Andrew Pudewa, Head of Institute for Excellence in Writing, To Personally Lead Two-Day Training Seminar for Teach for Christ Educators

Asking the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) to come in and instruct our Educators how to teach writing was a no-brainer from the first day we started putting together our training program. We know many teachers who have been through IEW training and sing its praises. We love IEW because its program teaches students how to write by teaching them how to read and how to think. Students taught the IEW way not only become better writers, but also learn skills that help them in all their studies and even later in professional life.

 

You can imagine then how thrilled we were to learn that the renowned Andrew Pudewa, who leads IEW, has given IEW presentations around the world, and has authored numerous books and training tools on how to teach writing, told his staff that he personally wants to teach the Teach for Christ team.  Andrew is a devout Catholic and evangelist, and a big fan of what we are doing. This past April he spent an entire day at Chesterton Academy in Edina MN-- where we have our headquarters and do our summer training--working with Headmaster Dave Beskar and the Chesterton Academy teachers. Now on August 14 and 15, Andrew will come back to train the Teach for Christ team.

 

 

First Teach for Christ Women’s Residence in St. Paul, MN

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Great news. We have established our first women’s house for Teach for Christ in St. Paul, MN. Our new home, christened Frassati House after one of our great patrons Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, is located in a handsome neighborhood amidst the campus of the University of St. Thomas. Our first women’s house can comfortably accommodate a household of four. It includes an up to date kitchen, great workspace, inviting common areas for guests and functions or just to relax, and a quiet room for community and individual prayer.

We love Blessed Pier Giorgio and named the House after him because he did so much so young. He created a lay community based on friendship in Christ, love of the outdoors, and service, particularly to the poor. He died when he was only 24 years of age, giving a great example to how much young people can do to change our world. 

A-List Education to Train Teach for Christ Educators as ACT Teachers/Tutors

We are happy to announce that A-List Education will not only be training Teach for Christ Educators as ACT teachers and tutors this summer, but will also provide ongoing support to our work with students during the year. Ongoing support includes unlimited practice tests graded and evaluated by A-List and other invaluable teacher/student aids. Later in the year we will bring A-List back to train our Educators on the SAT as well.

A-List is a great partner for Teach for Christ. The acclaimed non-profit is working to close the “test-prep gap” by which lower-income students, whose families cannot afford expensive ACT/SAT tutoring programs offered by commercial companies, may have lower scores on standardized tests as a result. By training teachers and tutors, A-List helps these students compete.

Many of the Catholic schools and communities we work with can benefit from this help. With the assistance of A-List, Teach for Christ Educators will be there to provide it.

Our First Men’s TC Household to be Hosted by the Brothers of Pro Ecclesia Sancta in St. Paul, MN

Great news!  The Brothers of Pro Ecclesia Sancta (PES) will host our first men’s household starting this coming summer. The brothers live in a spacious house in St. Paul near the University of St. Thomas where several of them are completing their studies for the priesthood. Up to five TC men will live in their own apartment in the Brothers’ house.

We love this arrangement. The Blessed Sacrament is available in the brothers’ Chapel 24/7. Also, the priests, sisters, and brothers of PES lead nearby St. Mark’s Parish and School where some TC Educators will serve for the 2017-2018 school year. And Fr. Adam Tokashiki, PES is the TC Chaplain, as was announced earlier.

We are still finalizing plans for our first women’s residence. We are eager to announce that soon.

Fr. Adam Tokashiki, PES to Serve as First Chaplain of Teach for Christ

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We are thrilled to announce that Fr. Adam Tokashiki, PES will be the first chaplain for Teach for Christ Educators in St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN.

We know Fr. Adam very well. The young priest, who was ordained only last year in May 2016, is chaplain at Chesterton Academy in Edina MN, where Kendra Posch, our first TC Educator (and now Executive Director of Teach for Christ) served for the 2016-17 academic year. As Kendra testifies, "Fr. Adam is a dynamic leader at Chesterton who inspires students not only at mass, on retreat, and in the confessional, but also in the hallways and on the playing field."

As Fr. Adam says, “Teach for Christ Educators have a wonderful job but a tough one, serving young people in Catholic schools very short on resources, all for Christ.  They need a solid prayer life and strong spiritual formation. I am thrilled to be able to help.”