Natalie Davis Miller | August 26, 2020
When 90 first-year graduate students in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows program came together for a group photo this summer, there were noticeable changes from the previous year. Physical distancing was in place, and everyone wore masks. Most importantly, the class of second-year graduate students from the year before was absent. ACE is yet another program affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
ACE is a two-year fellowship where participants teach in under-resourced Catholic schools across the country while also earning a cost-free Master of Education degree. If conditions were normal, the second-year cohort (ACE 26) and this year’s new cohort (ACE 27) would have been on campus at the same time for eight weeks. The new teachers would typically be teaching summer school at different local public and Catholic schools. This year, ACE 26 completed their work online and ACE 27 came on campus for two weeks, July 18–31, after completing six weeks of work online. All teachers stayed at the DoubleTree hotel in downtown South Bend. In the past, they would have stayed in residence halls on campus.
“Our teachers were very responsible and disciplined about staying in their carpool groups that would go from the hotel to their student teaching sites — this year at St. Adalbert Catholic School and Holy Cross School in South Bend, Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Elkhart, as well as courses at St. Joseph High School in South Bend and Mishawaka High School in Mishawaka. Then they returned to campus for lunch,” explained Theo Helm, director of communications and advancement ACE and the Institute for Educational Initiatives.
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