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Christian Dallavis is assistant superintendent of the Partnership Schools, a Catholic school network that transforms urban Catholic schools into economically sustainable, operationally efficient, and academically excellent schools. Christian supports school leaders’ capacity to build intentional Catholic school culture, foster spiritual growth, and ensure high-quality teaching and learning in the Partnership’s schools in Cleveland, Harlem, and the Bronx and leads the network’s expansion efforts.
Christian spent 16 years on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame, where he served as senior director of leadership programs and associate teaching professor of educational leadership in Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). As the director of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, Christian redesigned Notre Dame’s master of arts in educational leadership and doubled the size of the nation’s largest preparer of Catholic school leaders. He was founding director of the Notre Dame ACE Academies, a new model for university-school partnership that eventually comprised 15 turnaround schools in Arizona, Florida, and Indiana. His team also led the design and launch of a Center for Transformational Educational Leadership, a professional formation institute for sitting principals.
Each program Christian has led strengthens school leaders' capacity to drive student success, building intentional school culture, fostering spiritual growth, and ensuring high-quality curriculum and instruction to put more children on the path to college and heaven.
Christian earned a joint PhD in English and education at the University of Michigan, where his research examined the intersection of culturally responsive pedagogy and urban Catholic schooling in immigrant communities. His research has appeared in Multicultural Perspectives, American Educational Research Journal, the Journal of Teacher Education, and Educatio Catholica, the journal of the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education. After completing a BA at Notre Dame in English and Japanese, Christian taught middle school English in Biloxi, Mississippi as an ACE Teaching Fellow while earning an MA in teaching from the University of Portland, and later worked as a teacher educator in Bangladesh. He is a Fellow of the 19th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.