REGISTER YOUR GRACE TEACHER LEADER FOR 2022-23 HERE: GRACE Program Registration 2022-2023 – My Catholic School
GRACE Program FAQ
HISTORY & BACKGROUND:
The GRACE Teacher Leader Program has evolved since its inception in 2017 when its purpose revolved around establishing PLCs in schools for the purpose of data-driven instructional practices. In 2020, as a response to the pandemic and opportunity for virtual collaboration, the GRACE program adapted into a collaborative, leadership-focused program that still trained schools in Professional Learning Communities and shared instructional practices but responded to the real-time needs of schools. As we are heading into a post-pandemic education reality, we continue to create programs that respond to the needs that schools have experienced for the last several years and continually need to adapt to the learnings we have had as schools and as a Catholic community of educators.
To that end, the focus of the GRACE program for 2022-23 will revolve around the needs of Exceptional Learners in our Catholic schools. Our teacher leaders have asked for more targeted, diocesan-wide support for student learners on both ends of the spectrum – from our most academically disenfranchised, to those gifted with academic talents. In some cases, we have students who encompass both traits on the spectrum!
As a Catholic institution and an evangelical mission of our faith, schools have a great opportunity to live out one of the most important facets of Catholicism – belonging. To that end, Catholic schools should never close the door on any family who wants the opportunity to learn in our schools simply because they are lacking in academic support and/or resources to teach our exceptional learners. The GRACE program will provide resources, instruction, coaching and best practices to ensure that teacher leaders can bring the value of belonging to their schools through PLC work and collaborative support in partnership with the Diversified Learners Committee.
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GRACE 2022-23 Meetings/Responsibilities
GRACE teacher leaders are expected to:
- Attend, participate and contribute ideas to all meetings (3 full day in-person and 3x 2 hour virtual sessions)
- Attend training on PLCs and how to best implement them in their schools (if they have not been previously trained)
- Meet with their school leader/principal at least once a month to discuss learning, progress and new items from GRACE and to plan for leading one PLC meeting a month in their school
- Help plan, attend, and/or present at the virtual PD&C Day 2023 (February 10th)
- Create a PD plan of their own for this upcoming school year – work with their school leaders to earmark PLC times as well as other PD opportunities that may be warranted for their particular schools’ work.
- Participate in subcommittee work specific to their own areas of interest and needs of their schools when given the opportunity.
School leaders are expected to support GRACE teacher leaders by:
- Meeting with them monthly and helping them plan for PLCs
- Granting GRACE TLs release time for all six meetings throughout the year and helping teachers to find classroom substitutes during meeting times.(This will be for three full days and three half days in 2022-23, as well as release time for PD&C Day 2023 should that not be in your school’s PD calendar already.)
- Stipending TLs through Title II Funds and/or the school operational budget
- Guiding them in PD opportunities and encouraging TLs to take advantage of OCS-supported certifications, accreditation team participation and leadership academy participation if wanted.
- Providing mentoring and support throughout the year to increase building leadership capacity!
OCS will support schools with the GRACE program by:
- Creating relevant and timely meeting agendas that align to the bigger vision for GRACE
- Providing clock hours and codes for all meetings both virtual and in-person in 2022-23
- Coordinating speakers, experts, research and frameworks that support schools in PLC work
- Coaching and training Regional Teacher Leaders as thought partners and supports to local school needs
- Providing virtual meeting spaces for teacher leaders, PreK-12, to ensure collaboration, mentoring, and professional relationship building throughout the year
Program Cost: $500 per school for 2022-23
Program dates for 2022-23:
*Wednesday, August 17th – NEW GRACE Teacher Leaders REQUIRED training ; 9am-11am via ZOOM
Thursday, August 18th – GRACE KICK OFF! ALL GRACE Teacher Leaders REQUIRED for training and introduction to the program; 9am-12pm via ZOOM
Friday, September 30th – Fall GRACE Workshop Session – ALL GRACE Teacher Leaders; 9am-3pm at Isaac Orr, Chancery – Seattle, WA
October – No GRACE TL meeting – Optional Check-Ins on Friday, 10/21 with Regional Teacher Leaders
Friday, November 18th – Virtual GRACE Meeting via ZOOM. 12:30pm-2:30pm
December – No GRACE TL meeting – Optional Check-Ins on Friday, 12/9 with Regional Teacher Leaders
January 2023 – WINTER GRACE Workshop Session – ALL GRACE Teacher Leaders – In person – 9am-3pm at Regional Meetings (North, West, South) – Choose ONE:
- Friday, January 13th – North – Holy Rosary Edmonds
- Friday, January 20th – West – St. Vincent de Paul, Federal Way
- Friday, January 27th – South – St. Joseph, Chehalis
Friday, February 10th – 3rd Annual (Virtual) Professional Development and Curriculum Day – ALL GRACE Teacher Leaders should plan to attend/participate/help plan; 9am-3:30pm via ZOOM
Friday, March 17th – Virtual GRACE Meeting via ZOOM. 12:30pm-2:30pm.
