The Strong Catholic Identity Strategy Map was developed in October 2016 and builds upon the previous strategic documents, Strengthening, Catholic Identity Shape Paper (2015) and The Strong Catholic Identity Position Statement (2016). The strategy map promotes a shared depth of understanding and direction through purposeful action, building capacity, naming expected and effective practices, transparency and monitoring processes.
This Strategy Map has been adapted from the Coherence Framework (Fullan and Quinn, 2016) and names the four drivers of:
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The BCE Strategic Plan 2017-2020 names our Strong Catholic Identity Aspiration as “Strengthen capacity to lead, engage and teach with a recontextual Catholic world-view within each school and office community.” The BCE Shape Paper and Position Statement on Catholic identity articulates our preferred position on Catholic identity. Developing a common language and a shared understanding of the following key concepts is a vital first step.
In response to the System Critical Aspiration the strategies are identified in the 2017-2020 BCE Strategic Plan:
Schools use data to discern their own critical aspiration in response to the system critical aspiration and system goals.
Relevant data may include, but is not limited to:
In terms of Catholic school identity, a growth mindset refers to an openness to a post-critical, recontextualising and dialogical Catholic perspective. This is about being able to reimagine the Catholic tradition in ways that are authentic and meaningful for our time and place.
School and office communities develop whole of system collaborative networks including:
Schools name their School SMART goal which is aligned with their School Critical Aspiration and develop their Catholic Identity Skinny Plan to inform annual planning and reporting.
School leaders build the capacity of staff to understand contemporary Catholic identity through both formation and professional learning.
School and office communities apply recontextualising theology to their decision-making processes, policies and procedures as way of living their Catholic identity.
School and office communities reflect on skills, structures and staff capacity to enhance Catholic identity.They transform practice and build capacity by:
School and office communities identify and engage with expected and effective practices that strengthen Catholic identity across four dimensions:
Building and applying an understanding of mission leadership in Catholic schools.
Engaging in planned, sequential and developmental staff formation that nurtures the individual
Learning and Teaching
Reviewing school engagement with the Religious Life of the School and prioritising areas for renewal
Schools review their Catholic identity SMART goals and actions and refine their Catholic identity skinny plan
Schools monitor and report against their SMART goals by harnessing qualitative and quantitative data to measure success.
External measures such as staff satisfaction surveys and external review processes should also be used when monitoring and reporting.
Schools and office communities celebrate and share best practice