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
Joy
In spiritual literature, the feeling aroused by the expectation or possession of some good. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, joyful emotions affect the body, but they are essentially in the higher faculties of the soul. Within the context of the liturgy, worship, and retreats joy is the feeling generated by students? encounter with the risen Jesus and the Gospel message through positive affective experiences. (CD)
Leadership Succession Planning
A purposeful effort by the school?s governance and executive leadership to establish a protocol and process to respond to one of three possible scenarios: emergency replacement of the leader, planned replacement of the leader, and the development of leadership capacity for the purpose of finding and educating future leaders from within the school. Sabatino, A. & Fitzgerald, M. (2014)
Leadership Team
The group that exercises the variety of functions within the school ensuring effective operations.
Learning Environment
The total context and culture in which learning takes place.
Learning Results
Demonstrated knowledge, skills, or dispositions that students acquire as a result of instructional activities and experiences.
LEED Certification
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods
Literate
Able to read and write at a level adequate for communication and successful functioning in society.
Marketing Communications Plan
A plan that is a comprehensive blueprint which outlines an organization's overall marketing efforts. A process for developing a plan can be realized by including price, place, promotion and product. The plan includes a description of the product (what is unique regarding the school), services, a marketing budget, and a SWOT analysis (matrix analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.) Also included is pricing strategy and market segmentation
Measurement
Measurement is the assignment of a number by a rule, as long as one adheres to the rule. (Brian Ellis, Basic Concepts of Measurement, 1969). For example the assignment of numbers to enrollment and retention information in a consistent, valid and reliable manner.
Media
Forms of communication using visual images, text, and sound
Mission
The purpose and reason why the school exists and the population it seeks to serve.
Mission Statement

A rich yet concise statement of the school's mission that can be easily remembered and explained by all school stakeholders.

Moral Evaluating
Mental process of making judgments of right and wrong based on a set of beliefs and values.
Needs Assessment
A needs assessment is a systematic process for determining and addressing needs, or "gaps" between current conditions and desired conditions or "wants" based on mission and vision. The discrepancy between the current condition and wanted condition must be measured to appropriately identify the need. The need can be a desire to improve current performance or to correct a deficiency.
Non-Profit Organization
Non-profit organization (NPO) is an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals rather than distributing them as profit or dividends. Catholic schools, which are defined as NPOs, use revenue to achieve mission defined goals. Non-profits do not pay taxes.

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