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Catholic Diocese Receives Education Grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation
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Catholic Diocese Receives Education Grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation

The Diocese of Buffalo has announced the receipt of a $245,000 grant to support the third year of the Leadership Competencies for 21st Century Catholic Education program.

The program, which benefits administrators, faculty, students and parents, has been fully funded by The John R. Oishei Foundation. The diocese will continue to refine leadership skills of the principals and teachers, train regional school boards, and continue advancement efforts with schools in order to increase enrollment, cultivate alumni volunteerism, and grow the alumni base.

Carol A. Kostyniak, secretary for Catholic education, said “Effective leadership is key to improving student achievement and the sustainability of Catholic schools. The grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation will allow us to continue to develop our school leaders with both the academic and business skills needed for success.”

Part of the funds for the third year will be used to develop a five-year strategic plan for Catholic schools for a sustainable future that is both accessible and affordable. In addition, specific planning based on demographic studies involves areas such as Catholic identity, organizational structure, finances, academic excellence, marketing, health and human services, facilities and transportation.

Also, an early literacy pilot program will be designed and implemented for grades K- 3. Program design will include professional development, book study, literacy coaching, peer coaching and assessment. It is hoped that this program will especially benefit children in poverty areas as measured by the federal school and lunch program.

Grants from the Oishei Foundation for years one and two have built on the strong base the Diocese of Buffalo has in education. The first two grants heightened the awareness of principals, pastors, boards and teachers to develop new skills to better lead their school communities. Support for year three is critical to solidify these skills.

Results of the first two years of the Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century Catholic Education include partnerships with local colleges and universities, as well as establishing a highly-qualified Catholic Schools Advisory Council. A new search committee procedure and mentoring program were implemented for new school principals. The Oishei grant was enhanced with the Catholic Alumni Partnership grant allowing schools to grow their alumni relationships.

The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.

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