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Sobrato Family Foundation award launches 21st century Catholic education initiative
Posting Date: 06-25-2013


The Sobrato Family Foundation has awarded the Diocese of San Jose a $2 million matching grant, to jumpstart launch of the St. Katharine Drexel School Initiative, an effort to deepen academic outcomes for more than 2,000 students at seven Catholic schools, creating 21st century school models.
A key component is a strategic partnership between the Diocese of San Jose and the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University resulting in a new Academy of Blended Learning.
More than 100 teachers and administrators will participate in a year of professional development and receive a new Certificate in Blended Learning to help drive transformation of the schools.
Named after an American saint renowned for her commitment to Catholic education, the Drexel Initiative constitutes a new “system” of Catholic elementary education.
It leverages governance models and technology capabilities that make Catholic schools more effective, efficient and sustainable while growing an already strong Catholic identity. Seven elementary schools are participating: Most Holy Trinity, St. Patrick, Holy Spirit, in San Jose; St

Joseph in Mountain View; Resurrection and Catholic Academy in Sunnyvale, and St. Clare in Santa Clara.
The Sobrato Family Foundation is recognized for its Catholic philanthropy and education—by not only investing financial resources, but also working closely with the institutions that benefit.
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath said, “The Diocese of San Jose is very grateful to John Sobrato and his family for their continued support in education as evidenced by this lead gift to transform our Catholic schools.”
The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management will present the Sobrato Family Foundation its Best Practices Award at its 2013 annual meeting, to be held at Santa Clara University June 25.
“They exemplify a spirit of collaboration, partnership and cooperation to achieve the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people,” said Kerry Robinson, Executive Director, National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.
The Sobrato Family Foundation is a place-based grantmaker that invests exclusively in nonprofits serving those most in need in Santa Clara, San Mateo and southern Alameda counties.

 
- The Valley Catholic

 
 
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06-24-2014 - A message from Bishop McGrath
06-24-2014 - Two men ordained to priesthood
06-24-2014 - DSJ Mission Appeal to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan
06-24-2014 - Deacon Ruben Solorio named new diocesan Director of Social Ministries
06-24-2014 - Father Bob Moran honored on 50th anniversary of ordination
06-24-2014 - Newly elected to serve on the national board of NALM
06-24-2014 - Ruth Spencer: visionary, empowering agent, evangelizer
06-24-2014 - Retired Msgr. Terrence Sullivan celebrates 50th anniversary of ordination
06-24-2014 - Clergy appointments [6-24]
Highlights
News - In The Diocese
DSJ Mission Appeal to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Deacon Ruben Solorio named new diocesan Director of Social Ministries

Ruth Spencer: visionary, empowering agent, evangelizer

Two men ordained to priesthood

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Celebrando el 50 Aniversario De Sacerdocio Del Padre Bob Moran

Celebrating catechetical ministry…

Sections - Catholic Schools
Combat flags presented to St. Mary School, Los Gatos, as show of appreciation

Young refugees visit St. Lawrence Elementary and Middle School

Archbishop Mitty students visit Turkey

News - Community
SCU students complete medical mission in Ghana

Catholic Charities promotes wellness for seniors

Sections - Spanish News
El Secretario anuncia proceso de renovación de DACA

News - In The Church
$500,000 grant to boost MRS trafficking services in maritime industry

Secretary Johnson announces process for DACA renewal

Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

News - Nation/World
Pope announces canonizations

Pope: Half-hearted Catholics aren’t really Catholics at all