St. William of York Catholic School follows the Arlington Diocese Curriculum Guidelines for its core subjects and “specials” (art, music, etc.).
In support of these guidelines, we choose resources that align with Church teaching, build a Christian moral imagination and worldview, and provide a Catholic perspective of history.
We strive to align our teaching methods with the time-tested educational tradition of the Catholic Church, based on a sound understanding of human nature and how God designed the human learner. Our vision to form students who can think clearly and communicate effectively drives our commitment to the tools of learning that have been the staple diet of history’s greatest thinkers and communicators.
Part and parcel of the Church’s understanding of the human learner is the essential role of our inspiring teachers who know and love their students, seeing each child as the work of art he or she is in the eyes of God. Inspiring teachers know their vocation and that the primary key to their effectiveness is built into the loving human relationship they nurture with their young charges, a relationship that requires clear, genuine heart to heart communication.
Our school parents believe in and support the vital role of the inspiring teacher, a role that can never be underestimated or replaced.
Our school leadership also recognizes the vital importance of this role, protecting it, nurturing it, and holding its ability to flourish as a litmus test for adopting new ideas and methods that present themselves to educators almost daily.
St. William of York follows a judicious approach and a clearly defined position regarding the use of educational technology in the classroom. The following School Guidelines summarize this position:
School Guidelines for Instructional Technology
- Through annual consultation with local Catholic and public high schools, we will identify and teach specific digital skill sets expected of students entering ninth grade. Our newly renovated, state of the art computer lab facilitates this important part of preparation for high school as well as our implementation of the K-8 diocesan technology curriculum guidelines.
- Our school budget will provide teachers with technological tools for specific purposes such as enhancing instructional delivery, increasing student engagement, and saving lesson preparation time.
- We believe we have a responsibility to:
- Model a virtuous and responsible use of technology
- Promote an awareness of the pros and cons of social media and computer games
- Maintain awareness and open discussion concerning trends, challenges, and opportunities in technology based on credible research.
- Teach students how to access the wealth of internet content sources that are reliable, truth-based, historically accurate, and morally sound.
- Evaluate new technology on the basis of our philosophy of integral formation
- Consistent with our philosophy of integral formation, we require reasonable assurance (before purchase) that any proposed new educational technology must (at a minimum) be able to:
- Enhance the human role of the inspiring teacher (described above).
- Nurture the interpersonal relationship between teacher and students.
- Facilitate student ability to think clearly and independently.
- Facilitate student ability to communicate effectively in the spoken and written word.
- Build student memory, creativity, and language processing skills.
- Foster virtuous social skills.
- Increase student mental acuity, attentiveness, and stamina.