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ERIC Number: EJ925931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Archdiocese Puts Its Faith in External Coaches
Cary, Carol; Lamattina, Maria
Journal of Staff Development, v32 n2 p16-18, 20 Apr 2011
In today's workplace, the ability to solve complex problems, think critically, and engage in continuous, self-directed learning is essential. Recognizing that providing the kind of education that fosters such abilities necessitated considerable change in its schools, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education developed a strategic plan focusing on the 21st-century learner. The plan focuses on three areas for growth: Catholic identity, academic excellence, and sustainability. Within academic excellence, the plan targets transforming classroom practice, emphasizing rigorous and relevant instruction, interdisciplinary learning, and the use of data to inform instruction. Teachers are the linchpins to the plan's success. To align professional development with the strategic plan, the Office of Catholic Education partnered with Catapult Learning, a professional development services provider, to design a comprehensive, three-year plan to support teachers and administrators as they learned new approaches and put their learning into action. The initial plan called for combining large-group professional learning institutes and on-site, one-on-one, instructional coaching. Five of the archdiocese's eight urban high schools were selected to participate in the first year of the plan. As intended, the initial institute created a feeling of connectedness within individual schools as well as across the five urban high schools. After the great success that the program achieved initially, the effort continues this year in the five initial schools, and has been expanded--the three remaining urban high schools in the archdiocese have become part of the process. Teachers who worked with coaches in the first year are building on what they learned and continuing the transformation of their classrooms and their respective schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania