Our teachers believe that every child is capable of learning and will do whatever it takes to teach a child. We believe that in order to attract the most talented people, we must compensate our teachers based upon their results in the classroom. Since we began this work five years ago, teacher salaries in our largest school have increased by 30%, though we still have a way to go to be competitive with public school salaries.
Just as important as competitive salaries, our teachers (and thus our students) also benefit from at least 40 hours of professional development. Teachers at our flagship school, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy (SJPIICA), run their very own Professional Development Institute that is based on a peer-to-peer model where teachers share their expertise and experience with each other.
Though originally created for SJPIICA teachers, because of popular demand, the Institute now welcomes teachers from Catholic schools across greater Boston. Topics covered by the Institute include:
- Lesson planning
- Classroom management
- Preparing for standardized testing
- The Archdiocese of Boston’s Protecting God’s Children program
- Incorporating technology in the classroom
- Teaching strategies for specific subjects
The Institute also welcomes presentations from outside speakers. If you would like to share your expertise with our teachers, please contact Mary Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 779-3748.