Notes from the Principal's Desk: January 31, 2019
As we conclude a successful Catholic Schools Week, I want to express my gratitude to everyone in the Cathedral community for their efforts in making it so special. I want to thank Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Diemer for their planning and preparations of the many events, CASPA for sponsoring the Chick-fil-A lunch for students, Monsignor Woy and Fr. Kevin for inviting our student leaders to speak at the weekend liturgies, Mrs. Mayr for the social media posts, and the faculty/staff for maintaining a celebratory environment during a cold, snow-filled, weather-impacted week full of schedule changes!
The end of Catholic Schools Week brings us to February and Black History Month. I suspect it is not by coincidence that Archbishop Lori has released his latest Pastoral Reflection, The Journey to Racial Justice: Repentance, Healing, and Action. In the reflection, Archbishop Lori shares:
“Acknowledging the wrongs of the past is only the first step toward genuine repentance, reconciliation, and healing. As individual Catholics and as an institution, we also must pursue concrete actions to address the wrongs that continue to happen today both within and without the Church, and to lift up and be guided by those who are most in need, who feel themselves devoid of hope owing to racial injustice and racial prejudice.”
One way we, as a Catholic parish school, can help engage in this call to action is to examine ways in which we can offer a more relevant culturally-responsive pedagogy. When educators speak of pedagogy, what we are referring to are the methodologies and practices used to teach and deliver the curriculum. By being more aware of how culture plays a role in teaching and learning, we can address the needs of all students within the school. As we respond to Archbishop Lori’s call, we strive to become better culturally responsive educators who hold high academic expectations, understand that our own worldview may or may not align with those of our students, and have a willingness to acknowledge and critique inequity.