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Creighton hosting nationwide educational leadership conference, Jan. 12-13

Next week, Creighton University will be the site of a national event aimed at developing and encouraging leadership in Catholic education.

The Partners for Catholic Leadership conference opens Jan. 12 with 20 Catholic school superintendents representing 19 archdioceses or dioceses in 11 states. The purpose of the conference, said one of the event’s organizers, Creighton’s Tim Cook, Ph.D., a professor of education and director of the University’s Educational Leadership program, is to focus on how Creighton can help foster growth and innovation in educational leadership for Catholic schools — from preschool to 12th grade — around the U.S.

“We know there is a great deal of interest and conversation among Catholic school superintendents around the country about how they can benefit from a partnership with an institution of higher learning,” Cook said. “This is an opportunity to show how Creighton can become involved with a diocese’s schools and what programs we can provide to help enhance leadership development.”

Creighton already partners with dioceses in Omaha, Hartford, Connecticut, and Manchester, New Hampshire. Superintendents from those dioceses will provide testimony on how the partnership with Creighton has helped their districts. The University’s online graduate certificate and degree programs in educational leadership have attracted students from across the nation and in those dioceses, specifically, earning Creighton a reputation for aiding the growth of highly-qualified leaders for the next generation of Catholic school students.

While the event is taking place under the aegis of Creighton’s Department of Education, Cook said there will also be presentations from graduate programs in the Werner Institute for Conflict Resolution and the Master of Arts in Ministry.

“We want to identify what needs are out there and how we can best meet those needs,” Cook said. “There are a number of programs Creighton provides which school leaders may want to access. The main question is: how can the University better partner with Catholic schools to promote the mission we all share?”

Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.