La Salle Commons is an innovative model of professional engagement which aims to bring together Academy members, academics, Catholic stakeholders and students to collaboratively critically reflect on a solutions-focused, futures-focused agenda for religious education in Catholic Schools.
La Salle Commons aims to keep new teachers in the profession and to support them in understanding catechesis and their role in religious education, by helping them to develop a professional identity and to form strong links with the professional Catholic community early in their study. It assists them to establish social and professional networks, which can continue to support them as they move into the education workforce.
By providing opportunities for collaborative critical reflection and mentoring, La Salle Commons aims to:
LaSalle Commons uses a model of collaborative critical reflection (MOCCR). In particular, it draws on the work of Henderson & Noble (2015) who provide a four step framework for collaborative critical reflection: