CatholicLeader Academy

Growing Vibrant Catholic Schools &

Strong Catholic Leaders

CatholicLeader Academy is reshaping our schools and helping our Catholic schools thrive! It fosters spiritual and leadership growth and transforms school cultures by bringing educators, principals, students, parents, and parishes together to grow in faith and improve the effectiveness of our schools. We are developing true Catholic school leaders and teams, and most importantly, our school communities are more faith-filled.

— Bishop David Ricken

Diocese of Green Bay

In the words of Micah 6:8…

“Act Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly with your God.”

These core Catholic beliefs provide the platform for CatholicLeader Academy’s competency-based leadership development program. Participants are grouped by school community team, and this team-based approach collectively engages educators, administrators, students, parents, and parishes. The program, characterized by its in-place, longitudinal, and empowering nature, includes peer coaching and a train-the-trainer approach.

CatholicLeader Academy features best practices in blended learning to ensure affordability and accessibility, resulting in a transformational school-wide impact.

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Transform Catholic Schools by developing vibrant leaders, teams, and students.

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A world of virtue-based

faith-driven authentic leaders.

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4 Programs for Transforming Schools

Participating in CatholicLeader Academy is a multi-year commitment, starting with Immersion Leadership, followed by CORE Leadership the following school year. StudentLeader Academy can happen in parallel with the first two programs.

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IMMERSION Leadership program

Immersion Leadership is a nine-month intensive, transformational program for school principals and key school team members. Participants expand their leadership capacity as faith-driven leaders while growing together as a team through enhanced trust and engagement. As a school team, Immersion participants develop a School Excellence Plan which encompasses all elements of a multi-year strategic plan.

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CORE Leadership program

CORE Leadership is a full school team, 2-day program led by the school’s Immersion Program graduates and happens in year 2 of CatholicLeader Academy. The program brings key leadership principles and best practices to all remaining school team members, building a more collaborative team connected through shared vision, values, culture, and the sharing and deepening of our Catholic faith.

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STUDENT Leadership program

StudentLeader Academy is a program designed and led by student leaders to help other students learn about core leadership values steeped in faith through engaging exercises and activities both in and outside of the classroom.

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Marketing Playbook is a guided program that leads school teams through the development of a comprehensive marketing plan beginning with easy-to-use templates. The program greatly improves school messaging impact leading to accelerated enrollment growth.

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Our Reach, Our Impact







28 Schools

330 educators

1,300 students

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Strategic Plans Implemented; Enrollment Growth Realized

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Enhanced relationships leading to increased family engagement;

Distributive leadership leading to high performing teams and thriving schools.

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Student leaders gaining full ride college scholarships.

Reach and impact has been focused in Diocesan schools in Northeast Wisconsin through April 2024. Beginning in fall 2024, CatholicLeader Academy will be expanding its programming nationwide.

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95% of program participants experience school team growth and collaboration.

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90% of program participants say their faith has grown.

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85% of program participants report growing as a leader.

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Our Story

Idea Incubator

Founded in Green Bay, Wisconsin in 2014 as CatholicLink, an innovation-focused, non-profit partner with the area’s three Catholic educational institutions--St. Norbert College, Notre Dame Academy, and GRACE School System.



In 2018, CatholicLink observed that student enrollment in its Catholic schools was declining while teacher turnover was rapidly increasing. Through prayerful guidance, in partnership with a highly experienced nationwide team of educators, faith, business and community leaders, the CatholicLeader Academy was developed.

Focused on Outcomes

CatholicLeader Academy is research-based and outcomes-focused. Its longitudinal programs develop disciples who have the courage, competencies, and connectedness to better share their talents with students and others around them, leading to vibrantly growing schools.

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Leadership for Discipleship

If your school is seeking transformation—decreased teacher attrition, elevated engagement levels, increased student performance, and school enrollment, please reach out.

We are currently enrolling Diocesan schools nationwide for a program start date of August 2024. And it’s never too early to start thinking about the 2025-2026 school year.

Mary Schaupp, Executive Director

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