Marquette University News Release

Marquette Law School, College of Education to host half-day conference on future of Catholic K-12 education

October 9, 2014

Event Information:
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Time: 7:45 a.m.
Place: Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University’s Law School and College of Education will host a conference titled “The Future of Catholic K–12 Education: Some National and Milwaukee Perspectives,” on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

The half-day event is part of a continuing series of conferences on K–12 education sponsored by the Law School and College of Education. Seating is limited; registration is available online.  Conference panel speakers will include:

  • Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett, Notre Dame Law School professors and the authors of Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America (University of Chicago Press 2014).
  • Kathleen Porter-Magee, superintendent and chief academic officer of the Partnership for Inner-City Education, a network of Catholic elementary schools in Harlem and the South Bronx, the first independent organization to have been given (in 2013) the opportunity to manage a set of schools in the Archdiocese of New York.
  • Andy Smarick, a partner at Bellwether Education Partners and former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, who has written about Catholic and public elementary and secondary schools.
  • Kathleen Cepelka, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, former associate dean in Marquette’s College of Education and longtime Catholic schools professional.
  • Laura Gutierrez, Vice President of Academic Affairs at St. Anthony Catholic School in Milwaukee and former assistant principal and director of instruction at the United Community Center.
  • Very Rev. Tim Kitzke, a member of the pastoral team serving various parishes in Milwaukee and a member of the corporate board of Catholic East Elementary School.

Through the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, public lectures by leading scholars and topical conferences — all open to the community — the Law School serves as a venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

For more than 90 years, the Marquette University College of Education has prepared individuals to work as professionals in public and private school settings, including numerous teachers, principals, and others serving Catholic K–12 education.

Media interested in attending should contact Chris Jenkins in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4745 or

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