Vision Strategically Planned ~ Faithfully Followed
"Always remember that only if one builds, as St. Paul says, on the one foundation which is Jesus Christ will one be able to construct something really great and lasting." Schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Parish and Regional Elementary Schools will rigorously challenge all students to achieve their spiritual and academic potential leading to productive and contributing lives. We will achieve this mission with the support of parents, staff, Church community and the wider community of neighborhood, state and nation. Our vision is that every Catholic school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st Century. Each life will be imbued with a Gospel focus and values. Our students will live with Christ as the Center of their lives. Schools of Special Education will enable all students to reach their maximum potential through a respectful and challenging learning environment.
A Re-designed Vision
Time is needed to get steeped in this re-designed vision in order to find the BEST ways to educate students.
However the pace of education today demands a more rapid movement toward success and providing the skills each student will need for a successful life in an ever-changing world!
A new generation of students expects a learning environment that integrates today’s digital tools, accommodates a mobile lifestyle, adapts to individual learning styles and encourages collaboration and teamwork . 2006 American Life Project Report
Redesigning for Results
Research supported vision
Not fearful of experimenting in schools to get the right formula for successful student learning
International Center for Leadership in Education
Foundation Learning - Achievement in the core subjects of English, Math and Science and others identified by the school .
Stretch Learning - Demonstration of rigorous and relevant learning beyond minimum requirements, such as participation and achievement in higher level courses, specialized courses, and so forth.
Learning Criteria Learner Engagement - The extent to which students are motivated and committed to learning, have a sense of belonging and accomplishment, and have relationships with adults, peers, and parents that support learning.
Personal Skill Development - Measures of personal, social, service, and leadership skills and demonstrations of positive behaviors and attitudes Learning Criteria
Tech Infused Learning Supported
Students –Tools and Environments for Engaged Learning
Teachers – Professional Development for Empowered Teaching
2005 2000 New Connections 2003 Connected Individuals New Communities Virtual Communities New Content Collaborative Communities Kids are designed and wired differently today – evidence in neural research supports the intensive amount of time engaged in technology has changed the prefrontal cortex – kids can toggle and multitask much faster than adults (4-6 times faster) International Center for Education, 2006
Who’s Living in the House and in the School House? The InfoSavvy Group, February 2005. Digital Native Students Digital Immigrant Faculty Information gathering quickly from multiple multimedia sources Slow and controlled release of information from limited sources Multitasking Single or limited tasking Pictures, sound, and video Text Random access to hyperlinked multimedia information Providing information linearly, logically, and sequentially Working interactively and networking with many others simultaneously Working independently Learning that is relevant, instantly useful, and fun Teaching to the curriculum and examinations
Raise Achievement and Close Gaps
What do students need to learn?
How will they learn it?
How will we know if they’ve learned it?
What will we do if they don’t learn it?
What will we do if they already know it?
The most effective and efficient way to get the required results is with a systematic and systemic improvement process of planning, doing, study, and acting… PLAN DO STUDY ACT
Centers for Academic Excellence
We Teach/We Learn Surveys
Attention to the Learning Criteria
Rigor and Relevance Framework
Review of Curriculum guidelines and standards for essential learning
Infusion of technology tools
Vision Working on the work of Catholic Education
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