Headmaster’s Welcome

Welcome to The Donahue Academy a Catholic school in the diocese of Venice, Florida.  I helped found the school ten years ago, and over the past decade we have seen amazing successes: including some of the area’s highest standardized test scores, an athletic State Championship, several National Merit Scholars, and our first graduates in seminaries, graduate schools and the professions.  Our school is a national leader in Catholic education. Our programs, policies and and philosophy model best practices in Catholic schools nationally. As part of my professional service, I also serve as the Director of K-12 programs for the Cardinal Newman Society. Through this venue, I speak and write on a broad range of topics related to Catholic schools. Feel free to browse some of the links below to get a better sense of the vision animating our school.

We are very proud of what we have accomplished and very hopeful about all that is yet to come as we encounter Christ and pursue excellence in all things.

Please come visit us if you can- and especially try to join us for our wonderful daily Mass!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Guernsey

Principal

Peer Reviewed

Donohue, D., & Guernsey, D. (2016, November). Catholic Curriculum Standards. The Cardinal Newman Society, Manassas, VA. Available at https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/program/k12standards/

Esolen, A., Guernsey, D., Robbins, J., & Ryan, K. (October, 2016). After the fall: Catholic education beyond the-common core. A white paper published by Pioneer Institute and the American Principles Project. (Lead author). Available at http://pioneerinstitute.org/common_core/study-finds-common-core-incompatible-catholic-education/

Guernsey, D., &  Barott, J. (June, 2008). Conflict in independent Catholic schools. In Catholic Education a Journal of Inquiry and Practice. Dayton, OH. Available at http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/ce/vol11/iss4/6/

 

 

Published Policy, Resources and Research Through the Cardinal Newman Society

Arthur, J., Donohue, D., Guernsey, D., and Reilly, P.  (2016, August). Principles of Catholic Identity in Education: Church Documents on Education for Reflection The Cardinal Newman Society, Manassas, VA. Available at https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/principles-catholic-identity-education/church-documents-reflection/

Donohue, D., & Guernsey, D., (2017, July). Principles of Catholic Identity in Education: Board Reflection. The Cardinal Newman Society, Manassas, VA. Available at https://7t5ytx6h223q3qj01iqd281c-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/Principles-Board-Reflection_web.pdf

Donohue, D., & Guernsey, D., (2017, April). Principles of Catholic Identity in Education: Faculty and Staff In-service. The Cardinal Newman Society, Manassas, VA. Available at https://7t5ytx6h223q3qj01iqd281c-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/Principles-Faculty-InService.pdf

Arthur, J., Donohue, D., Guernsey, D., and Reilly, P.  (2017, March). Principles of Catholic Identity in Education: Questions for Reflection and Assessment. The Cardinal Newman Society, Manassas, VA. Available at https://7t5ytx6h223q3qj01iqd281c-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/Principles-Questions.pdf

Arthur, J., Donohue, D., Guernsey, D., and Reilly, P.  (2016, March). The Principles of Catholic Education. The Cardinal Newman Society, Manassas, VA. Available at https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/principles-catholic-identity-education/overview/

Donohue, D., & Guernsey, D. (April, 2016). Human sexuality policies for Catholic schools. The Cardinal Newman Society. Manassas, VA.

Available at https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/human-sexuality-policies-catholic-schools/

Donohue, D., & Guernsey, D. (June, 2015). Faith and morals language in Catholic school teacher employment documents: Best practices brief.

The Cardinal Newman Society. Manassas, VA.  Available at https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/faith-morals-language-catholic-school-teacher-employment-documents-best-practices-brief/

Donohue, D., & Guernsey, D. (June, 2015). Faith and morals language in Catholic school teacher employment documents: A compilation from diocesan statements, handbooks and contracts.

The Cardinal Newman Society. Manassas, VA.  Available at https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/faith-morals-language-catholic-school-teacher-employment-documents-best-practices-brief/ (Hard Copy to all US Bishops and Superintendents)

 

General Media Publications

Guernsey, D. (2017, Sept.6).  Removing Catholic school’s statues may be necessary. Catholic News Agency, Guest Column. Retrieved from http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column/removing-catholic-schools-statues-may-be-necessary-3820/

Guernsey, D. (2016, June 30).  The fight for religious freedom in Catholic schools. Catholic Education Report, The Cardinal Newman Society.

