Reflecting on the responsibilities of the Catholic school principal, I found myself agreeing with the responsibilities described by Merylann Schuttloffel in her work, Character and the Contemplative Principal. Schuttloffel (2003) reminds readers of the additional responsibilities unique to Catholic school principals. Specifically, Schuttloffel (2003) states, “…Catholic educational leaders act to insure that students learn what it means to be Catholic- both morally and intellectually.” (p.2) This is such a powerful statement for me, and one that bears reflection and commitment. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day of running a school. Between student achievement on one hand and the smooth running of the carpool line on the other, the …show more content…
(Schuttloffel, p.3). This was such an important theory in our prior course, and warrants review. Sergiovanni describes this theory as one where the Catholic school leader makes decisions based on the “right thing to do,” and the heart, head and hand of the school leader work together. Schuttloffel concurs with Sergiovanni and defines the union of the principal’s beliefs (heart), actions (hand), and head (world view) as authentic leadership, and for the Catholic leader, this union aligns with the school leader’s character as well as the leader’s witness to his or her faith. (p.3) Schuttloffel (2003) discusses the necessity for Catholic leaders to openly live their faith. It is not sufficient to be Catholic. The privilege of being Catholic carries with it the responsibility of living a Catholic life, and modeling what it means to be Catholic by finding God in all students and in all situations, and adhering to the mission of the school. This is no small task, as the mission of the Catholic school speaks to the faith formation of all students, the spiritual growth of faculty and staff, the development of community as well as providing for the academic growth of all …show more content…
But reflecting on the reading, Schuttloffel encourages contemplation and commitment to focus on a virtuous life, and guide the decision-making process of the Catholic school leader. Schuttloffel encourages all readers to consider contemplative practice as a Catholic school leader, in order to learn from prior experience and improve the heart, hand, and head of leadership. After reflecting on the contemplative practice discussed in this section of the book, I recognize its value for Catholic school leaders. Our mission is an important one and not only affects students’ academically, it also affects their life in Christ. This is an awesome responsibility, and knowing that, Catholic school leaders should be contemplative on all actions they take, as well as reflective on the behaviors and virtues they model. Schuttloffel has served the Catholic school leadership community well by reminding us that through contemplation and close monitoring of our own relationship with Christ, and by living a virtuous life, we can be effective school
In this article titled “How Do We Know It's The One True Church?” the author “Fr. Dwight Longanecker” gives many critical points of defending his argument. In this article the author gives background on how he was brought up in the church. The author gives his conversion story on how he was raised as a protestant and then converted to Catholicism.
The church is where Grant teaches. The church is where children ranging from first to sixth grade come and learn from Grant. It is where these children gain knowledge, and where Grant distributes it. It is the more meaningful part of these children’s
Is it genuine that servant leadership has such an overwhelming religious hint, to the point that it forgets individuals who don 't interface themselves with certain religious convictions or profound feelings? A quick survey of the surviving writing uncovers that servant pioneers are ordinarily attached to some otherworldly instructing. The dominant part of servant leadership productions has both express and understood associations with the Judeo-Christian religious philosophy, albeit many rising distributions additionally interface servant leadership to other profound instructive exercises. Robert Greenleaf, named as the granddad of servant leadership, was a Quaker, however, drew intensely on Hesse 's Voyage toward the East saturated with old Eastern religious magic and in addition, Carl Jung 's an idea of reluctance. Greenleaf 's conceptualization of servant leadership, accordingly, mirrors an engineered see which blends two discrete philosophical presuppositions and customs.
Schools are a big structuring force in the world we live in today. Going to a private Catholic high school may have more advantages than going to a crowded public city school. For example, there is more student to teacher contact, as well as more resources to guide you in your next step of life. If parents have money to send their kids to a better school, those kids are going to get more opportunities like individual attention, getting more of their questions answered and getting connected to powerful people. The idea of some students getting more opportunities because of their class can be seen in the book “Ain’t
Marywood University incorporates a mission statement where they base a campus state of well-being off a list of core values including, empowerment, service, excellence, catholic identity and respect. We are working towards a goal in a community at Marywood that presents these core values as a set of words to live by on campus, but in our hearts we have to connect meaning to them. Sometimes, it might be hard as a college freshman to know these words by their definition but rather what they mean to them and how they can actually put them into action. The book “A Good Man” and the speech “This is Water” represent the Marywood core value of Excellence in two completely different ways in which a Good Man represents the physical actions of Excellence
Religion in a Secular campus. In “Chicken Soup Effect”; by Gibbison,Henry,& Perkins-Brown (2001), the article talked about how recreational activities contribute the everyday life of a student, especially in their studies/educational life. In order to know more about how spiritual recreation effects on school performance, I interviewed Jimmy Flores, a second year NPB Pre-Med major that practice the Christian denomination of Catholicism who is also one of the most hard working person I’ve ever met in college. For him, practicing spiritual activities isn’t just about going to church and pay, but also reading and studying the bible, going to communion activities and also having special diet which called lent that limit their craving and bodily desires.
