Characteristics of Professional Excellence
In order to carry out the SEHS Mission and fulfill the Vision Statements, St. Elizabeth faculty members and professional staff will:
- Serve as mature role models for a Christian lifestyle, teaching Christian values by word and example.
- Understand the Benedictine charism and share it with students.
- Understand the Catholic value system and apply it in the teaching of their subject areas.
- Maintain and improve professional excellence by keeping abreast of current trends in education through professional reading and annual participation in professional development activities, e.g. courses, workshops, and conferences.
- Utilize teaching strategies that will elicit the creativity and innovation necessary for the 21st century.
- Give support for and establish active engagement with colleagues both within and between departments.
- Accept constructive criticism as a means of personal and professional growth.
- Understand that teaching good grammar and writing skills is every teacher’s responsibility.
- Give sufficient tests and evaluations and post them promptly enough that parents and students are kept aware of the student’s progress.
- Maintain proactive communication with parents or guardians by using written and oral messages that are clear and grammatically correct.
- Assume responsibility for care of the classroom – appearance, materials, and equipment.
- Maintain control of their classes and exhibit calmness, respect, and fairness when disciplining students.
- Set high standards for all students, putting emphasis on personal growth rather than competition with others.
- Give assignments that require inquiry- and problem-based approaches, and higher order thinking skills.
- Vary teaching methods to accommodate students who learn in different ways.
- Show the application of their subjects to real-life situations so that students will see relevance in them.
- Encourage the integration of community resources beyond school walls.