Pastoral Planning Website

If you are not redirected within 5 seconds, please click here
Home Into the Fields Design The Learning Pathway Samples The Authors
Scope & Sequence Loyola University CEUs Purchase For Parish Directors
For School Principals Facilitator Training Other Resources En espanol FAQs

Catholic School Teacher Formation
(The goal is to complete one trimester per school year.)

Who should take part in Catholic School Teacher Formation from your school?
Every teacher who is responsible for helping to pass on the Catholic faith to the students.
Every aide who assists those teachers, especially if they work in any class where religion is taught or where Christian formation is underway.
Volunteer parents who assist in the religion program.

School staff who have not recently had any Catholic updating or formation.

Options for Catholic School Teacher Formation
Flexible combination approach
Hold two days of in-service in August
Use two days of in-service during the year
Replace the annual retreat with one day of Into the Fields
Teacher in-service days, 5 per year
two sessions per in-service day
completes a total of 10 within the year
Saturday morning
9 AM to noon, with a light breakfast
once per month
ten months of the year (skip July and August)
One evening during the week
from after school to 6 PM , possibly with a light supper
one time per month
ten months of the year
August institute
5 days to complete one trimester

Getting started with teacher formation
Much of the work for organizing teacher formation falls to the school principal, religion department head if you have one, along with the pastor.
At first, it seems as though more work will be on your desk, but in the end, with better prepared teachers, your work will be reduced significantly.
They will feel more confident teaching religion in the classroom.
More teachers will want to keep teaching from year to year.
You can count on trained teachers for more help in your school.
They become a key part of your team
They encourage others to obtain more formation.
The overall quality of your program rises and you become a more truly Catholic school!
Step one: make the commitment!
Step two: call on us at 23rd to help you!
Step three: schedule formation in your calendar
Choose the meeting schedule that works best in your school. Most principals will invite teachers to one three-hour meeting per month, ten months in the year (skipping July and August), or to five in-service days per year.
We tend to ask for too little; we must ask more of our Catholic school teachers!
Many teachers dearly want training.
    You wont have everyone involved, but if you wait until everyone is ready, youll never accomplish this.
Invite youth ministers, catechumenate team members, marriage prep folks, baptism preparation folks, and others working in catechetical ministries in your parish to take part, too, along with the parish catechists.
Work closely with the catechetical program in your parish. Why not include all the teachers and catechists in one formation process?
Keep your pastor informed as you go!
Step four: recruit your teachers one by one for this formation
In fact, one three-hour training session per month is not asking very much.
Budget to pay for the materials as a parish.
But ask the teachers (or others) to pay for the CEUs from Loyola University New Orleans. For more on this, click here.
    Remember, that YOU must be the first one to believe in this!
Step five: order your materials.
For more on how to do this, click here.
Be sure to order one textbook for each learner, plus a facilitator guide for yourself.
    Other resources you may need can be found here.
Step six: Get Started
And enter a new, more vigorous period of being a truly Catholic school for all ages and all stages in your parish!

Into the Fields ©2006