[CUA Office of Public Affairs]   

       June 20, 2005


CUA Institute Offers Leadership Training for Archdiocesan Principals


Catholic University is offering leadership training at a weeklong institute for Archdiocese of Washington elementary school principals, providing the skills they need to guide their faculties in implementing an initiative for standards-based instruction.


The institute, titled “Transformational Leadership in an Era of Standards and Data-Based Decision Making,” will be held June 20-24 at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center adjacent to the CUA campus. Principals from 21 Catholic elementary schools in the District of Columbia are expected to participate in the institute.


As part of the institute, CUA faculty members and other educational professionals will give presentations and facilitate discussions about transformational leadership in a school setting. Transformational leadership involves leading effectively during a time of change through goal sharing with teachers and a team approach to decision making. 


Denise Hunt, director of curriculum and assessment for the Archdiocese of Washington’s Catholic Schools Office, says that the archdiocese is “excited about partnering with Catholic University because of its established reputation in leadership training. We feel strongly that effective leadership is critical to successfully implementing standards-based instruction.”


Standards-based instruction spells out exactly what students need to know at each grade level and then assesses whether they’ve acquired that knowledge. Over the course of the institute, the principals will learn not only critical leadership skills, but also how to apply them as they develop plans for implementing standards-based instruction and assessment at their own schools.


The training institute is an offering of Catholic University’s year-round Professional Development Workshops and Institutes, which provide 85 courses for teachers, counselors, administrators, diagnosticians, psychologists and other school personnel who wish to obtain graduate level credits for certification, recertification or continuing education. 


Sponsored by CUA’s Department of Education, the workshops and institutes program works closely with school districts in the Washington, D.C., area to offer courses that meet the latest certification requirements for educators. The courses are taught by master teachers, educators recognized as leaders in their area of expertise by other professionals in the field.


Started in 1998, the program serves about 1,000 students annually. The courses cover a wide range of educational topics that include curriculum design and methods for teaching reading, mathematics, English as a second language and other subjects at both the elementary and secondary levels.


MEDIA:   To cover the institute, reporters must call Katie Lee in CUA’s Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600. For more information about Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington, call Jennifer Reed in the archdiocese’s Office of Communications at 301-853-4562.






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