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.