News & Announcements
News & Announcements

Listserv Information

An announcement listserv has been established for the Catholic Education SIG. The purpose of the announcement listserv is to provide the SIG with an effective communication tool with which important information about the SIG and AERA can be communicated to SIG members in a timely manner. The announcement listserv uses an e-mail distribution list of all current members of the Catholic Education SIG. The list is updated by the Central Office on a monthly basis to ensure that all new SIG members can be included. At the present time, only the SIG secretary/treasurer is authorized to send out messages to the announcement listserv.

To share an announcement to SIG members, please send a message to Katie Sellers at  Please note that the listserv is text-based, and does not accept attachments.  Announcements related to Catholic Education will be accepted and included in our announcement listserv. Subscription to the listserv is entirely voluntary and a member can terminate the subscription at any time.

We also encourage the use of the Twitter hashtag #AERACatholicSIG to share Catholic education news and announcements and to promote discussion within our field.

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Job Posting:

Santa Clara University is hiring a yearly lecturer in Catholic education.  This person will also serve as the assistant director of Catholic school partnerships.  More details about the position and the online application can be found at this link. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. The job posting will be active until the position has been filled.

News from the April 2024 Newsletter:

At this year’s business meeting in Philadelphia, the SIG recognized Rita C. Schwartz for her lifetime of contributions to Catholic education. Ms. Schwartz recently retired as the President of the National Association of Catholic School Teachers, the largest teachers union in the country serving educators in Catholic schools. Ms. Schwartz began her career in 1963 as a teacher in Philadelphia’s St. Hubert High School, at a time when lay teachers were entering the classroom in greater numbers. Within a few years, she and her colleagues had ratified a union constitution, a process which eventually led Rita to more than half a century of service in union leadership. From 1984-2020, she served as the first woman President of the Local 1776 Association of Catholic School Teachers, in Philadelphia, and from 1996 to 2023, she also served as President of the National Association of Catholic School Teachers. Her contributions as a lay leader, faithful to the Catholic social tradition, have contributed to the wellbeing of teachers in Catholic schools across Philadelphia and the United States. And as one colleague, Jim Mich, reflected, “Without her determined leadership, I wonder if Catholic education in the Philadelphia area would still exist.” In recognizing Rita’s outstanding contributions to Catholic Education, we hope to begin a tradition in the SIG of honoring practitioner contributions in each region where the meeting is hosted. We welcome your input on this idea and plan to share more with you about the opportunity in future newsletters.