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Update on Action Strategies for Collaboration

February 7, 2013

The City Catholic Collaborative members have been very busy working on five action strategies approved in April 2012.  These strategies are helping the Collaborative reach its goals while integrating our action with the priorities announced by Archbishop Carlson in February 2012.  The Alive in Christ Mission Advancement Initiative is more than a title, it is a reality in the city Catholic elementary and middle schools.

Principals are excited about following through with developing their own Professional Learning Community (PLC) to enhance their professional leadership in the schools.  Once a month 15 principals are coming together to learn from each other as they work to understand an assigned piece of professional reading.  First they break bread together and share conversation and prayer.  Although schedules are busy, they have made this a priority for excellence.

Pastors and Principals volunteered and worked during the summer of 2012 and into the fall to investigate various models of structure and governance for our schools.  After their research and discussion, they felt that there was an immediate need for planning for some of the schools in south St. Louis.  In December 2012 pastors and principals from Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Ambrose, St. Gabriel, St. James the Greater, St. Joan of Arc, St. John the Baptist, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Raphael, and St. Stephen Protomartyr met to review and discuss population trends, school enrollment trends, and financial trends for the ten parishes and schools.  After this initial meeting all ten pastors agreed that they needed to initiate a planning process for the future of Catholic education in south St. Louis.  The initiative was announced the weekend of January 18-20 to parishioners and school parents.  Additional information and communication will be ongoing and interested persons will be given opportunities to give in-put.  As this process progresses, information will be shared with the larger community.

Other areas that are being developed include grant development for joint projects and formulating a master calendar for the nineteen schools in the Collaborative.  Those responsible continue to discuss and plan for some common dates for all.  This is ongoing and not implemented at this time. 

The schools of the City Catholic Collaborative are working diligently to work together in ways that will enhance who they are and what they are able to offer to the children living in St. Louis city.