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  1. Catholic Curriculum DesignReligious Education A the Curriculum How to Promote Your Catholic Mission/Identity In All Subjects

  2. Assistant Principal of Curriculum at St. Charles Catholic High School

  3. Contributing Writer and Consultant to Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division

  4. Loyola University New Orleans Adjunct Faculty

  5. Essential Question/Big Idea How can math help you get to Heaven? / Your school’s Catholic identity can improve the rigor of each course in your school’s curriculum.

  6. Presentation Objective You will be able to apply Catholic Curriculum Design upon returning to your school in order to improve your school’s Catholic identity while improving your school’s curriculum rigor.

  7. Part I: Introducing Catholic Curriculum Design

  8. We are an evangelizing Church!

  9. Having a sense of the sacred would help my students because….

  10. Why is Catholic Curriculum Design Important?

  11. Our Present Design? Six Secular Classes Vs. One Religion Class

  12. What if all courses embraced their sacred dimension?

  13. Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School • Centered in the Person of Jesus Christ • Contributing to the Evangelizing Mission of the Church • Distinguished by Excellence • Committed to Educating the Whole Child • Steeped in the Catholic Worldview • Sustained by Gospel Witness • Shaped by Communion and Community • Accessible to All Students • Established by the Expressed Authority of the Bishop

  14. Benchmark 2.5 Faculty use the lenses of scripture and the Catholic intellectual tradition in all subjects to help students think critically and ethically about the world around them.

  15. Benchmark 7.2 Standards are adopted across the curriculum, and include integration of the religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical dimensions of learning in all subjects.

  16. What do you see?

  17. What does it mean to do Catholic Curriculum Design? • Understanding your role as a teacher in a Catholic school can be as subtle and at the same time be as significant as the difference that you see in the picture. • Doing Catholic Curriculum Design is an old way of thinking that has come back in a new way.

  18. It’s important to see the “both/and” instead of the “either/or.”

  19. Catholic Curriculum Design … is designing a learning experience in light of the Gospel that invites discovery, challenges assumptions of learners, and motivates action as it applies to the revelation of God’s creation.

  20. Catholic Curriculum Design

  21. Part II Understanding the Curriculum as SACRED (Sacred Secular)

  22. The word that describes my mission as a teacher/administrator is….

  23. The Story of Ego and Spirit

  24. Catholic Curriculum Design Invites you to approach education from Spirit not ego.

  25. Does creation reveal God’s love to you? CCC 288

  26. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. (John 1: 1 & 3)

  27. All of creation is the curriculum of human inquiry.

  28. Did you know that the theory for the Big Bang was first proposed by a Fr. George Lemaitra, a Catholic priest and a professor of physics?

  29. …the whole universe together participates in the divine goodness more perfectly, and represents it better than any single creature whatever. Summa Theologica Question 47 Article 1

  30. PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE creation comes into being through Christ.

  31. Christ is the principle of creation and redemption. CCC 792

  32. Catholic education understands that the mystery of God is being revealed in its curriculum.

  33. We come to know the artist through the art.

  34. As Catholic educators we are invited to help our students see… their relationship with the world, their relationship with others, and their purpose in life as sacred endeavors.

  35. Part III Creating Catholic Curriculum Design: Helping Students to See with Their Spirit

  36. Does this mean I have to add teaching religion to my curriculum?

  37. Goal: To use our Catholicity to teach your curriculum.

  38. Step 1: Teachers and students are called to reflect on the sacred dimension of their curriculum.

  39. Use reflections on exams, tests, or bell-ringers to start or end class.

  40. Step 2: Go deeper. Develop essential questions and big ideas for lesson design and assessment.

  41. Develop Essential Questions and Big Ideas That: • Are thought provoking • Focus instruction and organize student learning • Push students to higher levels of thinking. • Help students make connections beyond the content being studied.

  42. Teaching the Essential Question and Big Ideas • Teach students the essential questions and big idea before you begin the unit. • “Mental Velcro”

  43. Why Essential Questions? Multiplication Essential: How is multiplication used in our daily life? Catholicity: What would happen if God did not create multiplication? FACT FACT FACT FACT FACT FACT

  44. Without Essential Questions… Multiplication FACT FACT FACT FACT FACT FACT

  45. Step 3: Use your curriculum to develop service learning projects.

  46. Help students see that they are not the passengers of life but its crew.

  47. Three Categories of Catholic Curriculum • Word • Works • Worship

  48. Word – beliefs

  49. Sacred Word Questions • Word type questions have to do with beliefs. • Who is God? • What is creation? • Why did God create us? • What is the meaning and purpose of life?