Professional Learning Teams

Since 2006, the St. Mary's Faculty has been collaborating in professional learning teams to improve instruction and student performance. These teams of faculty members follow a specific protocol that begins with a professional reading, then examining peer lesson/unit plans and ending with receiving or giving specific feedback that moves a good lesson/unit to a great one. St. Mary's focus for the last several years has been translating the current brain research on gender (specifically, the male adolescent brain) and incorporating a differentiated approach to instruction to reach and teach every student in the school. St. Mary's work with Jane E. Pollock has helped moved us forward in both of these endeavors.

Dr. Pollock is a nationally recognized consultant who specializes in curriculum and instruction. She has co authored Dimensions of Learning Teacher and Training Manuals (1996), Assessment, Grading and Record Keeping (1999) and Classroom Instruction That Works (2000). Her own works include Improving Student Learning One Teacher at a Time (2007) and Improving Student Learning One Principal at a Time (2009). Dr. Pollock is a member of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and an adjunct faculty member at various universities. She began consultant work with the faculty of St. Mary's High School in 2009.

In October 2010 during St. Mary's Accreditation Review visit, the Quality Assurance Review team commended St. Mary's on their professional development for teaching and learning stating, there is "evident commitment to continuous improvement, persistence in implementing new methods and meet students' ever-evolving needs and interests."One QAR team member commented, "I've only seen PLT's done this way in training videos!"

St. Mary's is becoming viewed by national education leaders as a model school implementing best practices in professional development. Many teachers and educators from St. Louis and beyond have observed our teachers in action. In addition, several of our teachers have been featured in nationally recognized education books regarding how they have implemented high yield strategies resulting in gains in achievement.

A Marianist Education

Catholic High School serving young men in the Marianist tradition.

Characteristics of Marianist Education (CME):

  • Educate for formation in faith
  • Provide an integral, quality education
  • Educate in family spirit
  • Educate for service, justice and peace
  • Educate for adaptation and change

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