Educating the Whole Child

Children enjoying the outdoors

September 06, 2017
As long-standing partners with the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, we continue to identify opportunities to connect our faculty and candidates with the Catholic school teachers. President Thayne McCulloh and the SOE hosted the 1st Annual Professional Development Day for the teachers and principals with a theme of “Understanding the Whole Child: Spiritually, Academically, Physically, Emotionally, and Socially.”

“Meeting the Unique Needs of All Students” was a collaboration with Dr. Duane Schafer, Superintendent of Schools in the Diocese and its curriculum coordinator, Katie Rieckers. Rieckers structured the in-service event to align with the curriculum content for meeting the unique needs of all students and to provide a framework for approaching instruction of students in a holistic fashion. Faculty in the SOE presented 12 sessions geared to encourage teachers to be responsive to the diverse learning styles and needs of all students, while encouraging the desire for lifelong learning. President McCulloh and Fr. Steve Kuder, S.J. were keynote speakers.