Becoming Lasallian Educators
January 13, 2021
3:30 pm EST
Lasallian pedagogy culture creates an environment that responds to students’ needs. To be effective, this culture should transcend the classroom and apply to all aspects of campus culture, even offices that don’t interact with students regularly.
This interactive workshop uses a self-assessment tool drawn from work done at St. Mary’s University (see Sorvaag et al. in the AXIS Journal) to prompt participants to think about the Lasallian practices they engage in every day, sometimes unconsciously, and reflect on ways in which they can increase or deepen those practices. The goal of this experience is not to suggest that one must incorporate every one of these practices in order to be a Lasallian educator. Instead, the self-assessment helps to make visible the habits of mind and heart that we often do without even noticing. It can also allow us to discover new habits that may resonant deeply with our Lasallian calling. The session will include time to complete the assessment, and do some individual reflection, as well as reflective breakout sessions that lead up to a virtual gallery walk and group debrief.
Dr. Jaime Longo is a composition scholar, an educational developer, a practitioner of transformative education both in and out of the classroom, and an accidental instructional design evangelist. At La Salle University in Philadelphia, she ran programs for college students at risk for a difficult transition to college and created a teaching and learning center from the ground up. Her interest in faculty development began as a graduate assistant, and she now focuses her educational development work on engaged pedagogy, justice education, writing across the curriculum, and pedagogical support for at-risk students. Jaime first encountered Lasallian pedagogy as an undergrad at La Salle University, where she unconsciously absorbed the principles and practices of compassionate, transformative education for justice. Since then, she has sought out local, district, and regional formation, including the inaugural cohort of the John Johnston Institute to help turn those influences into conscious practice. That formation has allowed her to put Lasallian pedagogy into conversation with contemporary educational theorists, including Dewey, Freire, hooks, and Palmer. Although she is not currently at a Lasallian institution, Lasallian pedagogy remains at the heart of her work.