I’m wondering if you have a list of topics you are planning to cover in the ‘Going Deeper’ series –
I just replied to a Bishop on the same question. Basically, the bulk of content will be drawn direct from key Church documents such as:
- Gravissimum Educationis
- Catechesi Tradendae
- The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School
- The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millenium
We will use the Church documents but will make sure the content is highly engaging and the production values are very high.
All our content is wholly in keeping with Church teaching.
Areas of focus center upon personal evangelisation of individual teachers, a deeper awareness of the vocational nature of Catholic teaching in both the conforming of the character of young people to the example of Christ and of the education of the ‘total person’.
Each week we focus on another key area within the Church’s teaching in the area of education so there is plenty of variety.
I’m unclear about how long each topic will be available to a schools. (I envisage that as a school builds up a bank of resources they might choose to cover them in a different order, or they might get way behind or … …).
Our goal is to deliver a single video of about 6 – 10 minutes duration per week + support materials/journals, discussions questions. All the content will be archived and tagged for search-ability so schools can keep accessing content for the long term. The weekly content will be easy enough to get through and staff will be able to keep up to date. Some schools have a short discussion time at staff meetings based upon the weekly video and the journal questions.
The weekly paid contract – is this just for term time? Schools are only in session for about 40 weeks a year, so it makes a difference to how they consider their total “hit” on their pd budget.
We structure delivery to exactly match term time so schools are only paying for the weeks during term and not during holidays.
Some schools are 100 pupils or less, and they would have pretty small pd budgets).
Pricing is a challenge as if we shift to a per teacher rate we are relying on schools providing us with names and emails for every user. This is a recipe for major hassle with staff change and lost passwords etc! The simplest solution is a flat rate where a school accesses a single log in for all staff. Trying to move to a per teacher basis raises some rather major tech issues.
Can we cancel the monthly billing at any time?
Absolutely!. We have no lock in contracts and no plans. Once you have signed up you can cancel at any time.
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We used the ‘Going Deeper Programme ‘ at our staff meeting and found it ideal, particularly as we have new staff this year. I personally have listened to it three times now and have got something more out of it each time. Many thanks for this inspiring resource.
Wow!! I am impressed!!
Today I was in the city for a PD on Prayer, but I emailed ALL staff with the link last night and allocated our Curriculum Coordinator to present the video and Journal Reflection task tonight at our Staff Meeting. Our Principal also endorsed the program Going Deeper and encouraged everyone to participate fully. I left a personal folder for each staff member to store reflections in as they work through videos.
Tonight I have spoken to a staff member who said it all went well and was a good video; not heavy, confronting or demanding, but very thought provoking!
So your good news is fantastic, as that was the main concern at our end.
Many thanks for your constant contact and assistance. Looking forward to seeing how this all goes, and the impact it has on our staff. I will monitor it closely and send you any feedback.
St. Joseph’s Sorrento
Following on from our Diocesan (Lismore) wide, staff faith enrichment event Proclaim, the timing of Going Deeper could not be more profound or relevant for our staff. For too long, teachers of all subjects within Catholic schools have felt the need to leave the hard questions posed by inquisitive students to “Religion” teachers. In a Catholic school, we are all called to be Witnesses to the faith and hence should all be such teachers. What Jonathon and Karen have compiled here is a succinct, engaging and thorough package that arms all teaching and ancillary staff in our schools with the necessary knowledge and confidence to answer those questions and provides the opportunity to enhance their own faith formation. Thanks!
St Mary’s Catholic College
We have been using this amazing resource since its beginning and have found it to be a real gem. In true Jonathan style, each week is concise and encouraging. Ever aware of the demands of our time, Jonathan and Karen invite us to go deeper with the various dimensions of a Catholic Education in the 21st century. The added advantage is the additional mp3 file, the personal journal and the staff discussion that are an integral part of each week’s mailing. Already, we have found it to be a great tool for bringing a common vision and purpose that enhance our Religious Studies Department. Whether you have a little spare time or a lot, you won’t be disappointed with this resource. Top marks to Jonathan and the team.
Rev. Father John Greally
St. Patrick’s College