Retrieved from https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/fight-religious-freedom-catholic-schools/

Guernsey, D. (2016, June 2). Transgender teachers in Catholic schools? Crisis Magazine. Retrieved from  http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/transgender-teachers-catholic-schools

Guernsey, D. (2016, April 27). Serving LGBT students in Catholic schools. Homiletic and Pastoral Review. Retrieved from  http://www.hprweb.com/2016/04/serving-lgbt-students-in-catholic-schools/

Guernsey, D. (2015, December 18). Further reflections on the No Child Left Behind Act replacement. Catholic Education Daily, Cardinal Newman Society. Retrieved from https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/further-reflections-on-no-child-left-behind-replacement/

Guernsey, D. (2015, December 14). Reflections on interview with David Coleman, College Board president and common core architect. Opinion Piece Catholic Education Daily, Cardinal Newman Society. Retrieved from https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/reflections-on-interview-with-david-coleman-college-board-president-and-common-core-architect/

Donohue, D. & Guernsey, D. (2015, November 28). Teacher in-service on Gravissimum Educationis. The Cardinal Newman Society. Manassas, VA. Retrieved from https://catholicintelligenceblog.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/gravissimum-educationis-inservice.pdf

Guernsey, D. (2015, November 25). Challenges and ambiguities at the World Congress on Education. Crisis Magazine.

Retrieved from  http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/challenges-and-ambiguities-at-the-world-congress-on-education

Guernsey, D. (2015, November 3). 50 years after Vatican II. Catholic Education Daily, Cardinal Newman Society. Retrieved from https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/catholic-educations-challenge-50-years-after-vatican-ii/

Guernsey, D. (2015, August 21). A look at San Francisco’s new teacher contract. Crisis Magazine. Retrieved from  http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/a-look-at-san-franciscos-new-teacher-contract

Guernsey, D. (May, 2015). The common core turns five. Catholic Education Daily, Cardinal Newman Society Retrieved from  http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4221/Common-Core-Turns-Five.aspx

Donohue, D., & Guernsey, D. (2015, May 27). Disconnect between common core’s literary approach and Catholic education’s pursuit of truth. Issue Bulletin, The Cardinal Newman Society.  Retrieved from https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/disconnect-common-cores-literary-approach-catholic-educations-pursuit-truth/

Guernsey, D. (2015, April 24). Gay activists target Marin Catholic high school in San Francisco. Crisis Magazine. Available at: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/gay-activists-target-marin-catholic-hs-in-san-francisco.

Guernsey, D. (2015, April 22). Why the Marin Catholic nuns walked out. Op-ed, San Francisco Chronicle.  Retrieved from  http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Marin-nuns-walk-out-of-school-to-protest-6214898.php

Guernsey, D. (2015, April 17). Where’s the tolerance in San Francisco? Catholic Education Daily, Cardinal Newman Society. Retrieved from https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/opinion-wheres-the-tolerance-in-san-francisco/

Guernsey, D. (2013, February 14). 10 essential adaptations Catholic schools should consider making to the common core state standards. Issue Bulletin, Cardinal Newman Society.  Retrieved from https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/10-critically-important-adaptations-common-core-catholic-schools/

Guernsey, D. (2013, October 23). Superior Catholic schools already exceed common core standards, Crisis Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.crisismagazine.com/2013/superior-catholic-schools-already-exceed-common-core-standards.

Guernsey, D. (2013, October 15). The naked and Procrustean common core. National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools, Retrieved from   http://napcis.org/2013/10/15/the-naked-and-procrustean-common-core-2/

Guernsey, D. (2003, July 10). Board functions and practices: parameters and best practices in current school board literature. National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools Resources.  Retrieved from  http://napcis.org/BoardFunctionsPractices.pdf

 

 

Radio and TV Interviews

Guernsey, D. (2017, Sept. 18) Catholic education. Interview by Brian Patrick. Morning Glory [radio- EWTN Radio]. 16:45 minute mark Retrieved from http://listen.ewtn.com/~HD/~HD20170918.mp3

