Catholic School Matters

October 16, 2016

Professional Development Conferences

This week marks our Professional Development conferences--one at Billings Central HS on Thursday and the other at St. Andrew School (Helena) on Friday. For the past few years, we've had speakers from Marian University in three locations giving 3 hour addresses on our faith. This year, we're bringing in speakers on the topics that you, the principals and teachers, selected. Here is the flyer. The day begins at 9 am and will end by 3 pm.


Professor Angela Turoski from the University of Great Falls will be offering a keynote on curriculum mapping. Her simple method of organizing our course material around standards can benefit all teachers. Who can't afford to be a little better organized? She will be followed by Dr. Vincent Schmidt, the superintendent of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, who will be speaking about serving all students. Who can't learn a little more about the special needs of our students?


In the afternoon, educators will have the choice of one the five breakout sessions:


  1. Professor Turoski will present a hands-on workshop to develop curriculum maps for your classes. Bring your standards!
  2. Dr. Schmidt will speak to your struggles and challenges with your students. Bring your questions!
  3. Katie Dempsey, an elementary principal in Tacoma, will present a workshop on understanding the religion standards. Bring your standards!
  4. Russ Alexander, the curriculum director at St. Labre, will present a workshop on MAP test reports. Bring your reports!
  5. Tim Lowe, the education director of Billings Catholic Schools, will present on 1:1 technology--their implmentation model, their struggles, and his suggestions for best practices.



At the same time, national Catholic school development consultant Bernard DuMond will be offering a workshop for development and marketing in our Catholic schools.


There is something for everyone! I look forward to seeing everyone this week.


All the workshops are free and open to all teachers, principals, and staff members.


Dr. Tim Uhl, Superintendent

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The Week Ahead

Monday: office (Helena)

Tuesday: office (Helena)

Wednesday: meetings in Great Falls & Billings

Thursday: Professional Development Conferfence, Day I (Billings)

Friday: Professional Development Conference, Day II (Helena)


This week: 790 driving miles

Last week: 1,447 driving miles

2016-17: 11,749 driving miles; 7,416 air miles

What I'm Reading 2016-17

  1. The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen.
  2. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (finished)
  3. Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman. (finished)
  4. Reinvention: Accelerating Results in the Age of Disruption Cragun & Sweetman (finished)
  5. Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work by Fullan and DuFour (finished)
  6. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (finished)
  7. Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time by Margaret J. Wheatley (finished)
  8. The Orange Frog by Shawn Achor (finished)

Montana Catholic Schools

Serving 3800+ students in 24 Catholic schools across the Treasure State

For Principals

  1. For the Professional Development Days on Oct 20th & 21st, here are directions to Billings Central HS (Thursday) and St. Andrew School (Friday). The program starts at 9 am each day and will include coffee and rolls. There will not be a served lunch so attendees should plan accordingly. The program should end by 3 pm.
  2. Montana Catholic Schools now has a new Facebook page.
  3. I have sent out information for the annual NCEA data collection based on our October 1st count. Please fill out the online forms by October 24th.
  4. Please check the principal portal for administrative requirements and monthly principal tasks.
  5. There have been a few changes for scheduled principal meetings this fall and spring. Make sure to check out the new calendar. The latest change is that the Pryor regional meeting has now been moved to November 15th.
  6. On the Horizon:

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