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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 archdiocesan- and school-approved in-service programs of Catholic 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. Professional Growth

Each school is responsible for planning and supporting the professional growth for teachers. Such support 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 help them become better teachers

The school shall encourage and support teachers in procuring a clear California credential or masters degree.

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-se​rvice 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 Form​ation and Education of School Faculty​.​