Leaders in Lasallian schools, whether Presidents, Principals, second-line administrators, trustees, or others in leadership positions, have the unique privilege and challenge of carrying the Lasallian mission forward in very concrete ways through very specific circumstances. With that responsibility comes an expectation of a deeper understanding of Lasallian history, pedagogy, and spirituality.
Two major books that should be read are "Touching the Hearts of Students" and "The Work is Yours." They provide foundational exposure to the roots of the Lasallian educational movement. From a more historical perspective in terms of pedagogy, the late 18th century essay on the 12 Virtues by Brother Agathon show the consistency of educational perspectives within our Lasallian tradition, while the book "John Baptist De La Salle: The Spirituality of Christian Education" collects the best of his writings in one place. The most significant recent publications from Rome on the topic of "Association" - Circular 461 and Bulletin 254 and - should be on any Lasallian leader's reading list, at least in the long term.
Among videos that are available, those on "The Life of De La Salle" and "The Purpose of Lasallian Schools" are worth watching as ways of engaging in a reflective dialogue with your own experience. Do they resonate with your own experience? Is this what your school community looks like or reflects? Taking a look at new Lasallian video on the website every week will foster a greater sense of the Lasallian world.
Finally, it's worthwhile checking out the District, Regional, and International Lasallian websites because they offer a continually changing array of activities, invitations, announcements, and informational tidbits, many of which are worth sharing with others in the school. Likewise, the extensive opportunities to participate in programs, institutes, and retreats are a rich treasure for both yourself and for the teachers confided to your care. For a more comprehensive list of resources, go to the RESOURCE CATALOGUE and check off the "LEADERS" box in the search options.
You will come to realize that 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.
Lasallian LEADERS – 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.
The Twelve Virtues of a Good Teacher
This is a small booklet providing a classic reflection on 12 Virtues for a Good Teacher that St. John Baptist de La Salle listed in one of his texts. Brother Agathon’s exposition on each virtue has endures through the centuries and remains very relevant even today.
Resources for Boards and Other Groups
These sets of resources around specific themes are meant to be used for prayer and discussion by Boards of Trustees and other groups of Lasallians.
While they began with a Board focus, they are easily adapted to school groups, teacher groups, Brother groups, and any groups of gathered Lasallians. If portions of them are used in other prayer services, it would appropriate to give proper attribution to the sources used.
John Baptist de La Salle: The Spirituality of Christian Education
A solid introduction to how De La Salle integrated the Christian vocation of education of the poor into a coherent spirituality, highlighting sections of his various works.
Brother Solomon – Canonization
This page from the Regional website provides resources helpful in teaching, learning, and sharing information about Brother Solomon Le Clerq, FSC, who was canonized on October 16, 2016, in Rome, Italy. For a video of Br. Gerard Rummery talking about the martyrdom from its location in Paris, go to THIS LINK. The site also includes photographs of the Carmelite Abbey gardens, a written description of the events, and an interactive Google map.