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Developing Humanity – Fulfillment of a Vocation

Developing Humanity

Developing Humanity – Fulfillment of a Vocation

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By Joe Geiser
Protective Services Coordinator, CPCO

“Although I achieved my high school diploma from a Catholic school I have never felt truly fulfilled in the 15 years since then.” “Why don’t students in our Catholic elementary schools know the bible stories anymore?” “Can we say a prayer of thanks before we eat?”

These statements and questions were made by former students as we caught up with each other over a meal. As I reflect on them, I am struck by the significant role and tremendous opportunity that Catholic administrators have on a daily basis.

Our work as Catholic principals and vice-principals calls us to recognize the talents, the challenges and the potential in all of God’s creation. As such we are given the responsibility to develop the humanity, the ‘humanness’ of all within our communities – students, faculty, support staff, families and occasionally even our parish teams. St. Teresa’s words remind us that the vocation we have and the work that we do ‘ … is between you and God.’ And that we are called to ‘… Do good anyway.’

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
St. Teresa of Calcutta

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As We Learn, They Learn

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As We Learn, They Learn

Deirdre Kinsella Biss

 

By Deirdre Kinsella Biss
Editor, Principal Connections

With the upcoming release of the latest issue of Principal Connections magazine, Editor Deirdre Kinsella Biss provides a sneak preview of what you can expect.  


Welcome to the winter publication of Principal Connections. In this issue, we shine a spotlight on the important role that Catholic principals and vice-principals have in helping students develop and contribute to humanity.

Traditionally, global human development has been measured by literacy development, poverty rates and financial sustainability. But human development goes well beyond academic achievements, health and income. Our students need to develop the necessary values, skills and attitudes for dialogue, collaboration and cooperation in order to live peacefully and lovingly within a community. At the heart of it, students must learn to exercise acceptance of one another. In its most profound sense, then, human development is at the core of Catholic education.

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Tech Talk: Collaboration Tools

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Collaboration Tools for Digital Classrooms

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By Ania Czupajlo

TECHNOLOGY IS EVERYWHERE AND THAT INCLUDES EDUCATION. Today’s schools are implementing technology as it enables them to collaborate and communicate more effectively with their students, teachers, parents and community.

Digital classrooms can help keep students more engaged and focused while working on projects. As an educator, there are many tools that will help make your classrooms more fun and interactive, and where your students can learn and shine together.

Here are six collaboration tools that can help you create your digital classrooms.

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It takes a village

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It takes a village

by Lorna McGillis

Please note: the original copy of this article has appeared in CPCO’s Principal Connections Fall 2016 issue.


Hurriedly, they passed through the main entrance and were ushered to an attentive staff member who took their vitals and then ushered them to a seat where they would wait to be called. Specialists, tests, investigative procedures, probes into family history, conferencing, sharing of data and diagnoses, all soon resulted in the development of a comprehensive plan created by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. Was this triage and treatment at a hospital emergency department? No, it was the Case Conference of a high-needs student at one of our Catholic elementary schools.

In his strategies for constructive collaboration, Andy Hargreaves speaks of learning teams ensuring that they commit to doing somethings early together rather than just talking about things.

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Principal Connections Editor’s Message

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Collaboration is all about building partnerships

Deirdre Kinsella Biss

 

By Deirdre Kinsella Biss
Editor, Principal Connections

Welcome to the fresh new face of Principal Connections. It is our hope that you learn from our magazine and regularly make us one of your professional reads. We make an honest effort to explore topical issues that Catholic school leaders face. It is our mission to provide different perspectives through sharing insights from our members, our Catholic partners, our global connections, as well as current research and ministry initiatives. We are in constant search for information and strategies that support best practice in order to help you learn and grow.


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