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3. Catholicity Across the Curriculum - Elementary Sample
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Description of Activity

  • Teacher awareness of Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations
  • Weaving the Religious Education and Family Life Education themes into literacy, numeracy, other subject areas

SMART Goal Design - Is this goal...

  • Specific?
  • Measurable?
  • Attainable?
  • Result-oriented?
  • Time-bound?

Goal/Expected Result

  • Teacher Familiarity with the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations
  • Increasing teacher facility with integrating Catholic principles, values and virtues into the curriculum

Resources

  • Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations
  • Educating the Soul (ICE)
  • Ongoing Adult Faith Formation (ICE)
  • Catholic Education and the Corporate Sector (ICE)
  • Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools: Enhancing the Religious Dimension of Catholic Education (EOCCC)

 

Relevant Catholic Theme(s)

  • Dignity of the Human Person
  • Community and the Common Good
  • Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • Human Rights and Responsibilities
  • Dignity of Work and Service
  • Stewardship for Creation
  • Love and Justice
  • Peace
  • Hope
  • Faith
  • Mystery, Wonder and Awe

CGE(s)

  • CGE1g Understands that one’s purpose or call in life comes from God and strives to discern and live out this call throughout life’s journey
  • CGE2e Uses and integrates the Catholic faith tradition, in the critical analysis of the arts, media, technology and information systems to enhance the quality of life
  • CGE7e Witnesses to Catholic social teaching by promoting equality, democracy, and solidarity for a just, peaceful and compassionate society

How will success be determined?

  • Catholic values evident in approach to systems of reward and recognition, school discipline, extra-curricular activities;
  • Evidence of student learning that gospel values are integrated and infused into curriculum;
  • School newsletter to parents;
  • Articles in local newspapers
Contributors Tasks

School Administration

  • Invite Board Religious Education and Family Life Education Department to in-service teachers
  • Establish an in-school or intra school mentorship program
Board’s Religious Education and Family Life Education Department
  • Provide professional development opportunities for teachers, either at school staff meetings, meetings with small groups of teachers or Board office in-services, including:
    • understanding of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations
    • why it is necessary to integrate Religion into other subject areas
    • how to use the EOCCC CD Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools: Enhancing the Religious Dimension of Catholic Education
  • Methods: Integration, Extension, Infusion
  • Knowledge of best practices as outlines in the ICE document Ongoing Adult Faith Formation: the Key to Educating the Soul
  • Examples of existing curriculum that integrate Catholic Themes
  • Discuss how this can also be applied to the wider school community
Staff
  • Openness to learning new skills and becoming acquainted with Catholic curriculum resources
  • Willingness to try to create an ethos of right relationship, mutuality, dialogue and respect throughout the school community
Process Stages Details and Considerations

September/ October

  • Administration invites a member of the Board’s Religious Education department to in-service the staff on the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations

October

  • Faith Ambassadors attend Board Reflection Day on ‘Integrating Catholic Principles throughout the Curriculum’

November - June

  • Board’s Religious Education Department and Faith Ambassador/ Religious Education Program Leaders in-service staff on Integrating Catholic Themes throughout the Curriculum
  • With the use of the EOCCC CD Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools: Enhancing the Religious Dimension of Catholic Education, teachers will aim to develop a unit of study with the religious dimension integrated into the curriculum

Effectiveness (degree to which goal has been achieved)

  • Examine curriculum
  • Quality of mentorships
  • Short classroom visits
  • Conferences with teachers

 

Follow Up/Next Steps

  • Evaluate and celebrate successes
  • Assess further needs
  • Develop new strategies


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