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Catholic Faith Formation Log: To receive initial diocesan certification in Catholic Faith Formation, teachers/principals within their first five years of work in the diocese must complete 60 hours of Catholic Faith Formation. These hours must include: 24 hours of basic faith formation courses (taken within the first three years) given at the St. John Neumann Center and 36 hours of Catholic Faith Formation of your choice.
Professional Development Log: A mandated, one hundred hours of professional development in five years is a minimum requirement recorded and celebrated through certificate of accomplishment with the diocesan educators. At the completion of 100 professional hours the principal submits the teacher’s Log to the Office of Schools.
Professional Learning Community Log: In the Diocese of Metuchen, we have taken seriously the directive that all schools form school-based Professional Learning Communities (PLC). We know the importance of school-based intensive collegial learning to impact change and growth. After each PLC session, a copy of this form must be completed and signed by all members of your PLC group to serve as documentation of your participation. Each person is to give a short summative statement regarding what researched-based information they brought to the group at the designated PLC meeting.
The Principal Advisory Council (PAC) is a representative group of principals that meets six times per year with personnel from the Office of Schools and the Office of Religious Education. Elementary schools are divided into five geographic regions in the Diocese of Metuchen and there is one high school region.
Each region elects one principal to represent them on the Principal Advisory Council and these principals are empowered, in collaboration with the diocesan personnel, to discuss and recommend on issues such as: diocesan policy; professional development for principals and teachers; Catholic Identity in the schools; supervision and appraisal process for principals and teachers; development; governance; enrollment and retention trends; student achievement results; student conduct codes; schools safety practices; school advisory councils; viability assessments; funding and grants for federal and state programs; AdvancED accreditation; strategic and budget planning; religious education and campus ministry in the schools; testing and measurement of student performance; capital improvement; and curriculum development.
The PAC principals then convene meetings with the principals in their region and solicit input on the current issues and concerns. This input is then looped back to all the PAC members as feedback and the cycle of communication continues.
Before you move ahead, you have to reflect back on this year. As a principal, how would you say your year enfolded? Did you meet your goals as expected? Perhaps you had such a great year that you exceeded your wildest dreams. Sometimes, our best dreams are dimmed because of unexpected happenings. Perhaps you did not meet your best goals. Dream anew on how you will improve as principal next year.