All teachers in the Diocese of Memphis Catholic Schools are required to participate in ongoing professional development. Opportunities to fulfill this requirement are offered through many sources:
Each school offers a variety of professional development opportunities at the school site based on overall school goals and to address individual teacher objectives.
Many schools participate in Diocesan-wide quarterly gatherings of Professional Learning Communities. The schools with Distance Learning Centers also host periodic interactive professional development opportunities for the teachers.
The Catholic Schools Office also offers two professional development series annually. The Professional Educators Conference is held in the fall with a variety of sessions offered Many of the sessions offered are presented by teachers and administrators from our system of schools using this application. Each summer, a three day workshop, Redefining the Possibilities: Today’s Best Practices In Education, is held.
Religion teachers are required to attain and maintain Catechist Certification in accord with the standards and course of studies approved for the Diocese of Memphis. These courses offered through the Diocesan Office of Catechesis.
Additionally, the Catholic Schools Office is continually developing new and helpful professional development resources, many of which are available to educators at the following two sites:
You can find various helpful documents about a range of instructional topics on our shared Google site.
Shared Evernote Site:The purpose of this site is to make it easier for educators to “see” examples of best and promising practices in our Catholic schools so that these practices might be spread to more classrooms and students. The videos and photographs found on this site are intended for internal professional development purposes only and are not to be shared with the general public. Please contact your principal or David Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) to gain access to this professional development resource.