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Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School wins global teaching, learning award

News of the Diocese

July 7, 2021

Blackboard, Inc., a leading global EdTech software and solutions company, announced that Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School is the only high school in the world to win a 2021 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching and Learning.

The award recognizes persons and institutions that adopted flexible, distance and online delivery models to positively impact the educational experience.

Joseph Waler, NDCL president, shared the news in a video message (below) explaining how Blackboard promoted students’ academic achievement and socio-emotional well-being during the prolonged school shutdowns and unpredictable quarantines caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every day Blackboard engages our students through reliable and consistent online access to their courses, their teachers and their classmates – all of which proved to be invaluable as we worked together to ensure their success despite the pandemic’s many challenges,” Waler said.

“Our daily in-person and online attendance averaged 96%,” he added, noting that “nearly 80% of our students were named to the honor roll and 100% of our seniors in 2020 and 2021 graduated on time.”

Waler said NDCL chose Blackboard as its online teaching platform, which hosts more than 300 courses as well as professional education to assist teachers.

“Blackboard literally became our learning lifeline,” Walter said. When the pandemic hit and schools were closed in March 2020, Waler said NDCL pivoted immediately to online learning. He said Blackboard would continue to provide valuable learning resources to the school even with the pandemic subsiding.

The Catalyst Awards, now in their 16th year, recognize and honor innovation and excellence in the Blackboard community of practice, where millions of educators and learners work daily to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology. Winners are selected by a cross-functional team of Blackboard experts.

Honorees from around the world will be honored during BbWorld, Blackboard’s annual global conference, which will take place virtually during a two-week period, July 15-15 and 20-22. The 58 winners were chosen from 130 nominees, the most since the awards program began. Nominations were entered from institutions in 17 countries.

NDCL won in the Teaching and Learning category. Other awardees in this category included the Mayo Clinic ADAPT Team, Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute, VIU – Universidad Internacional de Valencia – Spain, the University of Louisville, The Johns Hopkins University and other colleges and universities in Peru, Spain and the United States.

Blackboard serves higher education, K-12, business and government clients around the world.

Click here for a list of all 2021 Blackboard award-winners.

NDCL, a ministry of the Sisters of Notre Dame, is a co-ed high school in Chardon with an enrollment of about 710 students. It was formed in 1988 when Notre Dame Sisters and the Cathedral Latin Alumni Trustees signed an affiliation agreement. The two originating schools were Notre Dame Academy, founded in 1878 in Cleveland, and Cathedral Latin School, an all-boys high school founded by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland in 1916 and operated by the Society of Mary until its closure in 1979. The last Notre Dame Academy class graduated in 1990 and the first NDCL class graduated the following year.

NDCL was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2018.

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