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
For Profit Business
A for-profit company is an entity that is intended to operate as a business which will return a profit to the owners. A for-profit corporation, depending on the jurisdiction to which it is incorporated, may be operated either as a stock corporation or as a non-stock corporation. For profit organizations pay taxes.
Formative Assessment
demonstrated learning by the student ; the instructional process that provides on-going, growth-producing feedback that informs and supports improved learning and adjusted teaching
Gaap /Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
The standard framework of guidelines for financial accounting used in any given jurisdiction; generally known as accounting standards or standard accounting practice.
Characteristics, dispositions, affinities and skills of a person
A process that provides direction or authority for the well being of the school
Governing Body
The group that is empowered with a defined level of influence and/or authority to exercise oversight for policies pertaining to planning, financial health, academic excellence, and mission fidelity of the school.
Guidance Service
Advice and direction on vocational, educational or emotional issues or concerns given to students by a designated school counselor or through a designated school program.
Habits Of Mind
Patterns of intellectual behaviors that are skillfully and mindfully employed by effective people, resulting in productive action.
Health Care Programs
Programs that provide high-quality, cost-effective health services, to employees and their families. Health care services normally include the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury and other physical and mental impairments in human beings.
Human Resource Policies
Systems of codified decisions, established by the school in alliance with or by the direction of the (arch)diocese human resource program office, to support administrative personnel functions, performance management, employee relations and resource planning. Each school may have a different set of circumstances, and so develops an individual set of human resource policies which must be in alignment with the (arch)diocese?s policies.
Human Resource Programs
Programs that provide leadership for the development, execution, and management of highly skilled and diverse workforce that support and facilitate the mission and vision of Catholic schools. This includes the ability to develop and retain a quality administration, faculty and staff, with a succession plan; to improve performance management capabilities and to enhance operational efficiency while developing the technology infrastructure to support and enhance all human resources programming.
Institutional Advancement
These are activities that attract resources to the school and enable the school to move forward in fulfilling its mission and in realizing its full potential to serve and educate its students and improve the progression of the school. (See Advancement as well.)
Integration Of Catholic Identity Elements
In terms of curriculum and instruction, Catholic identity elements refer to anything that intentionally cultivates student interest and engagement in discussing and deepening understanding and insight regarding Catholic values, beliefs, teachings, and traditions as these authentically relate to the subject matter. (Such as content, essential questions, enduring understandings, teaching and learning activities and experiences, assessments, texts, resources, learning environment). When integrating Catholic identity elements into curriculum and instruction, teachers help students relate standards-based learning in a given subject to the perspective of faith and a Catholic worldview.
Knowledge and skills used in a real-world context across disciplines
Job-Embedded Professional Development

Training and education to enhance skills and dispositions responding to school-wide initiatives and/or student needs, applied to individual educator's roles.

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