If you have been around a Lasallian institution for a few years, then it is likely that you are already familiar with most of the acronyms, programs, and priorities of the Lasallian tradition of education. You should be able to recognize the resources that are provided for Newcomers, and you may now be interested in delving a little more deeply into Lasallian history, or pedagogy, or spirituality.
One way of revisiting the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the inspiration behind this educational movement -finding out his perspective on teachers, teaching, students, and schools - is to reach "Touching the Hearts of Students." A larger, excellent biography is "The Work is Yours." The recent Institute document on "Association" provides a wonderful introduction into the essentially collaborative nature of Lasallian ministry. And the Lasallian glossary will fill in the gaps about the meaning of esoteric Lasallian terms. The videos that you will appreciate include "I Am Lasallian" and the various Mission Videos that have been made, especially ones like "The De La Salle North Difference." And, of course, there are the websites of the District and of the Region that are worth exploring more thoroughly, especially in terms of programs like the Buttimer Institute and Huether. For a more comprehensive list of resources, go to the RESOURCE CATALOGUE and check off the "5+ EDUCATORS" box in the search options.
You will already know that these things are best processed with others, whether through casual conversation, faculty retreats, or District workshops. The more you enter into the process of real learning (AKA "Formation"), the greater the opportunity to understand, engage in, and enjoy the Lasallian Catholic educational experience.
5+ Lasallian EDUCATORS – Top Items
Circular 461 – Associated for the Lasallian Mission …an act of HOPE
This Circular is a foundational document on the key dimension of “association” and its central place in Lasallian life and mission.
Study Guide for Circular 461
This is a reflections and discussion guide for reading Circular 461. Each section of the Circular is addressed with three questions that elicit the reader’s personal response, and a series of additional questions that examine specific points in the document. Designed for group use.
Senior Courtney Ford’s Keynote Address
This is a compelling talk at De La Salle North Catholic, a San Miguel School in Portland, OR, by a senior who speaks about her experience at the school, and who exemplifies the kind of student and student experience that the school strives to serve.
(The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.)
The annual gathering of Lasallian educators of the Lasallian Region of North America that focuses on innovative educational issues and a changing variety of themes related to Lasallian education and the schools. It is open to faculty and staff from all Lasallian ministries and includes major addresses, breakout sessions, seminars, and the like.
Brother Scubilion: Apostle of Freedom and Reconciliation
This book is about the Brother Scubilion (Jean-Bernard) Rousseau, FSC, who dedicated 34 years of his life to the native enslaved people on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. After the emancipation of the slaves in 1848, he continued to care for them and to help them adapt to their new life of freedom and responsibility.
Touching the Hearts of Students: Characteristics of Lasallian Schools
A compact biography of John Baptist de La Salle is combined with an overview of the characteristics of his educational spirituality in modern contexts.