Audience in Lecture






Assistant Superintendent


The Partnership Schools


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 parochial 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 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 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 schools in Arizona, Florida, and Indiana. His team also led the design and launch of a new Center for Transformational Educational Leadership, a professional formation institute for sitting principals.

Christian earned a joint PhD in English and education at the University of Michigan, where he studied the intersection of culturally responsive pedagogy and urban Catholic schooling in immigrant communities. After completing a BA at Notre Dame in English and Japanese, Christian taught middle school English in Biloxi, Mississippi while earning an MA in teaching from the University of Portland, and later worked as a teacher educator in Bangladesh.