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5.11.4 Growth of Faculty

Openness to growth and development is an expected way of life for teachers. All teachers are facilitators of growth; Christian teachers, in particular, must also be facilitators of growth in the faith and faith experience of others. This role requires them to participate in pre-service and in-service programs of Christian spiritual and ministerial formation. See Religious Formation and Education of School Faculty.

The principal is responsible for providing the faculty with opportunities for faith development, especially through retreats and in-service trainings and the establishment of a total staff faith development program.

5.11.4.1 Professional Growth

Each school is responsible for planning and implementing a program of professional growth for teachers. Such programs should have the following goals:

  • Increasing teachers' knowledge and understanding of educational theory and practice

  • Expanding the vision of teachers to include new programs and methods of instruction

  • Developing in teachers those skills and competencies that will enable them to be facilitators of learning in the academic areas of the school programs

Each school should have a professional growth advisor to assist those teachers in procuring a clear California credential.

All teachers and administrators are required to do professional reading; avail themselves of opportunities for attendance at institutes, conventions, and workshops; and seek other kinds of professional development.

Teachers are required to participate actively in faculty meetings, in-service trainings, and the staff faith development program. They are likewise expected to serve on school committees and to belong to professional organizations. Teachers are also encouraged to continue their formal education either by taking courses designed to update them in their fields or by pursuing advanced degrees. They are responsible for completing the requirements for obtaining a California teaching credential or master's degrees in an approved subject area, maintaining certification in their assigned areas of instruction, and completing catechetical certificates for Catholic elementary school teachers and high scho​ol religion teachers. See Religious Formation and Education of School Faculty​.


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