Developing a Lasallian Inspired Practice: Tools for Faculty Development

Karen A. Sorvaag, Scott H. Sorvaag, Melissa Luedtke, Roger Peckover


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The project considered discussion points from two years of a Lasallian Pedagogy study group (2010-2012), the writings of The Christian Brothers, faculty and organizational development processes from SMU faculty research conducted in the San Miguel Schools (Peckover, 2004; 2005; 2006a; 2006b; 2006c; 2010; 2013), and from the educational research literature underpinning the National Board of Teaching’s Best Practices Standards.  The goal was to create two practical tools for reflection on practice, wedding core Lasallian values and practices with current educational research on best teaching practices.  As a result of the project, a Faculty Planning and Reflection Guide was created that any new or existing faculty member in P12 and higher education could use. It is designed to help the faculty member consider important questions in how they are meeting the needs of learners using Lasallian inspired pedagogy embedded in a best practices teaching framework.  In addition, a second tool, the Formal Class Observation Guide was created considering the same tenets.  The formal observation guide serves colleagues, administrators, or other mentors in focusing their coaching development of the teaching qualities that a faculty member has been intentionally developing in an ongoing faculty development process.


Instructional pedagogy; Lasallian; Lasallian pedagogy; Scholarship of teaching and learning;

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