Friday, April 28th – Spring GRACE Workshop Session – ALL GRACE Teacher Leaders; 9am-3pm at Isaac Orr, Chancery – Seattle, WA
Friday, May 19th – Virtual GRACE Meeting – LAST MEETING OF THE YEAR & Planning for 2023-24 – 12:30-2:30pm
What is the GRACE program?
GRACE is a program for outstanding teachers who want to share their expertise and talents with other teachers in their schools. Teachers receive training in various aspects of teacher leadership to become instructional leaders in their schools.
Fall/Winter Update Newsletter 2022: GRACE Newsletter Volume 5 – 2022
Fall Quarter Newsletter 2020: GRACE Newsletter Fall Quarter 2020
Winter Quarter Newsletter 2020: GRACE Newsletter November 2020
Spring Quarter Newsletter 2021: GRACE Spring Newsletter 2021
Summer Quarter Newsletter 2021: GRACE Spring and Summer 4th Edition
How often do GRACE teacher leaders attend Archdiocesan meetings?
For 2022-23, we have six “official” meetings – three virtual and three in-person workshops. In addition, GRACE teachers are expected to attend, participate and plan for PD & Curriculum Day 2023, which is virtual, on February 10th, 2023.
What is the time commitment for GRACE teacher leaders?
In addition to attending GRACE meetings, orientation and the virtual PD&C Day, the teacher leaders are expected to collaborate with their principals to lead one staff collaboration meeting per month at their schools.
Are GRACE teacher leaders compensated for their time?
Most schools choose to compensate their teacher leaders, but this is determined at the local level.
What training and professional development will I receive as a GRACE teacher leader?
GRACE trainings currently focus on the following competencies: (1) Understanding how to work with adult learners, (2) Facilitating professional learning communities, (3) instructional coaching and (4) implementing strategies for Universal Design of Learning
If I join the GRACE program, how long will I be expected to stay in the program?
We ask that all GRACE teachers make an initial two-year commitment to fully benefit from the program. After two years, teachers are invited to continue with the program but may also choose to complete the program at that time.
What do current teacher leaders say about the program?
“The GRACE Teacher Leadership program has helped the Archdiocese of Seattle begin a culture shift that only working in true PLCs can offer. It has encouraged us to unify our approach to professional development as we work to inform and improve our individual and collective practices.”
“The GRACE program has given me the opportunity to both learn and lead. I think that both are vital pieces of leadership. I have learned how to put best practices into my teaching life, and I have grown as a leader, helping teachers in my school and my region, and leading by example. I love the opportunity to collaborate with other schools. It is exciting to see schools that are steps ahead of ours and to learn from their experiences. It is also empowering to give structure and share ideas with those who are steps behind us. Each school is very different. We are all at different places in this process. The beauty of GRACE is that we can still share ideas and learn from each other. We can still come together through in-person and online meetings to collaborate. GRACE has empowered teachers to lead in our schools.”
For video testimonials, and to see teacher leaders in action, click here.
How can I find out more about the program?
If you’d like to learn more, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Justyna King at the Office for Catholic Schools at firstname.lastname@example.org