New Academic Leadership Philosophy: Gail Donahue, Ph.D., Principal
Interested students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with the school’s new academic leader, Principal Gail Donahue, Ph.D. Dr. Donahue is a national authority on curriculum design, faculty development and Catholic education. She is an award-winning presenter at the National Catholic Educational Association and the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness at Loyola University, Chicago. Dr. Donahue holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Her deep faith and transformative relationships with the SSNDs led her to become a SSND Associate.
Parents can discuss with Dr. Donahue the changes in structure and philosophy she has brought to IND in the four short months since her arrival. They include: emphasizing student-centered active learning, raising student achievement through effective teaching and further integrating technology into the curriculum. Dr. Donahue said, “We will put the traditions and programs IND has done so well for many years on our shoulders and expand on them in ways that will prepare our girls to be innovative problem-solvers and leaders of the 21st century.”
Update on Activities & Athletics: Sister Karen Kane, SSND, Dean of Students
Open house attendees will also be introduced to Sister Karen Kane, SSND, IND’s new Dean of Students. For eight years, Sister Karen served as dean of students at the Academy of the Holy Angels, a girls Catholic college preparatory high school located in Demarest, NJ, sponsored by the SSNDs. Prior to Holy Angels, Sister Karen was the assistant principal for three years and dean of students and social worker for four years at Kolbe Cathedral High School, a coeducational Catholic college preparatory high school located inBridgeport, CT. Sister Karen earned a P.D. in administration and supervision from Manhattan College, NY.
Sister Karen balances discipline with empathy in her role. Sr. Karen is a trained social worker and experienced educator having taught psychology, religious studies, physical education and health during her career. Topics parents may want to speak with Sister Karen about include: IND policies, procedures, activities and especially athletics, as Sr. Karen coached sports teams for 12 years.
STEM Programs Created and Certified by the Experts
The Open House is an opportunity to learn about IND’s STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math), which were developed by experts in the field through Project Lead the Way. Our Biomedical Sciences Program is now in its fourth year, and the students love it! Forty percent of the Class of 2016 is enrolled. Pathway to Engineering began this year and is helping to alleviate the national shortage of engineers. Both are programs require ongoing certification.
IND’s Focus on the Learning Needs of the Student
Parents can learn about the IND academic track that best suits their child’s learning ability. In the spirit of the SSNDs, IND offers several academic tracks suited to the individual. Ours is an inclusive program tailored to the self-directed student: from our Theresian Scholars Program for advanced students who desire a more challenging curriculum, to our Access Program for students who need more supportive instruction in English and mathematics. IND provides a range of academic opportunities to meet each girl’s needs and strengths.
At IND, Diversity Matters
When it comes to diversity, IND mirrors the makeup of Maryland in our racial composition. We believe there is much our students can learn from studying alongside people from other economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Research proves students exposed to this type of learning environment excel in multicultural environments—
Discover the IND Difference
There are many factors that differentiate IND from other schools. Parents and their daughters can learn about those at www.indofmd.org/
About the Institute of Notre Dame
The Institute of Notre Dame is the first college preparatory school established by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in the United States and the first Catholic girls’ high school in Baltimore. The IND learning experience combines rigorous liberal arts and progressive‐