Believing they are “stronger together,” 35 faith-based schools across the nation have reinvented the NativityMiguel organization so that they may thrive in education of America’s urban, poor children as a mission-aligned force.
For more than 40 years, NativityMiguel schools have made a unique impact in communities across the country by providing a quality, faith-based education for students from low-income families. Then, in spring 2012, the NativityMiguel Network, an organization founded to support the needs of schools, suddenly dissolved, leaving the schools without a meaningful, formal association with other mission-aligned schools and like-minded leaders. Barely skipping a beat, the schools themselves picked up the cause and re-formed the organization with a new name, NativityMiguel Coalition, and a new structure driven by the member schools.
“We maintain the same mission and hold each other accountable to the same Core Beliefs [see below] that lead to strong educational outcomes,” says Terry Shields, the Coalition’s new Director and the organization’s former Vice President for Mission and Programming. “These independent, faith-based schools face similar challenges and thrive on the ideas, expertise and best-practice-sharing that comes with being part of a larger group.”