Thousands of Catholic School Principals and Teachers Gather to Jump-Start Curriculum Mapping Initiative

September 15, 2004

Nearly 2,000 principals and teachers from Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will gather to jump-start an exciting initiative, called curriculum mapping, that will transform how decisions are made about what is taught in the schools. “Mapping for the Future,” an all-day seminar, will be held:

Friday, September 17, 2004
8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel
999 9th Street, NW

After joining in an 8:30 a.m. prayer service, the teachers and principals will get down to work, learning from Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, an international expert on curriculum mapping and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University in New York.

The goal of curriculum mapping is to define the curriculum that best suits the needs of a particular school after analyzing what is being taught in each grade and each subject, and to ensure the curriculum is integrated across all grade levels. Last fall, under the direction of Superintendent Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Ph.D. and a new director of curriculum, Denise Hunt, principals and teachers worked together to create curriculum maps, or databases, about what is being taught. This week’s seminar is the next step and includes training on a web-based tool called Curriculum Mapper that schools will use to create a database for teachers to share their resources and ideas.

As Dr. Weitzel-O’Neill said, “This is going to be an exciting day as all of our principals and teachers learn new skills for creating databases of what is actually taught every day. By tapping into these rich resources, in their schools and across the Archdiocese, school leaders will make critical decisions about curriculum across all grades and subjects.”

In addition to learning about mapping at the forum, participants will be able to browse the booths of nearly 60 exhibitors, from publishers to uniform companies to school suppliers.

The Archdiocese of Washington includes 110 schools, including 13 early childhood programs, 80 elementary and 17 secondary schools serving nearly 34,000 students, in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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