Bleasdale Educational Research and Consulting specializes in three areas of professional growth for all schools in the Jesuit Network locally, nationally, globally.
Dr.Bleasdale’s doctoral research ( conducted at Fordham University) focused on the experience of Black, Latino/a and/or LGBTQ students in Jesuit Catholic High Schools. She is uniquely qualified to work with Jesuit schools on their journey towards equity and inclusion in 2021.
Jane Bleasdale responds to some of the challenges articulated in the previous essays, proposing best practices for the formation of leaders in Catholic education. Informed by research into the experiences of Black, Latino, and LBGT students in Jesuit high schools, Bleasdale argues for a comprehensive formation strategy aimed at faculty, parents, and leaders to promote inclusion and just relationships. The Jesuit commitment to justice provides an impetus and the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm provides a framework to lead the way in this endeavor.
Bleasdale’s findings and recommendations were published in the book ‘Catholic Identity in Context: Vision and Formation for the Common Good’ and can be found here Catholic Identity in Context
Campus Culture and Environment Assessment and Recommendations
This is the foundation of our work and is recommended for schools considering hiring a consultant to do work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion
School wide review of equity and inclusion, study of school context, data and climate using interviews, focus groups, data gathering and analysis. This process follows the triangulated case study model Dr. Bleasdale used for doctoral research. Proven methodology reviewing student experience, school policy and practice.
Campus Culture and Environment Assessment
- Two days of on site visit. Additional two days data review off site. (data and climate review explained above)
- Report with findings shared with school leadership
CREATING COMMUNITIES OF EQUITY AND INCLUSION (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
Professional development for Catholic schools on cultural competency through cultural humility.
- Moving from tolerance to inclusion – supporting students who are marginalized in Catholic schools.
- Understanding and dismantling systems of racism and white culture that dominate Jesuit Education
- Creating effective polices for LGBTQ community (faculty and students)
- Supporting Students who are Transgender/Non Binary in Catholic Schools
- Supporting LGBTQIA faculty in Catholic Schools – Do we really have to fire them? Understanding the ministerial exception
- Leadership coaching and mentoring – peer mentoring
- Creating effective faculty professional development
- Improving student learning through classroom walkthrough observations and feedback
- Infusing mission and identity into school culture
STRATEGIC PLANNING AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT
- Creating strategy from chaos
- Community engagement and buy in
- Managing change effectively and in an inspiring way
- Infusing mission and identity into school culture
Dr.Bleasdale’s research in Jesuit high schools focuses on three areas
- Catholic-Jesuit Mission and Identity
- Ignatian Pedagogy
- Ignatian formation for the adult community.
Dr. Bleasdale is a practitioner-scholar she has over twenty years experience in Catholic school leadership with 10 years in a Jesuit High school. Since 2010 she has been studying and teaching in Jesuit Higher Education.
Dr. Bleasdale has presented multiple times at JSEA/JSN symposium and colloquium and the NY Province/Jesuit East Colloquia.
JSEA Colloquium Presentations
‘Dr. Jane Bleasdale shares her research and provides data on the experiences of marginalized students in our Jesuit schools. She overlays her best practices to address this issue with Jesuit principles from Documents from GS 32, 34 and 35. Bleasdale ‘s work challenges us to put on our eyeglasses of faith and justice as we address the issue of equity in our schools…’Barbara Henderson B ’77 Director/ Diversity & Inclusion =Bellarmine Preparatory School
Jane’s workshop on moving from Tolerance to Inclusion provides an excellent framework from which conversations about equity and inclusion among faculty, staff, administrators and students can take place. The philosophical underpinnings of her presentation can serve as keys to moving a school community forward in love. Armando Gilkes, Director of Diversity, De Smet Jesuit High School, St. Louis, MO.
How do we prevent suicide among our most vulnerable students, GLBTQ youth? By not merely tolerating, but including and celebrating them what for what they are, as being loved by God. How do we continue to work to create environments in our schools where our most vulnerable cannot merely survive but thrive? If we model the behaviors we would like to see in our students, then how do we show our most vulnerable healthy models they can connect with and embrace? Jane Bleasdale, primarily a bridge builder, opens the door to discussion. She is successful at presenting information within a contextual framework that allows us to see and think differently. What we do with this information –how we act in response – is up to us. Peter A. Musso, Ed.D.,Director | School Support,Director | Alum Service Corps, Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province
Dr. Bleasdale has worked with several schools and is happy to provide references upon request.
Some Questions you may have …
Q:So how well does Dr. Bleasdale really know Jesuit education ?
A. Well she worked in a Jesuit high school for 10 years, studied for her PhD at Fordham and has been the director of the Catholic Leadership Program at the University of San Francisco for four years.
Q: Ok , but how well doe she know issues of equity and inclusion ? The issues we face ?
A. Pretty well – it was the topic of her PhD dissertation in 2014.’Moving From Tolerance to Inclusion in Jesuit Catholic High Schools’
Q.How often does she do this work in Jesuit schools ?
A. Every year since 2014 when she finished at Fordham, Jane has worked with different Jesuit schools across the country. (and the world)
Q. What kind of work does she do ?
A. School culture and climate review through data gathering and analysis, site visits, conversations with Board of Trustees, school leaders, faculty, staff , parents, stakeholders.
Q. We are ready to move from a community of tolerance to inclusion ..who should we call ?
A. Jane Bleasdale
Q. What services does consulting involve ? How much does it cost ?
A.Bleasdale Educational Research Consulting Fees 2020 – 2021