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Shaping Leaders - Office of Innovative Professional Learning


OIPL has successfully worked with schools and organizations seeking growth, collabor​​ation, and excellence. The services available through OIPL are highly customized and interactive, both online and in-person, and teach and model best practices.

DeLaSalle Institute

This fall OIPL facilitated a day long workshop and panel discussion on “Gender Equity in Teaching.” The panel disc ussed the impact of the transition from single gender to co-educational setting. This work continues this spring with a focus on engaged learning.​

Nazareth Academy

This fall OIPL facilitated workshops on creating an International Mindset as a teacher. The workshop was part of ongoing consultation with Nazareth on integration of global mindedness. ​

Queen of Martyrs School

Throughout this school year, OIPL has facilitated several workshops and faculty mentoring sessions focused on close reading and teaching of writing for the faculty of Queen of Martyrs. In addition, OIPL is supporting Queen of Martyrs in preparing for AdvancEd visit.​

Faculty Connect with Catholic Education

  • Dosen

    Fr. Tony Dosen

    Author of the books Catholic Higher Education in the 1960s and Catholic School Leadership (co-edited with Barbara Rieckhoff), teaches course work inspired tremendously by DePaul’s Vincentian Values. He says that Catholic research informs his role as a professor “every day in every way” because as he teachers, he reflects on issues of leadership and his involvement in the community.

  • McCaughey

    Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey

    Teaches courses that she says “fit beautifully with DePaul’s mission,” including A&S 491 Effective Leadership of Schools and A&S 570 Historical, Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Catholic School Leadership. She finds it most rewarding when her students are able to develop creative ways of looking at the complexities of leadership while acting with integrity, humility, and confidence.

  • Rieckhoff

    Barbara Rieckhoff

    Spent several years as a principal in public and Catholic schools, and actively participates in the Catholic Leadership Council and associated conferences. She recently authored Faith Leadership in Novice Principals and co-edited the book Catholic School Leadership with Fr. Dosen. She is particularly interested in how faith leadership develops in principals as they balance the spiritual role with the many other roles they have.

  • Kiel

    Donna Kiel, Ed.D.

    Brings several years of success as a teacher, guidance counselor, and principal in Catholic schools and expertise in leading the first 1:1 initiative in a Catholic high school in Illinois. Dr. Kiel is on the Board at Guerin College Prep High School and is currently serving on the Ad Hoc Committee for co-ed transition at St. Laurence H.S. in addition to serving Catholic schools across the Diocese with consultation and professional development.

  • moss

    Alice Moss

    Works with student interns in pre-school settings at Immaculate Conception and Old St. Mary’s. Her students reflect about the impact that these experiences will have on their future as teachers.

  • owens

    Roxanne Owens

    Is on the Education Committee at Notre Dame School for Boys, where she works with a group of young men on recording audiobooks for the children who attend school at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually impaired.