St. Ignatius points out that we should never grow slack in our efforts to follow Christ nor be satisfied with the inertia of “good enough.” In the work of education, therefore, we must always seek after a greater offering of self. This principle, seeking after the magis, means the constant pursuit of what is more conducive to the service of God.
Jesuit High School strives to empower our colleagues at St. Ignatius and elsewhere to be open to growth, intellectually and professionally competent, religious, loving, and committed to justice and the pursuit of leadership growth.
Professional Development Programs
By Research for Better Teaching (RBT), Acton, MA
Achieve the Common Core Standards by Improving Instructional Practices and Increasing Classroom Rigor
“Studying Skillful Teaching: Using Data Day-to-Day” supports teachers in implementing the Common Core Standards by enhancing their instructional practices which lead students to higher levels of critical thinking and rigorous engagement.
- Nothing is more complex, challenging, or important than assuring high levels of learning for every student, learning that includes the critical thinking, communication skills, and collaboration demanded by the Common Core.
- No single fact or has a greater impact on student learning than skillful teaching.
- The SST Course is RBT’s foundational program for building teachers’ capacity – the knowledge and skills as well as the courage and conviction — to promote learning and increased achievement for every student.
- Teaching is not a list of prescriptive do’s and don’ts; skillful teachers never stop learning.
- SST course participants will expand their repertoire of high-leverage strategies for planning, using formative assessments and feedback, motivating students, and applying principles of cultural proficiency to their teaching.
Jesuit offers this course annually during the summer. For more information, see the Studying Skillful Teaching page.