William H. Sadlier, Inc. Confers the F. Sadlier Dinger Award on NCEA Director of Public Policy and Educational Research

Dale McDonald, PBVM, Ph.D. joins a prestigious list of awardees as a distinguished leader in Catholic education.

Arlington, VA — The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) proudly announces that the NCEA Director of Public Policy and Educational Research Dale McDonald, PBVM, Ph.D., will be awarded the F. Sadlier Dinger Award. The award presentation will be made on April 3, at the NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo in Cincinnati, OH.

Sister McDonald’s extensive education background includes a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Arts in American history from Fordham University and post graduate degrees, a Master of Science in educational administration from Pace University and a Ph.D. from Boston College in educational administration. Sister McDonald’s work at NCEA is to serve its members in policy analysis and advocacy regarding the national education policy issues impacting Catholic schools.

Sister McDonald advocates in close partnership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) on issues of significance to Catholic school education. Her work involves legislative activities on Capitol Hill and with the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Domestic Policy Council and other federal agencies regarding education policy issues influencing private schools. In addition, Sister McDonald has been a presenter at conferences and workshops on educational policy issues at Boston College, University of San Francisco, Fordham University, University of Dayton, Spalding University, as well as NCEA’s annual Convention & Expo and other professional organizations. Sister McDonald also researches and writes the NCEA Annual Statistical Report on Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.

"Sister Dale has done remarkable work over the years advocating for the good of Catholic schools and private education. Her work on Capitol Hill has helped advance policies that have made a difference for Catholic school students, educators and parents," said NCEA President/CEO Dr. Thomas Burnford. "The F. Sadlier Dinger Award is a well-deserved honor for Sister Dale, from one of NCEA’s and Catholic education’s strongest supporters."

Raymond Fagan, president and CEO of William H. Sadlier, Inc. said, "Sadlier is honored to recognize Sister Dale McDonald for a lifetime of dedication to children in Catholic schools. The support of leaders such as Sister Dale, who has served as a teacher, principal, administrator, and now public-policy advocate, ensures a bright future for all Catholic school students. It is our hope that others are inspired by her selfless example and commitment to Catholic schools so that all children who desire may take advantage of a Catholic school education."

A list of award recipients is available online.


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