Education… The process through which we discover that learning adds quality to our lives
Characteristics of a Quality School • School is free of ongoing discipline problems. • Achievement is at least 75% on state tests. • All students achieve competence; grades below competence are eliminated. • “Schooling” is replaced by useful education • All students do some quality work. • Students and adults are knowledgeable re Choice Theory. • School is a joyful place; everyone finds satisfaction in their work.
In our system Catholic schools are first and foremost religious schools. They provide a unique opportunity for students to grow, both in relationship with God, and also in knowledge, understanding, wisdom and life skills, in a way that promotes the integration of their faith and their daily lives. Catholic schools strive to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive contribution to society and to the Church.
Conditions For Quality • Supportive environment of warm, caring relationships, free of coercion • Learning that is meaningful, relevant and useful to students • Self-evaluation for everyone • Religious education is one of the most obvious ways that the Catholic identity of a Catholic school is exhibited. Explicitly and implicitly, religious education forms an integral part of the total curriculum of the Catholic school. It is broader than the classroom teaching of religion, and is directed towards the personal and religious development of students.
A Quality School is grounded in Reality Therapy and Choice Theory, both developed by William Glasser.
Reality Therapy Counseling approach developed by psychiatrist William Glasser • Helps people gain control over their lives by self-evaluating their behavior, then choosing behavior that meets their needs effectively and responsibly • Adjectives describing feelings are changed to verb forms
Key Questions in Problem-solving Process • What do I want? • What am I doing now? • Is what I’m doing helping or hurting me to get what I want? • What behavior could I choose that would work better?
Choice Theory • 5 genetically determined needs • survival • love and belonging • power and respect • freedom • fun Quality World/Quality Pictures
4 Components of Behavior • Action • Thinking • Feeling • Physiology
Managers encourage input & discussion of work, to improve quality Manager or designee shows or models work to be done & makes efforts to increase workers’ sense of control Manager teaches workers to evaluate their own work for quality Manager teaches that continuous improvement is essential to quality Manager’s role is to facilitate & support & create an environment that is friendly and non-coercive, therefore, non-adversarial Lead Management: Whereas boss management is characterized by coercion, adversarial relationships, control and evaluation by the boss, in Lead Management:
References Works of William Glasser, including the following: • Schools Without Failure (1969) • Choice Theory in the Classroom (1988) • The Choice Theory Manager (1994) • The Quality School: Managing Students Without Coercion (1997) • Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom (1998) • Creating the Competence Based Classroom (1999) Ludwig & Mentley. (1997). Quality is the key.
Quality Schools Resources • The William Glasser Institute 22024 Lassen Street, Suite 118 Chatsworth, CA 91311 Phone: (818) 700-8000 Fax: (818) 700-0555 Web site: http://www.wglasser.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Center for Reality • Therapy • 7672 Montgomery Road • Cincinnati, Oh 45236 • Phone: (513) 561-1191 • Website: www.realitytherapywub.com • E-mail: email@example.com