Holy Cross provides cutting-edge professional development for our teachers and staff.
In 2017-18, we have hosted:
All teachers were trained in use of Google Docs and Google Classroom.
Two in-services were offered in August, with a follow-up session in September.
FR. ROBERT PASLEY
“IMPROVING THE CATHOLIC IDENTITY OF OUR SCHOOL
“We must improve the spiritual life of our students so they learn to love Christ with their whole being. We must make Him the very center of everything we do.”
He gave simple ways to add spirituality to every school day:
- Reminding families that weekly Mass attendance is a requirement of the Catholic faith;
- Live the Liturgical Calendar. There is always a feast to learn about, honor, or celebrate;
- Honor the Sanctoral Cycle by posting and discussing the Saint of the Day; and
- Don’t hesitate to teach children Litanies, Devotions and Chants. It will become a part of their daily life that they can carry with them to adulthood.
MARY ANN JOSEPH, SPECIAL EDUCATION CONSULTANT FOR NJ DOE
“EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONAL STRATEGIES: ACHIEVING ACADEMIC SUCCESS”
Mrs. Joseph introduced Universal Design for Learning, a research-based framework which focuses on designing curriculum that encourages enthusiasm & understanding in all types of learners. This is accomplished by removing barriers to learning and providing needed support while maintaining high academic standards.
TINA ZECCA, D.O., BOARD CERTIFIED, ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY
FOOD ALLERGY 101: WHY FOOD ALLERGIES IMPACT EVERYONE & HOW TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE: A PROGRAM FOR THOSE NOT DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY ALLERGIES (AND THOSE WHO ARE)
Parents and staff were invited to attend. Dr. Zecca explained:
- The definitions and misconceptions of food allergy
- The many types of food allergy that exist
- Important tips for parents whose children have friends with food allergy
- Important tips for teachers regarding classroom and lunchroom safety