ERIC Number: ED399613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The Vocation of the Catholic Educator. The NCEA Catholic Educational Leadership Monograph Series.
Jacobs, Richard M.
The decline in the number of Catholic sisters, brothers, and priests serving as teachers and administrators in Catholic schools has been accompanied by an increase in the number of men and women educators from the laity. This handbook presents guidelines for preparing the laity to teach and administer effectively in Catholic schools. Specifically, it seeks to prepare them to communicate the nature and purpose of Catholic education and to lead others to reflect on the fundamental purposes that guide the Catholic educational apostolate. It lays out the values and beliefs that give Catholic schools their culture and identity and describes practical ways for Catholic educators to create unique cultures and identities in their institutions. Following the overview and foreword, chapter 1 describes indicators of excellence and stresses the need for administrators who are mindful of their vocation and who practice reflective inquiry. The next two chapters distinguish between competence and excellence, in particular, the forces of Catholic excellence. Chapter 4 provides a scriptural perspective for the principalship, including theological perspectives from the Pre- and Post-Vatican II Church. Daily efforts to be mindful of the Catholic administrator's vocation and school's purpose are discussed in the fifth chapter. The final chapter offers reflections to stimulate Catholic educators to become more mindful about why they do what they do. Three figures are included. (Contains 74 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Catholic Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Institutional Mission, Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Moral Values, Principals, Private Education, Professional Development
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.