January 5, 2016
Therese Recinella, Director of Catechesis for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, presented
"Praying Scripture with Children" to non-Math teachers from K3-K5 and 1st-5th grade. The sessions encouraged educators to explore their relationship with Jesus through the Gospel and put students not only in touch, but also, in communion (in intimacy) with Jesus Christ. Teachers were encouraged to sing, tell stories, share ideas and create their own reflections and guided meditations for their students.
Rebecca Stegall, classroom teacher and professional development consultant for the Katy Independent School District presented
“Problem Solving using more of the Singapore Math Method” to 1st-5th grade Math teachers. Singapore math focuses on children not just learning but also truly mastering a limited number of concepts each school year. The goal is for children to perform well because they understand the material on a deeper level.
James Klassen, Ph.D., Superintendent for the Diocese of Tyler presented
“Student Graduate Profiles” and
“The Barriers to Student Success” to 6th-8th grade non-Math teachers. The sessions focused on gathering a profile of their student graduates, which includes the values, beliefs, knowledge, and other skills that are expected of students when they leave a school and identify barriers to the accomplishment of goals of the student graduate profile. They classified these barriers and discussed ways to address them.
Mike Arnold, Sadler Sales Representative and Mathematics Consultant presented on “
Problem Solving and Algebra I Readiness” The sessions encouraged a “hands-on” approach to problem solving and Algebra I, which included a discussion about the Diocesan Skills Outcome checklists and how teachers can use these to ensure mastery of skills.
Rosemary J. Henry, Ph.D., Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Corpus Christi presented
“IOWA Assessment Data Review, Curricular Alignment and Goal Setting for Student Progress” to 9th-12th grade all-content area teachers. The sessions focused on the examination and assessment of student performance in content areas and study curricular alignment. Teachers in each content area and grade level will be able to develop goals to elevate performance and mastery of students in each content area and grade level.
The In-service Day concluded with Mass celebrated by Father Patrick Higgins, Chaplain at St. John Paul II High School and Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School.