The Catalyst Program (Spring 2019)

The Catalyst Program
Monday, January 7, 2019 - Friday, May 17, 2019

Audience: This program is open to teachers and principals currently working in K–12 Catholic schools. The program is ideal for those with strong faith and morals, a commitment to ministry, an entrepreneurial spirit, a commitment to social justice, patience and flexibility, and relational skills.

Method: Online

Cost: Free

Instructor: Ronald Fussell

The Catalyst Program is an online learning community comprised of aspiring leaders and principal mentors from across the United States. Aspiring leaders engage in a semester-long immersion experience, participate in ongoing online discussions with colleagues from other schools nationally, and attend presentations by national leaders in Catholic school leadership. Aspiring leaders work with their mentors to develop a school improvement project that aligns with one or more Catholic school leadership standards and addresses an area of need in the school community. Participants who successfully complete this program are eligible to transfer their experience into one of Creighton’s educational leadership programs as three experiential learning credits.


Mentors and protégés will work together in-person and online to:

  • Strengthen their abilities in the domains outlined in Creighton University’s Catholic School Leadership Framework, including faith leadership, strategic leadership and more
  • Explore seminal Church documents on Catholic education as well as existing Catholic educational research
  • Learn from national leaders in Catholic Education
  • Deepen their understanding of their school’s challenges and explore potential solutions


Participants and their mentors will explore:

  • Mission and faith leadership
  • Organizational leadership
  • Educational leadership
  • Community and political leadership
  • Strategic leadership

Near the end of the program, participants will also present their school improvement projects.