When Marisol Duran was choosing a school for her boys, now 7 and 9, she had to decide between the faith and values found in Risen Christ School in Minneapolis and instruction in her children’s native Spanish language found at a public school.
The acronym ‘STEM’ refers to education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. It is a hands-on, activity-based learning style that is designed to bolster confidence and interest in these disciplines. Numerous schools across the nation are offering STEM curriculum, including many Catholic schools in the archdiocese.
The science and technology building nearing completion at Visitation School in Mendota Heights is inspired by its cloistered nuns, administrators say.
Now, exactly 25 years later, she is putting both the parish and school on the map as one of 12 principals in the nation to be honored with a Distinguished Principal Award from the National Catholic Educational Association.
Recognizing one Boy Scout at a time for earning his Eagle Scout is more typical than what is about to happen at St. Odilia in Shoreview, where eight youth in Troop 626 who recently achieved the program’s highest rank will be recognized at the same time.
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have a new source of support to help them plan more strategically, work more collaboratively, be more accountable and implement best practices in areas ranging from marketing and governance to academics and finances.