and the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC.