A practical guide for leaders and leadership teams in Catholic schools.
In the rapidly changing times we live, there is no room for complacency when it comes to Catholic identity issues. Importantly, just how can school leaders and leadership teams address those religious identity questions?
Discover the practical ways Australian schools are evolving their pastoral care programs, curriculum, pedagogy, liturgy and more to enhance their Catholic identity and offering students an even stronger, sustained engagement with their faith.
Drawing on significant research and theoretical reflection, Dr. Paul Sharkey examines areas of modern-day school life and considers how each can provide opportunities to create ‘Catholic spaces’ that draw students in and deepen their relationship with God.
About the Author
Dr. Paul Sharkey is the Director of Catholic Identity and Educational Services at the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne, a current member of the ACARA Board, and previously State Director of Catholic Education, SA. He holds a PhD, with extensive postgraduate studies in theology, education, program evaluation, educational leadership and management. He is particularly interested in exploring issues of identity and culture in the Catholic sector as he believes they have a particular significance for schools at this time.
"The Educator’s Guide to Catholic Identity is a prominent work of practical theology made relevant and accessible by a great educational leader to other educators and leaders in Catholic education. Certainly a book like this provides opportunities to encounter one another on questions of Catholic identity, and serves as a guide for educators and leaders working together to chart the course ahead for shaping such Catholic identity in Catholic schools".
Prof. dr. Didier Pollefeyt
Vicerector Onderwijs KU Leuven
The Educators Guide to Catholic identity was proudly launched by Professor Pollefeyt in Melbourne, July 2015. See his full speech here