Glossary of Key Terms

The Glossary of Terms gives school review teams easy access to definitions of key terms and concepts in the standards, benchmarks, and rubrics.  The Glossary helps ensure that all stakeholders are sharing a common understanding to keep interpretations, discussions, and action plans clear.

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Term Main definition
School Assets
School Assets are the collection of physical and human resources belonging to a school and usually include the following: faculty and staff, parent community, religious staff, facilities (including church or chapel), materials and equipment, (including technology and media), purchasing power, training and professional development opportunities, courses (shared on line or with home schoolers), teachers, financial capacity in community, and other.
School Community
The collection of the school constituencies.
School Constituencies
This includes the faculty, staff, administration, governing body, students, parents, alumni, and parish or community members who have regular interactions with the school.
School Culture
A shared system of beliefs and values that influences how members of a school community act and interpret the world.
Social Justice
The individual and institutional promotion of the common good. The conviction to cooperate with others in order to help make the institutions of society better serve this goal. Catholic Social teaching develops this concept more fully. (see USCCB.ORG for an in depth discussion)
Socially Responsible Global Citizen
One who uses knowledge, skills and understanding to make decisions and take action for the common good as set in a networked, world-wide context.
Spiritual Experiences
Activities that help people develop their faith. Beyond retreat, these may include days of recollection, individual spiritual direction, spiritual companion groups, etc.
Spiritual Heritage
The spiritual tradition associated with the founding and administration of the school. This could be a religious order that was instrumental in the school?s establishment, the spiritual and religious practices associated with the namesake of the school, or another touchstone that aligns the school with the rich spiritual tradition of the Church.
Stakeholders (Catholic Education)
A person or group that has an interest in a local, system, or diocesan enterprise or project. The primary stakeholders are its parents, staff, employees, investors, board members, parishioners, business community, etc.
Stakeholders (OV)
Stakeholders are any members of the ecosystem that surrounds your school that are affected by your decisions or who have the power to affect the school?s mission. (These include students, parents, teachers, staff and volunteers, but should also be extended to include neighbors, local community leaders, parish or diocesan officials, vendors and suppliers and even leadership teams at other local schools). The relative importance of each of these groups will depend on the specific situation, but listing them all helps to identify any potential strategy gaps: for example, a plan may be beneficial to the students and faculty but viewed as disruptive to different constituents in the community.
Student Growth
An agreed upon evaluation measure of change in student learning based upon a defined span of time usually one year
Student Voice
The authentic statements and sentiments of students expressing their thoughts, ideas, or emotions in their own words.
Student Work
Products or performances generated by students to show what they have learned
Summative Assessment
Demonstration of proficiency in knowledge and skills at the end of a period of instruction.
Sustainability
A term used to describe a program that can be maintained with ongoing support after the initial implementation phase.

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