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Sunday January 20, 2008 FRONT PAGE NEWS
 
CREDI launches MA degree
 

The Catholic Religious Education Development Institute (CREDI) began its 2008 programme with the launch of its Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.

On January 9, some 34 principals, teachers and administrators from Roman Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese, and several teachers from government schools, attended the orientation and launch at CREDI’s head office, Vianney House, Belmont. Already 20 persons have indicated serious interest in the course.

The degree is being offered through a unique academic partnership between CREDI and Dayton University of Ohio, USA - one of the premier Catholic universities in the Western Hemisphere.

International programme coordinator, Sr Angela Ann Zukowski, a member of CREDI’s Board of Directors and Senior Professor and Department Head at Dayton University, spoke via video conference facilities to the aspirants, explaining the course content, mechanics and processes of this innovative blended learning initiative.

A cross-section of participants at the workshop for Catholic school principals.

A cross-section of participants at the workshop for Catholic school principals.

Archbishop Gilbert addresses the leadership development workshop for principals at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Mt Hope.

Archbishop Gilbert addresses the leadership development workshop for principals at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Mt Hope.

Catholic teachers attending the Values and Virtues Formation training programme at the Central Regional Sports Complex, Chaguanas.

Catholic teachers attending the Values and Virtues Formation training programme at the Central Regional Sports Complex, Chaguanas.

Blended learning is a combination of modern distance learning methodologies and local academic coaching, classroom workshops and group study which will be facilitated in Trinidad by CREDI professionals.

The CREDI executive management team – including Vicar of Administration Fr Jason Gordon, CREDI Programme Director Selwyn Bhajan and the Institute’s Project and Quality Assurance Director Carolyn de la Rosa – is working closely with the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) and the Delegate for Education, Hazel Reis, to coordinate this venture. 

CREDI has already been involved with the Family Life Commission in developing a “Parenting and Family Life” programme. It has also been working with the Social Justice, Youth, Family Life, and Evangelisation Commissions and with the Catechetical Office and CEBM to develop a “Values and Virtues Formation Programme” (including Abstinence Education and Self-Esteem courses) for post-SEA students at Roman Catholic primary schools throughout the Archdiocese. 

From January 2 to 4, a group of 65 enthusiastic and dedicated primary school teachers took time off from their vacation period to participate in an intensive three-day workshop to be trained as course facilitators for the “Values and Virtues” project.

Members of the National Advocacy Team of abstinence teachers and CREDI staff conducted the training.

On January 3, CREDI also conducted a workshop in Leadership Development for Catholic School principals, attended by over 70 participants.

The workshop, which took place at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business at Mt Hope, is a part of a one-year programme of developmental training for principals in areas such as Change Management, Catholic School Ethos, Accelerated Learning techniques and modern Management practices.

At the opening of this workshop Archbishop Edward Gilbert called on the principals to build a Catholic ethos in our schools, challenging them to a whole person approach to education, rooted in the Catholic tradition.

Special guest speaker Professor Launcelot Brown of Duquesne University congratulated the Catholic community of Trinidad and Tobago for its higher education agenda through CREDI and pledged his personal support. Professor Brown will be spending one year in Trinidad, starting July 2008 and will work closely with the CREDI team.

CREDI is engaged in discussions with Duquesne University, another award-winning Catholic University in the USA, on the start of a Masters Degree in Theology and a Bachelors Degree in Education.

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