In the year 2000 a group of Catholic educators and writers gathered to address an urgent need – a lack of Catholic textbooks. Frustrated with the poor quality, sloppy scholarship and anti-Catholic bias of secular textbooks, they knew something new needed to be done for the sake of Catholic students and the future of Catholic education.
Since its founding, the Catholic Textbook Project has published five textbooks (for grades 5 – 12) and accompanying materials. Our textbooks bring history alive, using a story-narrative format that engages student interest. The graphic design, with custom maps and full-color reproductions of beautiful art, please the eye and inspire wonder.
But most importantly, our textbooks are Catholic; they proceed from the insight that mankind and history have been transformed irrevocably by Christ and his Church. Put simply, without the Church, history simply would not be the same. We tell that story fully and accurately.
Today, our textbooks are being used throughout the United States — in parochial schools, private schools, and home schools. Principals, teachers, and parents, as well as bishops and historians, have praised the books.
However, most gratifying has been the response from students, who have found the books such a joy to read that they read farther than they “need to.” Gratifying too, is the knowledge that we have done our part in helping introduce children to their religious and cultural patrimony, and to the fullness of history and reality, with all its possibilities.
History Textbooks for Today's Catholic Students
Come find out why Catholic students are tweeting about our history books. This workshop will spend time talking about Catholic Textbook Project and why our history books are so needed in the homes of our students. Real history told in a narrative form with 2000 years of Catholic contributions to World and American History. These books are for grades 5-12. Presenter Matt Sumers is vice-president of Marketing and Sales of the Catholic Textbook Project. He received an MA in Adult Religious Education in 2017 from Regis College, Denver, CO. He's been married for 38 years, has two adult children and four grandchildren, Matt spent 15 years as a director of faith formation and teacher in Catholic Schools 1978-2001 and was national sales manager for Our Sunday Visitor from 2009 - 2016.