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Denise Donohue, Ed.D. is the Deputy Director of the Cardinal Newman Society K-12  Denise has worked as a founder, teacher, administrator, and full-time professor and interim department chair in the field of Catholic education. Denise specializes in the areas of curriculum development, instruction and educational leadership.

Therese A. Edwards, M.A. is the Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction for the Diocese of Lansing (Michigan). Prior to coming to the Office of the Superintendent for the Catholic Schools, Therese has worked as a school principal and teacher for over thirty-six years, within both Catholic and public schools. Therese brings a passion for providing rigorous, guaranteed and viable curricula fully integrated with faith to prepare students for our world and the next.

What the webinar will cover

Join us for an overview of the new Catholic School Curriculum Standards as the Diocese of Lansing shares how they have begun the process of implementing these standards into their Atlas unit planner to deepen teacher understanding and strengthen student learning as they work to further integrate faith into all subjects.

The Catholic Curriculum Standards are based on foundational principles as gathered from Church’s documents on education including: books and articles on Catholic education, liberal arts education, and classical education; the educational philosophies of Catholic colleges in The Newman guide to Choosing a Catholic College; and the Cardinal Newman Society’s Principles of Catholic Identity in Education.

The foundational principles are:

  • The integral formation of the whole person in light of his or her ultimate end and the good of society
  • Seeking to know and understand objective reality, including transcendent Truth
  • Encouraging a synthesis of faith, life, and culture
  • Promoting human virtues and the dignity of the human person
  • Developing a Catholic worldview which enables one to move deeper into the heart of the Church.

These principles form the basis for this Catholic curricular design and are exemplified in cognitive and dispositional standards in the subject areas of Mathematics, History, English, and Science.

Who should attend?

Catholic school leaders and teachers interested in learning more about how to utilize and document the new Catholic Curriculum Standards.

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