Course

The Spirituality of the Teacher

A spiritual journey toward living your vocation as a teacher

What You'll Get with this Course


  • Six 45-minute videos
  • Team-taught by college professor and master teacher
  • Get classroom-ready teacher’s guide
  • Watch at your own pace — no meeting times!
  • Receive professional development certificate
  • Only $149 $49!

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  No special downloads required

Course Overview


In these six life-transforming sessions, Father Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S. explains in clear and practical language what spirituality truly means for teachers, and how to avoid and combat the temptations that can run counter to this spirituality. You'll learn how you can more effectively serve as a witness to Christ in the classroom, and the practical steps you can take now to deepen your own relationship with Christ.

Each 30-minute session with Fr. Dailey is followed by a short presentation by Master Teacher Jose Gonzalez, who uses his decade of classroom experience to bring immediate, practical suggestions for applying your new knowledge in the classroom.

The BeatitudesYou will also receive an electronic copy of The Beatitudes Teacher's Guide, which features 13 ready-to-use lesson plans on the Beatitudes. By using these lessons, you will help your students come to see that Jesus Christ is the only way to personal freedom, happiness, and holiness.

Each self-contained lesson is teacher-written, classroom-tested, and scholar-reviewed, and includes background readings, student homework, classroom activities, games, role plays, and more. Lessons are available for both elementary and high school classrooms.

 

How much does it cost?

Only $49.99 for your entire teaching staff! You can watch the course together on retreat or formation days, or teachers and catechsists can watch individually.

For a live component, invite one of our master teachers to join you and your teachers via Skype for $250. For more details, please contact Aja McCarthy at 603-494-2030.

 

Why is it worth it?

Designed by Catholic educators, each course is easy-to-use with no required downloads or special apps needed.
 
Each teacher will receive a certification of completion which can go towards continuing education credits. 
 
For only $49.99 you can enrich and inspire your team of Catholic educators through deepening their understanding of the Faith while at the same time equipping them with the tools to effectively impart that knowledge to their students.
 
Teacher-written and classroom-tested, each course includes a teacher's guide with 10-12 lessons that enable you to grab and keep your students' attention.


By completing this course, you and your teachers will learn:

By completing this course, you will learn: 

  • What the Gospels teach us about handling and prioritizing our busy teacher schedules
     
  • What "spiritality" truly is, and how to help your students grow in their own spirituality and holiness
     
  • Why the "Little Virtues" matter, and how to practice them every day
     
  • How to beyond teaching your students about Jesus to helping them know and love Him
     
  • The most common temptations and stumbling blocks teachers face, and how to combat them
     
  • How you can show your students the importance of spirituality, starting today
     
  • Why teachers are called to a higher spiritual standard, and how to meet that standard.
     

Sophia On Demand videos are the only online courses for Catholic teachers that combine university-level learning with practical applications. These applications include read-to-use handouts and activities, as well as engaging strategies that are proven to work in today’s classrooms. 

Course Curriculum


1
Spirituality for Teachers

2
Teaching as Vocation

3
Being Inspired and Uplifted

4
Doing the Little Virtues

5
Avoiding the Big Temptations

6
The Never-Ending Need to Know

Your Instructors


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Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers after more than 10 years as a high school teacher at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kansas. In addition to teaching, he has also worked as a youth minister and a coordinator of Totus Tuus in the Archdiocese of Denver. Jose is also an experienced speaker and presenter whose experiences include youth and Confirmation gatherings, RCIA classes, and adult faith formation. Jose has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have two daughters and a son.

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Rev. Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S. holds the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. The Cardinal Foley Chair supports the work of the Church in the realm of Gospel communications by educating seminarians and other students, informing staff in parishes and (arch)dioceses, and dialoguing with journalists and media professionals. Prior to his appointment at the seminary, Fr. Dailey taught as a faculty member at DeSales University (Center Valley, PA) for 29 years. There he was a tenured professor of Theology, the inaugural Fr. Louis Brisson Chair in Salesian Spirituality, and the founding director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture. He also taught occasionally at Immaculata University, the Washington Theological Union, and in the National Institute for Clergy Formation. Fr. Dailey earned a doctoral degree in sacred theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), where he completed his dissertation on the biblical Book of Job. He has lectured internationally on topics in biblical theology, Salesian spirituality, and Catholic higher education. He has written, edited or translated eight books and more than forty articles/chapters in a variety of scholarly and pastoral publications worldwide. He now writes a monthly column for CatholicPhilly.com and contributes regularly to the Seminarian Casual blog.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who are your courses for?

Sophia On Demand courses are designed by and for Catholic K-12 educators.

How do I watch the videos?

The videos are available to watch on the course page once you have purchased the course. Click the triangular play button to start the player.

Can I watch the videos from my smartphone or tablet?

Yes! Once you purchase the videos you can log in on your mobile device and watch the videos on the course page. Touch the triangular play button to start the player.

Do I have to watch them all at once?

No! Feel free to view the videos at your own pace. You can stop and restart anytime, rewind and watch parts again, and have total flexibility as to when and how you watch.

Do I have to watch independently or with my whole faculty?

Either! The courses can be viewed by the whole staff if displayed a projector or smartboard, or independently by individual faculty members.

How do I find my course videos again if I log out, or close out of the site?

Log back into your account by clicking Log in on the top right of any page. Then click on Dashboard. From there, click on Courses and you will find all the courses you have purchased.

Will my access to the videos ever end?

No, your access to the videos will never expire.

Do I need an Internet connection to watch the videos?

Yes, you will need to be connected to the Internet to watch them.

How do I get my professional development certificate?

When you have finished the course, please visit this page to request your certificate. Please allow up to two weeks for delivery.

Can you guarantee my diocese will accept the certificate for professional development credit?

Although we have never had a diocese reject our certificates, we cannot specifically guarantee that every diocese will accept our courses to satisfy their requirements. Please check with the administrator in your diocese if you have any concerns about credit.

Still not sure?
Contact us with any questions you may have.