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Mission, Culture, and Emerging Questions in Catholic Education

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Mission, Culture, and Emerging Questions in Catholic Education is a professional development program for Catholic educators offered through a partnership between the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and the University of St. Thomas Catholic Studies. Grounded in the Church’s educational tradition over two millennia, this course engages participants in the profound questions of every Catholic school educator:

  • What is my vocation?
  • What is the purpose of education?
  • What is the distinct mission of Catholic schools?
  • How do I draw out excellence in each student?
  • How can I contribute to Catholic culture in the classroom?
  • How can I effectively address emerging questions in Catholic education such as cultural competency and the sin of racism?

Drawing upon the Roadmap for Excellence in Catholic Education, this course seeks to promote the Church’s unmatched tradition of educational quality and lays the ground work for a shared way forward to strengthen the work of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. This course consists of three main parts with the following primary objectives:

Part 1: Excellence in Catholic Education

  • Understand our vocation as Catholic school educators in light of the purpose of Catholic education;
  • Frame our professional responsibilities in light of the Principles of Excellence in Catholic Education and the Church’s mission for Catholic schools; and
  • See our place in the history and story of Catholic education.

Part 2: Catholic Culture and Cultural Competency

  • Ground all our work related to culture in the light of Christ;
  • Offer a framework for conceptualizing culture and intercultural competence; and
  • Cultivate a shared commitment to enhancing a Catholic school’s ability to serve families and teach students of different cultural backgrounds.

Part 3: The Call to Open Wide Our Hearts: Catholic Schools Confront Racism

  • Invite reflective encounter with the heart of Christ in order to honestly confront the sin of racism;
  • Engage with the experiences of those who have been harmed by the evil of racism;
  • Seek justice and right relationships in our Catholic schools and communities, with special attention to the injustices of our particular historical and current United States context.

Course Hours: 10-12

Course Format: online, self-paced with accompanying in-person discussions with colleagues (You should have received a link to sign-up for these discussion groups through a separate registration.)