Montini Catholic High School in Lombard hosted the Chicagoland Convocation XVII on February IV. There were 325 faculty and staff members from De La Salle Institute, St, Patrick High School, San Miguel Middle School and the David Darst Center in Chicago, St Joseph High School in Westchester, Lewis University in Romeoville and La Salle Manor Retreat Center in Plano.
The participants heard Dr. Ray McNulty from the International Center for Leadership in Education speak on two topics; The Participation Gap and Creating the Schools We Need. Dr. McNulty is a presenter at the state, national and international levels on the need for school system to accept the challenges that lie ahead. He is committed to raising performance standards for both teachers and students, and he believes that schools need to reach out and help forge solutions and not wait for the children and challenges to arrive at the school.
His message is a perfect fit for those in Lasallian ministries. He believes that we must touch the heart, before we can touch the mind. He believes that students learn differently and that it is up to us to address that difference and to provide a practical education for all. He believes that participation entails students being connected to their learning environment and having a desire to be at school, a hunger to learn, and a willingness to engage actively in the learning process. He believes that all teachers must be agents of change. Dr. McNulty challenged the audience to evaluate their teaching and learning practices, to put the student at the center of the educational mission by addressing their needs and the needs of the society in which they live.