With the intent to provide on-going formation, personal and professional development among Lasallian educators, to discover and learn the prevailing realities in the district, and to share learning experiences and best practices in the educational ministries, the Lasallian East Asia District (LEAD) Mission Council launched its first of a series webinar dubbed as LEAD MINDS on June 19.
LEAD MINDS, an online gathering of school administrators and teachers across the seven sector countries namely: Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, is one of the initiatives of the LEAD Mission Council that provides opportunities for Lasallians to gather online to further strengthen the sense of community by building a wider network and to reimagine doing Lasallian educational mission in the district.
The online gathering was graced by the presence of three distinguished educators in the district. The first speaker, Ms. Brenda Wu, shared her expertise on 21st Century Lasallian Education. She is the Principal of Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) School in Hong Kong. She has been working in the education sector for 36 years. She took up the Headmistress position after she had served as a teacher for 10 years in a primary school and 1 year in a secondary school. Up to date, she had 24 years of experience in principalship from 3 different primary schools.
The second resource speaker, Mr. Dominic Lai, who shared the urgency of character formation, is an alumnus of St. Michael’s School (now known as St. Joseph’s Institution Junior) Singapore. He has taught in several schools across different curricula and education systems, including the Junior Colleges, (which is a vocational training institute leading to Diploma) and even Specialized Independent School – the School of the Arts. This provided him with opportunities to interact with youth across different age groups and different socio-economic backgrounds, spanning a spectrum of talents and academic abilities.
The third resource speaker, Br. Dennis Magbanua FSC, shared with the participants his visions on Borderless Education among LEAD schools. Br. Dennis is from the Philippines. He had held many leadership roles in Lasallian schools when he was based in the Philippines. In these schools, he pushed for the use of technology in instruction through teacher training and provided related infrastructure to support such moves. He became an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2011. He was also instrumental in having two Lasallian institutions to be recognized internationally as Apple Distinguished Schools. He is experienced in teaching fully online university-level classes in the Philippines while based in Hong Kong. He has also partnered with a professor in Mexico to run a short online course on Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL Program). He facilitated collaborative learning activities for university students from De La Salle University Manila and Universidad La Salle Mexico.
After the sharing of the resource speakers and the question and answer, the participants were sent to their breakout rooms to share on the following questions: 1). What are some points that I appreciate and can relate with? 2. What ideas shared can be applied in my own reality? 3). Are there any best practices in my own country that I could share, about teaching in the new norm?
The participants were unanimous in their post conference evaluation in recognizing the importance of meeting and interacting with other Lasallian Leaders in the district to share best practices, challenges and hopes in the conduct of the Lasallian educational mission especially this time of the global pandemic.
Watch out for the upcoming LEAD MINDS webinars on July 24 – Developing Resilience and October 9 – Developing Resilience in Students. (Text: Br. John David M. Ong FSC; Photos: Mr. Migz Ortega)