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As part of its ongoing commitment to teach personal-safety and awareness to children, the Diocese of Palm Beach announces the creation of a newly published Curriculum Correlation that is the first of its kind and furthers the diocese’s existing relationships with Sadlier, a national publisher of catechetical and academic curriculum, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that serves as a national clearing house on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children.
The new correlation is a result of the Diocese of Palm Beach’s relationship with both entities and the diocese’s training and educational programs and resources it provides in every school and parish, to every child, every year. Two of Sadlier’s catechetical programs, We Believe Catholic Identity™ and We Live our Faith ™are already utilized by Catholic schools and parishes in the Diocese of Palm Beach and around the country. The books teach Catholic principles and morals to equip children to live out their faith in the world. Additionally, the diocese’s schools and parishes utilize NCMEC’s KidSmartz and NetSmartz, two educational programs that teach kids real world safety and internet safety, respectively.
“The availability of this correlation integrates the Sadlier and the NCMEC programs like never before. The correlation matches the KidSmartz lesson on a topic with the corresponding religious education chapter in the book, while at the same time providing links to the KidSmartz online videos and resources. It demonstrates that you don’t have to stop teaching about religion in order to teach a child about personal safety,” explains Donna Eurich, Administrator of Education and Training for the Office of Safe Environments of the Diocese of Palm Beach. (Note to editors: An example of one such a lesson from the correlation is listed at the end of this release)
“We all know that teachers have limited time to plan and prepare as much as they would like to. This correlation provides an educational tool for them, in that it takes some excellent resources that are already available to them, and saves them planning time so they can maximize their teaching time in the classroom,” said Kit Johansen, Education Consultant.
The Diocese of Palm Beach is also encouraging its parishes to use the correlation as a tool for their religious education programs. More often than not, teachers are volunteers who give up their time to teach. The correlation will also benefit them with the same planning tools and allow them to maximize time teaching their religious education students.
Johansen, now retired from the Diocese of Palm Beach, once held the same position as Eurich and during her tenure at the diocese, Johansen would encourage religious education directors and teachers to take advantage of NCMEC’s resources to equip all children with the skills they need to be safe in the real world. It was Johansen’s vision that inspired Eurich to author and to reach out to Sadlier and NCMEC to suggest this partnership. The response was very positive and encouraging.
“I am convinced that this will be a great resource for the teachers and catechists who use the We Believe program, and will provide invaluable insights, information, and safety lessons for the students and families they serve,” adds Cynthia Knoll, parent and member of the Sadlier family. “We want children to be safe in the real and digital worlds. This new correlation integrates essential safety skills in accordance with Catholic moral principles. It is the best of both worlds for religious schools and education programs.”
Sadlier has made the new correlation available free to schools and parishes around the country. It can be accessed at www.sadlier.com/parishWBCI and click on the Correlations button.
Example from Correlation (Integrating Sadlier & NCMEC Program)
Here’s an example of one such lesson: Jesus as a child stays behind in the Temple and appears lost in the Temple, separated from his family. He did not tell his parents where he was going. This biblical story may coincide with the KidSmartz lessons on “Ask First, Tell a Trusted Adult or Take a Friend.” From the religious aspect the lesson provides an opportunity to teach a child about the love of one’s family and how worried Mary and Joseph must have been when they discovered their son was missing, and to talk to them about getting lost; what would happen to them if they did; and what they should do.
William H. Sadlier, Inc. is a nationally recognized publisher of print and digital educational materials for PreK-12 public and nonpublic schools, and catechetical materials for Catholic schools, parishes, and families. Publishing since 1832, Sadlier is known for its tradition of quality and sound catechetical instruction. Sadlier School programs offer strong instructional support, well related to standards, so that educators can help students reach their full potential -- in school and throughout life. Visit www.sadlier.com
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization operating since 1984 as the national clearinghouse and resource center for families, victims, private organizations, law enforcement, and the public on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. Visit www.missingkids.org and www.kidsmartz.org and www.netsmartz.org
About the Diocese of Palm Beach
As part of an ongoing commitment to teach positive Catholic/Christian values in schools while promoting the safety and well-being of its students, the Diocese of Palm Beach continues to refine its efforts to provide a safe environment for all, through its Office of Safe Environment. The Diocese of Palm Beach follows the requirements set out by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People which mandates every diocese to offer educational programs to children in its schools and parishes. The diocese trains children in personal-safety and awareness programs. These programs are done in a classroom setting in all of our diocesan schools, religious education classes and are available online on our website. Visit www.diocesepb.org/safe-environments
The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 280,000 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its schools.