University of Rochester

Institute Works to Weave 'A Tapestry of Faith' in Today's Schools

April 11, 2002

Through formal presentations and interactive workshops, this year's Institute on Catholic Education will assist educators and others in Catholic schools to work more effectively with parents and their children. Set for July 8 and 9 at the University of Rochester, the institute is organized by the University's Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Now in its 13th year, the institute is open all those in Catholic schools who want to discuss practical methods to develop and enable supportive home-school relationships. The program theme of "Families and Catholic Schools: Weaving a Tapestry of Faith" will delve into the sweeping implications of family issues and connections between home and school. Workshops will supplement the keynote presentations with information on managing stress, reaching out to children in crisis, and addressing social change.

The Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, a member of the Society of Jesus and president of Loyola University Chicago, will begin the institute by proposing a model for working through complex personnel and family issues that disrupt school. He is an expert in child and family development, and the author of two books on family problems.

John J. Findlater, an educational consultant who was a longtime Catholic school teacher and administrator, will start the institute's second day with a presentation on how to make a difference in children's lives. As the founder of a city school in Detroit and other educational initiatives, Findlater will offer examples of how to develop Gospel values in children as well as guide them in making strong educational progress.

Other recognized educational leaders, including JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Rochester and director of programs for Families in Transition at the Children's Institute, will moderate small group discussions.

All programs will be held in Wilson Commons on the University of Rochester's River Campus. Registration is $195 ($220 after June 24) for materials, refreshments, luncheons, and parking. Group rates and housing options are available. To register or for more information, contact the Warner School's Center for Professional Development and Educational Reform at (585) 275-8270.