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By Meredith Gioia /
April 3, 2017 /
Posted in: Faculty Feature /
Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, Professional Lecturer in the DePaul College of Education Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum, knows a few things about the challenges facing administrators today. As the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago from 2008 until 2015, she led 207 elementary schools with more than 60,000 students. During difficult times that saw a nationwide economic crisis and demographic shifts, Sr. M. Paul worked to strengthen the Catholic school system financially, academically, and spiritually. This experience, requiring a creative vision to look beyond the models of the past, gave her a unique insight into the demands on modern-day school administrators.
In addition to her classroom duties at DePaul, Sr. M. Paul continues to work to advance education around the country. She works with the College of Education Office of Innovative Professional Learning to provide professional development to schools. She also serves as a consultant to schools in the Archdiocese of Boston and works as a retreat and conference speaker. “Experience needs to be put to work. I have been deeply blessed in the professional and educational opportunities I have had in school and “district” administration, in committee work and contacts across the country. Being available to serve a broad spectrum of needs is exciting, challenging and satisfying.”
All of these varied activities bring a reality to what she teaches in the classroom. “Being in classrooms, working with administrators, staying in touch with the research and the challenges brings the real into graduate teaching. Our DePaul students deserve varied perspectives and deep reflection on their own praxis rooted in data and ethics.”
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