Getting Started in Your Diocese with Disciple of Christ, Education in Virtue

The Disciple of Christ, Education in Virtue program has provided our diocese an enormous gift. All thirty-five elementary schools in our diocese have implemented the program into the dailyness of school life and community. This has allowed our children (and staff and parents) to truly understand the meaning and importance of living a life focused on virtues. Our diocesan catechist certification renewal hours have been focused for the past two and a half years on this program, also, allowing for our teachers to grow in virtue. All of the resources, for both children and adults are beautiful. The student ones perfectly relate to all subjects, extracurricular activities, school-life in general, and home life. The adult/teacher resources are rich and meaningful. Sister John Dominic is delightful and always willing to help in any way! Her faith-filled enthusiasm is contagious and we are blessed to partner with her in this crucial ministry. I highly recommend this program to any Catholic school or diocese!

— Laurie Power, Chief Academic Officer, Department of Schools, Diocese of Sacramento

What is Disciple of Christ, Education in Virtue?

Flexible and Comprehensive

Not a program or curriculum, Disciple of Christ | Education in Virtue® provides teachers and parents with the tools and training they need to form their students Christian discipleship by helping them recognize and practice the virtues.

Teacher-designed, Practice-approved

All our resources were created by classroom teachers to address real needs their students had. Using these resources maximizes the potential to form students, and is showing fruit immediately and years down the road:

Being educated in virtue has changed the way I process life and it will change the direction I take in life because instead of settling for something normal or usual, I realize that there is adventure in the constant growth and humility that comes with being a servant of God. Virtue allows me to be formed and molded by the Father, and that is superior to whatever I would have planned for myself. Isaiah 45:9 asks, “Does the clay say to him who fashions it, ‘What are you making?’” by living a life of virtue, I have been able to step into being formed into whatever God has for me.

Daniel, Age 20

The consistent exposure to the virtue program at a formative age enabled me to turn seemingly small virtuous acts, into the daily habits that guide my personal and professional life. In a culture with growing anxiety and hopelessness, these lessons shape the people that are needed to lead by example and live differently.

— Ryan, Age 23

A Dominican Tradition

Rooted in the Dominican tradition and designed by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, Education in Virtue makes St. Thomas Aquinas' theology of virtue practical and accessible for any teacher at any grade level.

"Practical & Accessible" Includes:

  • Complete sets of resources, packaged for accessibility and organization
  • Educator training that counts as professional development hours in many states.
  • Additional, online resources and support that enable Education in Virtue to be extended into families and the larger community.

What's in the Box?

Resources included in the Starter Kits provide everything you need, conveniently packaged in one place

Durable, beautiful classroom materials that will last for generations

We've already figured out the materials and quantities parishes and schools use (and how they differ) and have designed the Parish Starter Kit and the School Starter Kit with everything each entity will need.

  • Instructional Posters
  • Ways to Cultivate Posters
  • Large and Small Virtue Cards
  • "Happiness is" Virtue Tree Posters

A planned investment in teachers and catechists

The Educator's Guide equips each teacher with the needed background to educate in virtue and form students as disciples. This knowledge enables catechists to mentor students in the virtues.

Virtue Chart Packs provide a quick reference for the definition of each virtue, opposing trait, and connections to habits of sin, allowing support staff, teachers, and parents easily to make this language part of their everyday interactions with young disciples.

See a Saint—Be a SAINT!

Deeply rooted in friendship with Christ, Saint Cards and downloadable Christian Witness Certificates highlight models of the virtues for students, give them intercessors to turn to for help, and inspire them to strive for the heights of virtue.

A variety of supports and extensions

Our product line is steeped in the vision of helping disciples achieve holiness by following Christ through living a virtuous life. Parishes are provided with the necessary materials, but also the option of expanding their program to incorporate Disciple of Christ, Education in Virtue into other areas of parish life.

Gain access to our digital community.

Our panoply of free resources, available online at GoLEPress.com and GoLEDigital.org, will support you in educating in virtue.

Professional development series will train educators and catechists in how to disciple students in virtue

Purchase of the School Starter Kit includes access for every staff member or catechist to our ten-session online course on teaching the virtues.

This high-quality, practical professional development will prepare teachers to implement Education in Virtue in their own classrooms.

This course provides certificate of completion, allowing this course to count as professional development toward continuing teacher certification in many states.

Turn discipline into DISCIPLESHIP: Student Information System Integrations

Built-in connections for SchoolSpeak and Digital Academy allow the school or parish to track individuals' growth in virtue across years. Discipleship Reports and Christian Witness Certificates bring the language of the virtues into conversations about students' growth and development as disciples of Christ.

Extend the culture of virtue into the home.

With a Starter Kit, schools and parishes get access Cultivating the Virtues online course for every child and family, with content students and parents will love. This highly impactful course will help bring a Catholic culture to life beyond the classroom.

A plethora of tools at your fingertips

No need to "make your own"— Our library of digital downloads provides the age-appropriate resources educators need, on-demand.

Our library of digital downloads is constantly growing, providing exciting new ideas and opportunities for discipling others.

Contact Sally Wagner to discuss implementing Education in Virtue in your diocese. (734-996-4245)

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