Transitioning from public school to catholic school was a huge obstacle to overcome. This transitioning helped me grow physically and intellectually. My mind was constantly challenged. I gained knowledge from this experience and learned how to apply it to certain situations. Growing intellectually requires one to take in new knowledge and that is exactly what I have done during my last four years at Mount St. Ursula.
According to my school, the two-fold goal of Catholic schools is to provide an environment, which will foster rich religious training as well as solid academic education in a Catholic value-oriented manner. My school strives to do so with teachers and staff that receive compensation, which is unbiased. In good faith we apply the following principals: o Compensation follows the guidelines that the diocese encourages and the Catholic Church would support o Every effort is made to provide teachers and staff with compensation that is competitive with the other school in the diocese in order to retain our excellent teachers and staff o Compensation is provided to entice new and diverse faculty and staff to join our faith community o Compensation
Even after the bell rings, there is constant work happening to keep the school district running. The Council of Learning definitely hit this point home for me. In their twenty page document on student progress, they not only explained the importance of academic progress but the importance of pushing for a safer school climate for their students. Outside of the report they addressed the difficulty of excessive testing requirements and how it is putting down students. Only having had the perspective of a student, it was reassuring to see educators seeing a problem and actively seeking a way to fix the problem.
14) can easily become a most harmful element in mission and in the church. One thing that can prevent this misuse from happening is accountability within the leadership team. I was glad to find that the church teaches accountability and provide structural support for it within its ministry teams. However, the 'centered-set' model adopted by our church, creates a challenge in providing for accountability of people who are further away from the center. The second challenge is how to establish a functional structure without rigidness that would prevent new people from getting involved and developed in mature disciples and
With the collaborative efforts in studying, praying, and walking together as a body of Christ, Christians can achieve workplace excellence, promote well-being of community, and practice Christ-like living. Sherman provides many vivid examples of congregational leaders at churches from a variety of denominations sharing the same perspective and commitment to pulpit leadership that affirms members’ work in the world. Education devoted to faith/work integration topics can also promote “blooming”. The My95 program from Peachtree Presbyterian Church is a good example.
After thoughtful reflection upon the aspects of Catholic education that attract me to the ministry of elementary school principal, as well as being a life-long practicing Catholic, four qualities stand out most: • The Catholic viewpoint of education has always paid particular attention to the quality of interpersonal relations in the school community, especially those between teachers and students. This ensures that we regard the student as an individual whose academic growth is harmonized with spiritual, religious, emotional, and social growth. Faith-filled contact between teachers and students is a hallmark of the Catholic school. • Catholic schools infuse their environment with joy in the sacramental. Therefore, they express physically
From a symbolic standpoint, educators are held to a moral standard that exceeds mere compliance of the law (Fulmer, 2010). According to the symbolic frame, symbols carry relevant and impactful messages, and in the case of public schools, symbols that represent an organization’s core values are typically visible, including vision statements, graphics representing teamwork, and words of the month that symbolize good citizenship. “The symbolic frame focuses on how humans make sense of the chaotic, ambiguous world in which they live” (Bolman & Deal, 2013, p.244). History and culture are important to an organization, with traditions and values serving as the foundation for the organization’s unique vision.
Akeria Lamons Hist 201 Dr. Buckner Argumentative Essay Throughout the history of the Church there has been a history of tensions between people who place their spiritual needs over secular needs and those others who put their secular needs over spiritual needs. When these tensions become serious and erupt from time to time each one of these eruption causes a turning point to occur. There is a thin line that separates and balances the spiritual and secular views, once the line is crossed and tensions begin to flare this causes issues and these issues eventually erupt. In my paper, I will spend time arguing that neither secular nor spiritual is more important than each other, and that the debate whether secular or spiritual is more important