Faithful in the Diocese of Gaylord have voiced concern over a recent article linking the Diocese of Gaylord to an organization called NWEA (formerly known as the Northwest Evaluation Association). This organization states its mission as follows on its website: “NWEA is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency—and provide insights to help tailor instruction.” It also states that “We fight for bold, courageous policy changes that will move the needle for students and educators.” In the article, the Diocese of Gaylord is one of many dioceses in the United States that utilizes the services of NWEA.
NWEA promotes various vapidly anti-Catholic activities, including various LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ activities and policy promotions. This article goes into significant detail about this organization and these activities (https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/84-catholic-dioceses-partner-with-student-evaluation-firm-pushing-drag-queen-books-lgbt-ideology/ ).
As an example of what NWEA promotes, the following is cited in the article:
In June of 2022, NEWA published an article by staff writer Erin Ryan, who identifies “as a Black, queer woman, mom, former teacher, children’s author, and kid lit nerd.” The article titled “20 LGBTQ+ books for K–12 readers during Pride Month and throughout the year” promotes books designed to groom toddlers and young adults in sodomy and transgenderism.
The first book on the list, aimed at preschoolers, is titled “Love Makes a Family.” Its description outlines its propagandistic goal to normalize sodomy-based families, saying:
Whether a child has two moms, two dads, one parent, or one of each, this simple preschool read-aloud demonstrates that what’s most important in each family’s life is the love the family members share.
The second book on NWEA’s list is titled, “The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish.” The title and cover art provide all you need to know.
One of our team recently contacted the Diocese of Gaylord regarding their policies with regard to the hiring of gender dysphoric (sexually disoriented) individuals and the enrollment of gender dysphoric students to diocesan schools. The Diocese replied by directing us to the Diocesan handbook. We were not able to find any information in the handbook which addresses these issues. As a follow-up to this, the Diocese of Gaylord was contacted as to whether or not they indeed are using NWEA services for the Diocese. The Diocese has not responded to the inquiry at the time of this writing. We look forward to the response from the Diocese.
If you are concerned regarding these issues and/or desire clarification regarding these issues, please do not hesitate to contact the Diocese of Gaylord via Email at: