Catholic Graduate Expectations Links

1. A discerning believer

2. An effective communicator

3 A reflective and creative thinker

4.A self-directed, responsible, life long learner

5. A collaborative contributor

6. A caring family member

7. A responsible citizen

Compiled by Religious Education Additional Qualifications Course participants. July 2007

1. A discerning believer

1a. A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community who illustrates a basic understanding of the saving story of our Christian faith.

1b. A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community who participates in the sacramental life of the church and demonstrates an understanding of the centrality of the Eucharist to our Catholic story.

1c. A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community who actively reflects on God's Word as communicated through the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

1d. A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community who develops attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good.

Free the Children www.freethechildren.com L'Arche Daybreak www.larchdaybreak.com Development & Peace www.devp.org/
These websites are organizations that work for social justice which promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good. Students could easily research how these organizations work for social justice and which of the Catholic Principles of social justice they relate to. The website www.freethechildren.com in particular, is a wonderful opportunity for our students to witness how one young individual was able to actually make a difference in our world.--Lidia Maglio


1e. A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community who speaks the language of life…"recognizing that life is an unearned gift and that a person entrusted with life does not own it but that one is called to protect and cherish it." (Witnesses to Faith)

1f. A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community who seeks intimacy with God and celebrates communion with God, others and creation through prayer and worship.

Exploring a Life of Prayer http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=296

This site contains an article that explores how we can use the activies in our daily lives and turn it into prayer forms. It emphases that God is truly everywhere we are and that we can speak with, give praise and thank Him anytime through our actions. Students can realize that worshipping God doesn't have to be just on Sundays.--Madeleine Reyes

1g. A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community who understands that one's purpose or call in life comes from God and strives to discern and live out this call throughout life's journey.

1h. A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community who respects the faith traditions, world religions and the life-journeys of all people of good will.

Faith & the Common Good www.faith-commongood.net
This website allows teachers to order the Green Rule poster and the accompanying Study Guide which contains a multitude of ideas to use in the classroom in conjunction with the Green Rule poster. The Green Rule was derived from the Golden Rule found in major faith traditions. The Green Rule is paraphrasing the Golden Rule by saying: “do unto the Earth as you would have it do unto you.” The quotes, prayers, and stories on the poster and in the Study Guide are from a variety of the world’s great sacred teachings demonstrating that they all have at their core an awareness of the sacredness of creation. As a result of this poster with the many possible learning opportunities, students would most definitely gain a greater respect for the different world religions.--Lidia Maglio

H2O http://h2o.law.harvard.edu/index.jsp

This website is an interactive forum aimed primarily for youth. The goal of this discussion forum is to introduce students to members of other faith traditions and/or cultural backgrounds to foster a sense of understanding for each other. Students answer a weekly question based on topics ranging from multiculturalism, ecumenism, ethic conflict, and even students’ personal questions on different religions. What is interesting is that the students can also respond to other students’ posts – particularly those of different faiths.

This site would be an excellent hands-on weekly activity for the grade 11 World Religions class. I actually used it in the University/College section of this course. The site opens the door for bringing alive the ideas taught and concepts read in class. By encouraging communication, it is hoped that students can build bridges with one another, identify shared commonalities, respect and understand differences and perhaps strengthen their own faith. --Tanya Emmanuel

1i. A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community who integrates faith with life.

1j. A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community who recognizes that "sin, human weakness, conflict and forgiveness are part of the human journey" and that the cross, the ultimate sign of forgiveness is at the heart of redemption. (Witnesses to Faith)


2. An effective communicator

2a. An effective communicator who listens actively and critically to understand and learn in light of gospel values.

Center for Media Literacy http://www.medialit.org/about_cml.html - Media Literacy is an essential skill for students to be able to act responsibly. The information overload from the Media threatens their ability to choose wisely and justly. This website offers lesson plans and articles for teachers to support their own literacy programs. Their goal is to aid in educating and empowering youth to become leaders and citizens who will make responsible choices for the good of humanity. --Madeleine Reyes

2b. An effective communicator who reads, understands and uses written materials effectively.

2c. An effective communicator who presents information and ideas clearly and honestly and with sensitivity to others.

2d. An effective communicator who writes and speaks fluently one or both of Canada's official languages.

2e. An effective communicator who uses and integrates the Catholic faith tradition, in the critical analysis of the arts, media, technology and information systems to enhance the quality of life.

Adbusters http://www.adbusters.org/home/

Although non-faith based, Adbusters is indeed a rich resource for students and teachers to help develop media literacy. The site roots itself in their concern for the denigration of our environment both culturally and physically. It calls for literacy and activism against many commercial forces. Insightful articles are provided on issues ranging from the exploitation of marketing to youth to the rise of commercialism as our new “religion”. Students are encouraged to be participants of our society as opposed to spectators. Culture is a major theme in the grade 10 Christ & Culture course. Having current thought-provoking articles and interesting visuals, provides an up-to-date approach on concepts taught in the course.

3 A reflective and creative thinker

3a. A reflective and creative thinker who recognizes there is more grace in our world than sin and that hope is essential in facing all challenges.

3b. A reflective and creative thinker who creates, adapts, evaluates new ideas in light of the common good.

3c. A reflective and creative thinker who thinks reflectively and creatively to evaluate situations and solve problems.

3d. A reflective and creative thinker who makes decisions in light of gospel values with an informed moral conscience.

The Catholic Spot: www.catholicspot.com/youth

The ‘Catholic Spot’ website features an excellent and creative online resource specifically designed for youth with respect to such issues as relationships, pro-life, music, drugs, and confession. Catholic educators and students can explore moral decisions and challenges faced by today’s youth through hypothetical stories, gospel readings, and accurate information from the Catholic Church’s perspective. Students are encouraged to complete a personal questionnaire on moral decisions they would make before and after gaining information provided on this site. Catholic links regarding summer youth conferences, music, artists, magazines, books, and youth ministries can also inspire students to consider their current choice of entertainment, recreation, and community activities and make a few changes if necessary. The ‘Catholic Spot’ features a Teen’s Creed that captures the essence of being a “reflective and critical thinker” and could be read on a daily basis at school and/or displayed in the classroom. The teacher could also take an active role in the suggested activity that requires students to formulate questions about the Church, etc. and discuss possibilities/decisions based on gospel values. This activity could involve small/large group discussions or even be posted on this website. --Diane Marchini

3e. A reflective and creative thinker who adopts a holistic approach to life by integrating learning from various subject areas and experience.


3f. A reflective and creative thinker who examines, evaluates and applies knowledge of interdependent systems (physical, political, ethical, socio-economic and ecological) for the development of a just and compassionate society.

4. A self-directed, responsible, life long learner

4a. A self-directed, responsible, life long learner who demonstrates a confident and positive sense of self and respect for the dignity and welfare of others.

4b. A self-directed, responsible, life long learner who demonstrates flexibility and adaptability.

4c. A self-directed, responsible, life long learner who takes initiative and demonstrates Christian leadership.

Life Teen http://www.lifeteen.com
This organization allows Christians from all over the world to socialize and share their faith and experiences with one another. It’s a Catholic movement that serves the Church by helping to lead teens closer to God. They offer resources to parish ministries, camps and also uses multimedia to spread the word of Christ and the Church. --Anna Colangelo-Marchesano
 
4d. A self-directed, responsible, life long learner who responds to, manages and constructively influences change in a discerning manner.

4e. A self-directed, responsible, life long learner who sets appropriate goals and priorities in school, work and personal life.

4f. A self-directed, responsible, life long learner who applies effective communication, decision-making, problem-solving, time and resource management skills.

4g. A self-directed, responsible, life long learner who examines and reflects on one's personal values, abilities and aspirations influencing life's choices and opportunities.

4h. A self-directed, responsible, life long learner who participates in leisure and fitness activities for a balanced and healthy lifestyle.


5. A collaborative contributor

5a. A collaborative contributor who works effectively as an interdependent team member.

5b. A collaborative contributor who thinks critically about the meaning and purpose of work.

5c. A collaborative contributor who develops one's God-given potential and makes a meaningful contribution to society.

Community Information and Volunteer Centre www.civc.ca
Students who are experiencing difficulties finding a Christian Service placement or if they want to give back to society by volunteering their time must check out this website. Students are able to search thousands of organizations and programs, not-for-profit groups and volunteer opportunities. What makes this site unique is that potential volunteers use an on-line preliminary volunteer matching tool to match them with organizations that can make use of their skills. For many students this site would enable them to connect their skills with organizations that can make use of their skills and willingness to volunteer and in doing so would make a meaningful contribution to society. --Lidia Maglio

5d. A collaborative contributor who finds meaning, dignity, fulfillment and vocation in work which contributes to the common good.