Guernsey, D. (2017, August 15) The importance of Catholic education. Interview by T. Tomeo. Catholic Connection. [radio- Ave Maria Radio]. 15 minute mark- Retrieved from
https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/catholic-connection-august-16-2017-hour-2/

Guernsey, D. (2017, August) Perspective on Catholic schools at the start of a new year. Interview by Kyle Heimann. The Kyle Heimann Show. Redeemer Radio. Retrieved from  http://www.kyleheimann.com/show267/

Guernsey, D. (2017, July 31) The Uniqueness of Catholic Education. Interview by A. Kresta. Kresta in the Afternoon [radio EWTN/WDOE] from Napa, CA. Retrieved from https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/kresta-afternoon-july-31-2017-hour-2/

Guernsey, D. (2017, Guernsey, D. (2017, January 31) The changing role of the Cardinal Newman Society. Interview by Timothy Uhl. Catholic School Matters. [Podcast] Retrieved from https://tduhl.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/the-changing-role-of-the-cardinal-newman-society/

Guernsey, D. (2016, November 4). Contemporary concerns in Catholic education. Interview by  B. McNamee. Catholic School Spirit Show. [Radio] Retrieved from https://catholicschoolspirit.org/2016/11/04/in-a-changing-culture-listen-here-to-gain-more-awareness-as-parents-our-special-guest-cardinal-newman-society-director-dr-dan-guernsey-who-addresses-current-educational-concerns/

Guernsey, D. (2016, October,26). Common core and Catholic education. Interview by T. Mull. Heartland Institute. [podcast] Arlington Heights, IL. Retrieved from https://www.heartland.org/multimedia/podcasts/dan-guernsey-common-core-and-catholic-education   also covered in Common core is substandard and incompatible with Catholic-education study finds. Retrieved from  https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/common-core-is-substandard-incompatible-with-catholic-education-study-finds

Guernsey, D. (2016, October 24). The Catholic curriculum standards project and its impact on Catholic schools. Interview by A. Kresta. Kresta in the Afternoon [radio EWTN/WDOE] Ann Arbor, MI. Retrieved from https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/kresta-afternoon-october-24-2016-hour-1/

Guernsey, D. (2016, October 13). Catholic standards for Catholic schools. Interview by J. Brown. Spirit Mornings [radio-Spirit Network] Omaha, NE.

Guernsey, D. (2016, June 7). Transgendered teachers in Catholic schools. Interview by B. Mcgregor and K. Mcgregor. Kresta in the afternoon. [radio EWTN/WDOE] Ann Arbor, MI. Retrieved from https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/kresta-in-the-afternoon-june-7-2016-hour-1/

Guernsey, D. (2016, April 28). The Federal Equality Act amendment to the Civil Rights Act. Interview by B. Patrick. EWTN News Nightly. [Television Cable News] Retrieved from Interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEO89FejdIo&feature=youtu.be&t=2m35 [Begins at 2:40].

Guernsey, D. (2015, December 16). Analysis of my interview with College Board/SAT President David Coleman. Interview by B. Patrick. Sonrise Morning Show. [Radio-

EWTN Global Catholic Radio]. Retrieved from http://sonrisemorningshow.com/guests-for-wednesday-12-16-2015/

Guernsey, D. (2015, December 10). New federal education legislation. Interview by B. Patrick. EWTN News Nightly. [Television Cable News]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7QpaomuOy4&feature=player_embedded [begins at 9:33]

Guernsey, D. (2015, November 30).  Highlights of the International Congress on Catholic Education. Interview  by B. Patrick  EWTN News Nightly. [Television Cable News]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_mUGbiDlQc [Begins 19:40].

Guernsey, D. (2015, November 20). Catholic education: issues facing the international congress. Interview by J. Lewis. Vatican Insider [Radio- EWTN Radio] Rome, Italy. Retrieved from

https://joansrome.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/vatican-insider-to-feature-catholic-education-congress-pope-francis-welcomes-president-of-ukraine-be-obsessed-by-the-words-of-jesus-not-money-or-power/

Guernsey, D. (2015, November 19) International congress on catholic education. Interview by  Rome Reports. [Internet Television]. Rome, Italy. Retrieved from

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYCJOf4AF2U

Guernsey, D. (2015, November 18-21). Reflections from the International Conference on Catholic Education. Interview by Bob Laird. The Cardinal Newman Society [podcast]. Manassas, VA.

