St. Anthony School
Hartford, Conn. – (March 26, 2013) A new ministerial plan, developed to effectively guide Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford toward the year 2020, has been promulgated by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell and distributed to the educators who will partner with the Office of Catholic Schools to bring the plan to life. 20†20 Vision: An Eye on Our Future is the culmination of efforts initiated in December 2011 and involving a cross section of the Catholic school community. Priests, administrators, teachers, parents, and alumni collaborated to assess where the Archdiocesan network of schools stood in relation to the goals included in its previous strategic plan, Common Threads, and to identify priorities for the future.
Utilizing constituent surveys and national research from the National Catholic Educational Association, Loyola University, and Boston College, the planning committee identified four primary domains as the pillars of the plan: Mission Formation and Evangelization; Excellence in Teaching and Learning; Leadership and Governance; and Operational Vitality. In each area, standards and benchmarks were established to guide school progress and support viability. In October, 2012 the Catholic school community gathered at an Educational Forum to learn more about the four primary domains from respected practitioners in each field and to begin to identify the necessary action steps that would transform the ministerial plan into a living document.
Co-chair of the planning committee and Director of Curriculum Design, Valerie Mara, states, “This is an exciting and promising time in the Archdiocese of Hartford. When a network of schools can collectively and collaboratively share a clear vision and common purpose to ensure the success of all the students who walk through their doors, preparing them not only academically for life in college and in their career, but also spiritually, morally and emotionally for life in a global world, there is much promise and hope for the future.”
Dr. Dale R. Hoyt, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, concurs with Mara’s view of the coming years stating that the new ministerial plan is “the vehicle for transforming our schools from being good to great, and from quality to excellence…When we create a vision and formulate a clear and workable ministerial plan, the Catholic school transforms.”
The Catholic schools and Dr. Hoyt’s office will now begin the process of bringing the strategic plan to life, creating a successful and strong future while charting their desired course toward the year 2020. To assist with this process, the ministerial plan has been uploaded to the Office of Catholic Schools website and Facebook page.
Archbishop Mansell sees a bright future for schools as they look toward 2020, emphasizing that “Together, we will do everything possible to make our Catholic schools viable choices, bridging faith and knowledge, for all families that choose an academically excellent Catholic school education for their children.”