5e. A collaborative contributor who respects the rights, responsibilities and contributions of self and others.

5f. A collaborative contributor who exercises Christian leadership in the achievement of individual and group goals.

The Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools: Enhancing the Religious Dimension of Catholic Eduation: http://www.eoccc.org/csfcs

The Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools: Enhancing the Religious Dimension of Catholic Education explicitly outlines this expectation in terms of Catholic themes and anchor concepts, (e.g., Community and the Common Good) with corresponding lessons that can be easily adapted into the curriculum. Through scriptural stories, church teachings, quotations, and reflection questions, the teacher is able to provide concrete examples of the importance of taking a leadership role in order to achieve goals. This information could inspire students to exercise their leadership at the school or community level. A power point tutorial for students and teachers is also made available on how to initiate and execute school/community action plan. Students may wish to take a leadership role by organizing a school play, a liturgical event, or a fundraiser. A ‘Curriculum Planning Template’ with an outline of the process can be used to guide the student through this process. For example: (1) What is the learning expectation? (2) Why? (Purpose) (3) Evidence of learning (4) Sequence of learning activities (5) Reflective Questions (6) Supporting Resources. Personal and small group reflection questions are provided to help students/teachers relate this Catholic graduate expectation to their own experiences and determine how their leadership roles can be further extended into their Catholic community, (e.g., church activities, community service). --Diane Marchini

5g. A collaborative contributor who achieves excellence, originality, and integrity in one's own work and supports these qualities in the work of others.

5h. A collaborative contributor who applies skills for employability, self-employment and entrepreneurship relative to Christian vocation.
 

6. A caring family member

6a. A caring family member who relates to family members in a loving, compassionate and respectful manner.

6b. A caring family member who recognizes human intimacy and sexuality as God given gifts, to be used as the creator intended.

6c. A caring family member who values and honours the important role of the family in society.

6d. A caring family member who values and nurtures opportunities for family prayer.

Awaken to Prayer http://landru.i-link-2.net/shnyves/prayer.html
This web site offers a variety of different ways to pray for various times of the year. There are ways to “Get Started” and also how to make praying a part of one’s everyday routine. --Anna Colangelo-Marchesano

Finding God www.findinggod.org

The website, ‘Finding God’ is an excellent and comprehensive faith formation resource designed for catechetical leaders, principals, teachers, parents, teens, and children in terms of “valuing and nurturing opportunities for family prayer.” The ‘Online Religion Teacher’s Helper’ features on-line retreats, prayer meditations, articles, and reflections on entering into a relationship with God through prayer. It provides questions that our students frequently ask such as, “What does it mean to pray? How can I pray? How can I help myself and others in my family deepen our prayer lives?”. Similarly, students can visit the teen section of this site for quiet retreats, music, and ways for celebrating the Liturgical Year with their family. The ideas provided for celebrating holidays, baptismal anniversaries, prayer services, sacraments, and the start of a new year with family members are inevitably vital in developing this Catholic Graduate Expectation. Some examples include, living Lent as a family, Bible reading tips, daily programs for spiritual fitness, and using the rosary as a personal and intimate form of family prayer.--Diane Marchini

Catholic Family www.catholic-family.org/Information/icon.htm

This web site is great because it offers a list of prayers that can be easily used by family members for different occasions, moods or times of the day. The prayers are not only geared towards adults, but also towards younger children. Many of the prayers are familiar ones but there are also many new ones. The section I really enjoyed was the one in the area titled “Prayers for younger children”. Towards the end of this page, there was a section that teaches you how to build a prayer around 4 thoughts – Thanks, Sorry, Please and I love you. It shows that by incorporating these thoughts you can personalize your prayer and create one that is meaningful to you…………. You do not have to use a standard prayer that you have to memorize. This I found to be overtly important for students who just pray for the sake of praying. So often I find that there is no REAL meaning behind the words they memorize and recite each day. For them to actually see and experience that they can bring meaning into their prayer through gestures, symbols or by using their own words, it can be an eye opening experience. It would be more meaningful if they find this information on their own, instead of being told about it. --Erica Noronha

6e. A caring family member who ministers to the family, school, parish, and wider community through service.

