College Hosts Lasallian Educators Symposium

Saint Mary’s welcomes 400 K-12 educators from five local Lasallian high schools and two academies—including Saint Mary’s College High School, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, and De La Salle High School—to share best classroom practices on Friday, Jan. 27. The Lasallian Educators Professional Development Day, from the San Francisco New Orleans Lasallian Symposium, connects SMC with critical feeder schools. It is part of the ongoing effort to orient lay colleagues to their roles and responsibilities in promoting SMC’s shared Lasallian ministry.

Eleven percent of SMC’s entering freshmen are the product of Lasallian education, said Vice President for Mission, Carole Swain. Visiting educators will attend sessions taught by faculty on everything from technology to educating urban youth. The goals for the symposium are to deepen understanding and lived practices of Lasallian charism and pedagogy, foster camaraderie among educators at Northern California Lasallian Schools, and share best and next practices

SMC Brother John Johnson Institute team members (Evette Castillo Clark, Karin McClelland, Mike McKeon, Eduardo Salaz, and Alice Baldridge), who worked alongside event coordinators, will be on campus to welcome participants. Several Saint Mary’s faculty are offering sessions on topics from technology in the Lasallian world to educating our urban youth.

The participating schools are: Christian Brothers High School (Sacramento), De Marillac Academy (San Francisco), De La Salle Academy (Concord), De La Salle High School (Concord), Justin-Siena High School (Napa), Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (San Francisco), Saint Mary’s College of California (Moraga), and Saint Mary’s College High School (Berkeley).

All faculty and staff are welcome to attend the educational sessions (geared mostly to middle and high school educators), Mass, lunch, and the closing reception. For more information and to attend, please contact Sally Jamison at sjamison@stmarys-ca.edu. The Office of Mission will support your attendance and pay your registration fee.