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curriculum of the archdiocese of oklahoma city's catholic schools office
The Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City seek to offer excellent academic and co-curricular programs that are infused with religious truth and values reflecting Christ’s Gospel call to love one another. We are committed to preparing students for life in today’s Church and society. Therefore, our focus is grounded upon the development of the whole person of the student spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically.
The curriculum of the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is rooted in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and responds to His call to make disciples of all peoples. The Catholic Church – and particularly the Church in the United States – has long prioritized Catholic Schools as essential means for the formation of the whole person in the image and likeness of God, in the full freedom and dignity of His creation. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City carries out this calling and essential function by supporting the Catholic identity of schools, through which the Christian development of each student is nurtured, and by providing guidelines for academic excellence in the context of our Catholic faith.
Now more than ever, these two aspects of Catholic schools go hand in hand. “Young people of the third millennium must be a source of energy and leadership in our Church and our nation. And therefore, we must provide young people with an academically rigorous and doctrinally sound program of education” (USCCB, 2005). The essential elements of the academically rigorous and doctrinally sound program described by the USCCB require a curriculum that is rigorous, relevant, research-based, and infused with Catholic faith and traditions. (National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, 2012). The Curriculum developed by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Department of Catholic Education in collaboration with principals, teachers, and other Catholic educators responds to this call.
For the past ten years, our curricula has been developed by PK-12 teachers, curriculum trainers, and administrators from the Archdiocese. The result of our efforts can be found on this site.
Organization of the archdiocesan curriculum
Our curriculum is organized in three levels.
Team/Department Outcomes (TDOs) are the broadest level of outcome. They describe what students should know or be able to do at the end of four phases of their education: PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. They are stated broadly as the highest priorities for outcomes for Archdiocese of Oklahoma City students.
Course outcomes describe what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade (for grades PK-8) and each specific course (for grades 9-12). They are the highest priorities for outcomes for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City students at each grade.
Unit Concepts and Goals
Unit Concepts provide the specific concepts that should be the focus of each unit of instruction for each grade (grades PK-8) or course (grades 9-12). These are the “titles” of the units. Unit Goals provide the expectations for what students should be able to do with knowledge, skills, and practices related to the unit concept.
archokc curriculum workspace
Teachers and administrators in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City are able to access a private site called the ArchOKC Curriculum Workspace. In order to access the site, teachers and administrators need a gmail address (often one's school email) that has been granted user access by the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum, Rachel Dowell.
On this site, teachers can find curriculum documents they will use during the year like the Lesson Plan template, and the Full Year templates for each content area. Eventually there are plans to post shared resources on this site as well.
Links to the curriculum workspace can be found on each of the content webpages (ex. Science) on this site.