Fall River Diocese to hold ‘meet the partners’ event for its new Academy

EASTON, Mass. — The Diocese of Fall River is introducing current and future students and their families to the new Academy’s initial academic and foundation partners. Opening in Fall 2019, the Academy will offer a curriculum that fosters critical and analytical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

The event will take place on Tuesday, May 21 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in Stonehill College’s McCarthy Auditorium in the May School of Arts and Sciences.

The evening will include the initial partners providing critical support to ensure the success of the Academy: the University of Notre Dame, Boston College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Stonehill College, and Regis College. 

In addition, the Academy is partnering with two foundations: The Carney Family Charitable Foundation and The SEAL Foundation, which provides specialized education for all learners. 

The Academy, first announced in February, will initially serve Coyle and Cassidy School in Taunton and Bishop Connolly in Fall River in their home locations, said Superintendent Steve Perla. The Stonehill College event is aimed at informing parents of the benefits the Academy will provide to students in the two initial affiliate schools: Coyle and Cassidy Middle and High Schools, and Bishop Connolly High School.

“As the Academy’s success builds, best practices and partnerships will be expanded to benefit the Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Fall River,” he said. 

Partnerships with higher education, foundations, and corporations will help the Academy enrich its offerings in advanced science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities.  

The innovative and effective instructional practices of the Academy will help prepare students to meet the educational and workforce needs of the 21st century in an intentionally Christ-centered atmosphere. It will offer support for faculty members to shift their instruction from traditional approaches to ones that emphasize personalized learning and project-based instruction across the curriculum, Perla said.

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