Collaboration Enhances Opportunities

Collaboration has brought about some enhanced opportunities for the City Catholic Schools.  The two highlighted here represent collaboration with the city Catholic elementary and middles schools and additional collaboration with two of our city Catholic high schools.  We have had opportunities like these in the past, but these are enhanced through collaborative planning.

All educators from the city Catholic elementary and middle schools are invited to participate in a special Professional Development Day on November 2 at St. Mary’s High School.  St. Mary’s will provide the presenter, space, and some of their teachers and staff to share about their application of 9 strategies for Instruction that Works.  The featured speaker will be Jane Pollack an educator and author.  Some of you have heard Jane before or read some of her books, but there is always more to share.

This will be a launching event to begin the initial steps of forming Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) for teachers from more than one school.  The Northeast Deanery Federation of Catholic Schools has been doing this for the past year and after consultation with their organizer, a special team of principals from the City Catholic Collaborative have developed their own spin on the PLTs.  Initial volunteer group(s) will begin in second semester and a full plan will be rolled out for the 2013 – 14 school year.   Due to varied school calendars, some schools will not be participating. 

Principals of the schools will have an initial opportunity to reflect on the need for PLTs and the creative sharing they provide between schools through their own Principals’ PLT beginning in the fall of this school year.

Confirmation rally/retreat opportunity for the 2012 year will be a joint venture between the City Catholic Collaborative and Bishop DuBourg High School.  We have been offering a rally/retreat for the last four years.  This year, November 9,  it will look a little different and be enhanced by the leadership of DuBourg student leaders.  The staff of DuBourg will help with planning and provide the team leadership with the DB students.  All of this is possible through a grant received by Bishop DuBourg from the Koch Foundation.  There will be approximately 168 students participating from 7 Catholic elementary schools in St. Louis and the South Deanery PSR program.

The seventh and eighth grade students will have more opportunities to share among their peers and to experience the witness of faith from DB students and staff.  It will be interactive and a faith filled experience.

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