ERIC Number: ED399610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Making Commissions Work: A Handbook for Parish Religious Education Boards/Commissions.
McClain, Maria Thornton, Ed.
This handbook is part of an ongoing process to share models of Total Catholic Education boards, religious education boards, and Catholic school boards. The purpose of the book is two-fold: (1) to provide a rationale for having a group within the parish that sets the direction for the religious education of children, youth, and adults; and (2) to provide models for the formation and operation of this leadership body. Chapters cover a broad range of topics: group-formation models; roles, relationships, and responsibilities; training; spirituality; adaptations to various cultures; and the rationale for having a religious education board/commission. Following the preface and introduction, the articles include: (1) "The Call To Be a Watercarrier: The Religious Education Board" (Matthew J. Hayes); (2) "A People, a Mission, a Structure!" (John S. Balaguer and Maria Thornton McClain); (3) "The Spirituality of Decision Making" (Mary Benet McKinney, OSB); (4) "Forming a Religious Education Commission--A Team Effort" (Elaine Ouellette); (5) "The Why and How of Forming a Religious Education Board" (Eileen Loughran); (6) "Parish Religious Education Committees--Why Bother with Them?" (James J. DeBoy, Jr.); (7) "What Do Parish Religious Education Boards Do?" (Maureen Kennedy, OP); (8) "A Rainbow of Adaptations" (Maria Thornton McClain); (9) "Professional Growth Day for Parish Catechetical Leaders, re: Religious Education Boards" (Joanne Spizzo Sanders and James P. Studdert); and (10) "An Effective Way for a Pastor and DRE to Support the Board of Education" (Mary Jo Thomas-Day). Appendices contain a sample constitution for a Religious Education Board, a Total Catholic Education Board/Commission, and a Parish Board of Education; a model yearly calendar for meetings; a report form; a list of additional resources; and a sample vision of a parish religious education program. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Catholic Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Governing Boards, Kindergarten, Leadership, Preschool Education, Professional Development, Religious Education
National Catholic Educational Association, 1077 30th Street, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20007.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.; National Association of Boards of Catholic Education, Washington, DC.