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Curriculum & Instruction

Instruction: The Art and Science of Teaching

Is teaching art or science? Educational researcher and author, Dr. Robert Marzano, explains that teaching is both an art and a science. According to Marzano, through the science of educational research we can identify the most effective instructional strategies that work with students. Yet, the way in which individual teachers make decisions about how and when to use those strategies is an art.  

Teachers at Prince of Peace Catholic School employ Marzano’s research-based instructional design framework, The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction.  This framework combines Dr. Marzano’s research on effective instructional practices, classroom management, and assessment. Through this planning framework, teachers share a common language of effective instruction creating a collaborative teaching environment in which every teacher cultivates the art and science of teaching. The results? Outstanding student achievement! 

For more information about the Art and Science of Teaching framework, please visit the Marzano Research Laboratory

Curriculum

Prince of Peace Catholic School uses a Standards-Based Curriculum provided by the Catholic Schools Diocese of Dallas. These standards represent the core of what all people should know, understand, and be able to do. To access the curriculum, please click here: Curriculum Guides.  

Students with Special Needs

Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia addresses the five components of effective reading instruction as identified by the National Reading Panel: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The Take Flight program is taught by a Certified Academic Language Therapist. For more information about the Take Flight Program, please visit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Star Center

The Star Center is a multipurpose resource lab that provides additional services to help meet the different needs of certain students in our school population. These students are pulled out of the classroom and brought to the resource lab at designated times according to specific needs. The time spent in the resource lab is scheduled so as to not interfere with any new skills being taught in the classroom. Accommodations are followed if a written and confirmed diagnosis of a learning difference is on file in the office.

Gifted and Talented Program

QUEST is the gifted and talented pull-out program at Prince of Peace Catholic School. It exists to provide identified students in grades 3-7 with a challenging and creative learning experience. Students in the QUEST program will participate in stimulating activities that help to foster critical thinking in an authentic learning environment.   

Within this environment, students will use 21st century learning skills to develop and create projects independently, as well as through collaboration with their peers.  Students will progress through increased levels of independence. Each student will have the opportunity to expand and develop their intellectual and/ or creative needs and work towards becoming a self-directed learner. The social and emotional growth of each child will also be central to the curriculum of the program.  Students will self-evaluate to help nurture intrapersonal awareness. The QUEST program provides opportunities for excellence, creativity, leadership, and the improvement of self-esteem through the development of higher-level thinking skills.   

QUEST Goals: 

  • Students will use higher level thinking skills to create and answer questions
  • Students will utilize divergent and convergent thinking skills to develop innovative ideas
  • Students will create products that demonstrate knowledge and understanding
  • Students will become fluent in presentation and communication ability 
  • Students will develop self-evaluation techniques
 

Technology

At Prince of Peace Catholic School, we are dedicated to providing each student with a technology-rich environment where digital age skills, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity are fostered. Our goals for technology are:

To be seamlessly integrated so as to strengthen and enhance the rigor and relevance of curriculum content

To be a dynamic tool that can assist in maximizing the learning potential of each student

To empower students to create their own learning experiences in a digital learning environment 

Technology not only fosters student engagement and achievement at Prince of Peace Catholic School, but it also supports communication and collaboration among students, parents, and faculty.  

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) - Upper School Students (5th - 8th grade) bring their own devices from home.

Technology integrated into instruction and learning:

  • Interactive Smart and Newline screens
  • Laptops, PCs, and iPads in K-4 classrooms
  • iPads for centers in CLC classrooms
  • Apple TVs and Microsoft adapters for device projection
  • Document Cameras
  • Touch Screen AIO computers in the Computer Lab
  • Laptop Cart available for check-out
  • Class set of iPads used in the Media Center
  • The Cube collaborative space showcases project-based learning (PBL) in a high-tech makerspace environment.