Analysis of International Education Congress Working Document. Retrieved from

https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/newman-society-reports-from-rome-analysis-of-education-congress-working-document/

Analysis of International Education Congress Day 2. Retrieved from https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/newman-society-reports-from-rome-analysis-of-education-world-congress-day-2/﷟HYPERLINK “http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4513/Newman-Society-Reports-from-Rome-Analysis-of-Education-World-Congress-Day-2.aspx”

Analysis of International Education Congress Day 3. Retrieved from https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/newman-society-reports-from-rome-analysis-of-education-world-congress-day-3/

Guernsey, D. (2015, August 20). An analysis of the teacher contract negotiations in San Francisco. Interview by A. Kresta. Kresta in the Afternoon. [radio- EWTN/WDEO] Ann Arbor, MI. Retrieved from  https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/kresta-in-the-afternoon-august-20-2015-hour-1/

Guernsey, D. (2015, June 16). Common Core at five years. Interview by A. Kresta. Kresta in the Afternoon, [radio- EWTN/WDEO] Ann Arbor, MI. Retrieved from https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/kresta-in-the-afternoon-june-16-2015-hour-2/

Guernsey, D. (2015, June 5). Anniversary of the common core and its impact on Catholic schools. Interview by B. Patrick. Sonrise Morning Show. [radio- EWTN] Retrieved at http://sonrisemorningshow.com/guests-for-friday-6-5-2015/

Guernsey, D. (2014, May 20) Common core vs. classical Catholic education. Interview by T. Tomeo. Catholic Connection. [radio- Ave Maria Radio]. Retrieved from https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/catholic-connection-may-20-2014-hour-2/

Guernsey, D. (2013, December 9). Catholic schools and government standards. Interview by T. Tomeo. Catholic Connection. [radio- Ave Maria Radio] Ann Arbor, MI. Retrieved at https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/catholic-connection-december-9-2013-hour-2/

Guernsey, D. (2013, November 14).Common Core and Catholics an interview from the USCCB annual meeting. Interview by A. Kresta.  Kresta in the Afternoon. [radio-WDEO/EWTN] Ann Arbor, MI. Retrieved at https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/kresta-in-the-afternoon-november-14-2013-hour-2/

Guernsey, D. (2013, October 23).What is the common core? Interview by A. Kresta.  Kresta in the Afternoon. [radio-WDEO/EWTN] Ann Arbor, MI. Retrieved at https://avemariaradio.net/audio_archive/kresta-in-the-afternoon-october-23-2013-hour-2/

 

Magazine and Newspaper  Quotes and Coverage

Bateman, A. (2017, March 10) Growing percentage of non-Catholic students at Catholic schools a national trend. The Heartland Institute. Retrieved at  Heartland Institute https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/growing-percentage-of-non-catholic-students-at-catholic-schools-a-national-trend

Hays, C. (2017, March 3). Do voucher programs help of hurt Catholic schools? National Catholic Register. Retrieved from http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/do-voucher-programs-help-or-hurt-catholic-schools

Berry, S.(2016, December 21). Catholic education director says Betsy DeVos shares Jeb Bush’s and Hillary Clinton’s view of common core. Breitbart News. Retrieved at http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/21/catholic-education-director-says-betsy-devos-shares-jeb-bushs-and-hillary-clintons-view-of-common-core/

Hays, C. (2016, December, 14).Considering Betsy Devos nomination for Education Secretary. National Catholic Register. Retrieved from http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/considering-betsy-devos-nominee-for-education-secretary.

