Program timeline

Lalanne teachers commit to teach in under-resourced Catholic schools for two years. During that time, Lalanne teachers have a variety of experiences which nurture their growth personally, professionally and spiritually.

Use the links below to explore how our Lalanne teachers progress through the program's timeline:

First Lalanne Summer

When Lalanne teachers arrive on the University of Dayton campus, they'll move in to a campus apartment building, where they'll live and grow as members of the newest Lalanne cohort.

In order to establish a sense of community, our teachers go on retreat, playing and praying together. After returning to campus, teachers attend their graduate-level classes together, along with the Lalanne “classes” in which we explore and develop the fundamental building blocks of a Marianist community.

At the end of the summer, our teachers are commissioned and sent out to their community houses and teaching communities.

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First year of teaching

Our teachers, as full-time faculty at their service schools, are immediately welcomed and immersed into their service schools through workshops and preparations for the new school year. We encourage our teachers, with the backing of the principals, to become limitedly engaged in the extracurricular activities of the schools in order to better focus their time and energy on their teaching and their community.

During the fall and winter, the Lalanne staff visit the individual teachers in their classrooms and the communities at the community house to observe and learn how each teacher is growing in these two aspects. Mentors and principals also make classroom visits to nurture the professional growth of Lalanne teachers. Each community also has a local spiritual mentor who meets with them monthly to encourage deeper faith sharing and spiritual growth.

Did you know?: Lalanne teachers do not take classes during their first semester of teaching in order to focus their time and energy on the demands of teaching and community living. This is unique among the University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE) programs.

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Second Lalanne Summer

The second summer is similar to the first, except we now ask our second-year teachers to step into a mentoring role with the first-year teachers. Graduate studies continue, as do the community nights and Lalanne “classes”. During winter visits, we often collect suggestions from our rising second-year teachers about the areas they would like us to focus on for their second summer.

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Second year of teaching

The second year of teaching is still challenging, but many Lalanne teachers describe how much they enjoy the opportunity to return to a familiar community, school and city. Lalanne teachers feel better able to anticipate the demands and pacing of the new school year and are better able to make themselves available to the first-year teachers as they learn to navigate all of the new experiences. Spiritual mentors continue to meet with the communities, while the staff observe and visit.

During the second winter semester of teaching, Lalanne teachers complete their action research project and paper for their Master’s degree. Through the support of the University faculty and the well thought-out and researched project theses, Lalanne teachers produce excellent findings, many of which are worthy of publishing.

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Graduation

The Lalanne experience culminates in a Mass and dinner held at the end of each summer to celebrate the accomplishments and experiences of our Lalanne teachers. Our graduating teachers, with their parents and community members present, are highlighted during the dinner presentations.

Prayers of blessing and commendation recognize the fact that these young men and women have given their “first fruits” of their teaching career in service to urban and rural Catholic schools.

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Life after Lalanne

After completing the Lalanne program, many of our Lalanne teachers will continue to teach at their service school for one or two years.

All of our graduates who wish to continue in teaching find employment immediately. Since 1999, 170 teachers have graduated from Lalanne, with 88% of those still in education. Among that group, 86% are still in Catholic Education, fulfilling both the mission and the vision of Lalanne.

Did you know?: One of the young men from the first Lalanne cohort continues to teach at his service school -- now 17 years later!

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