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Growth Opportunities for All Learners (GOAL)

MISSION of the GOAL Program

Provide resources, instruction, and teacher/catechist training to ensure that the needs of all students are being met.


VISION of the GOAL Program

All students no matter what their need or gift - students with specific learning needs, behavioral needs,  emotional needs and spiritual needs; students with unlabeled intelligence that need differentiated instruction; and students with gifts and talents that need a more challenging approach - should be given a chance to have Catholic formation – in a school or parish program.


PHILOSOPHY of the GOAL Program

All children are special and all children have needs.  We need to develop opportunities for all children, youth and adults to learn. We no longer can wait for a child to fail before we help them meet academic and religious standards.  Pastors, principals, teachers and catechetical staff develop curriculum and instructional programs where all children are given opportunities to learn. It is through analysis and incorporation of ideas that parishes will develop models of education and faith formation that will provide for individual needs.


Parishes need to ensure that children, youth and adults are given an opportunity to learn and participate in the faith.  It is the mission of the Church to offer opportunities in education and faith to as many children, youth and adults as we can.


OBJECTIVES of the GOAL Program

   Develop a handbook and common forms to assist schools and religious education programs in working with all needs.

   Purchase resources and assessment tools collaboratively as a diocese to curb cost restrictions.

   Provide professional development training for teacher and catechetical leaders to enhance local programming.

   Establish teams of teacher and parish leaders in each school and parish who will provide guidance and support for other teachers when handling student needs.

   Investigate and pilot specific programs that may be an option for our schools and parishes.


The “CALL”

… The root of the word “Catholic” is “universal”.  Thus as Jesus called His Church to “teach all nations”, Catholic schools and parishes are called to “teach all children, youth and adults.”

… And,whoever receives one child such as this in my name recives me.                             
Matthew 18:5

… Allow individuals with disabilities to be integrated into the Christian community through innovative programs and techniques (#15) and programs of regular education (#30). 

                                                                       USCCB, “Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities”, 1978.

… Children and young people who are physically or mentally handicapped… have a right, like others of their age, to know “the mystery of faith” (#41).             

                                                                       Pope John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae, 1979.

… Every person, however limited, is capable of growth in holiness… Persons with disabilities should be integrated into ordinary programs as much as possible (#49).

                                                                       USCCB, National Directory of Catechesis, 2005.

… the dignity of education lies in fostering the true perfection and happiness of those to be educated.                                    Address of Pope Benedict XVI to the Community of Catholic Education, Catholic University, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., April 17, 2008.

… No child should be denied his or her right to an education in the faith, which in turn nurtures the soul of a nation.
Address of Pope Benedict XVI to the Community of Catholic Education, Catholic University, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., April 17, 2008.



15% of students in the schools have some form of specialized need or service.  Parishes have a growing number of students that need specialized care or attention.  Because of this, the teachers, children and youth in our programs need support to carry out their ministry.   Teachers need assistance in moving from the discrepancy model of teaching, where we wait for a child/youth to faith, to a response to intervention model where we provide every opportunity for a child/youth to succeed.


The Diocese will aim to provide:

·         Professional Development

·         Guidance

·         Research, Resources and Tools

·         A Handbook

·         Pilot Programs


The Parishes and Schools will aim to:

·         Strive for their mission

·         Establish leadership teams

·         Establish a structure

·         Establish a process of evaluation

·         Purchase resources

·         Analyze curriculum and instruction

·         Provide for children, youth and adults

·         Assist parents



     All the teachers and principals in our schools, and all catechists and leaders in our parishes for their time, effort and dedication to the children, youth and adults they work with.

     The School GOAL Committee

     Mari Zarcone-Patterson, Principal, St. Mary, New Richmond

     Dan Bell, Principal, Our Lady of the Lake, Ashland

     Shirley Heise, Principal, Nativity of Our Lord, Rhinelander

     Sonja Doughty, Principal, St. Mary, Tomahawk

     Susan Steckbauer, Principal, St. Bridget, River Falls

     Jill Bennett, Principal, St. Joseph, Rice Lake

     Peggy Schoenfuss, Diocesan Superintendent of Schools

     All future members

     The Parish GOAL Committee

     Diana Maki, CRE, Holy Family, Woodruff

     Kim Palmer, DRE, Immaculate Conception, New Richmond

     Tom Henke, CRE, St. Anne, Sanborn

     Roger Cadotte, Diocesan Director of Lifelong Faith Formation

     All future members

     The Archdiocese of Chicago, especially Leah Duszynski, Director of Inclusive Education – for providing resources, ideas and in-servicing.

     The Archdiocese of Milwaukee, especially Brenda White, Associate Superintendent – for providing resources and ideas.

     Michael J. Boyle, Ph.D., author of Response to Intervention: A Blueprint for Catholic Schools – for meeting with us to give us insight and encouragement.


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