Fraga, B. (2016, November 2). Passing on a distinctly Catholic worldview Cardinal Newman Society puts forward Catholic curriculum standards. Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly. Retrieved from https://www.osv.com/OSVNewsweekly/National/Article/TabId/717/ArtMID/13622/ArticleID/21041/Passing-on-a-distinctly-Catholic-worldview.aspx

Archbold, Matthew, (2016, October 27) Debate boils over about sex education in Catholic schools. National Catholic Register. Retrieved from http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/debate-boils-over-sex-education-in-catholic-schools

Hollingsworth, B. (2016, October 25).Common core’s ‘errant view of education’ incompatible with Catholic schools, study says. Catholic News Service. Retrieved from http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/report-common-cores-errant-view-education-not-suitable-catholic

Hays, C. (2016, October 21).  After the fall study highlights Catholic concerns with the common core. National Catholic Register. Retrieved from. http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/after-the-fall-study-highlights-catholic-concerns-with-common-core

Zubrzycki, J. (2016, October 19). Catholic schools pitch new standards as alternative to common core. Education Week. Retrieved from http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2016/10/common_core_catholic_curriculum_standa.html?cmp=RSS-FEED

Berry, S. (2016, October 17). Beyond common core: Cardinal Newman Society releases K-12 Catholic curriculum standards. Brietbart News. Retrieved from http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/10/17/beyond-common-core-cardinal-newman-society-releases-k-12-catholic-curriculum-standards/

Butts, C. (2016, September 12) Relativism vs. reality. One News Now. Retrieved from https://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2016/09/12/relativism-vs-reality

Burger, J. (2016, September 2). Colleges respond to growing need for classical educators Benedictine, Thomas More, University of Dallas, Ave Maria among universities preparing educators. Aleteia. Retrieved from  http://aleteia.org/2016/09/02/colleges-respond-to-growing-need-for-classical-educators/

Catholic News Agency  (2016, August 24). Why this diocese is ditching common core for liberal arts? Catholic News Agency. Retrieved from http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/why-this-diocese-is-ditching-common-core-for-liberal-arts-19242/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email

Bateman, A. (2016, August 22) Michigan diocese adopts classical curriculum, rejects common core. The Heartland Institute. Retrieved from  https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/michigan-diocese-adopts-classical-curriculum-rejects-common-core

Segelstein, M. (2016, June 8). Should a Catholic school have a transgendered teacher? National Catholic Register. Retrieved from http://www.ncregister.com/blog/segelstein/should-a-catholic-school-have-a-transgender-teacher

Thompson, C.  (2015, December 7). Backlash over common core extends to US Catholic schools Associated Press, (and published in among others: The Washington Post, Politico, ABC News,  US News and World Report, Yahoo news, The Chicago Tribune, and Education Week) Retrieved at http://www.usnews.com/news/special-reports/a-guide-to-common-core/articles/2015/12/09/backlash-over-common-core-extends-to-us-catholic-schools

Chen, C. (2015, December 7). Why Catholic schools are reconsidering the common core. The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved from http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2015/1207/Why-Catholic-schools-are-reconsidering-Common-Core

Berry, S. (2015, December 7). Catholic schools join in protest of common core. Breitbart News. Retrieved from http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/12/07/catholic-schools-join-protest-common-core/

Chapman, S. (2015, October 23). San Francisco teacher contract resolution reached, but work remains. Our Sunday Visitor. Retrieved from https://www.osv.com/OSVNewsweekly/Story/TabId/2672/ArtMID/13567/ArticleID/18489/Contract-resolution-reached-but-work-remains.aspx

Haverluck, M. (2015, May ). Pro-marriage post earns teacher a suspension. One News Now. Retrieved from. http://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2015/05/01/pro-marriage-post-earns-teacher-a-suspension

Berry, S. (2015, April 24).Nuns walk out of classrooms in protest of LGBT agenda. Breitbart News. Retrieved from  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/04/24/nuns-walk-out-of-classrooms-protest-lgbt-agenda-undermining-catholic-teaching-on-day-of-silence/

Bidwell, A. (2014, January 13).  Common core: a divisive issue for catholic school parents too.

US News and World Report.  Retrieved from http://www.usnews.com/news/special-reports/a-guide-to-common-core/2014/01/13/common-core-a-divisive-issue-for-catholic-school-parents-too.

Fraga, B. (2014, March 13). Schools of thought. Our Sunday Visitor. Retrieved from https://www.osv.com/OSVNewsweekly/Article/TabId/535/ArtMID/13567/ArticleID/14299/Schools-of-thought.aspx

Ackerman, S. (2013, September 9). Catholic schools grapple with common core concerns. ReDefineEd. Retrieved from https://www.redefinedonline.org/2013/09/catholic-schools-grapple-with-common-core-concerns/

 

 

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