“So far I’m really enjoying the presenters specifically because I like to hear from presenters that aren’t necessarily Lasallian teachers and how what we do in our schools actually really connects with the world in general not just at Lasallian schools but it makes what we do worth it,” said Karen Clements, fifth grade teacher at The San Miguel School of Providence.
After morning prayer, led by students at Christian Brothers School of New Orleans, LA, Dr. Jan Daniel Lancaster, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, offered welcoming remarks where she pointed out the importance of the Lasallian mission, what it means to the archdiocese of NOLA, and how it impacts students.
“As I look around our community, the difference that the Lasallian schools have made in the archdiocese is paramount,” she said. “All of you have made the same difference in your dioceses and that needs to celebrated. That needs to be recognized.”
The morning’s speaker was Dr. Ruby Payne, author, speaker, publisher, career educator, and founder of aha! Process, which focuses on building high-achieving schools and prosperous communities. Dr. Payne offered up innovative ways to educate students, based on research that compared diverse demographics and cultural differences in today’s society.
Following Dr. Payne’s address, participants shifted between three rounds of engaging breakout sessions that featured topics including using new technology, grading and assessments, modern Lasallian education, motivating struggling youth and much more.
More than 100 educators from the four Lasallian schools in Louisiana were among participants in Friday’s session. They represented Christian Brothers School in New Orleans, De La Salle High School in New Orleans, Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, and Saint Paul’s School in Covington.
“It’s an eye-opener because it’s amazing to really feel concretely how big the community is and to see like-minded people all here for one reason learning how to better instruct, how to better teach, how to care,” said Brad Marchese, Spanish teacher at St. Paul’s School. “People excited about learning things, people excited about their mission. It’s really cool.”
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The evening ended with participants gathering by District for dinner. At the District of New Orleans-Santa Fe dinner, Lasallian Volunteers (LVs) honored recipients of this year’s FSC awards. The awards are named in the spirit of three De La Salle Christian Brothers who embody values of Faith, Service, and Community and made significant contributions to the LVs. Brother Thomas Ward, FSC, from the Christian Brothers School Community in New Orleans, LA, received the Brother John Johnston Faith Award. Daniel and Sarah Maher received the Brother Chris Bassen Service Award. Brother Nick Gonzalez, FSC, principal of Cathedral High School in El Paso, TX, received the Brother Michael Farrell Community Award. Read more about the awards here >
The conference will conclude Saturday with the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Awards Banquet held at Christian Brothers School.