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  • Accelerate the growth of the
    Catholic School Renaissance Movement

  • Improve urban education and
    increase opportunities

Our Mission

Mission

The mission of the Catholic School Renaissance Institute is to accelerate the revitalization of urban Catholic education communication, strategic networking and convening.

Join us to overcome challenges together:

•  High operating cost of high school

•  Shortage of high performing teachers

•  Shortage of transformational school leaders

•  High college dropout rate of its high school graduates

•  Teaching character to non-Catholic students

•  Designing an effective governance structure

•  Recruiting Hispanic children

The Problem

Urban Catholic schools, historically, are a proven success in urban settings. Yet, the number of urban Catholic schools has plummeted in the last 15 years due to demographic changes in school neighborhoods and the dwindling number of religious school staff.  Fortunately, good people in cities across America are pulling together to save and improve their city’s schools using a variety of strategies.  Like the schools they serve, these groups are decentralized and do not communicate with similar groups in other cities, which is a major obstacle to growth.  What if each school had easy access to each other’s, methods, plans and outcomes? How might that impact the pace and breadth of revitalization?

The Solution

The objective of the Catholic School Renaissance Institute (CSRI) is to improve urban education and to increase opportunities for urban students by accelerating the rate of Catholic school recovery and stability though communication, networking and convening on the most important obstacles that the schools face.  As a result of national communication on the most challenging problems more local city children will have access to quality educational opportunities in Catholic schools.

The Problem

Urban Catholic schools, historically, are a proven success in urban settings. Yet, the number of urban Catholic schools has plummeted in the last 15 years due to demographic changes in school neighborhoods and the dwindling number of religious school staff.  Fortunately, good people in cities across America are pulling together to save and improve their city’s schools using a variety of strategies.  Like the schools they serve, these groups are decentralized and do not communicate with similar groups in other cities, which is a major obstacle to growth.  What if each school had easy access to each other’s, methods, plans and outcomes? How might that impact the pace and breadth of revitalization?

The Solution

The objective of the Catholic School Renaissance Institute (CSRI) is to improve urban education and to increase opportunities for urban students by accelerating the rate of Catholic school recovery and stability though communication, networking and convening on the most important obstacles that the schools face.  As a result of national communication on the most challenging problems more local city children will have access to quality educational opportunities in Catholic schools.

Board Members

Duncan McCrann

Founder, CEO, Board Member

Prior to founding the Catholic School Renaissance Institute, McCrann was the CAO of OpenSky Education which manages both a high-performing network of charter schools and a high-performing network of faith-based voucher schools.  Also, while at OpenSky, he was the co-founder of the Character Formation Project, a unique character curriculum which has both a public school and a Christian version.

Duncan is the former President, COO, and Head of High Schools of KIPP Houston, one of the country’s highest performing and fastest growing charter school networks.  Prior to KIPP, he was the Principal of the Hyde Woodstock School in Connecticut where he taught chemistry and humanities.  Duncan entered the education sector after a career in commercial real estate where he held leadership positions.  He is a graduate of Harvard College.

Daniel Peters

Board member

Daniel S. Peters is president of the Lovett and Ruth Peters Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio. The foundation focuses on improving the quality of K–12 education nationwide. Before being elected to the board of The Philanthropy Roundtable in 2010, he served as a board member from 1995 to 2009, and as chairman of the Roundtable from 2002 to 2008.

Mr. Peters previously spent 17 years at Procter & Gamble, where he held a variety of executive positions in advertising, purchasing, and research and development. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and has served on a number of national and international boards. He served with a jet squadron in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Coral Sea, and participated in the evacuation of Saigon.

Mr. Peters is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an MBA from Xavier University.

Michael Barnhart

Board Member

Mr. Barnhart is a public affairs leader with more than 30 years of experience in non-profit management, public affairs advocacy and corporate communications for major national non-profits, trade associations and Fortune 50 corporations. Mr. Barnhart directed and chaired a number of nonprofit corporations including; Sunshine Review, State Budget Solution, the Health Care Compact and the Competitive Governance Institute, Competitive Governance Action and the Governance Reform Council.  Currently Barnhart serves on the boards of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism and Ballotpedia.  Mr. Barnhart is a former Managing Director at Public Strategies, Inc. a national public affairs consulting firm providing strategic planning, internal and external communications, messaging, coalition-building, media relations and crisis management.  He has also taught political science on the university level at Oakland University and Wayne State University.  A graduate of American University in Washington DC, Michael earned PhD in Political Science from Wayne State University in his native Detroit.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Barnhart ran congressional campaigns, served on Capitol Hill on both House and Senate staffs and worked at the Washington Times.

The Advisory Board

Stephanie Saroki De Garcia

Managing Director of Seton Education Partners

Rob Birdsell

Former CEO of Cristo Rey

Contact

We’re glad to help you

Duncan F. McCrann

Founder & CEO

The Catholic School Renaissance Institute

(832) 549-3507

duncan@catholicsri.org