The summer was a busy one for formation activities of the Office of Education of the Marianist Province of the United States. Two workshops, involving over 70 educators from Marianist schools across the province, were coordinated by the office of Marianist Educational Studies and Partnerships.

The Marianist Education Consortium (M.E.C.) Summer Workshop: Marianist Education in the 21st Century took place at the University of Dayton June 25 -28, 2012. The program began with a keynote address by Sr. Carol Cimino, CSJ, a nationally known speaker and frequent NCEA presenter, on Ageless Wisdom: What should the Marianist high school be in this age?, and concluded with remarks by Bro. Ed Brink, SM, Provincial Assistant for Education.

In between there were a variety of sessions on topics representing both current issues in educational practice and a Marianist response to them: Technology and Social Media, Google in the Classroom, and Pitfalls of Online Resources by John Skees of Nolan Catholic High School, Ft. Worth, TX; The Year of Faith through the Marianist Lens in a Digital Milieu by Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton; STEMM Learning by Meg Draeger of Chaminade Julienne High School, Dayton, OH; Great IPad Apps for Education and How to Set Up Your Own Etelligent Classroom by Desiree Avila of Chaminade-Madonna College Prep, Hollywood, FL; Images in (and out of) the Classroom by Christine Peirce- Coleman of Nolan Catholic High School, Ft. Worth, TX; Finding Balance by Mallory Green of Saint Louis School, Honolulu, HI; and Project Based Learning and The Flipped Classroom by Amanda Ooten of Chaminade Julienne High School, Dayton, OH. A panel discussion: Marianist Perspectives on 21st Century Learning, included Una Cadegan, Associate Professor of History, University of Dayton; Bro. John Habjan, SM of the Marianist Archives, University of Dayton; Lisa Kloppenberg, Professor of Law, University of Dayton; and Bro. Tom Oldenski, SM, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Dayton.

The M.E.C. Summer Workshops have been held annually at UD since 1987. They are sponsored by the Marianist Province of the United States to provide opportunities for faculty and staff from Marianist high schools and universities to come together for learning and sharing on topics of mutual interest.

Thirty-four Marianist educators representing 13 of the 18 M.E.C. schools across the Province of the United States attended the Growing in Commitment to Marianist Education workshop at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, July 9 – 13, 2012. This workshop is deigned to provide a significant formational experience for administrators, faculty, and staff of Marianist-sponsored schools who have already demonstrated experience with, involvement in, and commitment to Marianist Education.

Participants must be willing to make a commitment to:

  • grow in knowledge and appreciation of the Catholic and Marianist educational traditions, their deep stories and symbols, their core beliefs and passions, and their important practices and norms;
  • be a positive influence in the school and engaged in reading the signs of the times and learning to utilize the Catholic and Marianist educational tradition in forging responses to these signs; and
  • spend time with others at the school in order to support one another in their personal commitments to enliven the Marianist charism in their schools and to challenge each other to grow in that commitment.

Presenters included: Bill Raddell of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, Cleveland, OH; Bro. Tom Giardino, SM, Executive Director of the Association of Marianist Universities; Carol Ramey and Patti Gehred of the North American Center for Marianist Studies (N.A.C.M.S.); Bro. Tom Wendorf, Vocations Director for the Marianist Province of the U.S.; and George Lisjak, Marianist Educational Studies.


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