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Program Timeline

Teachers in the Lalanne program commit to teach in under-resourced Catholic schools for two years. During that time, you'll have a variety of experiences which nurture your personal, professional and spiritual growth.

Expand the sections below to learn more about how Lalanne teachers progress through the program:

When Lalanne teachers arrive on the University of Dayton campus, they 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.

Living in community

Our teachers, as full-time faculty at their service schools, are welcomed and immersed into the school community through workshops and preparations for the school year. Lalanne teachers are encouraged, with the backing of their principal, to limit their involvement in extracurricular activities at the school in order to better focus their time and energy on teaching and community life.

During the fall and winter, the Lalanne staff visit each teacher in their classroom and at the community house. Mentors and principals also make classroom visits to nurture the professional growth of Lalanne teachers. Each community also has a local spiritual mentor who encourages deeper faith sharing and spiritual growth.

Did you know? Lalanne teachers do not take graduate classes during their first semester of teaching in order to focus their time and energy on teaching and community life.

Schools we serve

Graduate studies continue at the University of Dayton during the second Lalanne summer, as do the community nights and Lalanne classes. Second-year teachers transition in the summer to a mentoring role with the incoming first-year teachers.

Many Lalanne teachers describe how much they enjoy returning to a familiar community, school and city for their second year of teaching. They feel better able to anticipate the demands and pacing of the school year and are better able to help the first-year Lalanne teachers as they navigate teaching and community life. Spiritual mentors continue to meet with the communities, and the Lalanne staff continue to do classroom observation and visits.

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

At the end of each Lalanne summer, all the teachers gather for a Mass and dinner. Family members of the graduating teachers are also invited to attend, as we celebrate our teachers' accomplishments and experiences.

Prayers of blessing and commendation recognize our graduates, who have given the “first fruits” of their teaching career in service to urban and rural Catholic schools.

After completing the Lalanne program, many of our alumni continue to teach at their service school.

Since the program's launch during the 1999-2000 school year, 200 teachers have graduated from Lalanne. Today, 88% of those graduates are still in education, and 83% are serving in Catholic schools.

All of our alumni who wish to continue teaching find employment immediately.

Did you know? One of our teachers from the first Lalanne cohort (1999) continues to teach at his service school.



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