7. A responsible citizen

7a. A responsible citizen who acts morally and legally as a person formed in Catholic traditions.

Leaders Today http://www.leaderstoday.com/

One of the best ways that Jesus taught us was through his actions. In other words, he led by example. Catholics hear read of the countless stories of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, interacting with women, and dining with the “outcasts” of society. These are some examples of teachings that Jesus also wanted his followers to mirror. There are a number of issues facing our youth these days such as bullying, war, women’s rights and the list goes on. Often students and even adults can fall into an apathetic mentality. Citizenship based on Christian roots can easily be clouded with feelings of being overwhelmed.

The above site is a youth-based organization that specifically focuses on developing leadership skills in our students. Motivational talks, hands-on activities and international volunteer trips are offered for students. What is really great is that youth who are involved post blogs of their experiences. This allows for students to better digest the skills of leadership as they are relating to people of their own age group. It is crucial that our students have an understanding that being a Christian is beyond being aware of issues, but it also means taking action (in all forms). It is hoped that youth also develop an understanding that they have an important role in the betterment of our society. This reminds me of a comment made on the University of Toronto’s Peace & Conflict website whereby a young university student indicated that the youth of today need to prepare for the complexities of tomorrow particularly because they have a life-time ahead of them where they would have to bear those issues.--Tanya Emmanuel

7b. A responsible citizen who accepts accountability for one's own actions.

7c. A responsible citizen who seeks and grants forgiveness.

7d. A responsible citizen who promotes the sacredness of life.

Pro-Life www.catholicsites.com/prolife.html

This web site offers a wide range of pro-life issues which do not necessarily all relate to the unborn child, which was important to me, as life encompasses so many different aspects of our existence. The many issues this site discusses could all jeopardize the sacredness of life (e.g. capital punishment). Through the Catholic stand point, this site offers a way to promote the value of life which we Catholic educators possess and hold dear to us. Each topic is listed and then broken down into smaller sections where we are provided with a brief synopsis of related links, articles and web sites. It is great for students because it openly shows the vast amount of issues which we often take for granted, yet they are things we need to consider when looking to promote the sanctification of life.--Erica Noronha

7e.Witnesses Catholic social teaching by promoting equality, democracy, and solidarity for a just, peaceful and compassionate society.

Free the Children http://www.freethechildren.com - This organization was created by children to help other children around the world. It provides a great example for students to see how others like them can make a huge difference in this world. The organization has a list of things in the site how students can help such as Build a School, Adopt a Village, and Start a Youth in Action Group. There are also video feeds for teachers to show students in class including motivational speeches and testimonials from children.--Madeleine Reyes

Tolerance.org www.tolerance.org
This is a site that promotes equality and is working towards dismantling bigotry and hatred within homes, communities and schools. The site provides links to areas that are suitable to be used respectively for teachers, parents, teens and kids. These resources provide daily news about the organization and also provide guide books, games and other literature resources for groups and individuals who are actively working towards tolerance and fighting hate. It allows for our teens and adolescents to become youth activists and show positive leadership in our schools and communities.--Stella Carella

7f. A responsible citizen who respects and affirms the diversity and interdependence of the world's peoples and cultures.

7g. A responsible citizen who respects and understands the history, cultural heritage and pluralism of today's contemporary society.

7h. A responsible citizen who exercises the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.

7i. A responsible citizen who respects the environment and uses resources wisely.

Toronto Environmental Alliance (tea) http://www.torontoenvironment.org
TEA is a local group which tries to find solutions to this city’s environmental problems. Their mission is to promote a greener Toronto. They do this by working with concerned individuals, community groups, and professionals in the local area. TEA focuses on issues such as Smog and Climate Change, Public Transit, Toxics and Urban Pesticides, Waste Reduction and Clean Water. --Anna Colangelo-Marchesano

7j. A responsible citizen who contributes to the common good.

Stewardship Seeds http://www.archstl.org/stewardship/seeds/index.html
This site is developed by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and promotes Christian stewardship as a way of everyday life. It focuses on fostering a commitment to the Gospel call of stewardship by allowing community members to become actively aware and actively responsible for their own parish communities. It supports this by providing teachers with ideas and resources that can be easily used within the classroom, and in turn implemented within the school and parish community.