The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Memphis held its annual Professional Day at Christian Brothers High School on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. The day began with the celebration of Mass by Rev. Msgr. Clement Machado, SOLT, with concelebrants Rev. Msgr. Thomas Kirk, Rev. Ben Bradshaw, Rev. Russ Harbaugh, Rev. Jolly Sebastian and Rev. Carl Jude Hood. Rev. Msgr. Machado’s homily focused on the role of teachers and educators in the formation of the spiritual life of their students.
“A Catholic education is important not just in getting a good job, having a successful career or making lots of money,” Rev. Msgr. Machado said. “A Catholic education involves the development of the spiritual and emotional side of the student through prayer, reflection and the intercession of the holy angels,” he said.
After Mass, Superintendent Janet Donato of the Memphis Catholic schools presented awards to teachers and administrators for years of service as well as special awards for outstanding teaching and service efforts.
As part of the program, the keynote speaker Dr. Marcia Tate, former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System in Decatur, Georgia, addressed the crowd.
She delivered a presentation titled Formative Assessment in A Brain-Compatible Classroom: How do we really know they are learning?