I see at times you post emails you receive from individuals and ask for feedback/information from “the group.” Could you possibly help me? I’m wondering how many classes per year other parishes hold for the RE classes and the length of them. I’m told by our Archdiocese that 30 contact hours with students is the norm, with 24 being the “bare minimum.” I inherited a program 18 mos. ago that gives us about 22.5 contact hours and I’m trying to figure out how to fit the Grade Level Specs requirements into that time frame – and – some of the more fun, interactive, multiple intelligences type activities (which are my strong suit) that make faith come alive. There are so many wonderful things to do with students that balance traditional classroom instruction with active learning but… my time is limited. We meet 18 times a year for 1.25 hours each session. Your help is appreciated!
Lisa M. Jachimiec, St. Leonard Congregation, Muskego, WI
In my own experience, 30 contact hours per year has been a “rule of thumb” for parish religious education programs to shoot for. Some parishes do more than this and some less. I think that 30 hours is a good norm to shoot for and usually provides a decent amount of time to cover a fair amount of material in a curriculum and also do a number of other formational experiences. Of course, there never is “enough” time to do all we want to do.
Tell us about your parish RE program and how many contact hours you have over the course of a year. I’d especially love to hear from those of you who expanded the number of contact hours per year and how you dealt with that (i.e. how you “sold” it to the parish).