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Faith Life And Curriculum

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A presentation to the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Schools on Religious Educatio in the district

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Faith Life And Curriculum

  1. 1. Faith Life and Curriculum St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Schools 2008-2009
  2. 2. Nothing More Beautiful… <ul><li>“ There is nothing more beautiful than knowing Jesus Christ and telling others of our friendship with him” </li></ul><ul><li>Benedict XVI </li></ul>NMB banner, Fr. Lacombe
  3. 3. Faith Life and Curriculum <ul><li>Goals and Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Successes </li></ul><ul><li>Future Directions </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>DIVISION GOAL: PROVIDE OPPORTUNTIES FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE DIVISION TO ENCOUNTER JESUS CHRIST </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome D.1: Schools have an explicit Catholic Christian environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome D.2: Schools are partners in evangelization and Christian formation. </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome D.3: Schools incorporate church teaching into all curricular areas. </li></ul>Mass at St. Augustine School
  5. 5. Outcome D.1: Schools have an explicit Catholic Christian environment. <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do all stakeholders perceive “environment”? “Explicit Catholic Christian?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chapels: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of physical space </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of use </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication of the vision of Catholic culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scale of Priorities </li></ul></ul>Lenten celebration at Notre Dame School with Fr. Mike
  6. 6. Outcome D.1: Schools have an explicit Catholic Christian environment. <ul><li>Successes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Religious Education Committee attending admin sessions on “Architects of Catholic Culture.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of a ‘blueprint for Catholic culture. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Teacher workshop on classroom environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Values visioning at St. Anthony, Sacred Heart, Holy Trinity, St. Benedict. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of chapel space (St. Augustine Primary) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom prayer tables at CTK top priority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of electric candles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade one Resurrection Eggs, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of the resource library. </li></ul></ul>Chapel at Holy Trinity Academy
  7. 7. Outcome D.1: Schools have an explicit Catholic Christian environment. <ul><li>Future Directions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue formation of administrators with Architects of Catholic Culture and blueprint guide. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add Catholic Christian environment as part of the classroom walkthroughs. </li></ul></ul>St. Augustine high school students wearing “Nothing More Beautiful” toques Morning prayer at Father Lacombe
  8. 8. Outcome D.2: Schools are partners in evangelization and Christian formation. <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding for formation experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time out of curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preconceived notions of religious experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CTS program at Newman College cut </li></ul></ul>St. Benedict students’ field trip to St. Michael’s parish Celebrating Candlemas at Fr. Lacombe
  9. 9. Outcome D.2: Schools are partners in evangelization and Christian formation. <ul><li>Successes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of STAR prayer experiences published in Embrace the Spirit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eight of our nine schools have student retreats. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eight of our nine schools had staff retreats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20 staff attended SPICE. Seven were facilitators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9 attended Blueprints. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16 completing the CTS program from Newman; two enrolled in graduate programs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff lead student retreats (Father Lacombe, St. Augustine, St. Anthony, St. Benedict) Other schools have retreats from other groups. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Edge program (parish based led by Jordan Robinson) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sacred Heart “SPICE” program, RCIC Father Lacombe. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Board-parish “book club” on Catholic evangelization. </li></ul></ul>Fr. Tony Ricard at Sacred Heart School “ STARS” at SPICE 2009
  10. 10. Outcome D.2: Schools are partners in evangelization and Christian formation. <ul><li>Future Directions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore chaplaincy in our high schools. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All schools to have staff retreats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fish! for schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Values Visioning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff morning prayer/Bible share. </li></ul></ul>CTK students at Providence Retreat Centre Thanksgiving celebration at St. Anthony School
  11. 11. Outcome D.3: Schools incorporate church teaching into all curricular areas. <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formation of staff on Church teaching. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Narrow definition of “permeation.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competing priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to assess </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to differentiate the needs of adult learners. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do I provide central support? </li></ul></ul>Shared reading, St. Benedict School
  12. 12. Outcome D.3: Schools incorporate church teaching into all curricular areas. <ul><li>Successes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Studies, Literacy and faith- teacher tool kits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St. Augustine teachers required to provide a permeation goal in their professional growth plan. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NCEA resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance based assessments in grades 1-3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All learner outcomes on Rubicon Atlas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sacred Heart teacher developing Prolife kit for schools. </li></ul></ul>Anne Bourassa, 2009 recipient of CCSSA’s Excellence in Catholic Education award.
  13. 13. Outcome D.3: Schools incorporate church teaching into all curricular areas. <ul><li>Future Directions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New RS 20 text resource and curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New K-9 syllabus for religion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District wide report card will mean consistency in reporting of progress in RS. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade 6-9 workshops on literacy and the social teaching of the Church. </li></ul></ul>Senior High Science, St. Augustine School
  14. 14. Nothing More Beautiful

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