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The Fourth Annual Colloquium on Becoming Lasallian: Education That Transforms event on Saturday, Feb. 2 in the St. Charles Borromeo Center highlighted a series of speakers on their views of effective education. The seminar, which ran from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., offered several breakout sessions for its 137 attendees.
The event began with a breakfast, followed by welcoming remarks from Dr. Jennifer Buss. The keynote speaker, Ricardo Dominguez, then presented “Beyond Campus Walls: More than Teachers.” He discussed valuable qualities in teachers, such as having the ability to celebrate mistakes, appreciate differences, relay feedback and evaluate themselves, making up the acronym, CARE.
In “Becoming A Catalyst for Change,” Elizabeth Jamison Dunn shared her story of educational reform, from noticing the inequalities among resources in different elementary and high schools while growing up in Chicago, to her jobs as teacher, director of instruction and eventual principle of Catalyst-Circle Rock charter school. Throughout the session, Dunn highlighted programs in the Catalyst district, such as ladies of distinction, men take your child to school day, parent nights and the Sistema Ravinia Orchestra.
“We’ve been partnering with Ravinia for 11 years. Six years ago, they donated money,” said Dunn. “We’ve had kids get scholarships. At the time, I found out that we are the largest African American elementary school orchestra in the nation.”
In “The To-And-Through Approach,” presented by Dominguez, the Cristo Rey Network, as well as Dominguez’s experiences as an alumni advisor were discussed. From10 years in education, Dominguez focused on preparing students of San Miguel High School in Tuscan, Ariz. for employment and continued eduction. While San Miguel’s rate of students enrolled in college was 100 percent in the most recent school year, Dominguez cited that college students often face difficulties persisting from the first year of college to the second.
“Everyone struggles,” said Dominguez. “Some people are vocal and wear it on their sleeve. Some people are better at covering it up. Even the 4.0 GPA kids.”
Each panel ended in prayer. Attendees, most of whom are in or studying education, were able to turn in an evaluation form with their feedback of the colloquium at the end of the event with the intention of offering improvement for future colloquiums.